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club Night, 6th January 2017

Happy New Year to all our members and friends, this was our first club night in 2017, but Before we start…. REMEMBER

logo_red1Will be with us on The 10th February 2017. Get your tickets now!!! or pay £4.00 on the door. As we only have room for about fifty people, and we have over 35  going since Thursday,  you need to reserve your ticket now.

Glyn was playing her guitar when we arrived, just finishing her first spot, She was followed by Richard

who was accompanied by Tom.First on Slide Guitar,












And then on Mandolin,

_dsf0301for his first two numbers, Four Strong Winds, and Gambling Bob

_dsf0343 Following neatly on, was Bob Neil,

he was gambling to, he was using Penny,s favourite guitar! but he said it would be OK as long as she didn’t find out! He started with a classic Dylan song, then went on to a Woody Guthrie song, about hardship on the farms in the west.


Terry came next, a lot of people were disappointed that he hadn’t worn his mankini, perhaps next week?

_dsf0307He gave us two Tom Russel songs, Barcelona, and St. Olaf’s Gate. (accompanied by Tom)

_dsf0309Geoff Hollis then gave us a capella the late Cyril Tawney song  The Grey Funnel Line.

_dsf0313He then found his guitar, (and Tom on his Mandolin) and  sang the song made famous by John Wright, Black Clothes.

_dsf0319_dsf0316The raffle was next, surprisingly Linda didn’t win, she was one number out!

Linda was on next, with Tom_dsf0322

singing Carolina Star, and the Peter Ronin song, Sitting on top of the world.

Wendy started her spot with the Tom Paxton song, Can,t Help But Wonder Where I,m Bound

and finished with Older Ladies.











_dsf0329 Glyn came back on, without her guitar,

and did a song with a lot of donnas in it, probably called Donna Donna Donna, she then sang the Melodious Lark Song, and we all joined in on the chorus.


_dsf0334Richard and Tom finished with City of New Orleans, and The Games people Play.

_dsf0338Bob sang a Kris Kristofferson  love song that he said he often sang to Penny,

_dsf0341Terry then came back on and also sang a couple of love songs he often sang to Vera,  Put Another  log on the Fire, and T for Texas._dsf0345_dsf0346
_dsf0347And Yes, Tom did accompany him.


_dsf0348Geoff Hollis started his second spot with Stan Rogers Lock Keeper song,

_dsf0315And finished with Pete Abbots Windy Harbour.

_dsf0322Linda bought the night to a close singing Northern Plains, and the howling could be heared all over Rhyl.








By |January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Christmas Party Night 23rd December 2016


I don’t know what she’s doing to make him smile.

Christmas Party Night, 2016

…A Night of Wine, Women, Song and Food…

Enjoyed by all.

Everyone had fun, there were over 20 raffle prizes, the star prize was won by Terry, a genuine, made to measure,  Italian  designer lime green mankini, (probably from the famous fashion house of Primarni)  He can,t wait now for summer, when he will be able to wear it on the beach at Llandudno. It was presented and fitted by no less than Santa himself, who came specially for the occasion.  Here,s some photos of the night. (If you click on them they get bigger and clearer)


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dscf5103Remember No club night next Friday, next club night is 6th January 2017. Have a happy new year from Rhyl folk and Acustic Club.

By |December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night, 16th December 2016


Well, the place looked transformed, some of our hard working regulars had spent a lot of time decorating the place ready for Christmas.

Don’t Forget it,s our Christmas party on the 23rd December, the club is providing the Smoked Salmon, Champagne and Caviar, so if everyone just brings some tasty nibbles, (NOT MINCE PIES OR BUTTYS) we should be OK.

Being Friday, a lot of our regulars were at Xmas partys, but there was still enough of us to have a really good night.


when we finally arrived!!! everyone was enjoying a fairytale of New York, or rather Kevin singing the Pogues / Christy MacColl  Christmas classic. he finished his first set with a saw doctors song.







Wendy followed, with a couple of Crystal Gale songs,








No Richard Tonight, so he missed her finishing with Edwina Hayes What Happens Now.

dscf0219Following Wendy, was Linda and Tom,


They started of getting us straight into the Christmas spirit with Mary Don’t you Know, and then Rocking around the Christmas tree.

dscf0229Glyn followed, acapella (no guitar or uke tonight)  keeping the Christmas spirit,

by singing While shepherds Wash their Socks by Night,  we were then in for a community singing treat…..










We all had to join in on the chorus of Sweet Bells, and we were all given copy of the words, so we would get it right.

Geoff Hollis was next…





Geoff did three songs, stay, a Scottish folk song, ( she’s gone, she’s wed to another, [sad song…] ) and a Carter family song, (relatively happy!)










Tony Grant finished of the first half,


first with Neil Diamonds Story of Life,


















then with the James Taylor / Carol King classic You’ve Got A Friend, and finishing with Willy Nelson’s Angel Flying To Close To The Ground.

Half Time.

(well it is a football club)

dscf0220Niel drew the raffle and it was won by Linda (again!)

