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Rhyl music club given special honour in Parliament

Published date: 07 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A RHYL music club has been given a Parliamentary award for its 50 anniversary.

Rhyl Folk Club has been entertaining music lovers since 1964 when musicians first tuned their guitars and fiddles in the former Palace Hotel.

Club stalwarts were invited to the House of Commons by Vale of Clwyd MP – and folk music fan – Chris Ruane to receive the award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Folk Music.

Also in attendance at the ceremony was folk legend Martin Carthy, who has also made many guest appearances at the folk club in Rhyl.

Club spokesman Jeff Blythin said: "It’s hard to believe that all these years have passed and we’re still going strong.

“It’s a testament to the people who come week-in week-out to perform and the regular audience who have supported us through thick and thin.

“We’ve had many famous faces at the club over the years.

"We obviously need to thank Chris Ruane for putting us forward for this award and organising everything for us, couldn’t have done it without him.

“It’s just a pity that some of the people who saw us on our way to get to this point are no longer here to share in our celebration.”

Since its inception in 1964 the club has met at a variety of locations in the town such as the Bee and Station, Costigans and has now settled at the Tynewydd Community Centre.

Over the years many big names on the folk circuit have made appearances including the legendary Bert Jansch, Bernard Wrigley and Alex Campbell.

“It was a huge pleasure to invite the club down to Parliament to receive the award as it is quite an achievement,” said Mr Ruane.

“I have been a regular attendee at the folk club for the past 30 years and the banter, music and craic can provide a relaxing end to a hectic week.

"I pay tribute to the musicians and audiences who have kept this local treasure going for so many years and I look forward to its long and continued presence in Rhyl.”

Rhyl Folk Club meets at Tynewydd Community Centre every Friday night – for further information log on to www.rhylfolkclub.com

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