Sixteen minstrels meandered down to the function room at The Feathers Inn, to partake in the merriment of an AllStyles Music Night.
They came from all points of the compass. From the far reaches of Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay, Sunny Rhyl and Denbigh to the north; from The Wirral to the East; from Wrexham to the South; and from the wilds of Cyffylliog to the West.
There were even one or two of us Ruthinites thrown into the mix.
By the time the music started, the audience had swelled the numbers to almost double that, and it was our own Joe Lyon who got the proceedings underway in fine style.
Multi Instrumentalist Tom
Tom Degney was instrumental in accompanying his good lady Lynda, and Richard Davies too, as well as flying solo on both guitar and banjo.
Cath Bryan provided the guitar accompaniment for both her own set and for that of Pete Kirkham, and we all became backing singers for Glyn Hudson, such is the chorus-rich nature of her chosen songs.
My own spot was followed by Peter Leslie’s, Andrew Bowsher’s, Bob Neale’s and Penni’s.
It was lovely to see young Tash Allcock returning for a second time with her sweet voice and ukulele style that belie her tender years.
The new kids on the block this week were Mike and Rosa, who we have seen perform down at Rhyl Folk and Acoustic a time or two. The duo’s debut at Ruthin AllStyles went down a storm with Rosa singing in English, French and Portuguese.
Birkenhead’s John Williams paid us a welcome visit, en route to perform at the “Folk on the Farm” Easter Festival in Anglesey.
Armed with his cello mandolin, he brought what had been a superb evening to a close with the Stereophonics’ hit “Dakota”, much to the delight of Jayne, as it has been a favourite of hers ever since we first heard him play it at the Cross Keys a few years ago.
And so we leave you to consume your Easter Eggs and look forward to seeing you all again next Thursday when you can sing all those calories away on our next Singers’ Night.