There we were, it was Orangemen’s Day… and not an orange in sight.
Not even an apple for the teacher. There was, apparently, an orange man in London, but Liverpool can easily trump that, being chock full, as it is, with orange ladies.
That said, no one seemed the slightest interested in visiting heads of state, scouse girls, or sectarian marches. We were all far too engrossed with the fruits of our collected musical endeavours as no fewer than fifteen minstrels performed before a packed function room.
Richard Ruthin got things underway with Steve Earl’s “Sometimes She Forgets”, followed by our favourite busker, Rockin’ Robin who sang the Rag ‘n Bone man song, “Skin” and Leonard Cohen’s “Marianne”.
Hank Williams’s “Cheatin’ Heart” was foremost in Bob Neale’s mind, whereas Joe Lyon stayed this side of the Atlantic with the Beatles song “That Boy”.
I was yearning for “Maggie May”, Tom Degney was lamenting over “Left Over Biscuits” and Lynda was climbing the Gibson Brothers’ “Fool’s Hill”.
An American trilogy was on Keith Hawley’s mind, “Walking in Memphis” and staying at the “Hotel California”, before heading to his “Sweet Home Alabama”.
Enlisting the services of Tom Degney to accompany on mandolin, Penni Neale sang Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” followed by the song which seems to have pretty much become the club’s anthem “Autumn Leaves”.
Hardly a week goes by without seeing a new face at the club. This week we had two or three in the audience and no fewer than four at the business end of the microphones.
The first was Scarlet, whose younger sister, Fuchsia Jones, has been a frequent visitor over the past couple of years.
Singing unaccompanied, Scarlet treated us to two songs in her beautiful pure mezzo-soprano voice, including a lovely classical version of Gershwin’s “Summertime”.
The other three new faces all hailed from Denbigh. A couple of lovely love songs from Alan Thompson, the first was Ryan Adams’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”, and “If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell, both with some nifty guitar work.
John Sellers has been to Ruthin AllStyles before, but it was his first time at The Feathers. A seasoned performer, John belted out his first song “Big Tears Fall” (by Nils Lofgren) followed by the Peter Sarstedt classic “Where Do You Go To My Lovely”. He ended the set with a song in Welsh about growing up in Llangynhafal.
Singer/songwriter John Evans was debuting two of his own songs, playing them in public for the first time *You Can Be Anyone”, and “Young Born Soldier”, followed by “Feeling Kinda Young Again”. You can hear more of John’s music and buy his latest CD at: https://www.johnevansmusic.co.uk/
And so, as another absolutely cracking night of music drew to a close, it was over to Richard and Wendy Eastwood. Both had delivered lovely solo sets earlier in the evening and now they came together to duet on Bobby Darin’s 1959 hit, “Dream Lover” (below).
If Loving You Is Wrong – Alan Thompson
Summertime – Scarlet Jones