And the feast that he brought us from the wilds of Wigan, was a takeaway comprising the most diverse collection of covers and original songs as any lover of live music could ask for.
He served up helpings of Clapton, John Mayer, Trad Irish Folk songs, John Fogerty, and many more.
His first weapon of choice was the guitar, which he used for some lively rocky numbers. A string snapped half way through “Rollin on the River” and in true rock ‘n roll style, Jon carried on to the end of the song regardless.
Luckily Jon had four instruments to choose from so whilst his guitar tech (me) took care of the restringing, he took charge of the electric piano and slowed the pace down with a set of three of his own compositions.
Then it was on to the accordion for some Steve Earl, including the catchy “Galway Girl”.
Back on guitar after the mid-evening break, a beautiful french song “La vie de Campagne”, Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”,and Clapton’s “Call me the Breeze” were followed by the Irish drinking song, “Rosin the Bow”.
Then one more on the accordion took us up to the end of the set. Not that we were ever going to let him go so quickly. Jon came back with John Mayer’s “Sweet Little Mystery” that had been requested by Jayne. More Irish folk followed in the form of “The Fox”. Then came the encore where he sang one of his own songs “Sing Out” accompanying himself on the accordion.
The evening had begun with a round of songs from five of our regulars: Chris, Lynda Degney, Andrew Bowsher, Glyn Hudson and Penni Neale, and the second half was opened with a four song set by another five, in the shape of the full Tom, Dick and Harry band (including John Bass and Raphael).
Charity Cake Stall
During the evening we also had cakes for sale in aid of the nation-wide “Time for a Cuppa” fund-raising campaign in aid of the Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse charity. Cakes had been kindly donated by Ruthin Co-op and two of our members, Glyn and Barbara. The Feathers management kindly donated a bottle of bubbly for the raffle plus a cash donation.
All the tea/coffee and raffle money was added to the donations box on the cake table, adding up to a grand total of £116.35 raised for the charity.
A couple of video clips from the night.
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