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Club Night 18th November

 

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dscf0184A good night, and a lot of tributes to the late and great Lenard Cohen, including Annie and Bobs version of  Hey That’s No Way To say Goodbye, from 1967.

Here’s a track from his last album, released earlier this year at  82 years old. His music is timeless, listen to it while you look at the pictures from last Friday.

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Richard surprised us, he’s dumped his partner Wendy and gone solo!

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There was Keith and Colin and Mike,

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And Kevin with my favourite guitar.

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Richard, Tom and Linda.

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Tom Goodall, who sang his brand new song for us Second hand Rings, which sounds easily as good as his previous works.

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And not forgetting, Rhyl’s own BFG, Geoff Hollis, Who gave us a lot of favorites, including Stan Rogers The Lock Keeper, Bryn Philips Silver and Gold, and Cyril Tawny’s Grey Funnel Line.

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Annie and Bob closed the night for us with a song that came out when I was 10 years old, Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me Babe.

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See you all next week…

By |November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

4th November club Night

dscf0056Special Guest Night with Karin Grindal and Rosie Cleg.

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By |November 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 28th October 2016

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe:  all mimsy were the borogroves, and the mome roths outgrabe.800px-jabberwocky“Beware the Jabberwock, my son, the jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware theJubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!”…..

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As you have probably guessed, local group Jabberwocky visited us tonight,

Ian,Gill, Gilly and Mick visit and entertain us every couple of months or so.

Another local duo that visit us, Dawn and Allan.

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Wendy had us all crying singing about Hobo Billy’s Last Ride, (at least no one died in Geoff’s songs!).

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dscf0039Wendy sang another Tania Tucker song, (no one died this time)  and they finished with Doctor Hooks, “Who,s going to water my plants” etc.

Jabberwocky finished the first half.

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He took his vorpal sword in hand, long time the manxome foe he sought- So rested he by the tumtum tree, And stood a while in Thought…

With the songs I Never New Love before,  Van Morrison’s Moon Dance and Handbags and Glad Rags.

We then had the raffle…

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Kevin opened the second half,  reminding us that Xmas is just around the corner with his second Xmas song of the year  Xmas in New York, his first last week was  Xmas in Washington,  Where will it be next week? (answers  please on a post card or sealed envelope  to…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and started with Killing me softly, followed by a Mark Knoppler song, The Next Time I,m in Town, and finishing with waiting for the times to get better.

Richard, accompanied by Mick, Alan and Tom, Were “Living On Tulsa Time”

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John Taylor then sang for us a really good song about  the miners strike in Barnsley.

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Colin gave us You Never can Tell, By Chuck Berry, Dawn and Alan came back,

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And gave us four more songs.

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followed by Richard and Wendy, Who sang Crying Time and I wish it would Rain.

 

 

 

 

And To Finish…

And as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,  Came whiffling through the tuggley wood, and burbled as it came.

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Who gave us four more songs, Aretha Franklin’s Change,  Good thing, Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago, and to finish Jesse Jays Price Tab

One two! One Two! And through and through. The Vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head, He went galumping back.

Don’t forget, next week is guest night, be early!!!

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By |November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 21st October 2016

 

dscf2240Wendy was just finishing a Georgette Jones number when I arrived, Just in time for my favourite Edwina Hayes song  Run,

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Really looking forward to seeing Edwina Hayes next year,but as I have been listening to Wendy singing the songs for so long, I will probably prefer Wends versions!

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Next we had The Singing Degneys, (Tom and Linda) to entertain us with anew song, (I forgot the title!) and an old favourite Four Wheel drives blue Ridge mountain Girl.

Richard, who was comparing this evening then told a joke (Neil Style!!!) about a friend of his called Paddy who went to buy a pizza, ( A true story) . When the laughter eventually died down he introduced  Tom Goodall, Who started of with a really good Bruce Springsteen cover.

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He carried on with one of his best self  written songs Brittney The Bedroom Star,

To complete an excellent set.

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who first gave us a Gill Landry song, followed be Steve Earls Christmas in Washington, (Our First Xmas song of the year!!!)

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Tony Grant had a hard act to follow…

but amply rose to the challenge, by borrowing one of Geoff Hollis  favourites, All the Answers, and one I haven’t heard him sing  before, You,l  never be the Sun.

