It was an evening of collaborations, mostly impromptu, and mostly involving Hawarden harmonica player Phil Bradley, who ended up being worked pretty damn hard considering this was the first time he’d visited the club.
Richard Jones, also from Hawarden, opened up the evening with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”. There was no piano in the room so ‘Harmonica Man’, Phil Bradley stepped up to accompany Richard, and to provide backing vocals too. The whole thing had a nice “Peaceful Easy Feeling” about it – which just happened to also be the title of Richard’s next number.
Then we were treated to a bit of Hendrix from Jeff Jones, which he followed up with Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny”.
Lynda Degney enlisted her husband Tom to accompany her on guitar, and started ‘Killing him Softly With Her Song’. But then Tom wooed her back with a “Little Georgia Rose”.
The Sound of Bread was on David Rees’ menu as he sang the beautiful song “Diary” off that album. And you’ve guessed it… with ‘harmonica man’ Phil Bradley joining in on what was a last-minute collaboration. Then, in a magnificent display of musicianship, Phil accompanied David on a song he most definitely had not even heard before as it was David’s most recent original, “Normal Service”.
We kept Phil on stage for his solo spot, dishing up a serving of Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Richardson. Phil, who hails from Hawarden, had by now given up all hope of having a quiet sit down, as he was kept busy throughout the evening with more and more musicians requesting he join them.
One such was Peter Leslie, who had in fact teamed up with Phil in the past. After singing James Taylor’s “You Got a Friend”, Peter enlisted his friend Phil to accompany him on a lovely version of Peter’s own song “The Island”.
After some Tom Waits and Doctor Hook from me, Joe Lyon took to the stage with Donovan’s “Try For The Sun” and Beatles classic “Strawberry Fields”.
It was good to welcome Wrexham musician Terry Allen again, for what must be his third or fourth visit. Choosing songs a little on the dark side, as befitting his husky, gravelly voice, Terry sang Neil Young’s “Love and War” followed by Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave is Kept Clean”.
The second half of the evening began with a spot of “Fire and Rain” from Richard Jones and Phil Bradley. Then Cath Bryan reminded us that “We Are Young” (you speak for yourself Cath!!).
Following her set, Cath remained to accompany Pete Kirkham for a beautiful cover of Glen Hansard’s “Falling Slowly” from the film ‘Once’, which you can hear by clicking below.
Richard Ruthin took us for a trip on the legendary train, the “City of New Orleans”, with our new resident harmonica layer on board of course.
Richard and Wendy Eastwood duetted a tribute to Glen Campbell in the finale spot with “And then I Kissed Ya”, and Dream Lover”. Then for the finale, Wendy sent us all home with “Sweet Dreams”.