Click and listen to Bob Dylan’s epic tale “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” as told by Neil Martin
Thirteen musicians plus another seventeen in the audience, made for a comfortably full function room on what turned out to be another excellent evening of music.
It was an evening that began in fine style with a set by Wrexham songwriter Peter Leslie and ended in equally fine style with the smooth sonic and vocal reverberations of Penni Neale.
And in between we had a wonderful varied mix of style and genre. We had solos from Linda Griffith and Rhodri Hampden Jones, original poetry from Colleen and finger-picking instrumentals from Andrew Bowsher.
In addition to some of his own material, Neil Martin told Bob Dylan’s epic tale of “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”. (If you clicked the soundbite above, you should be listening to this right now).
Country, bluegrass and Americana was the order of the day so far as Richard Davies, Tom and Lynda Degney were concerned.
Joe Lyon raised a music glass to mark the 77th birthday of John McNally, founding member of The Searchers, and I ventured into Beatles territory.
It’s no secret that Alan Thompson is a fan of Ryan Adams, so it was no surprise to hear he and Linda sing “My Wrecking Ball”. They followed this beautifully with Jason Isbell’s “If We Were Vampires”.
Finale time came with Penni’s lovely version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.