It was time to crank up  the microphone to its highest height, and welcome Rhyl,s own BFG on stage.

Mr Geoff  Hollis

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I really must get a panoramic camera, or move further back!

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Goeff started with the poignant Bryn Phillips song about the true story of an  ex Bridge End miner, For those of you interested….This is by Bryn.

John Gates was a miner in South Wales, near Bridge End, before he was made redundant at the age of 50 when the pit in his local town closed down. There was virtually no chance of getting a job in the area and so he turned to a hobby which he had for years – embroidery. He is now a successful teacher and lectures on the subject all over the place.

I first heard his story on Woman’s Hour, whilst travelling back from Bridgnorth Folk festival. Immediately I arrived home I started to write the song. After I had written it I managed to trace John and sent him a recording of the song to make sure he was happy about my performing it. Thankfully he was, and what’s more he sent me some photographs of the wedding dress which features in the song and also an embroidered badge, which I treasure. If you click on the image (top right) you can see this fine example of his detailed work in, of course, silver and gold.

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And for those of you wondering, he hasn’t got a halo, it’s the light bulb about 4″ from his head!!!

Next he sang for us a song he has been working on for the last 9 weeks, his first performance of the Stan Rogers song about the Mary Ellen Carter. this could well turn into a favourite.

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We only had to wind the mike down a little bit for our next guest, Terry is quite long too!!

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he started of with a Mel haggard song, and finished with the classic Hank Williams, Willy nelson song Old Flames.

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accompanied of course by Tom on slide guitar.

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Tom Degney did  South Bound Freight. Then Richard sang The Games people play, with Tom accompanying on the mandolin.

 

 

 

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They sang Welcome to my world as a duet.

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Geoff Hollis sang windy Harbour, Linda gave us a sing-a-long, or more accurately a howl a-long, The Northern Plains. Tery Mealey gave us the John Prine favourite Put Another Log on the Fire, always a favourite educational song  for the girls. To Finish Richard, Tom Terry and Wendy all sang The Speed of the Sound of loneliness, then finished with  Hank Williams Wedding Bells.dscf2264dscf2263

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONT FORGET 4TH NOVEMBER GUEST NIGHT, MEMBERS £1.50 AS NORMAL, GUESTS £3.00. THE BEST VALUE NIGHT IN RHYL.

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By |October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 7th October 2016

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I thought that I had walked into the wrong club last Friday,

there were not many seats left. and several new faces, as the summer ends and holidays finish, we start to get a full club again. (and where else can you get a good nights entertainment for £1.50!) .  When I arrived I thought we had a new young  female country and western vocalist, then I realized that it was a tanned Wendy, just back from her holidays, (Richard was tanned too!)

dscf2145Next up was Raphael Callaghan, who we normally see with Tom Dick and Harry Band, (which we did …later)  He entertained us with some songs from his new album Said and Done.

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Jim the Fiddler was next…

who gave us A Life on the Ocean Waves, Followed by a Scottish tune.

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We then had a newcomer to the club, Jane from Bethesda.,

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She gave us a couple of Christy Moore songs, finishing with Nancy Spain. Lets all hope that we see her again soon.

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Linda and Tom came next.

Tom had his frying pan with him, so Linda took the advantage and sang Ring the Bell.

she finished with Four Wheel Drives My Blue Ridge Mountain Girl.

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as they were setting up, Harry lowered the tone of the evening by asking a Lancashire  riddle, from when he was a wee lad, ‘ whats little and wrinkled, and hangs out your underpants’ We must be thick in Rhyl, no one got it write,  its your granny.

dscf2165Things could only get better, which they did, as they sang for us Buddy Holly True Love Ways,  Delia Gone, John Prines Speed of the sound of loneliness, and Drift Away.

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It was then time for the Raffle.

Which was won by a very nice man from Carmel, a nice looking bottle of Merlot.

dscf2178We were then introduced to  Russell  Williams and Helen Lank,

Who have recently got together and formed a duo. Helen is a brilliant double bassist, and Russell an excellent guitarist and singer, I think he must be saving up for a new guitar, as he said the one he was using was made in 1941!

