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Posted in Club Night - What happened? on April 10, 2021 by Rhyl Folk Club

After last weeks “Happy” theme we were back to the usual misery, death and despair, and none more so than your ever jovial host John Shepherd. John, week after week brings doom and gloom to your Friday nights and does his best to insult everyone equally. I think all will agree, he does this very well.

Along with the misery there were a few gentle, heartfelt songs, but, if you’re looking for something happy, you’ll have to fast forward to the final song of the night from Alun.

This weeks visitors hailed from Surrey, Essex, Eastbourne, The Isle of White, Vancouver (via Newcastle), Cumbria, Gateshead and Northumberland. Is there a North East takeover in the offing? Our brilliant stale-warts and regulars however, put up a good fight and Rhyl Folk Club lives on!

One of the problems with so many performers is that there’s more chance of someone else doing your song before you and in some cases, doing it better.

Songs that people have had to give up this week:

John – The Bergen

Alan – The Valley of Strathmore

Alun – Ride On

Funnily enough this is not a problem for our Gaffer with his unique and inimitable style.

Things we learnt last night:

  • Knitters Weekly recommend Aberkan for all your essential bits and bobs
  • Flying fish jump out of a hot pan
  • Every clever **** has a fish pun

(Explanatory note for those who missed it on the chat – Storm’s excuse for his late arrival was that his fish for lunch launched itself out of the frying pan and down the back of the fridge, sounds like a bit of a fishy tale to me.)

Questions of the week:

  • Is Dave Hytch really Monty Don?
  • What tickled Alun and Alan?
  • What is the interesting piece on T Gwyn’s wall?

Quote of the week (according to ARJ)

John Shepherd: “I bet it’s not a proper song anyway – probably just something you wrote yourself!”

Look out for this and many other interesting moments as you enjoy listening to all that went on last night here on the you tube link. Thank you to all.

Friday April 2nd 2021.

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on April 3, 2021 by Rhyl Folk Club

57 years of Rhyl Folk Club! An achievement not to be sniffed at. The club had provided a sumptuous buffet and again, our members had been more than generous with their donations for the raffle, but more of that later.

We had members dating back from 1970, and others who had turned up for the first time last night. Chris Rogan joined us from his home just North of Bury. Lesley remembers me taking her on a date, promising her a slap up meal. Black puddin’ on a paper plate, doused in vinegar at Bury market. She knew she was on to a winner with me.

Several of us used to go to the club when it was at the Bee; not the most salubrious of venues – I remember the sign in the Gents – “Please do not throw cigarettes in the urinals, it makes them soggy and difficult to light”. We had a few more famous celebs join us for the party – Laurel and Hardy, Basil and Sybil Fawlty all contributed. Chas & Jan’s tribute to Paul Hollywood was thankfully after the watershed. We also had ladies a plenty, with a special mention to Erin; not only does she have 2 X chromosomes, she’s 40 odd years below pensionable age!

The raffle. Always a club night highlight. Sometimes the only one. Irene won the bread (but was unable to collect from me due to the snipers Drakeford has posted on the borders), Gaffer won Alun’s recently shaved-off beard in a bag, Carole got the invite to a wine tasting up here at Beniar (but is teetotal), and Alan got the star prize of the extraction of a tooth of his choice (sorry no local anaesthetic).

So there we are, another year gone. Probably the strangest year in the club’s 57 years. The YouTube link is there below, but I would like to thank all the people who have given so much to the club over the years, all the brand new faces we have seen courtesy of Zoom post covid, all of whom I’m proud to call my friends. I’m off to look at Chris Rogan’s website.

Friday March 26th 2021

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on March 27, 2021 by deputyfolk

“crowded, varied and lovely”

John, manfully running the show, alternately hindered by ARJ and a broadband connection about as reliable as a politician’s promise.

Spoiler alert: Scotland won.

Other notices: Next week is our (famous) Good Friday anniversary party. 57 years young. These are cracking dos, with everyone pulling together and bringing crisps, scotch eggs and singing Bruce Cockburn covers. And, a raffle!

            Spoiler alert 2. Clocks go forward tomorrow. Homework next week is for happy songs, if you can, please. Nautical songs should limit deaths to keel-hauling and lost overboard. Pastoral ditties should be a maximum of two hangings.

What can I say of last night? I looked up hyperbole, but I could neither spell it nor pronounce it. I will limit myself to reiterating our host’s welcome to the newcomers and exhort all members to click on the YouTube link and see if I’m not telling the stone cold truth. As fine a version of Caledonia as you’d hear in a day’s march, Sammy’s Bar reopened as a plea for proper public transport and a feminist sea shanty. And if that doesn’t get your juices going, you’d best check your pulse. So, a thank you to both the NHS and to those involved last night. Enjoy!

