I think it would be fair to say we were packed to the rafters on Thursday, being just five short of the function room’s maximum capacity of fifty. No fewer than nineteen of the gathered throng got up to sing or play for us, providing an entertaining an varied evening of music.
Four of those banded together to open the evening in fine style, in the form of the Tom, Dick and Harry band – plus John Bass. “First You Lose Your Rhyming”, they didn’t of course, as they sang the Harvey Andrews song of that name, before going on to sing the Elvis classic “Blue Christmas”.
Next up, making a rare appearance at the club was Skeet Williams, demonstrating his superb finger-style on a fine instrumental version of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” followed by an even rarer phenomenon – Skeet singing. He chose the lovely Jeffrey Foucault song “Northbound 35”.
We had a fine selection from the usual suspects: Lynda Degney, Richard Eastwood, Joe Lyon, Glyn Hudson, Penni Neale, Geoff Hollis, Rhodri Hampson Jones and Yours Truly.
No new faces this week but a few that we see only once in a while.
Linda Bostock was the first of these and she sang two Fairport Convention numbers. She and husband Mike hail from Reading and make a point of visiting Ruthin AllStyles during their annual North Wales walking holiday. For Mike’s spot, he chose a couple of Irish folk songs.
Canada Phil is another annual visitor, although he’s in the UK for a bit longer this year, so hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of him this time around. Phil sang “Where have all the Flowers Gone” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”.
Robin Spreckley posed the question: “Who Shot the Sheriff”. Then he roped in Brian Peters to accompany him on a lively bluegrass number “Old Jo Clarke”.
And then Brian remained on stage for the finale spot to send us home with mighty fine blues numbers echoing around our heads.
It’s the Christmas Knees-up. Basically, a Singers’ Night with food and silly hats. We have caterers providing sandwiches and mince pies. It’s just the usual £1.50 admittance. All we ask is that everybody brings a small contribution to the cold finger-buffet table. Nothing that requires heating as there are no cooking facilities.