NO CLUB ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH.
SO GET YOURSELVES OVER TO RUTHIN TONIGHT (THURSDAY) FOR YOUR WEEKLY MUSIC FIX
KAREN & PAUL 21st APRIL 2017
Quite a busy night, there were..
Tom and Linda,
Glyn (with her guitar)
Glyn (In community singing mode!)
Gentleman Jim on the Violin (or is it a fiddle?)
Richard and Wendy,
As in Rhyl tradition… Linda and Tom finished with The Northern Plains, supported by two of our regulars!
HERES A DIFFERENT VERSION OF AN OLD FAVOURITE.
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,
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)
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
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
Have a listen to the original 1934 Ethel Waters Version!!!
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!
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.
Bob carried on by himself and sang a Bob Dylan song, and John Prine’s Unwed Fathers.
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.
(LINDA DIDN’T WIN!)
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.
To 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!!
Happy New Year to all our members and friends, this was our first club night in 2017, but Before we start…. REMEMBER
Will 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,
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?
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.
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.
Terry 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.
And Yes, Tom did accompany him.
Linda bought the night to a close singing Northern Plains, and the howling could be heared all over Rhyl.
BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY, MEMBERS PAY NORMAL ADMISSION COSTS, BUT ONLY IF THEY BUY TICKETS BEFORE THE NIGHT, (AND BEFORE THEY SELL OUT)
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)
Remember No club night next Friday, next club night is 6th January 2017. Have a happy new year from Rhyl folk and Acustic Club.
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.
They started of getting us straight into the Christmas spirit with Mary Don’t you Know, and then Rocking around the Christmas tree.
Glyn 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.
(well it is a football club)
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
Wendy gave us the Tennessee waltz, and I want to Dance with You.
Glyn sang Little donkey, and The Lark Sang Melodious
Geoff came back and sung a Keith Marsden song about the 1872 Morley mine disaster in Leeds.
Followed 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!!)
SANDWICHES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE CLUB
PLEASE BRING NIBBLES,CAKES ETC. DRESSING UP & SILLY HATS WILL BE MOST WELCOME
THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE WITH TWENTY PRIZES SO LETS HAVE A GRAND NIGHT.
A 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!
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…