It was a balmy evening and the room was comfortably full with just short of forty in the audience and seventeen performers providing the entertainment.
The first of these was Wendy Eastwood, who got the music off to a fine start with Crystal Gayle’s “Brown Eyes Blue” followed by the Eagles song “Love Will Keep Us Alive” with Oohs and Ahhs provided by husband Richard.
It was good to see Coventry musician Pete Jackson back for a second visit and this time he treated us to some fine instrumentals on his guitar. Sadly, their lovely little doggie was poorly, so he and his wife had to leave early but they have a caravan in North Wales now, so hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of Pete in the future.
Tom Degney was also in an instrumental mood as he wowed us with his mastery of the dobro. Then through the evening he variously accompanied Lynda, Richard Ruthin and Jeff Jones, alternating between dobro, mandolin and guitar.
In Fine Voice
The rest of our regulars came up trumps yet again, with a wonderful selection of covers and originals. The whole audience were in fine voice too, joining in on many of the songs and not just the well-known numbers, for when Peter Leslie sang of one of his own compositions “Relentless Rain”, the gathered throng was voluminous on every chorus.
As the end of the evening approached, Penni Neale sang out a plea for “A Little Help From (her) Friends” before providing a little help to Enid Toft by accompanying her for the finale spot. It is so lovely to have Enid back in front of the microphones, with Penni providing vocal harmonies as well as instrumental accompaniment.
And then it was time to go home. Although that almost didn’t happen for three of our coastal members, Richard, Tom and Lynda, as Richard’s car had been firmly blocked in by a person or persons unknown. Luckily, a solution was found with Penni driving the three to St Asaph, where the Degney’s car was parked and they, in turn, took Richard home to Rhyl. The final part of the relay operation took place the following morning with Richard enjoying a bus ride back to Ruthin to liberate his car.
As John Lennon said: “There are no problems, only solutions”.
Tonight’s roll call…
Tom and Lynda Degney, Pete Jackson, Joe Lyon, Chris Birchall, Glyn Hudson, Richard Ruthin, Jeff Jones, Cath Bryan, Mike Hastings, Peter Leslie, Pete Kirkham, Wendy and Richard Eastwood, Neil Martin, Penni Neale, and Enid Toft.