Friday March 19th 2021

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on March 20, 2021 by Rhyl Folk Club

Turn the clock back 365 days and we had had our last night together at Tynewydd before the brown stuff really hit the fan and we began our 12 months of incarceration (with no bog roll). On the upside we’ve got lots of new chums – I hope we can still keep in touch somehow if normality is ever resumed. First time performers Nick and Christine were another treat last night, beaming through the ethers from Whitby.

People were protesting (mainly John & Carole, but most people had a bit of a grouse), not, it must be said without good reason.

Brian and Linda sang a duet; not just alternate verses, but alternate lines! They admitted to having had a practise in the afternoon. Is practising an admission of incompetence? Discuss.

The reluctance of mainland Europe to get themselves vaccinated made me wonder. Every person who received the smallpox vaccine in 1798 has since died. Mmmm. Makes you think.

There was some raunchy (off screen) sex from “the Waitrose Doggers” down in Surrey. To be fair, it was Mike’s birthday. Still down in Surrey, it is impossible to listen to Irene and not compare her to Barbara Dixon. A wig?

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We missed Gaffer last night – how am I going to get my History O level? Also, Dafydd and Bee were absent without a note.

Alun had a new toy. A Suzuki Q chord (an electric keyboard/guitar combo, sounded a bit like a harmonium), probably not suited to being played in the bath, but a nice change from guitars.

It’s not easy to host the show and make notes, so this week’s blog is a little short on factual material. Here’s the YouTube link – don’t miss Mike H when he paused for a millisecond too long after a verse and got premature clap when we all thought he’d finished.

Friday 12th March 2021

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on March 13, 2021 by Rhyl Folk Club

It was an extremely colourful evening at Rhyl Folk Club last night. Our Chairman had announced our “homework” for this week was to include colour in a song, almost everyone stepped up and we had a veritable rainbow on display.

Absentees this week included Bee, who was unable to be with us due to a clash. Good news is that she’s had some cream for it and will be back next week. Mike was only able to be with us for a short period; he said that the dog had eaten his homework and as punishment for attempting a song with no colour, BT withdrew his internet privileges.

COLOUR: Noun – Definition:- The property possessed by an object which produces different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.

If we ignore the tertiary colours on the colour wheel, I think we covered most bases quite well. Marks on the homework front were given for the following:

Red – which came in Gaelic and Welsh, with John’s Nighean Ruadh (red haired girl) and Alan’s Crib Goch (red ridge)

Orange – was covered by Phil, with Rust.

Yellow – also a bi-lingual colour, that of golden sunshine, provided by Geoff Durno and melyn, from T Gwyn and Alun.

Green – was to be found in Mike and Helen’s Green Pastures and Chas and Jan’s Fiddler’s Green.

Blue – came in the form of the blue button, the singers saviour on zoom and was also there in John’s Saturday Nights.

Violet – I struggled with, but persuaded myself that Chris’s wine could be described as purple.

John Warburton, had marks deducted for trying to be too clever, providing multiple entries with Donovan’s Colours and others were disqualified for trying to sneak black into their homework, namely Helen’s grimy black foam and Chas and Jan’s Black Velvet Band.

Black, is, of course, the complete absence of colour and is demonstrated here by Geoff with his black jumper and his black carbon fibre guitar.

Newcomer Mark had problems submitting his homework, it’s hard to get a word in when your playing a whistle. But we’ll give him marks for an excellent performance.

Elsewhere – The “Chat” taught us, that carbon fibre guitars are indestructible, papier mache banjo’s don’t do well in the rain and electronic accordions can’t be played in the bath.

Finally – you can gain extra marks for correctly identifying the number of songs Gaffer managed in 4 minutes.

You can of course hear these and all the other homework entries, all of which were excellent, in the you tube recording.

Thank you to everyone who came along, it was a brilliant evening.

Friday March 5th 2021

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on March 6, 2021 by deputyfolk

Hello and good morning to you all. It is International Women’s Day on Monday, and we had, last evening, no less than ten ladies among our turns. This is something that, as a club, we have worked hard to encourage. Having that many from the distaff side all contributing to the evening is both gratifying and heart warming.

            Back to school next week as well, and we had contributions to Physics O-level, Sod’s Law and A-level geography (canals). As well as Use of English GCSE on the benefits of brevity. Among the highlights of a cracking night were the (young and female) Abi, who had nicked Stu’s guitar, and Gaffer (not female), whose casual brilliance on brevity was a beauty to behold.

            The collective achievements and hard work of John and Alun in bringing together these Friday evenings should not be underestimated. The quality and standard of all your contributions combine to present a thoroughly entertaining and convivial evening that is both enjoyable and amusing. As a non singing attendee, I thank everyone. You should all be mighty pleased with yourselves- there, I’ve said it- thank you!

