What I mean by that is, there were twenty-one singers today.
There was indeed a birthday celebration, however, although not a twenty-first because it was exactly twenty-three years ago, to the very day, that Ruthin AllStyles Music Club was founded.
The then Feathers Folk Club was started in the very same room by Llinos and Campbell Finnie on October 31st 1996, changing its name to Ruthin Folk Club after a few short months and moving on to what turned out to be a string of alternative venues before coming back to The Feathers in January 2015. You can read more about its history here.
With a room that was comfortably full with an audience of thirty-two, the opening spot, for both halves of the evening, fell to Chester musician Bill Malkin and his friend John Sylvester, from Aberystwyth. It was Bill’s second appearance at the club and first time for pianist John with whom he performs as a duo.
There followed a string of excellent performances from a number of our faithful regulars, old and relatively new.
Local musician Alan Wilkins Joined us for what was his third appearance at our current venue, and from further afield, Bill Hackwell made a return visit whilst on a short break in Ruthin. Back in the July of last year, Bill was one of four walkers who looked us up whilst on a stop-over during a hike along the length of Offa’s Dyke,
It was good to see (and hear) John Evans again too. He came along tonight with his former ‘Red Hill’ bandmate Alan Thompson, who also entertained us with a floor spot.
Bob Hall was back in a-cappella mode after a few weeks absence, as was violinist Jim Cole.
John Williams too. This Wizard of The Wirral is always a welcome addition to our music nights with his home-grown compositions sung to the accompaniment of his cello mandolin or his tenor guitar.
And as the evening was drawing to a close, we called upon Neil Martin to provide us with a dose of Leonard Cohen before he heads off to spend the winter months touring France in his campervan.
We wish him Bon Voyage.
This week’s roll call: Richard Ruthin, Enid Toft, Penni Neale, Lynda and Tom Degney, Bill Hackwell, Joe Lyon, Chris Birchall, John Williams, Bill Malkin and John Sylvester, Dave Ryder, Alan Wilkins, Steve Juckes-Hughes, Jim Cole, John Evans, Richard Eastwood, Pete Kirkham, Bob Hall, Alan Thompson, Neil Martin.