I think we’ve hit on a winning formula by occasionally spicing up our regular singer’s nights with a half hour spot showcasing talented musicians from other clubs in the region – and beyond. It seems to add focus to the evening whilst still providing ample opportunity for members’ floor spots.
If it remains popular we will look at possibly making it a monthly feature.
Last night the “spicing up” was undertaken by Bob and Annie, a duo from Old Colwyn who are members of the Rhyl Folk and Acoustic Club.
The couple have a distinctive and entertaining style with Annie’s animated vocal performance complemented by Bob’s guitar playing which ranges from soft and gentle to powerful and aggressive, across an eclectic range of covers from the likes of Dylan, Cohen and Cash.
Midway through their set was a wonderful segway in which Marianne Faithful’s Lucy Jordan morphed seamlessly into Janis Joplin’s Last Train.
This was followed by a great version of Frankie and Albert which was an interesting mix of the Lead Belly and early Dylan versions and the more well known Frankie and Johnny incarnations recorded by (among many others) Cash and Presley.
Before Bob and Annie’s showcase, no fewer than a dozen performers provided a lively and varied first half which was kicked off in fine style by Lynda and Tom, followed by Richard and Harry with John providing the bass line. Then we heard from Phil, Chris, Joe, John Ryder and Cath before Neil and Enid took us to the break in fine melodic style.
And then we got Bob and Annie back on stage for a fabulous rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s All I’m Thinking About Is You for the finale.