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Clubnight, June 3rd

 

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We all can’t come every week.  But due to Folk on the coast, holiday and other commitments, and 60th birthday party’s! we only had four performers, so they had to work three times harder than normal,  Wendy also acted as compare,   Colin helped out by doing a set, finishing with what seems to be his favourite band, a Beatles song…   I,l  Get You in the EndDSCF1068

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Richard gave a Stellar performance   and also helped Colin out with city of New Orleans…  he seemed to spend more time on stage than sitting down.

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Wendy was up and down, comparing  and singing many of our favorite songs and medleys, she was sadly by herself on stage as Richard was of somewhere getting drunk!!!   (not only does she sing country and western…)

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Tony gave us a lot of variety from Windmills of your Mind, to the Red rose Café.  he even tried to liven it up with a medley including Blue Suede Shoes, Whole lot of Shaking, Honey Don,t, and roll over Beethoven. Bit no one really felt like dancing!! He finished that spot with Bad Moon Rising.

WHERE IS EVERYONE...

WHERE IS EVERYONE…

 

He Also closed the evening for us in fine style, finishing with the Neil diamond classic beautiful Noise,  (and it was)

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Please remember, singers and non-singers, this is our club, it needs both people to perform and an audience to enjoy them, we all can’t come 52 weeks a year, but if we want to keep meeting through the summer,try and  attend.

O, and Mike Hughes won the raffle, don,t  think it was fixed this week as he came with me, and  the odds were not great, probably why he won!logo

 

 

By |June 9th, 2016|0 Comments

CLUB NIGHT. 27th MAY 2016

 

SYRACUSE VISITS RHYL!

Syracuse Visits Rhyl

Syracuse Visits Rhyl

Club night on Friday was marked by a rare visit from Syracuse the elephant, (well not really ,but…)  a couple of our good friends from the Ruthin all Styles came over, Harry and  John Bass, and John was persuaded to pick up his beautifully grained acoustic guitar, and treat us to a couple his favourite songs. Syracuse the elephant is a rarely heard song these days , originally recorded in 1972 by the group Stackridge, and tells the story of an elephant living in Bristol Zoo… If you missed it ask him to sing it again next time he comes.

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lady Eleanor

He then finished with the 1971 classic Lindisfarne song Lady Eleanor, no one needs  an explanation to, or has not heard of  that song, though it flopped on its first release in 1971, it was re-released in 1972, after the release of Meet me on the Corner, and went to no.3 in the charts.  

 

John Had a busy night, as well as performing a lot of songs with Tom Dick and Harry, he also played a fine bass line to Harry’s excellent rendition of the Gillian Welsh song, taken from her first album.

 

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Annabelle

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  As well as having his exotic looking acoustic with him, he also had his recently extensively  re-worked bass guitar,

colour correction on these Nikon lenses is pants

colour  correction on these Nikon lenses is pants

 

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he was a friend of mine

 

 

Other highlights of the night included Terry doing  T for Texas, A Merle Haggard, and other old cowboy songs

 

 

 

Bam

Bam

 

Bam made a welcome return after a few weeks of absence, and entertained us with  speed trap town, waggon Wheel, and Mary don’t you weep. We hope to see you again, SOON!

Also with us was Kevin, who gave us three of the best, finishing with a White Buffalo song,

Mike Whitaker, who finished of with Sea shells.

And Roland, who started by singing a very sad, self penned song about having to tell a little girl that her mummy had just died of breast cancer, then on a lighter note, apple of my eye, and Arms 1000 miles long to finish his set.

The raffle was fixed, Linda won again

And tom 2 did a very good set finishing of with Twist and Shout

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Don’t Tell Geoff!!  In the absence of  Geoff Hollis, our own Neil Diamond, Tony, took the opportunity to sing us some sad songs, including a Gareth Brooks, the poignant  Beth Neilson Chapman Sand and Water, and the John Wright great Hold On. (watch your back Tony!!)

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Any one seen Geoff?

Any one seen Geoff?

Tom 2 came on again and did a Glen Hanson song, Say it to me now.

Well by now we had all had a bit to drink…… so the evening was closed by the Tom, Dick and Harry band, doing a number by George Jones

The last song...

The last song…

By |May 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 6th May 2016

DSCF4818Ochty- Nochty….. Wear the Fox Hat. 

This was the  advice (According to Harry) that Prince Charles’s mother gave him at breakfast one morning, when, after asking him what he was doing that day, he told her he was going to open a new library at Ochty-Nochty.

