It’s good to see the audience numbers continuing to rise, and this week we were once again back and forth to the main bar to steal more stools and chairs!
There were several new faces too and a few who having found us in recent months have started attending fairly regularly.
As for performers, fifteen musicians delivered the wonderful eclectic mix of styles and genre that make the club what it is.
The Mersey Sound
As well as the usual suspects, we were pleased to welcome back a gentleman who first made an appearance back in May, having journeyed up from Reading to holiday in the area.
Back then Mike and Linda Bostock found us on t’internet. This time they are continuing on to Liverpool so Mike included in his set a song he’d learned for the occasion – Gerry Marsden’s Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying.
Joe also gave a musical nod to Gerry and the Pacemakers with Ferry Across The Mersey and Peter Stephens’ song related the tale about Liverpool puppeteer Seth Davey. Then songbird Jezz stepped up to the mic and put on her best scouse accent to relate how she’d told a friend that she was coming to the club to play her lute. The friend had said “I didn’t know you played the flute” to which Jezz had replied “LUTE… There’s no F-in Lute!”
All good fun! There’s no doubt our close proximity to Liverpool and having a considerable number of members with a Merseyside connection, does have an bearing on the good humour and the music played.
The American Song Book
But so too do the more traditional transatlantic blues, folk and country influences.
Richard, looking every bit the part with his rugged new hirsuit appearance, opened his set with Good Morning America. John and Ros were joined by Joe for a rousing California Dreaming whilst Carolina Star was Linda and Tom’s stateside contribution.
Reminding us we are heading into September, Enid and Neil slowed down the pace with their lovely version of Autumn Leaves, a mood that was continued by Peter Leslie with a beautiful song he had written during a holiday in Greece, followed by James Taylor’s classical ballad Something In The Way She Moves.
The finale spot was given over to our visitors from Berkshire. Mike was joined by his wife Linda on backing vocals to send us home with a rousing rendition of Ketch Secor/Bob Dylan’s Wagon Wheel.
Bank Holiday Music Festival
So it was another fab night at the Feathers. And if you can’t wait until next Thursday for more of the same, why not pop in on Sunday for the all day Bank Holiday Cider and Beer Festival. It all kicks off at 12 noon on the purpose built outdoor stage with four hours of open mic sessions that will feature several of our members as well as a few from Rhyl Folk and Acoustic. Then from 4.00pm to 11.00pm there are a host of bands with Y Moniers headlining the event, plus Joe Woolford singing some of the songs from his appearance on The Voice.