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Club night 15th July 2016

A lot of our regular members were away at  ‘Folk at the Farm on  Anglesey, so it wasn’t the busiest night of the year!

But we still had e good time, Wendy  took the job as compare,  Jackie the door, and Jeff  the sound desk, Wendy also did an Edwina Hayes Tribute night, singing all Edwina Hayes songsDSCF1532, including I’ll leave a light on for you and No-bodies coming around, as well as accompanying Richard in a couple of songs (Yes, one was a Jim Reeves!!!)    Stewart did Desperado, the Eagles classic, followed by the S&G great America.DSCF1494 Richard then took the stage accompanied by Colin on his Uke, to give us Pilgrim, by Steve Earl, and 500 Miles (Away from home)



Colin then took the stage Himself, (accompanied by his Epiphone, Tobacco Sunburst Les Paul style ukulele) and gave us Buddy Holly,s Raining in my Heart, and , yes, a Beatles song, Follow the sun.


Wendy then did Two Edwina Hayes Songs.

I Leave a Light on for you, and No-boddies coming around


Hope, Steve and Nathan then came on.DSCF1458and gave us Big Wheel Girl, and Loosing Everything.


Tom Goodall came up and gave us …

A Bruce Springsteen Cover, followed by one of his own compositions, ‘Everyone’s got a song about a train, so here’s mine’ I think that was the title anyway!









Wendy then introduced Tony onto the stage, he started of with the haunting Angel Flying too C lose to the Ground, by Willy Nelson, and finished his first spot with a just as good John Wright Song. What a writer,….I had a dream, and I gave it away, and the name that I gave it was your name… Tony’s got just the voice for it.


After the raffle…

Wendy,s Richard did a turn,  followed by John,  then Stewart singing Stand by Me.


Wendy, Richard and Colin, in true Rhyl tradition, decided to form a group…

and gave us their first ever song together Heartaches By the Number, DSCF1510


Hope came back on for their second spot, and sang an almost brand new song, never heard at Rhyl,  called Temptation.

Time for Tom Goodall final slot..

for which he gave us Mothers Hug.DSCF1518Wendy then sang the Edwena Hayes song Just another Bend in the Road, and the night was closed by Tony doing You got a Friend, and a rock medley, or two featuring  Honey Don’t! and the Parkinson’s song A whole lot of Shaking going on. A good night was had by all.



By |July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Club Night 8th July 2016


A very enjoyable evening…..

About 33 members, some old, a lot new, here for the first time. Also some we have,nt seen for a short time. Proceedings started as usual, Niel was compare and his good lady Barbara was bouncer on the door, as the night proceeded, it came to Kevin’s turn to entertain us, it was noticed that he had a very shiny, and very new (and very pretty)  Gibson J200, on which he played club favorites Geronimo,s Cadillac, and Joey White, (obviously breaking it in gently for his next spot).DSCF1439

He was followed by a club first timer, Donna, who, did a great job of her first 2 songs, with a lovely pinky red Ovation, a bit like Colin was playing










Colin was next up with his Ovation, and gave us Bobby McGee, and Last thing on my mind.


He was Followed by Geoff Hollis, who did a song a capella (no gautar!!!)   My Name is Jock Stewart,  and Amelia Where You Bound To.



We then had a duo who we hadn’t seen for a while, Nathan and Steve, better known to us as Hope. Most of what they play are their own compositions, and the two they gave us were Big Wheel Girl, (All the Fun of the Fair),and a new one we hadn’t heard before, Take It Slow.  Come back again soon, we miss you!.







Tom and Linda then gave us Blue Grass Music, quite appropriate as they had been at the Conway Blue Grass Festival last weekend!

DSCF1327Speaking of which, tom had a nice new instrument with him, a six string Uke???Hard to imagine someone pulling the wool over Toms eyes and selling him that, it didn’t look anything like a banjo!

It did sound good though.DSCF1420DSCF1421









DSCF1431Colin (2) then came back on and did Rod Stewart’s

George Boy,  followed by Anna, who as well as having her squeeze box with her, had the

third new instrument of the night , what looked like a steel recorder, first time I’ve seen one,

will have to ask her what it is.


Kevin Then came back on , to really try out the new Gibson with the Steve Earle classic Copperhead Road,  And Did it rock…..




We then had  The Kinks Sunny Afternoon, and Labbie Siffrie,s  Must Be Love, sang by Stewart. After which, Mike came back on and sang one of his own compositions, No One Will Love You Like I Do. A beautiful song, and very well written. (don,t let Simon Cowell hear it!)DSCF1436


Donna then bought her pink guitar back on stage, and blew us all away with a really good rendition or the Steve Nicks, / Fleetwood Mac song Rhyanna, third song at Rhyl and she’s got rid of her nerves already!! Hope your there next week. DSCF1401

Colin (the hat) came back on and gave us a couple of Beatles songs,


Followed by Geoff  Hollis, who again went a capella with the Utah Philips song (or Rant!) All Used Up.   Lets hope he hasn’t scared away any of the new members!!

With the absence of the bar, Geoff drank a lot of Red Wine!

The evening was closed by Hope, (Nathan and Steve) who did a rare (for them)  and very good cover  of the Johnny Cash Version of Hurt. I really thought Stuart would be more of a Nine Inch Nails man.!DSCF1452

Perhaps Rhyls not ready for the original version. Come back soon Nathan and Steve.  Lots More Fun Next Friday, see you all there.