Fashion never was one of Charles’s best traits!

We had several visitors from Ruthin to entertain us last Friday, Harry and John Bass, who joined with ours and Ruthin club’s Tom and Richard, to play as Tom, Dick and Harry (and John).

DSCF4875As there was hardly any room on stage John played from the table at the front.

Amongst the several songs they gave us were ‘Wagon Wheel’, ‘My Old Friend the Blues’, ‘Delia’s Gone’, ‘A Mess of Blues’, ‘Drift Away’, ‘Gone to Shiloh’, and the John Prine great ‘Speed of the Sound of Loneliness’.

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Chris Birchall also came across, and amongst other songs, gave us Van Morrison’s ‘Into The Mystic’, ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, Doctor Hooks ‘The Eyes of Lucy Jordan’, (I still prefer Marianne Faithful version to Doctor Hooks!) .

DSCF4820Linda and Tom took us ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, through some ‘Greenfields’ , and for ‘A Walk In The Irish Rain’. Linda also compared the evening for us.

Wendy and Richard also sang about rain, with Nancy Griffiths song ‘I Wish It Would Rain’, (well now it has!), Also Edwena Hayes’ ‘My Love’, ‘You’re My Best Friend’, and of course an obligatory Jim Reeves!   Keith entertained us with a medley of Sea Shanties.

Tom 2 (Tom Goodall) again blew us away with his brilliantly self-written ‘Mothers Hugs’ (When you are famous Tom, remember to send us tickets to your concerts).

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Tom also did a great version of Hit The Road Jack, Glen Hansards ‘Falling Slowly’, and an awesome cover of the Prince song ‘Where Doves Fly’.

It was a memorable night, with good friends.

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Club Night 29th April 2016

Richard and Tom performing 'Don't Think Twice'

Richard and Tom performing ‘Don’t Think Twice’

There were about 25 happy souls gathered for the pre Mayday singers night, amongst them Gerard, (Toms brother), and Chris and Jayne from the Ruthin Club.

 

In the absence of Neil and Barbra, Linda had to compare as well as keep Tom under control! Colin started the evening of with 3 songs (2 of which Richard had also planned to sing, that’s the beauty of being first on.) ‘Sea of Heartache’, ‘500 Miles’, and ‘You Can’t Do That!’, followed by Des, who sang two of his own compositions, ‘The Fall Out’ and ‘Child Food Money’, and the Steve Earle great ‘Copperhead Road’.

Terry then came next with the classic Willy Nelsons ‘Yesterdays Wine’, ‘Take Your Time’, and the John Prine song ‘Unwed Fathers’, (He finished of in the second half with ‘T for Texas, V for Vera’,  so probably spent the night in the shed!)

Richard performing 'I Can't Stop Loving You'

Richard performing ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’

Richard and Wendy then took the stage,  Richard started by singing a number to sadden us men about wedding bells, and finished with the all time Jim Reeves favourite, ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ (probably trying to score some points with Wendy). Wendy then did 3 numbers, including the beautiful and poignant ‘1917’ and finished her first spot with ‘Older Ladies’.

(She doesn’t qualify yet!)

'1917'

1917

Richard and Tom then gave us a selection of songs, finishing with ‘Don’t Think Twice’.

After that ‘Now for something completely different’, Toms brother Gerard gave us a selection of humorous  sometimes deep poems he had collected,

Keith then did 3 numbers, the first by the old 60s group ‘The Band’, changing hats in the true Rhyl tradition to finish in a Deerstalker, singing about Lady Chatterley.

 

Chris Birchall

Chris Birchall

Chris playing 'All Along The Watchtower'

Chris playing ‘All Along The Watchtower’

 Our friend and frequent visitor from Ruthin Mr. Chris Birchall  (as Linda would say)  then took the stage, and entertained us with a Paul Simon song on a borrowed 6 string, followed by Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watch Tower’, and a Merl Haggarg to finish.

           It was then time for the Raffle, which I didn’t win.

After the beer break  Tom and Linda had their spot,  Linda starting with ‘Love Is All Around’, and finising with the Linda Rondstadt song ‘Waiting For The Times To Get Better’

          Everyone then did one more song, but I gave up making notes by then, and started on my second lemonade.

                

Don’t forget, next week, same time, same place. (bring a friend).   Ron

By |May 1st, 2016|0 Comments