When the weather is good, these great little intimate gigs are held acoustically, outdoors, in a beautiful woodland setting. Last Saturday the weather was not good but refusing to allow rain to stop play, the centre’s director Rod Waterfield (above) had one of the workshops cleared to accommodate a stage and an audience of 50 or more music lovers.
The evening began with a 40 minute set by Denbigh’s Penni Neale. Apart from a few floor spots at her local folk and acoustic club, Ruthin AllStyles, it was Penni’s first public performance since before the pandemic. She used the opportunity to air some of the amazing songs she had written during the lockdown, one of them being her beautiful and poignant song about the lockdown, “Ring a Ring a Rosey”. She also treated us to a couple of covers, including the very funny “Please Tell Me If I Start to Say The Same Thing Twice”.
Then it was over to Jackson Williams for the second and third segments of the evening. This talented duo from Melin-y-Wig, comprising guitar maestro Skeet Williams and vocalist Deborah Jackson, thrilled and entertained with songs off their 2020 debut album, “Venus and The Crescent Moon”. And then, proving that they spent their lockdown months wisely and productively, we were treated to a glimpse of some of the fabulous songs destined to be on their next, as yet unnamed, album.
Just as we thought the evening could not get any better, the pair answered the calls for “more” with an excellent cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic, “Dreams” with captivating vocals from the lovely Deborah, that would give Stevie Nicks a run for her money.