  Kevin started the second half, with Dougie McLean’s   Down TooDeep.

( This life has torn the ground from underneath your feet. And I can’t reach you, you‘re down too deep)  the words and kevins delivery of them makes this one of his best songs.

dscf0251he also did One hand on the radio and one on the wheel‘ … Lyrics & Music: Bill Caddick and Pete Bond,  and I’l be your baby tonight.

Wendy gave us the Tennessee waltz, and I want to Dance with You.











Glyn sang Little donkey, and The Lark Sang Melodious

dscf0229Geoff came back and sung a Keith Marsden song about the 1872 Morley mine disaster in Leeds.

dscf0269Followed  by Black Clothes.

Tony Closed the night, with the Searchers, every time that you come in the room, and a rock medley to get us all bouncing in our seats!



Don’t Forget to wear your silly jumpers and hats next Friday, there will also be 20 raffle prizes to be won!  (Bring a Large shopping bag Linda!!)



By |December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 18th November



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.






























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


Never mind Wendy,I,m sure you’l manage by yourself!dscf0134










There was Keith and Colin and Mike,













And Kevin with my favourite guitar.




Richard, Tom and Linda.










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










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.





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.


See you all next week…

By |November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

4th November club Night

dscf0056Special Guest Night with Karin Grindal and Rosie Cleg.




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!”…..



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.

dscf0034Also  happened to visit on the same night!  Finished their first spot with a lovely version of Run Away with Me.

As for our regulars,dscf0006Kevin sang a gill ladry song, followed by the classic John Wright, All the answers.


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

dscf0013Richard  sang a Jim Reeves song, Adios Amigos,

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.


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…


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…)









Linda and Tdscf0017om came back..








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”

dscf0022Mike sang his own lovely poignant song, She Was Only 17











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











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








And gave us four more songs.



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.



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!!!



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,


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!


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.


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

To complete an excellent set.

dscf2219The maestro was next, (Kevin to his friends),

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


dscf2222(left click with your mouse on the pictures to see a really nice picture of kevins guitar, or Kevin if you prefer,)

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


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


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.



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.


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


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


accompanied of course by Tom on slide guitar.

dscf2243We then had the raffle, then most artists did another song.


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




dscf2248Tom Goodall came back, and gave us a very good version of Creedance Clear Water Revivals Proud Mary, (Even Hotter than Tina Turners)dscf2259Richard  and Wendy were Next, I missed Richard first time round.

They sang Welcome to my world as a duet.








dscf2250Near  the end now…

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








karin-grandal-park-rosie-clegg20160924_122817_resizedSee you all next week.

By |October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 7th October 2016


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.

dscf2146After Raphael came Colin, who gave us a selection including a song from one of his favourite bands Mike and the Mechanics.

Jim the Fiddler was next…

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


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





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


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.

dscf2159It was time for the combined talents of Rhyl an Ruthin, with the Tom, Dick, Harry, John and Raphael Band…

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.









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!

dscf2176dscf2175They  gave us Americana songs by Johnny Horton, Hank Williams, (from 1922!) and with Raphael on the harp, a Jerry McCain / Thunderbirds song.

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.

dscf2183John Taylor came back on.

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.

time for the finale,

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









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

AND DONT FORGET…karin-grandal-park-rosie-clegg20160924_122817_resized

By |October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 30th September 2016


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…

dscf2061When I arrived, Mike Whitaker  was part way through his first turn, in which he sang three of his own songs.

dscf2046He was followed by Tom, Who,s first song was dedicated to his friend and fellow musician, Graham Fossil, who died last week. Graham had played in Rhyl a time back. Tom sang I Wonder Where you are Tonight, as it was one Graham particularly liked. He finished with The Green Rolling Hills Of Virginia.


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.


Tom Goodall was on next.










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.

dscf2094Colin then did a Bob Dylan song, Working  Men,s  Blues.

dscf2103Followed again by mike, Who gave us a lovely self penned song called She was Only 17

dscf2107Tom did a Jimmy Rogers song, from when he was 14 or 15, Hobo Bills Last Ride


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,













Tony  Grant Did Red Rose Caffe


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)


karin-grandal-park-rosie-clegg20160924_122817_resizedBye for now.

By |October 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Club Night 23rd September 2016



dscf2036Well not quite, but I couldn’t think of a title for 6 people, due to cruises, festivals holidays and other commitments, we only had six performers, but even with only six, it was just as good, if not better than ever.



dscf2032Richard with Tom accompanying him on Mandolin gave us Tom Wait,s The Long Way Home, then Me and Bobby McGee.


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




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


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



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.

dscf2039He definitely won the award for the smallest instrument of the night, (Linda didn’t have her kazoo with her!) but miked up, it sounded as sweet as any concert Uke. He gave us a selection of weather related songs,  Early Morning Rain, the Beatles, I,l Follow the Sun, and Buddy Holly  Raining in my heart.dscf2058dscf2045









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

dscf1997To almost Finish…











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.








By |September 27th, 2016|0 Comments