The actual at-ten-dance was 23, not bad for the first week of September which according to the club’s history books, traditionally has a lower than usual turn-out.
I don’t know why that should be. Maybe it’s the ‘back to school’ thing for kids and grandkids. Maybe it’s because some folks are still away grasping at a last minute summer holiday. Or maybe it’s that transition thing, between Summer and the Autumn, when we all adjust to normality after all the summer shenanigans.
Nevertheless we had ten performers who provided a great evening’s entertainment in the function room at The Feathers.
I kicked things off with some Eagles and some Steve Earl, followed by Lynda Degney with “Don’t You Believe” by Don Williams. It was hard to believe that he, the ‘Gentle Giant’ of Country Music was to die the following day aged 78.
After accompanying Lynda on guitar, Tom took up his ukulele and sang a fine medley.
Having revealed his singing voice the week before, Bob Hall performed a fine set; singing this week to his own piano accompaniment and opening with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
Richard Eastwood gave us some Elvis; and Wendy some Patsy Cline; before Glyn Hudson had us all singing along to the “Sleepless Sailor”.
Squeezebox Mike was making his debut appearance at Ruthin AllStyles. Hailing from Llangollen, the highly entertaining Mike Clark is a member of the town’s GlaasWalkers Folk Band, and tonight enlisted the assistance of a couple of audience members, handing out a triangle and a shaker for some percussive accompaniment.
Then Penni Neale acknowledged the changing of the seasons with Ron Kavana’s “Reconciliation”, followed by “The Nearness of You”
The nearness of the evening’s end was nigh, and having knocked our socks off during the first half with his phenomenal guitar skills, we’d decided that the finale spot should go to Owen Chamberlain.
Milestones by Owen Chamberlain
Formerly of Ruthin but now living in Rossett, Owen was making his very first appearance at the club. And what a fine young singer/songwriter he is. Three of his songs were his own originals, including his latest “Milestones” (which you can hear on the track above), and a forth that had been written by his sister Helen.
We couldn’t let him go without an encore, and for this he chose Bob Dylan’s “Tambourine Man”, which had the whole room joining in for the choruses.
We’d performed up to four songs each, and the whole evening got a ten out of ten from all in attendance. And as we tentatively tend to say on these occasions: Let’s do it all again next week.