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Recent Clubnight pictures

Here are a few mugshots from recent club nights…

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By |March 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Christmas Jollifications

141219-8642I trust you all had a jolly time over the Christmas break.

It all began in earnest on the 19th at the Footy Club.  You were probably all too drunk to remember – but the Hairy Photographer was amongst you gathering the evidence with the stealth of an illuminated charging rhinoceros!

So, in the style of an evictee from the Big Brother Jungle X-factory, here are your best bits…

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By |January 4th, 2015|1 Comment

Ghost in our house

I know they have many fans at Rhyl Folk and Acoustic, so here is Merry Hell’s latest offering: There’s a Ghost in our House
You can buy the four track EP at their website where you will also find a list of their tour dates.

The Ghost in Our House from neilmccartney10 on Vimeo.

The Ghost EP
A four track EP containing two songs from our forthcoming album ‘The Ghost in Our House and other stories…’, and two bonus tracks including a live version of ‘Rosanns’s Song’ recorded at The Grand in Clitheroe.
1 The Ghost in Our House
2 The Baker’s Daughter
3 Nobody Knows Me Like You
4 Rosanna’s Song (Live)

£2.25 including postage

Click here to purchase the EP

By |November 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Gary Edward Jones Trio

141010-6382There was a familiar face in the line up for last week’s guest spot. We’ve met Skeet Williams before. He has graced our singer’s nights on a couple of occasions recently with his exquisite fingerpicking and wowed us with some of his self penned numbers.

141010-6400It is barely two years since Skeet had a chance meeting with Liverpool singer/songwriter Gary Edward Jones at a festival on the Wirral.  They jammed. They gelled. They hooked up with  freelance bass player Oscar South and the Gary Edward Jones Trio was born.

Gary is an extremely accomplished writer of original songs containing beautiful meaningful lyrics.   He has a warm, honey-soft voice and a relaxed easy listening guitar style.  Skeet’s effortless mastery of the fretboard adds intricate and delicate riffs which together with Oscar’s solid and steady bass line, perfectly compliment the main man’s own guitar skills. Rarely do you get three musicians that gel together so effortlessly.

141010-6374The three have just released their first album, The Cabinet Maker, which is being officially launched at a special event in St Georges Hall, Liverpool on November 15th.

The album is good. Very Good. And unlike many artists, it is not all down to sound engineering wizardry. Their live performances are every bit as good!

What we experienced during their performance at the club sounded just like the immaculate, professionally engineered recordings but with the added multiple dimensions that you only get when listening to music live.  No pedals. No effects. Just one voice, two guitars and an acoustic double bass in perfect harmony.

141010-6413Their two 45 minute slots included many of the songs off the album and a couple that were a sneak preview of what we can expect from the second album next year.

We heard one of my own personal favourites, Free Falling, and Dreaming which was the very first song that Skeet and Gary jammed on their first meeting.  They performed a varied set which even included a “folk reggae” number!

141010-6387Gary’s girlfriend Elizabeth added a touch of glamour to the stage, providing some  lovely backing vocals, taking some time off from performing in her own right as part of the duo “Grace and Danger”.  When I asked Gary if she was Grace or Danger, he told me with a wry grin that the clue was in colour of her hair!

Many of the club regulars performed between the two slots  and a really nice touch, appreciated by all who played,was that Gary, Oscar and Skeet remained in the audience, attentive and appreciative during our performances.

It truly was a magical evening of music.

By |October 16th, 2014|0 Comments

This Friday: The Gary Edward Jones Band — plus support by club regulars


One day, in the not too distant future, you’ll be watching Later with Jools Holland or listening to the Radio One Chart Show and saying “Wow, I saw these guys at Rhyl Folk and Acoustic Club before they were famous”

Their debut CD, The Cabinet Maker, which is being officially launched on the 15th of November is absolutely fabulous.  We bought ours almost two months ago and it’s been on repeat ever since.  It’s that good.  It really is.

Listening to them live is even better!  I’ve had the opportunity of seeing them play live twice now and on both occasions the entire audience were transfixed, completely aware they were witnessing something really special.

Honestly folks.  You really mustn’t miss this.

Gary, Skeet and Oscar will be doing two forty minute spots and as usual support will be provided by club regulars, so bring your instruments as usual.

By |October 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Dimming of the Day – Tom, Dick and Harry plus John

One from the 2013 archives…

By |October 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Paul Reaney – Angeline

A little taster of what we have in store when Paul Reaney comes to perform a guest spot at the club in February.


By |September 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Gary Edward Jones – The Narrowboat Sessions

We had an insight to Skeet Williams’s tasty guitar work at the club the other week. Well here is a taste of what we have in store when he returns on October 10th with bassist Oscar South and singer/songwriter Gary Edward Jones.  It’s a night not to be missed!


By |August 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Singer’s Night, July 11th

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Howard, Richard and Tom forming a dynamic trio.

Another full house this week with all the usual suspects – plus a couple of appearances from friends we wish saw more of.

It was nice to see and hear Howard again, both in his solo spot and a couple of collaborations.

New to me was Paul Young.  Paul first gave us a hilarious adaptation of Eric Idle’s “The Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s film The Meaning of Life.  And then he quipped that his next song was a new one – so new, that he’d only written it that very evening from notes that he had made following a visit to Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd.

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Paul Young – Looking on the bright side of life!

Paul had become intrigued by the inscription on the headstone in the graveyard of one Kate Owen who had died early in the last century.  He discovered she had been the landlady of the adjacent pub, The White Horse.  The song he wrote about her was a lovely tale about what he imagined how her life would have been and from the polished performance you would never have guessed it was the first time he had ever performed it!

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Happy Birthday Lynda

With the club having so many members now, almost every week brings the expectation of a slice of cake and a chorus of Happy Birthday.  This week it was the turn of our own Lynda Degney, seen here with MC Neil and cake bearer Brandon.

Next Meeting Cancelled

Just a quick reminder, that this week’s meeting (18th July) has had to be cancelled due to a hurriedly arranged football match, so the appearance by Merseyside duo “Our Morals” is postponed until a later date.

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Howard Hadwin

I happened to bump into Josh Cartwright and Emma Runswick (Our Morals) at a recording studio over in Wigan at the weekend where Josh told me that ironically, the team playing in the friendly at Rhyl this Friday are his home town team Tranmere Rovers!

Small world!

See you all on the 25th when hopefully Nick will be fighting fit and back in our midst.


By |July 17th, 2014|0 Comments