The Box, Crewe – 14-3-2015

It wouldn’t have occurred to me to check this out unless my friends Martin and Audra Thomson, who now live in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire hadn’t mentioned it when they asked me to come up to stay with them for the weekend. As soon as I read that Butch was planning to play for three hours I knew it would be a must visit.

I travelled to my friends on Friday and spent Saturday accompanying them shopping and other domestic things. But the whole time I was looking forward to the evening, my only visits to Crewe had been to pass through the station on the way to other destinations. It turned out that the Box is literally round the corner from the station, so most convenient, as long as you’ve got a train home afterwards, always a problem.

Martin decided to drive to Crewe, he had doubts about the ease of finding a taxi at 3 am on a Sunday morning. We arrived about 8.20ish, paid our money and walked up the stairs to the main area.

The two supporting DJs were playing and their music was right up my street, and most of it was new to me, or at least I didn’t recognise a lot of the tunes, first one I did know was Dissatisfied Man by Oliver Christian, which Martin used to play when he DJ’d at These Old Shoes. In the first set before Butch came onto the decks the only obvious oldie played was the Ivories’ Please Stay and I don’t hear that played out very often. There were people dancing including a guy who had a crutch, but he still moved his other leg, good on him. It shows that when the music gets inside you it makes you want to move.

At about 10 pm Butch took over and said he was pleased to be in the North after being down with the “southern softies”, think he meant me, Charlie and Trickster who’d made the trip. His first record was Johnny Howard’s The Chase Is On, followed by Tommy Ridgley’s My Love Gets Stronger, then Little Love Affair, I’m Lonely I’m Troubled and an alternative take of Lover. My first foray on to the dance floor was when he played his Jean Carter cover up I Wanna Know, one of my favourites, shortly after he played Martha Jean Love’s Old Time Lover, a record I absolutely adore, love dancing to it, it got Arthur Fenn on to the floor too, it’s one his favourites as well. More great tracks followed, Gotta Strange Feeling, Mello Souls’ We Can Make It, Perfections’ Just Can’t Leave You, Sha La La, the Mighty Lovers cover up (what a record!), Rideout, and then one he’s played at the 100 Club, starts off very similar to I Love Music, my friends would call it the dreaded word “disco” but so what, a great dancer, followed by Shake Cheri. Loads of other good’uns but my memory is useless but I’d had a good dance.

The first record following Butch was John Harris’s Hanging In, great record and the guys continued playing lesser known (or at least to me) tracks but also including one or two classics, for example I Gotta Find Me Somebody. I actually think that dropping in a classic stomper in the middle of lesser known material works very well. A record by the Lollipops was played, if either Alex Jones or Phil Wainwright reads this perhaps they could say what it was, in fact their playlists would be good if they fancy posting them.

Then it was time for Butch to take over and do a 90 minute set to finish the night. By this time my back and legs were beginning to feel the pounding I’d given them so I was unable to dance to as many records as I would have liked but I did my best. I do remember Butch playing Sidney Barnes’ I Hurt On The Other Side, Diane Lewis’ You Ain’t Got A Chance, the alternative version of Just Like The Weather, The Hurting Is Over, Dee Dee Warwick’s Worth Every Tear I Cry and Jean Wells’ With My Love And What You’ve Got (I assume these are both different takes of the songs), and the Utopias’ Girls Are Against Me. He also played a couple of instrumentals. Carlena was another one played, not sure if it was the normal version His final record was the Just Brothers’ Go On And Laugh, one of his best cover ups in my opinion. I had to dance to that one. And that was the end. Martin and I said farewell to our friends and drove back to Holmes Chapel.

It was very nice to see a good number of friends there, Ian, Trickster, Charlie, Arthur and Maria, Annabelle, and many others. I thought there would be more in, but Burnley was on plus many other nights, still a good turnout though including various well known DJs.

The dance floor was superb, I wore a pair of shoes that I’d never dance in at the 100 Club but was fine at the Box. Also the sound was very good. And let’s face it, you need a good dance floor and good sound equipment, they’re the most important thing, plus of course good music. I would describe most of the music as “nighter” type sounds, and Butch played 60s tracks in the main, or at least as far as I could hear, some 70s as well of course.

I will be keeping an eye on soul nights at the Box, nice to add another venue that is worth visiting. Thanks to the promoters and to the DJs, one of the best soul nights I’ve attended for ages. And my body is proof of that, still getting over it as I type this.

100 Club Allnighter – 7 March 2015

There was no allnighter at the 100 Club in February and the March one was going to coincide with the Prestatyn weekender so it was always going to be slightly different from usual. Butch was attending the weekender so was not present and quite a few of the regulars were not in London as usual. Some at Prestatyn and at least two on DJ duties at other events.