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Russel is a great friend of Toms, who invited him to visit Rhyl, as they are from the Frodsham /Chester area. Lets hope Tom can get them to come again.

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And have a hilariously funny rendition of my first day at the pit. what makes it so fantastically funny is Johns  accent and delivery,  I can’t imagine anyone being able to do it any better.

dscf2185Mike  Whitiker  Finished of with one of his own, Underneath the Waterfall,  Colin with streets of London, Jane with a song about birth control and beer…. Jim fiddled a slow air, Wild Rose of the Mountain, and Linda and Tom  Another Lonesome Morning.

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dscf2171Tom Dick, Harry, John and Raphael came back on to sing us out with Jerry Rafferty,s Baker Street, what a fantastic end to my bottle of wine, it vibrated of the table and fell on the floor, managing to hit the table leg on the way down. Other than that a really good night

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See you all in 2 weeks, I,m having a week off.

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By |October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 30th September 2016

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Nine artists tonight, (excluding the ones that drink too much!) a 50% improvement over last week.

Everybody seems to go on holiday in September, when the kids go back to school, (cheapskates!).  Things should start getting back to normal this week.

As Neil was poorly, Richard was comparing, get well and come back soon Neil, we are all missing the jokes…

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Gentleman Jim was next up to fiddle for us, as well as explaining the difference between a fiddle and a violin, he gave us Ashakan Farewell, Some Scottish tunes, and Twilight over Shetland.dscf2069

 

 

 

 

 

Tom and Linda were next, Linda started with the Cox Brothers, Everyone is reaching out for Someone.  She then dedicated the next song to Neil, as it was one of his favourites, we all howled our way through The Northern Plains, and Neil texted a howl too!. Linda finished with Four Wheel Drives Blue Ridge Mountain Girl.

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Tom Goodall was on next.

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He started with lets Get Married, Followed on with Station of Stillness, and finished with the excellent Mothers Hug. Tom writes  good songs. He also does the odd cover, one of his best being When Doves Cry, by Prince He,s only done it once at Rhyl , so If you haven’t seen it, here it is, and he,s accompanied by his cat!

Next up was The Magnificent Tony Grant!

Not a lot more you can say about Tony, he always gives us a five star performance.

dscf2080Tony,s first song was a Niel Diamond, Girl you,l Br A Woman Soon,  Followed by Kiran Halpin,s / Geoff Hollis,s  All the Answers, And for Vera, Willie Nelson’s Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.

dscf2089Terry was next, to give us our weekly John Prine, and other old cowboy songs, this week we had Welfare Line, Teenage Fathers, and Bury Me.

After the raffle it was one song each, Starting with Richard, who did Me and Bobby McGee.

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Tom Goodall did his second turn, showcasing a brand new song written for the austerity (We Shall Overcome) event which is all this week.

It was called Austerity, and, as usual a really good song, If You Missed it, I will take pity on you!!!  And you get a good video,

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Tony  Grant Did Red Rose Caffe

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The night was closed by Richard, Terry, and Tom singing John Prines The Speed Of The Sound Of loneliness. (Terry is the shy one with his back to the camera)

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By |October 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Club Night 23rd September 2016

 

THE MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN AT RHYL FOLK AND ACOUSTIC…

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Followed by Linda, accompanied by Tom, with What Will Become of Me, Carolina Star, and Somewhere on the Road tonight.

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Next  we had a pleasant supprise….heres a Clue.

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Yes,Kevin bought his lovely, mellow sounding j200 for us to listen to,

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and as we hadn’t seen him for a few weeks, gave us a real good selection of our favourite songs, including  Round Here, Randy Edelman,s Uptown Woman, and other songs by john Wait, Steve Earl and The Sawdoctors. It sounded excellent, Kevin’s voice was good to!.

dscf2023Next surprise guest was Roland from Deeside, who visits as often as he can, as he lives quite a long way away. He gave us a selection of his own songs, including Sorry,the beautiful  Why can,t My arms be 1000 Miles Long, and he finished with a song, inspired by his friend (hmm!)  I think was called In The Buff, about going on a nudist holiday. I think this one will be like the song about his budgie song, it will be requested everywhere he goes. A great performance Roland, please come back soon.

We were lucky, Colin had an instrument with him or we would only have had five performers.