By |July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Club night. 17th June 2016



We all thought Colin had bought the Rock Band bass guitar in from his Sony Playstation to the club, but it turned out to be an electric bass uke.

It did sound like a base guitar, and he did accompany a few other artists  with it, they probably wont replace full size bass guitars, but it was interesting and entertaining to listen to. He also kept busy with his other uke, amongst other songs: Early morning rain,  I’ll Follow the Sun, and Buddy Holly’s It’s raining, as well as accompanying other artists with his bass uke.DSCF1301


Malcolm, a First timer at the club, sang a song based on the beautiful (I thought so when I was 9!)  1963 Peter Paul and Mary classic, Puff The Magic Dragon, which inferred that Puff was not a heterosexual dragon.


Come on Malcolm, some things are sacred, it was bad enough when people said it was a reference to taking drugs! some people even laughed!  (well, most did really..), he then carried on in his acapella mode with some sea shanties.

DSCF1311Chris Birchall  from the Ruthin club sang the Joe Cocker version of Unchain my Heart, Eleanor Rigby,   and the Christy Moore version of Black is the colour of my true loves hair, which he dedicated to someone in the audience?


We also had a visit from Penny from Denbigh,  (not heaven!)  Who was looking very happy, think it was something about work! She sang about fish swimming and getting drunk, and old people getting forgetful, and shopping in Marks and Spencers


Penny, with a smug smile contemplating her future!

DSCF1275Glyn then led us in some  community singing, including  Dona Dona Dona, and Hard times come again no more.   She also looked happy for Penny.

Later Penny accompanied Glyn when she sang The Balimore Fiddler, some people even tried to sing the chorus!!!




Mike Whitaker sang a song about a Choo Choo, with Colin assisting on bass, and Colin Campbell entertained us with several songs, including The Weary Hobo Song.


Richard did some numbers with Tom and Colin, including The Pilgrim Song, and Me and Bobby Magee.


Other highlights of the night included Tony Grant singing the Windmills of your Mind, the Red Rose Caffe, and the James Taylor classic You’ve Got a Friend.


We all know what he looks like, this is his guitar.

Linda and Tom worked hard all evening, Linda also compared as Neil was away gadding about with Barbara,  we really will have to remember to get Neil to lend Linda his book of Christmas  Cracker jokes, it’s just not the same without them. Linda and Tom finished the evening with the Gibson brothers song That Blue Grass Music.


See you all next week.



By |June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

10th June 2016

Clapton  comes to Rhyl… Well if Ruthin can have  Joan and Bob, we can have EricDSCF1125.

Anne and Bob came to visit, and bob treated us to some blistering guitar playing, I love his playing but I’d never buy a used guitar of him!Well, after a quiet week last week, Friday was packed with performers and non-performers. As usual I was a bit late getting there (waiting for the slow-coach from Chester to turn up), so first on for me was our favourite old cowboy Terry, who in Geoff,s  absence, sang us two sad songs, Old Flames, and Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.





We were then treated to some traditional Scottish tunes on the violin, by John,including The Black Isle. It was his first visit to the club, lets hope we see him again soon.




Tom and Linda Then entertained us, with Love is all Around, and the Falling leaves,










Then we had our own Neil Diamond (Tony Grant), who sang two favorites, Willy Nelson’s Angel Flying to close to the Ground, and Neil Diamonds Girl you’ll Be a Woman Soon.


And speaking of Neil, our regular comedian and compare Neil was back, together with Barbara, our regular bouncer on the door, after about six festivals back to back, luckily no one had to be taken to hospital through laughing too much this week .


It was then time for Anne and Bobs first spot…. which was first, a Tracy Chapman number, followed by the Bob Dylan song Catfish.   followed by our beer-break, and raffle, which again was fixed, Barbara doesn’t come for six weeks then she wins the raffle?   kicking of the second half we had Richard who sang the weary hobo song Followed by  Wendy and Richard. Richard couldn’t be with us last week, he had to go on a pub crawl, but well done Wendy, we couldn’t see any bruises or lumps on  him, your a true pro.DSCF1131DSCF1123





Richard sang the Jim Reeves Classic  He’ll  Have to Go   (or did Wendy say that?)      Wendy sang the Edwina Hayes song My Love. always one of everyone’s favorites.  Our old cowboy Terry then sang a sad song (someone died!)  about Caroline

Everyone then got excited as Anne got her Marrakas out…and we all know what that means, we were treated to the great version by her and Bob do of the Lenard Cohen song That’s no way to say Goodbye. DSCF1135After all that excitement, Roland gave us a Lonnie Donnigan song on the uke,  Tony then gave us a couple of Rock and roll medelys,DSCF1116

And Tom closed a perfect evening  with a couple of George Formby foot-tappers on The Queens favorite instrument,  his Uke.




That's no way to say Goodbye

That’s no way to say Goodbye

By |June 14th, 2016|2 Comments

Clubnight, June 3rd




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







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.



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…)







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.




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







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

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.

lady elanor

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.




those lights have gone off again"



  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


the bulbs gone again.


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 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


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!!)



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’.


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).

We need to make this viral!!!

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.

By |May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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!)



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