I did feel a bit tired before I went out but reminded myself of how much I’d miss attending, hearing the music and seeing friends. There was a tube strike scheduled to start at 9.30 pm but when I got to King’s Cross I found that the Victoria Line was running so no problem about getting there. In fact I walked into the club at just gone 11.05, earliest for ages for me. I’d barely sat on the stage and taken my jacket off when Rachel came over to say hello. After a brief chat I strolled over to have a word with Kev and then gave out some flyers for the next Lifeline.

At this point in the proceeding Ady was on the decks but was followed by new regular Tomas McGrath who got the floor going with tracks like the Ringleaders’ Baby What Has Happened.

Chris Dale took over from Tomas and opened with Just Because by Pat & The Blenders. When I started going out to soul nights again this was just becoming popular and I always used to dance to it, but I haven’t heard it much over the last few years. It was good to hear and dance to it, sort of quirky rhythm. Chris kindly played my request for Feminine Ingenuity, love to dance to that one.

Next up was Carl Fortnum formerly DJ at the Capitol Soul Club, happy nights at the Dome, Tufnell Park. He played some old favourites from those days; Eddie Parker’s I’m Gone, Thanks For A Little Loving by the Trends and played Don Gardner’s Cheating Kind for my birthday.

Making her début at the 100 Club was Pat Bleasdale; I’d seen her at the Dab Of Soul weekender last year on the Saturday afternoon collectors’ sets, she’d played some slow tunes but had finished with a couple of uptempo ones, Hangin’ In and Don’t Be So Jive. I asked her if she’d include the John Harris Hangin’ In and she kindly obliged, it was the first one she played followed by United Sounds. She played Sag Warfare later and also included Benny Harper’s My Prayer in her set, quite a few that I didn’t recognise as well.

Ady again, starting off with Etta James’ Can’t Shake It, (I hope this comes out on a 45 soon); followed by the Gerri Grainger cover up Why Can’t It Be Tonight, Nancy Wilcox’s He’ll Be Leaving You, my request, Sammy Ambrose’s Welcome To Dreamsville, an old 100 Club favourite, Sharon Scott’s I’m Not Afraid, Luther Ingram’s Oh Baby Don’t You Weep and his new find the Might Whites which is already popular with the dancers.

To follow Ady it was Tomas again, starting off with Betty Lloyd’s I’m Catching On. Included in his set were Living Color’s Gotta Strange Feeling, Celeste Hardy’s You’re Gone and finishing with The Time Is Right For Love.

Then it was time for the guests to do their second sets starting off with Chris Dale, included in his set were Say something Nice To Me and I’m Waiting, the latter of course by Bill Bush.

Carl took over from Chris and kept the floor busy, in fact it was busy all night. He included William Powell’s Heartaches Souvenirs, remember that at the Dome, Terry Callier’s Ordinary Joe and Rees Flores’ Look Into My Heart. If Carl reads this could he post up the title of the first record of this, his second set. It was a medium tempo song with a rather haunting vocal. I wasn’t the only person there who liked it.

For her second set Pat Bleasdale played some medium tempo tunes including the Magnetics’ Count The Days and Blue Steam’s I Want A Girl. Fascinating Girl, Wind In My Sails, Sweet Memories and Ice’s Reality were also played. The penultimate record was one I’d not heard before, a paean to one’s mother, a week ahead of Mothering Sunday. Pat’s sets were received with enthusiasm, sure it won’t be long before she returns.

By this time it was 5.30 am, time for Ady to do the last 30 minutes, opening up with Blowing My Mind To Pieces by Bob Relf, traditional Northern Soul. After two or three fast ones he played the Demures’ I Wanna Be Good To You and dedicated it to me for my birthday, thanks Ady, you know the ones I like. Then if I remember correctly it was Don’t Tear Me Down, Sweet Temptation, This Is The Thanks I Get, I’ll Never Stop Loving You and finally Baby I Need Your Loving, which is I guess the club’s theme song or anthem. Just over 50 years old but still wonderful, still sends chills down my spine. Lights came on then, That’s What Mama Say plays and we gather up our belongings, say farewell and head off into Oxford Street and beyond. I got home quicker than I’d expected so was having coffee and porridge before 8 am.

As I said above a few of the regulars were missing, and there weren’t quite that many in as in January, but this meant there was a bit more room on the dance floor which I took advantage of as did others, it’s nice to have a bit of space. I didn’t think there were many non soul people in, a few had their drinks on the dance floor but when approached in a friendly manner were happy to go along with our etiquette. There were still quite a few of us at the end, nice to know you’re one of the hard core. As usual it is really good to see my friends there.

I seem to say the same thing every month, but it’s true, it was a good night, great music, company and atmosphere. We’re lucky to have the soul scene, not sure what I’d do without it. Thanks to Ady and the other DJs for entertaining us, roll on April.

