Eighteen performers played to a packed house at The Feathers last night.
It was good to see some new faces, both in the audience and up in front of the mics.
Wynne turned up with a selection of his recorders. You never heard these instruments sound so good …seriously! He was accompanied by Elizabeth on guitar, accordion and squeeze box, and by Sam on percussion and vocals. Then, after performing as a trio, they provided instrumental backing for Robin during his spot.
Dave Hytch, no stranger to Ruthin AllStyles, teamed up with Tom and Harry for his first appearance at our new venue. They did a great set that included Kris Kristofferson’s Help me make it through the night.
Tim was back with some folky goodness and a self-penned song about the effects of the Bosnian conflict. Another original song came from Mike who was on his second visit to the club. It was called Satellites and Trampolines and he followed up with a topical and timely song alluding to the fact St Patrick was in fact a Welshman!
Tom and Lynda took us for a Walk in the Irish Rain, and then fifty shades of Geoff sang all about the Grey Funnel Line by Cyril Tawney before moving on to Silver and Gold.
Neil’s articulate guitar picking accompanied Enid with a set that included The Rose and Eric Clapton’s If I saw you in Heaven. We had a great Beatles/John Lennon set from Joe, a touch of Bob Dylan from Chris, and James Ray’s If you gotta make a fool of somebody from John Ryder.
It fell to Richard and Harry to bring a fabulous evening to a close. With Tom joining them on Dobro and Mandolin, they played a terrific set that included Heartaches by the Number and Hello Mary Lou from Richard followed by Harry’s My Friend the Blues and I don’t wanna talk about it.
You couldn’t have asked for a better and varied evening’s entertainment, covering a wide range of genre – and all for a pound!
It was especially pleasing too, because in the audience was student Charlotte Bailey who is studying Music Therapy in Manchester. Charlotte came along to see what goes on at a folk and acoustic club primarily as part of her course assignment. By all accounts, she thoroughly enjoyed the evening, so you never know, we may even have picked up yet another new “regular” along the way!
See you all next week!