It was one of those nights when the stars were aligned, and no one was put off by the Full Moon nor by the lurking Storm Dudley.
It was a night when our loyal bunch of core regulars were all on top form. A night that began with Tom, Dick and Harry doing what they do best, and ended with outstanding performances from two very welcome visitors, John Williams and Gary Edward Jones.
John’s set included Jason Isbell’s “If We Were Vampires”, his fingers dancing on the frets of that magnificent cello mandolin, producing the rich resonant sound that has become his signature.
This was Gary’s first post-pandemic visit to the club, taking an evening off from rehearsals for the upcoming mini-tour of his popular show, “Something About Simon”. He treated us to two of his own compositions, including a debut performance of a beautifully emotive and touching ballad written after a conversation with his elderly father.
And then, for the grand finale, he had the packed room joining in with the “Lie la lie” hook of Paul Simon’s “The Boxer”.
Seventeen of us, in all, performed an eclectic mix of covers and originals to an appreciative audience of approaching double that number.
We have always strived to be a warm-hearted and welcoming club but there is something about the atmosphere at The Feathers that makes it so much easier.
It really is good to be back at the club’s spiritual home.