            Next week’s homework, should you choose to accept it, is colour. I look forward to Bob Lind covers. Enjoy the video.

Friday February 26th 2021

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on February 27, 2021 by Rhyl Folk Club

It was a slightly quieter night (in terms only of numbers) than of late, which made my job a bit easier, as we were comfortably able to get round everyone twice.

Alun was again demonstrating that it is the least athletic members of society who wear “sport” shirts, but I have to admit that he does a great job sorting out any problems people may have with their sound and helping to keep the night flowing.

Mike had to depart mid evening to sort out the mice, in varying states of dismemberment, his cat had proudly brought to show him. Reminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody – “Mama, I just killed a mouse. Smacked my paw upon his head, his remains are on your bed”.

The grammar police were out in force tonight. There were several arrests with long sentences expected. Me? I never done nuffin’ rong.

There were also several incidents involving never-has-beens trying to offload their leftover cds. “Filling Time” by Painless John is however a quality piece of music, but hurry, there are only a few left. There are plenty still available from Terry; details of his website can be found on our Facebook page. Alun has splashed the cash and says that, not surprisingly, it’s a cracker.

Most of us, or at least those of us who still have a barnet, are now showing signs of needing a severe talking to with a pair of scissors. I noted that Mike D was looking fairly neat; apparently Helen does the business for him. In desperation, I’d been to see the woman who works Parrys’ corner, as she advertises as doing anything for twenty quid. She apparently draws the line at haircuts – says she has standards. The pair sang about a dead skunk in the road. Us pensioners out in the sticks who supplement our meagre diet with roadkill can only dream of finding such a treasure.

“Emerald Green” was my favourite song of 2018. I’d heard it sung by Ruth Powell with “Risky Business” (and then t’other Val from the club). Dewi and Eileen did it justice.

Brian, our chum from Eastbourne, is going through a difficult time at home; if you read this blog, Brian, everyone at the club sends you their love and big hugs.

A video from the vaults featuring Rum Bum & Concertina rounded off a memorable night – not the best quality recording, but it brought back lots of memories.

Here’s the link to the YouTube recording. I’m really looking forward to listening to it all again, there were some classy performances and banter by the bucketful. You can’t not miss it nohow.

Friday April 18th 2014 (50th Anniversary).

Posted in Club Night - What happened? on April 19, 2014 by Rhyl Folk Club

apr_18_3_rr cutoutApr 18 8 rrWith a capacity crowd and a long list of singers, Andrew rolled up the sleeves of his K.F.C. shirt (other take-aways are available) and got off to an early start. If you want to see everyone who sang, look at the collage at the bottom, the list is too long to mention everyone in the blog.

apr_18_4_rrIt was a delight to see and hear some of the “old-timers” who had made the effort to be at the club on our 50th anniversary. Darryl got “premature clap” when, merely pausing in his song to take a swig from his pint of Chilean merlot, some of the audience thought (wished?) he’d finished and put their hands together. I owe a great personal debt to Darryl for his encouragement when I first started at the club over 25 years ago. If you think I’m crap now, you should have heard me then! apr 18 16 rr

Hadyn Smith, looking very dapper, first sang at the club in 1966, and despite having to be somewhere else on the night managed to turn up to give a moving version of “The Fish Finger Blues”.

I’m not sure how Brian got through “All the little chickens”, with the wall of sound of farmyard animals coming back at him. Brian looks almost as young as ever (due to the picture in his attic), but alas, Jeff seems to have now stopped exfoliating and using his moisturiser and is showing 6 of the 7 signs of ageing; the only one he fails to demonstrate is rigor mortis. Jeff has been doing much of the graft for the club for years and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. That unfortunately doesn’t stop me taking the piss.apr 18 14 rr

Thanks to all the ladies who provided the food and to everyone who brought stuff for the raffle. Except Mike Hawkins. Those who read last weeks summary may remember he returned a perfectly good bottle of booze which he then won for a second time. Sure enough it returned again this week. Hopefully it has now gone to a good home where it will be treated with more care and respect.apr 18 9 rr

It was fitting that young Mathew finished off the evening, after hearing the people who had carried the club through it’s first 50 years. Billy Connolly once likened life to a bus journey, where people keep getting off, sometimes before their stop. Over the years we’ve lost a few; Mike Hand, Kristen, Lindsay and of course, Ted. Due to the demographics of the club, it’s inevitable that more of us will be standing up and ringing the bell and we seem unable to attract a younger element to come and have a laugh on a Friday night, with the predictable end result of Mathew singing to an empty room (or a row of urns). We hope Mathew got his parents back to the home safely.

Guest night next week – Peter and Barbara Snape.50th collage finish

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