Friday December 16th 2022

It was nice to see an almost full house for our last “live” session of the year. I say almost, because Alun was missing, and Christmas without Alun singing “Bleak Midwinter” is like eggs without salt. Wendy has Covid and although he was testing negative and symptom free, he did the right thing and stayed at home, flushing any virus particles from his body with copious amounts of alcohol. Hope Wendy is soon on the mend.

Somehow it was my turn to start again! How did that happen? I was caught wearing Lesley’s tights.

Lesley was a therefore a bit chilly playing her fiddle tune, but got by. The other Lesley had some interesting songs on offer. “House of the rising sun” sung to the tune of a Carol. When Fred eventually remembered which carol it was (Little town of Bethlehem).

They also had a version of “Silent Night”, half in Welsh.

In the verse section, Bee had the 12 days of unwanted gifts of Christmas (we don’t want to see them brought as raffle prizes in the New Year, thank you). Dafydd had collected the worst set of Chrismas cracker jokes known to man.

Christmas Puzzler. 1). Can you spot 10 differences in the pictures below? (I can’t) 2). How low an IQ do you need to want to watch a programme made by Ging and whinge?

Kevin – always a popular turn. A night can never have enough Saw Doctors songs.

Warby, a vision in green, giving us Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd. All life is here at Rhyl Folk Club.

Carole returned some sanity to the proceedings with a couple of her Christmas poems.

Abbi and Jim, a breath of fresh air, still full of the enthusiasm of youth and about to embark on tour on a cruise ship full of Yanks so best of luck there. A couple of great sets from them tonight, with plenty for the old buggers to join in with.

Mike was reluctant to leave his table to sing, having won the Glenlivet in the raffle, in case someone nicked it (at Rhyl! Surely not! I hear you cry). I thought he was pushing it to expect the Audience to be able to master the echo bit in “Do you see what I see”, but they did very well.

Rick was brewing up the Rosie Lee and losing his legs with some privateers. Looks better with his haircut.

A spectacular raffle tonight; a hamper, 2 malts, a bread wreath and a wealth of booze and choccies. Who brought the jar of piccalilli? Vomit-in-a-bottle!! Thanks to all those who have given so generously throughout the year. Also thanks to all who organised the food for the interval. Another big thanks to Roly and Marg for all the work they do every week before you get there.

Kevin sent us home singing “One hand on the radio, one on the wheel”. Rhyl F C does not recommend driving in this fashion.

Next Friday, we’re having a night off, so you’ll have to entertain your guests; they’re your relatives, if you didn’t want them, you shouldn’t have asked them to come. Friday the 30th is Zoom night, log in details on this website on the “Club News” page. We’re all back at Tynewydd on the 6th Jan.

John’s end of year tip – Forget the past, you can’t change it. Forget the present, I haven’t got you one.

For those of us who missed Alun last night here he is

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