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Tom and Linda came back and gave us some more songs, including songs by Linda Ronstadt, Four Wheel Drive, and The Flying Pickets,

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Kevin came back on and gave us an extended set, featuring, Simon And Garfunkel The Boxer, Richard Thompsons Beeswing, The  Sawdoctors  Fallen for Another, and the great Geronimo’s  Cadillac.

Tom closed the evening with the Green Rolling Hills of Virginia.

An enjoyable evening was had by all, with only six performers.

 

 

 

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REMEMBER!!!! SPECIAL EVENT, PLEASE SUPPORT.

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By |September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 16th September 2016

 

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A lot of first class entertainment this week,

As well as our regular players and singers that come most weeks, Ann, Bob, Vin and Andy came to visit. Also making a welcome appearance from Ruthin club, were Chris and Jayne Birchall, from the Ruthin Club. Anyone who has not visited Ruthin club should give it a try, a lot of the singers and members at Rhyl also go to Ruthin, on a Thursday night, supporting both clubs. Its hosted by Chris and Jayne at the Feathers, and like at Rhyl, you will always be made welcome.

When we arrived, a little late as usual, we had sadly  missed the first half of Vins  spot, and next on was Terry, who started with a John Gorka song about getting old, and finished with the  Graeme  Nash song Teach Your Children Well.

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Now for something completely different….as we used to say in the 70s. Andy, a brilliant pianist, who in the past we have heard accompanying Vin, has been doing some Jaz type numbers with Wendy, and we got to see them perform Almost Blue, and the Ella Fitzgerald song To be saying Goodbye. Wendy was dressed for the part, as you can see in the pictures.

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Following on from Andy and Wendy,

Anne and Bob did a couple of songs, Starting with the Neil Young classic, Old Laughing Lady, and finishing their first set with Lucinda Williams song Can,t Let Go.

 

 

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Brandon came next, we hadn’t seen him for a couple of months as he had been putting the finishing touches to his first cd, which he sang us a couple of tracks of. alright in the end, and My feet want to touch the ground.

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following Brandon was Chris Birchall, who after telling a Farmer Jones joke, gave us another Neil Young song, Harvest Moon, from the 1992 album of the same name, followed by Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower.

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Tom Goodall was in fine form,

He started with a 60s song Nothings going to Change My World, then, (the antidote to Linda,s Irish Rain),  Sunshine Out Of The Rain.

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It was then raffle time,

And time to sing happy birthday to Tom, we seem to be having a lot of 21st birthdays this year.

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Richard and Wendy Then took the stage, and Richard sang, Jim Reeves  He,l Have to Go, (He should have worn his Tux)

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Well, it was Toms Birthday,

So When he requested Vin to do his monologue, about a mid-European plumber, named Fred,  Frank, or Fritz, (can’t quite remember which) , everyone was in stitches laughing. It was even funnier than Niels Jokes!

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Not only was it funny, the timing and delivery were spot on, bet he has to do it again next time he comes!

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Andy and Wendy did a Ray Charles number, Followed by Andy doing an instrumental of pink Floyd, Echoes.

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Anne and Bob finished of with Jesse Fullers San-fransisco  Bay Blues, Brandon with Tell me a Lie.

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Chris Birchall finished with a Christy Moore  Scottish folksong, Black is the colour of my true loves hair.

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Martin, will you still love me tomorrow.

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Linda And Tom then did Linda’s famous  rain song Walk in the Irish Rain.

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By |September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night, 9th September 2016

 

 dscf1895A Picture Says a Thousand Words….

Which is just as well, because its been so busy this week that its Friday again, and nothing posted, so just time for a few observations and the rest is in pictures. We were early (ish) for once, when we got out of the car we thought we had the day wrong, we thought there was a dog show on the building with all the howling going on, but it was ok, when we got in Linda and Tom were just finishing The Northern Plains.  Anna followed with Where have all the flowers Gone, and other songs on her flute / penny whistle, not sure what it is but it has a haunting sound.

dscf1857Stuart  followed with Maggi May, Norwegian Wood, and Help me make it through the night.

dscf1905Then Tony Grant,  Who started with Kieran Halpens  All The Answers, followed by a Neil Diamond,  followed by Both sides now, When he came back later he sang The River, for the many people who had requested it.

dscf1863We then had something a little bit different.

