When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Chris Birchill
(10th October 2019. Ruthin All Styles Music Club)
In fact, every single pair of eyes in the room were smiling, whilst those Irish eyes were twinkling as their owner's beautifully crafted songs were interspersed with tales of his Irish upbringing and anecdotal yarns about his musical journey through life.
You will go a long way to find a more entertaining and engaging folk singer than Antony John Clarke. He has his own unique style of modern folk songs with words that conjure up pictures of life, painted with humour and a not insignificant touch of the old blarney.
He was accompanied on piano by his lovely wife Julia, who also wore a beautiful smile throughout the evening despite bearing the brunt of many of his jokes. It was Julia's 63rd birthday and Anthony John made much of the fact that it heralded the beginning of the annual eight-day period when he is technically a year younger than her.
The humour comes effortlessly, both within the songs and in the narrative between them. The whole of his performance is full of fun with lively and uplifting songs such as The Cockerel Has Done a Runner, We Pulled Through, I Hate Camping and They Don't Write Them Like That Any More.
As with his 2017 concert, Anthony John and Julia stayed over in The Feathers' comfortable accommodation which once again resulted in him overrunning our usual finish time by almost an hour. Not that anybody objected.
Anthony John Clarke
Anthony John Clarke has been working as a professional musician since 1991. He has since given up a full time teaching career to focus on writing and performing his own brand of songs. His material is played on radio throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Europe and North America. His best known songs have received airplay as faraway as Australia, Chile, Canada and China.
See 2 tour dates featuring Anthony John Clarke
- 62 Sweyn Road
- CT9 2DD