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Club Night 17th Feb 2017

We had a fun night, and birthday cake courtesy of Mike, who had a big birthday.


Here are some pictures from the night.

By |February 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Raising Merry Hell

What a fantastic night..

The club was full, there was no empty seats, and people standing at the back. The evening started with Tom and Linda, and Linda sang The Northern Plains, a lot of new faces at the club looked a bit surprised  when all the Rhyl members started howling along, a bit like a scene from  Robert Rodriguez Dawn till Dusk! Wendy and Richard did a short turn next, and Richard calmed everyone down with a Jim Reeves song.

Chris Birchall made the mistake of coming over to my table, and asking me if I could send him a couple of pictures of Merry Hell for his blog. He left carrying my camera,  muttering something about having a night off!  (Were thick skinned at Rhyl)  Now I thought we would get to see one of the best bands in the country, and have it photographed by one of the best photographers.

A sing along with Glyn and two songs from Penni and it was time to welcome  Merry Hell for their first spot.  As usual they were superb, The Kettles were in fine fettle,  Andrew and Virginia’s voices, so different, yet compliment each other perfectly, as they always do, John unique and infectious  guitar playing,  and Bob the fine riffs on his mandolins. The Non-kettles,  Nick,  giving us a great bass  line, and Neils superb  fiddle playing adds the last bit of magic to the mix.  I caught odd sight of Chris with my camera hanging from the roof, he was obviously enjoying himself, which made me happy that I had lent it to him!   The Time went to fast.  They went of for a well earned rest, while Neil had someone draw the raffle, and Barbra, Pam and Jackie  distributed surprise  plate loads of sandwiches!  thanks to the girls who made the sandwiches, they made a fantastic evening even better.

Could the evening get any better?  Yes, Whilst the band were enjoying their rest the Rhyl regulars did a song each, ending with Penni’s Falling Leaves. We then welcomed Merry Hell again , for their last spot and to close the evening. Those guys know how to write good songs, the night ended with the band giving us an encore. And so ended one of, if not the best guest night ever at Rhyl folk and Acoustic.

Chris returned my camera, and as he looked like he’d  had such a good time taking the pictures, I suggested  he might like to work his magic on the raw pictures, I was pleased he looked so happy about it.

So a big thank you to Chris Birchall for all the work and effort in taking,  and processing the pictures.  Anyone who has never read Chris’s blog  Google The Hairy Photographer to see what you are missing, ( I think he was going to review his visit to Rhyl, and the Merry Hell concert!)

See You All Next Week,


By |February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Club Night, 27th January 2017

Before We Start….


As we had no club page for the 20th Jan, here are a few highlights of the evening,


Tom did a Gene Auty number from 1930, Ages and Ages ago. (that was also the title)

_DSF0380Linda gave us Teach your Children Well,

_dsf0329Tissues and razor blades were then handed out..

when Wendy sang a song, without her guitar, ( heavily inspired by Geoff Hollis)  the 1934 Cole Porter song,  Miss Otis Regrets, luckily, no one used the razor blades, but there was a few wet eyes in the room. she then cheared us up with Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be with You, and finished with The Shires Daddys Little Girl.

Cole Porter – Miss Otis Regrets Lyrics

Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today
She is sorry to be delayed
But last evening down in Lover’s Lane
She strayed, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch todayWhen she woke up and found
That her dream of love was gone, madam
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray
And from under her velvet gown
She drew a gun and shot her love down, madam
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch todayWhen the mob came and got her
And dragged her from the jail, madam
They strung her upon the old willow across the way
And the moment before she died
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

Songwriters: PORTER, COLE
Miss Otis Regrets lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Have a listen to the original 1934 Ethel Waters Version!!!

“Miss Otis Regrets” (Ethel Waters, 1934) – YouTube


Geoff is having a Tom Paxton Season,



and singing a lot of songs he remembers from his days at the old Bee Folk Club, he started with Can.t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound, (nothing to do with Shades Of Grey), and finished with white Cockade. On his final apearence he finished with the Mary Ellen Carter.

it was a good night, with a lot of good songs, Two people who were not regulars and came were Teagan,  and John.


John started by giving us Need your love, The Beatles Blackbird, and one of his own, Goodbye,

He then accompanied  Teagan on guitar when she sang Ed Sherans Angels To fly.

completely un-rehearsed, and it sounded great!

_DSF0377_DSF0412Lets hope they both come again soon.



Now back to this week.

To fly through the evening, (I’m tired and I want to go to bed!)















John sang Billy Joel’s  Piano Man, then after the break Ghost Riders in the Sky, don’t know who did it first, but Johny Cash did it best!, then finished with a Frankie Vaughn song.

_DSF0419Penny and Bob Did a duo.













Bob carried on by himself and sang a Bob Dylan song, and John Prine’s Unwed Fathers.

_DSF0431Penny then came back to sing James Taylor’s You Got A Friend, and the classic Autumn Leaves.

_DSF0438Glyn had her guitar with her, (no song sheets this week!) and sang Yellow is the Colour, (was that Donavan?)  and Where have all the flowers gone, (Skeets doing a good job).















And guess who was next…

Geof continued his Tom Paxton Season with another two more of his songs, on his second spot it was back to a John Wright classic and finishing with The Old Boys are leaving.













We were then entertained by our friend from the Ruthin Club (Thursday Night 7:30pm in the Feathers!) Mr. Chris Birchall.


With his trusty 9 string Washburn he started with the late and great Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows, following that with While my Guitar Gently Weeps. (probably wants another 3 strings!)








Tom and Linda started it, tom with The Land Of The Navajo, and Linda made us howl to the Northern Plains.



Richard  sang Roses are Red, Wendy sang a nice Welsh song (something about a moor).


Cowboy hats back on for Ghost Riders in the Sky from John.

Bob gave us a classic Max Boyce… and the pit head is a supermarket now…

closely followed by Glyn singing Lord of the Dance.


_dsf0304After Geoff, the mike was lowered  for Mr Chris Birchall, who sang an un-dedicated Christy Moore version of Black is the Colour, using Penny’s six string.

_DSF0503To close the night,Penny came back and borrowed Chris’s 9 string Washburn,  to sing  Hotel California, one of her best. (with a bit of help from Tom




Goodnight folks, see you all later on today!!

By |February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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