Harry and John had come over from Ruthin, So we had the Tom, Dick, Harry and John Bass band, who gave us lots of good music, including Sea of Heartache, Steve Earls Pilgrim, Drift Away, one of my favourites You,l Never  Leave Harlom Alive, and Harry’s, Get High.

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After the Raffle we ha second helpings, Starting with Linda and Tom, who were Waiting for the Times to get Better,

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Followed by Anna, Stuart and Tony,

Wendy and Richard, (who were late….) then did a spot,  Richard did Crying Time and Welcome to my world, Wendy started with  Dach how and Gallinl, which translates I,m told to There goes My Sweetheart, (Welsh is not my strongest subject…)  and finishing with an Edwina Hayes, What happens Now.

 

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Tom ,Dick Harry and John, Finished the evening.

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By |September 16th, 2016|2 Comments

Club Night 7th September 2016

 

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dscf1838Well, by the time we got there, late as usual,,,

(Can somebody tell Mike that the club starts at 7 o clock???)  Wendy was just finishing her turn with a song, probably called Lets Swing, we must have missed Richard,

 

Geoff Hollis then took the stage, and started with an  a capella  Kieran Halpin song, then, picking up his guitar and thumb pick, gave us My Eldorado, a song by Graeme Miles, (you learn a lot doing this job!)

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Linda was comparing.

 

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But I don,t  think Neil had remembered to leave his Christmas Cracker joke book with her, shame really…

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Tom and Linda then did a couple of songs, I carry the torch for you, and the Crosby, Sills and Nash, Teach the Children Well.

We then had a break, and the raffle, which was won by the last person in….Mike!

Don’t suppose that will make him any earlier.

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We then had a treat, as Dave had paid us a visit. Dave organizes the Folk at the Oak club, which meets at the Royal Oak every second and fourth Mondays (if that’s too complicated, it’s usually second and last Monday in the month, though myself and mike managed to go in a month with 5 Mondays!)   Easier still, it’s on this Monday coming! You will be made very welcome. (Mines a pint of Fosters Dave!)    While we are advertising, Monday is also the last time to see our regular members Wendy and Richard performing with the Harmony singers, at St Johns Church in Llandudno. If you like music and  have never seen one of these shows, then you are really missing a good night out, its been on throughout the summer, (Monday Night is Music Night), But finishes 19th September. It’s so good a lot of people go more than once to see it, and all profits go to local charity

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dave came on and Tom accompanied him with his mandolin for the first song, I,m a Rolling Stone, (no, it’s not Mick Jagger or keith Richards)    Tom then Swapped to acoustic  guitar, when Dave did the weary Hobo song.

dscf1821Peter did two songs with Tom accompanying him on guitar, finishing with The Furries love Light in your Eye.

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Tony Grant then came on, (must have missed him first time) and got are feet tapping by giving us a couple of rock and roll medellys,

We then had a Duo from Conway,

dscf1831Mike and Steve, who gave us two songs by America, and one by the Searchers, Horse with No Name, Don,t Throw your Love Away, and Ventura Highway

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dscf1837Wendy and Richard came back, and sang a song about Who,s going to water my Plants, Richard then doing a Double Jim Reeves tribute with Put Your Sweet Lips…Etc. and He,l have to Go.

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Wendy sang a Welsh song, something sounding like Doc Thor Harry add….(can’t speak Welsh) followed by Rosanne Cashes Heartache by the Numbers,

Geoff then trundled back on and gave us a Jack Temkin (Eagles) song with Tom on Mandolin, Peaceful easy Feeling.

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Followed by Robin Laigs Black Clothes.

We had a visitor from North Germany,

dscf1849Catarina, who gave us a 200  year old sad German folk song, about a woman,  married to a sailor, who went away and didn’t come back. She sent her sons to look for him, and they didn’t come back ether, it was beautifully sung, acapella.  the type of song our own Geoff Hollis would sing….  She said she had a lovely evening, and hoped to visit us again.

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The Evening was closed by Dave from  Hendre  (every second and fourth Monday) with Tom accompanying him singing Your Cheating Heart and Aborline.

SEE YOU ALL NEXT FRIDAY.

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