Despite the weather, and regardless of the fact it was the eve of Black Friday, a respectable number were gathered in the function room of The Feathers, to be entertained by a colourful collection of minstrels, who couldn’t fail to brighten the day, however monochromatic.
A Wrexham based trio with the intriguing name of Turkey Rhubarb, launched us into the evening, Hendrix style, with the Billy Roberts rock standard “Hey Joe”. Maria, Phil and Jason were making their AllStyles’ debut.
David Rees followed on with some Eagles, before treating us to a selection of his own excellent compositions.
I decided that I was in a Beatles kinda mood. And it stayed that way until it was time to accompany Bob Hall on the 12-string as he sang “There But For Fortune”. Written by American folk musician Phil Ochs, the Joan Beaz recording of which became a chart hit in 1964.
“Ride on” was Lynda Degney’s opening number, from the pen of Jimmy MacCarthy and made famous by Christy Moore. Then came the classic “Plant Your Fields” before Tom flew solo with the Sea Shanty, “Leave Her”, by Johnny Collins.
Glyn Hudson also nodded in the direction of Christy Moore with the traditional folk song “Bunch Of Thyme”, and “Donna Donna” by Joan Baez.
Before starting his set, Joe Lyon trumped me in the jokes department with his ‘vicar under the bed’ story. I’m going to have to up my game, I reckon.
As the laughter died down, he treated us to the first of a trilogy of Ray Davies songs, “Postcards of London”, “Sunny Afternoon” and “Thank You for the Days”, with “Strawberry Fields by the Beatles thrown in for good measure.
Penni Neale’s first offering was the Ryan Adams song, “Dirty Rain” and was later joined by a mandolin playing Tom Degney on the Kris Kristofferson classic “Sunday Morning Coming Down”.
In the second half she sang two new (to her) songs, both beautiful Emmylou Harris ballads, “You’ll Never Be The Sun”, and “Hickory Wind”.
Most of us managed to get four songs each and Turkey Rhubarb’s second helping was a serving of “Dead Skunk” with a shanty of “Old Riley” on the side.
Then for the finale, as if to herald the coming of Black Friday, they sent us out into the night with a rousing rendition of John Fogerty’s “Bad Moon Rising”.
T’was a great night – more again next week!