Boomerang – 7 February 2015

For years now Boomerang has been my favourite soul night and I’ve long wished it was nearer London but when I travel up there to Thorne I’m always full of anticipation. It has a combination of quality music and a crowd of enthusiastic soul lovers. The Canal Tavern has a proud soul pedigree going back to the 1980s, sells fine ale and good food. So all in all well worth a visit.

It was cold on Saturday morning when I left home and standing around at King’s Cross before boarding my train didn’t help. Even the train seemed to be on the chilly side, or it may just have been me. Anyway, arrived at the guest house I always stay in at about 4.15, relaxed for a while and then got ready for the night. A friend of mine, Keith Miller, had told me he was planning to make his first visit to the tavern so when he arrived at the guest house he gave me a knock. At about 5.30 we strolled to the venue. On arrival we got drinks and sat down and ordered some food. Dave and Malayka were already there and Arthur Fenn and Maria joined us.

We went into the room where it takes place at 8, Arthur was playing some nice Crossover and he was followed by Maria. Then it was the turn of the first guest Craig Butler. I know Craig and he’s got some good records covering all genres but tonight he’d left his R&B records at home. He played Clarence Reid’s The Price I Have To Pay, a good example of Southern type soul.

Dave Thorley followed Craig, and got the dance floor moving with records including Arthur Prysock’s I Was A Boy, unissued acetate I think, which he played for Chalky and myself, the Fuzz’s I’m So Glad and others.

Maria then did her second spot playing I’m Yours, Third Eye and more floor fillers.

Craig again for his second spot, including Eddie & Ernie’s Bullets Don’t Have Eyes, Tony Clark’s The Wrong Man, Volumes’ Ain’t Gonna Give You Up, Ty Karim’s Lightin’ Up, Buddy Ace’s Pleasing You and Lorraine Rudolph’s Keep Coming Back For More. Funny the last one, I’ve got it but when I hear it out I can’t think what it is.

Arthur next for his second and last set, opening with the record I’d requested, Living Color’s Gotta Strange Feeling, one that gets me up on my feet in an instant. Pretty popular with some of the London crowd who were there, Matt and Faye, and Hailey and Ben, stalwarts of the 100 Club making their first visit to Boomerang. Among others played by Arthur were Teacher Man, his Flowers’ cover up, and Love Is The Answer.

The last 45 minutes were Dave’s second set, including Florence Trapp’s Love Came Into My Life, brilliant fast track that you rarely hear, think there aren’t many copies, and he finished the night with Thomas East’s Follow The Rainbow.

Both Dave and Arthur seem to have the knack of mixing Northern Soul with Modern Soul and still keeping the floor busy.

A few regulars were missing, they may have gone to the Rugby allnighter. The evening did start of quietly but it filled up. As I said earlier there were the London crowd making their first visit, glad they enjoyed it, and it was good to see many of the regulars. My friend Keith enjoyed it too, glad really because I’d recommended it to him.

I’m looking forward to the next one in May.

Majestic Soul – 5 February 2015

That was a really good night at the Horse & Groom, Curtin Road, cold outside but nice and warm in there. Guests Dave and Donna got me dancing, didn’t actually intend to, wrong shoes, but it worked okay. They played a set mixing some well known Northern records with a few lesser known, and included some beat ballads so that made it even better. So good to hear Strange Neighbourhood, That Other Place and I’m Sitting In, right up my street musicwise. Anthony Sweeney followed them starting off with Burning Spear by the Soulful Strings and continued with the uptempo tunes, including I Got The Blues by Della Reese, rarely heard at least by me anyway. Must add that the regulars Mark and Brian who did their sets before the guests were pretty good too. Brian played Girl You’re So Sweet, had to dance to that of course.

Chatted with my friends, good to see John Stubbs out at a soul night.

I left at 11.30, but then had a nightmare journey home, thanks Thameslink Railways who run my local line from Kings Cross, great when their website said there’d be a train to my station, only to find that there wasn’t one. Not one of the great journeys home but that’s life. Next Majestic will use Liverpool Street.

Masters Of Soul – 29 January 2015

Masters Of Soul returned last November with a bang, guests Soul Sam and Ian Wright had the joint jumping as they say. And last night was another good’un. Yann was absent on holiday but the other two regular DJs, Leona and Naoko, kept up MOS’s reputation for good music. Plenty of tunes that were unfamiliar to me, especially in Arthur’s first set and most of Naoko’s, although after prompting I did remember Buddy Ace’s Pleasing You. With my memory I need a bit of assistance these days.

As usual Arthur played a set that mixed up the styles but kept the floor busy for his second set in particular although I had to leave at 11.30 to get my train home. Thanks to Leona for playing the Falcons’ Love You Like I’ve Never Been Loved and to Arthur for playing Here I Am, got me dancing which I didn’t really expect to do.

