It’s funny how things have a way of working out. As club night was approaching, it seemed like our regulars were “dropping like flies”. Four away visiting family, three poorly, two tied into rehearsals, and one on last-minute babysitting duties. To top it all off, I was just getting over a cold and was certain my voice wouldn’t hold up, so with a dozen of us effectively out of action, it looked like we were heading for a very quiet night.
In the event, it was far from that. Our five remaining regulars were joined by our old friend Jeff Jones, by one of the Rhyl club members, Geoff Skellon, and by Skeet and Debs, aka Jackson Williams.
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I decided to give my voice a complete rest and so the task of comparing the evening was shared by Joe Lyon and Penni Neale – and what a fine job they made of it. Some of their jokes were even… ahem… almost as good/bad as mine. 😎
Steve Jukes-Hughes got the evening started in fine style and what followed was rich and varied. Joe Lyon and Jeff Jones gave us some Mersey sounds, Peter Leslie transported us to sunnier climes with songs he’d written about his favourite Greek islands, Penni escorted us up the Stairway to Heaven, and Neil Martin shared both covers and self-penned songs in his own inimitable style.
And speaking of inimitable styles, Geoff Skellon treated us to a selection of his hilarious monologues, on what was his Ruthin AllStyles debut.
Skeet and Debs were on top form as usual and because their second spot was the finale, we managed to squeeze a fifth song out of them. What a great song-writing duo they are – and it’s good to learn that their gigs diary is starting to fill up again, post-pandemic, including a show next month in the magical setting at the Woodland Skills Centre in Bodfari.
With the dreadful situation over in Ukraine, we had decided that the evening’s door money would be donated to the charity RENEW who are sending out vital supplies to help refugees fleeing the war zone. Topped up by your generous donations, we were able to send Care UK RENEW a donation of £105. Thank you to everyone who donated. You did us proud.