We have a fairly regular contingent, of course, who descend on us from the northern shores. They were represented this week by Tom and Lynda from Rhos-on-Sea, Richard Davies from Rhyl and, from Abergele’s coastal climes, Wendy and Richard Eastwood.
And we are just talking here about the front line performers. With them, of course, came a goodly number of support troops in the shape of audience members who’d come along to enjoy the music.
The first battle cry came from Lynda Degney, declaring she was “No Stranger to the Rain”. Accompanied by husband Tom, they also sang about “Blue Grass Music”, before Tom switched both instrument and genre to accompany Richard for a bluesy set that included a new song (from him), Tom Russell’s “St Olaf’s Gate”. Tom also did a solo spot featuring “Little Jimmy Brown”.
Peter Stevens’ set included a John Denver (of course) and a Tim O’Brien, and in the second half he recruited the other Peter, Wendy, Tom and Lynda to join him on “The Midnight Special”.
Chris’ songs this week came from Damian Rice and Neil Young, and Joe Lyon covered songs by The Beatles and The Searchers. Joe also entertained with a couple of jokes that he reckoned were “less corny than Chris’s”. Hmm… the jury is out on that one! 😉
John Blower’s set included the Animals’ version of “Don’t Let me be Misunderstood”, and Richard Thompson’s “Wanna See Those Bright Lights Tonight”.
Tony Grant (left) sang “The Minstrel” by The Houghton Weavers and the 1977 Dan Hill ballad “Sometimes When we Touch”.
To finish off another excellent evening of music, they performed their song entitled “Go”. But we couldn’t let them go – at least without an encore in the shape of “Madeleine” which, like their other songs, was met with a warm and enthusiastic reaction from our audience.