Tom then swapped his mandolin for a banjo to treat us to a song he wrote in the dentist’s waiting room, and it’s true to say no-one was looking down in the mouth as he sang “That Old Willow Tree”. But we didn’t let him rest upon his laurels as his musical journey continued with “Wheels”, playing guitar this time with Lynda providing the vocals.
After putting all those different musical instruments through their paces, Tom sat down for a well-earned rest, and it was time for something completely different in the form of an a cappella interlude with ‘Mama G and the Be-bop Brunettes’. Demonstrating some beautiful close harmonies, Angharad, Lyn and Laura eliminated any negativity with “Accentuate The Positive”.
With Jim Reeves in mind, Richard Eastwood sang “He’ll Have To Go”, followed appropriately enough by “Adios Amigo”.
Joe Lyon drew upon the back catalogues of Cliff Richard and Billy Joel, with “The Next Time” and “Piano Man”.
By this time, I reckoned Tom had had enough of a rest, so I dragged him and his mandolin back up on stage to accompany me on Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl”.
Jeff Jones sang the Henry Mancini classic “Moon River”, whilst Wendy Eastwood’s sets paid homage beautifully to two of her musical heroes, Patsy Cline and Nanci Griffith.
Christy Moore’s “Black is the Colour” was the opening song of a fabulous set by Elfin Bow (Elizabeth Anne Jones).
It also fell to Elizabeth to do this week’s finale slot. You could have heard a pin drop in the room as she delivered a stunningly beautiful cover of Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”, before sending us home with a lively earworm in the form of her own composition, “Prairie Madness” off her debut album, which incidentally, has its official launch in Wales next Month at Theatr Clwyd.