Listen to Skeet Williams playing Albatross while to read the Blog
Being part of a music club such as Ruthin AllStyles, gives an opportunity to meet up with a special circle of friends on a fairly regular basis, to reacquaint with old friends, and to welcome new friends into the fold.
One of those old friends was Albert Ross.
Hang on… No it wasn’t… It was Skeet Williams, who opened his set with the Fleetwood Mac classic “Albatross”, showcasing his immaculate flowing finger-style technique. He followed this with Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”.
Among the new friends we made tonight were two members of John Bass’s family.
Living as they do at opposite ends of the country, John’s son Tim Rowell and his nephew Simon Pritchard had never played together before. Following a brief rehearsal out in the pub’s rear courtyard, the pair turned out an excellent cover of Greenday’s “Time of Your Life”.
Youngsters Adah and Maddock Embury (12 and 11) were also making their Ruthin AllStyles debut, having only recently moved to live in the area.
Shyness and nerves overcome, they put their beautifully pure voices together to deliver some excellent close harmonies on a range of songs including Ed Sheeran’s “What Do I Know?” and James Bay’s “Let It Go”.
The long distance award this week went to a young man from New Zealand who was over in Wales on a family holiday.
Jake Stokes’s lively rocky style was well suited to his choice of songs: “The Way I Tend To Be” and “The Levy”.
Full Supporting Cast
As for the rest of us, the regulars, Richard Ruthin, Tom and Lynda Degney, Joe Lyon, Glyn Hudson, Penni Neale and Yours Truly; well we provided our usual eclectic mix of country, folk and Americana.
Being one of Skeet’s guitar pupils, Glyn persuaded her mentor to join her on the Kate Rusby song, “The Sleepless Sailor”.
The finale spot this week was filled by one of our newest ‘regulars’, Keith Hawley, who was making his fourth appearance at the club in as many weeks.
Keith’s song choices included a clutch of Beatles songs: “Hide Your Love Away”, “Things We Said Today” and “Norwegian Wood”.
Then for the finale, the whole room joined in on the “lie-la-lies” as he sang Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer”.
It’s a Singer’s Night again next week.
See you then!