Twenty six through the door, sixteen of whom provided the sweet sound of music, covering folk, country, americana, blues – and even a bit of good ole rock n’ roll.
Richard Ruthin started off in the sixties with the Searchers song “Every Time That You Walk in The Room”. More of our regulars followed, with some Tom Paxton and Ry Cooder from Bob Neale and Penni leading us up the “Stairway to Heaven”.
Chris broke the “Sound of Silence”, having brought his trusty auld EKO out for a rare airing. Lynda Degney sang “California”, and there was an instrumental interlude from Tom Degney on his magic mandolin.
Bob Hall was tickling the ivories once again this week with the Everley Brothers favourite “Let it Be Me”, and Rod Stewart’s “Don’t Wanna Talk About It”.
Harri Owen and Oli Bradley Hughes rocked up with “Hitting the Road” (written by Oli). Both are members of the recently formed local band ‘Clwydian Rangers’. Because we can’t accommodate drum kits in the function room at The Feathers, we’d not met their drummer, Sam Moorcroft. Tonight he came anyway – armed with a guitar, and played a fine set that included his cover of the latest song from ‘Rag n’ Bone Man’, entitled “I’m a Human”.
Another first timer, making her Ruthin AllStyles debut, was Caz Orton. She opened her set with a lovely song she’d written for a friends wedding.
Two guys we don’t see enough of are Alan Wilkins and Mark Thatcher, respectively drummer and bassist in ‘The Alibis’. They too had acoustic guitars as their weapons of choice tonight. Alan opened with a cover of a song by Canadian singer Ron Sexton and Mark Thatcher gave us “Ricky Don’t Lose That Number”, in honour of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker who died recently.
Raphael Calaghan plays harmonica with the Tom, Dick and Harry band, and we had a taste of both that and his guitar for his solo floor spot. First two of his own compositions, “Denim” and “Too Much Rain” followed by a tasty cover of “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”.
The end of the evening was approaching, and tonight Matthew… David Rees became Madonna with the song from Evita, “Another Suitcase In Another Hall”, followed by one of his own excellent songs “Normal Service”.
The finale spot this week fell to Joe Lyon who gave us a lovely cover of “Postcard from London”, and “A Place in the Sun”. And for an encore, what better to end the evening, than Blue Murder’s “The Goodnight Song”.