The evening began with a nice bit of finger-picking, James Taylor style, with a lovely cover of “You Can Close Your Eyes”, courtesy of Peter Leslie followed by one of his own songs, “The Potter’s Wheel”.
Colin Campbell was next up with Tracey Chapman’s “Fast Car”, and Geoff Hollis was really smokin‘ with “If You Think You Know How to Love Me” by Smokie. It was good to see Geoff back at Ruthin and we wish his lovely wife Pam a speedy recovery following her ‘bionic’ operation. (I just want to know where he got the six million dollars from 😉 )
Another Geoff was next, this time of the Durno variety. We don’t see Geoff half often enough, but he is always welcome and always goes down well. Tonight was no exception as he gave us John Denver’s “This Old Guitar” and the Richard Digence song “Red Lights of Antwerp”.
I was in a Johnny Cash kind of mood, asking… “If I Were a Carpenter”, before going all Stevie Winwood with “Can’t Find My Way Home”.
Joe Lyon’s Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, and then he honoured his recently departed fellow Liverpudlian, Ken Dodd, by singing the star’s first ever hit, “Love is Like a Violin”.
The Degneys of Rhos-on-Sea doffed a cap at Christy Moore, with Lynda singing “Ride On”, followed by the Reg Presley hit, “Love is all Around”. Then Tom tooled-up with his banjo for a bit of American folk with “The Crawdad Song,”.
Tom remained on stage to accompany Richard Ruthin on the Delmore Brothers’ “Blues, Stay Away from Me”, before being dragged right out of his comfort zone, into the land of the Grateful Dead, as Richard sang the band’s 1970s hit, “Ripple”.
Robin the Busker opened his set with a contemporary cover of “Skin” by Rag and Bone Man, and then brought the first half of the evening to a close in a more traditional vein with “The Fields of Athenry”, Dubliners’ style.
After the beer break we all ten of us each got another song in, and before you know it, it was finale time. The honours fell this week to Robin, who recruited Tom to accompany him on “Copperhead Road”. And then by way of an encore it was Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” that had most of us joining in to provide a home-time earworm.
And do you know what… We’re going to do it all over again next week!
See you there folks.
James Taylor’s You Can Close Your Eyes, sung by Peter Leslie