Thirty-eight songs from nineteen performers in front of a gathering of twenty-nine.
All of which adds up to a splendid evening’s entertainment at the region’s number one venue for live folk and acoustic music.
The success of a club like ours is down to the sum of all its parts.
We are so lucky to have an enthusiastic core of regulars, and ‘fairly regulars’, who wholly embrace and warmly welcome the ‘occasionals’ (who might turn up once every few weeks or so) and most importantly, the ‘new faces’ too. And it is fascinating to witness the evolving migration between these groups.
Also, the fact we never know from one week to the next, who is going to come through the door wielding a guitar, is what adds variety and makes our Singer’s Nights so special.
Jayne and I always try to visit other clubs whenever we are away on our travels and are always grateful when we are made to feel welcome. Sadly, the opposite can be the case too. There are times we’ve been practically ignored and on more than one occasion been made to feel we had gate-crashed someone’s private function.
AllStyles, All Welcoming
Hardly a week goes by without someone making their Ruthin AllStyles debut, and this week it was the turn of Hannah Sherwood, who had previously attended as a member of the audience a time or two, before deciding to take to the floor.
With guitar accompaniment by Cath Bryan, Hannah sang Amy Winehouse’s “You Know that I’m No Good” and Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time”. (Click below for a couple of soundbites)
Cath was kept busy, also accompanying Pete Kirkham as he gave us some Sting and some Bread, before serving up her own set, having picked Cranberries and Dylan for her inspiration.
Back for More
A former ‘new face’ a few weeks back, Steve Bailey must also have felt welcome, because here he was making a second visit.
Singing traditional folk songs, a cappella style, Steve’s first offering was “Bonny Ship the Diamond”, followed by “The Dalesman’s Litany”.
Billy Brag’s “New England” was Fuchsia Jones’s first song. “Gossamer Thin” by Conor Oberst, was her second. And I have to say, we are more than delighted to be used as a sounding board for the songs she will be singing at Rhyl Pavilion on March 15th when she has the support slot for Scottish band Skerryvore.
It is lovely watching youngsters like Fuchsia in the first steps of their musical journey. And again, it is testament to the club that many fledgling musicians, whatever their age, feel they can get up and perform before our attentive and appreciative audience.
Like most weeks, the evening offered up an eclectic mix of folk, roots and Americana, and several impromptu collaborations with the likes of Mark Thatcher happy to be called upon to provide bass accompaniment, as was Tom with mandolin and dobro.
And it was with such a collaboration that we ended the evening, as Mark and Tom provided backing for Richard in the finale spot which featured songs by Tom Paxton, Richard Thompson, and Don Williams.
It really is a rather special little musical community we have here in the function room at The Feathers.
Tonight’s roll call.
Chris Birchall, Jim Cole, Glyn Hudson, Pete Kirkham, Steve Bailey, Fuchsia Jones, Bob and Penni Neale, Andrew Bowsher, Joe Lyon, Mark Thatcher, Cath Bryan, Hannah Sherwood, Lynda and Tom Degney, Robin the Busker, Enid Toft & Neil Wilkinson, Richard Davies.
Advance Notice: On March 1st it will be Singer’s Night with Cake! As part of the Dementia UK’s “Time for Tea” campaign, all the tea/coffee money will be donated to help fund their ‘Admiral Nurse’ facility. We will have cakes for sale too. ►Details