It was the fourteenth of March, the last Thursday of Winter, and fourteen musicians turned up at The Feathers to say “good riddance” to wintertide and the grim weeks of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
That said, there was nothing SAD about our little gathering, with some thirty in total, enjoying the musical merriment.
Penni Neale opened the proceedings with Gary Edward Jones’s beautiful song “Oceans”
Rhyl’s Roland Hughes (aka Hugh Rowlands) performed a couple of his own songs aimed at encouraging both women and men to regularly check for the early tell-tale signs of cancer, both songs that could quite literally be a life-saver.
The Fred Rose song, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, made famous by Willie Nelson, was made even more famous by Gryn Hudson.
Lynda and Tom Degney included Christy Moore’s “Ride On” in their set.
Next up were Tom, Dick & Harry who gave us a fine mix of Americana, Folk, and Harry’s home-grown material.
Next Saturday (23rd) Alan Thompson will be joining Penni and a host of other local heroes for a concert at Denbigh’s Theatr Twm or Nant. Entitled “Music Can Make a Difference” the concert has been organised to raise money to help pushchairs, cots and other equipment to aid the Syrian refugee mothers and children stranded on a Greek island. Tonight he sang a brand new song “Only Human”, that he has written about their plight. It was beautiful and poignant, and you can hear it by clicking the ► below.
Some trad folk was delivered a cappella by Steve Bailey. I was in a Beatles mood and Bob Hall sang a tribute to a friend who had passed away suddenly a year ago that day.
Having injured his guitar hand, Geoff Durno recruited Tom, Dick and Harry to accompany him on “The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia”.
Joe Lyon was in fine form as he honoured the 1950s musical ‘Calamity Jane’, with the “Black Hills of Dakota” and then turned a “Whiter Shade of Pale” as he delivered that fine Procol Harum song.
Next thing we knew, it was finale time and Tom, Dick and Harry returned to the stage to accompany Enid Toft on Buddy Holly’s “Raining in my Heart”.
All in all, a super night. So join us again next Thursday when we will be celebrating the first day of Spring.