There weren’t quite as many in as usual but still a fair turnout on a very cold night. Nice to see plenty of my friends there, thank you for putting up with my blue mood.

Masters Of Soul is once again a night that is a must on the London Soul Calendar.

100 Club Allnighter – 24 January 2015

Wow!!! What a night down in the 100 Club. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many people there as this one, seemed like there were more than at an anniversary night. I don’t know if it’s the Northern Soul movie or the Shredded Wheat advert on TV but there were loads of younger people there last night. It seemed as if every time I looked up the stairs there were more coming down and queuing to deposit their coats.

I hadn’t been out anywhere soulwise since the NYE allnighter and was feeling withdrawal symptoms, it’s okay playing music at home but it’s not the same as in a proper club with a crowd present.

Unusually I got up there before the start at 11 as I was meeting some friends in the Blue Posts, had a drink and got into the club just past the starting time. And it rapidly began to fill up with Ady doing the business on the decks, followed by Joel who played quite a few oldies in his first set.

Butch followed and played some of his big tunes including Salvation, Shake Cheri, Chuck Jackson cover up and others plus some that were new to me, including a nice medium tempo one about two thirds through his first set. I danced to most of the set but the dance floor was jammed and I was only able to shuffle around.

Next on was the first guest Liam Quinn who has been a guest before. I didn’t recognise that many of his records, and it was the same with the guest who followed him, Azza Adams. Both guests kept the floor busy, in fact it was busy all night.

Ady back next playing some of his current biggies including Nancy Wilcox, Etta James, etc, and his new discovery by the Mighty Whites, pretty good I thought and so did the dancers.

Time for Joel’s second set, and one his best in my opinion, a real mix.

Butch again, quite a bit of 70s included plus favourites like the Perfections’ Just Can’t Leave You and Man Of My Word.

Liam and Azza followed respectively, including some better known tunes (or at least to me) such as You Don’t Know Boy by the Attractions. Azza finished with Jerry Butler’s One Night Affair.

At about 5.25 Ady opened his final set with another cheapie, Eddie Floyd’s version of Bring It On Home To Me, which I haven’t heard since its issue back in the 60s, He continued with a mix of tempos including Sweet Temptation, Don’t Bring Me Down, It’s Better by Sharon Scott, about to be issued on 45 for the first time by Kent on Monday, Gamblers Blues, When The Boy That You Love and ending the night with Barbara Lynn’s This Is The Thanks I Get, Carla Thomas’s perennial I’ll Never Stop Loving You and the Four Tops’ Baby I Need Your Loving. Then the lights came on, That’s What Mama Say by Walter Jackson started and it was time to say farewell to friends and head home.

It was good to see the usual gang there, too numerous to mention, but stalwarts all of you. But where was Trickster? While people did begin to slip away from about 3 am there was a good crowd at the finish, and it looks good for the future of the nighter, especially if some of the new younger visitors become regulars.

My only criticism of the night is nothing to do with Ady but the people who spilt drink on the dance floor. On two occasions Suzy asked people to take their drinks off the dance floor, and there were others. The floor became very slippery where drink had been spilt, both Billy and Phyllis got mops out and cleaned the floor, this shouldn’t have to happen. Ady made a request for no drinks on the dance floor, there used to be signs about this, perhaps time to reinstate them.

I had to make a quick getaway as I needed to get a certain train, I’ve got a busy day ahead unexpectedly.

As usual thanks to Ady and the DJs for their sterling work. And to the attendees who made the night what it was.

A New Year’s Eve Northern Soul Celebration – 31 December 2014

I think I’ve been to seven allnighters on New Year’s Eve at the Va Va Voom/Nutty New Year event. The first one was in the small room, all the others in the large area. And I can honestly say they’ve all been superb. Last night’s one continued that trend.
 
I had invited friends from Wales to come to it, and hoped  they would enjoy it. I need not have worried, they’ve told me they want to come to it new year’s eve 2015. I’d arranged to meet them at 9 pm at Great Portland Street but due to a wait of 15 minutes for a Hammersmith & City Line train at Mile End I was late and they sensibly had gone into 229 The Venue.
 
There was a small queue when I arrived, immediately behind Suzy and Emma. I went down the stairs into the big room to the strains of Hey You Don’t Fight It played by promoter and DJ Yann Vatiste. My friends beckoned to me to join them so I sat down, and got myself together.
 
For the first two and a half hours each DJ did a 30 minute set, then they did two 45 minute sets. An extremely wide range of soul music was played, something for everyone I think. From really fast records to beat ballads, funky tunes, Modern Soul, Crossover, it was all there, the one exception was that although  some classic oldies were included they weren’t what I call the usual suspects. Soul Sam played some of his funky tunes, someone told me he’d included a track by Brass Construction, perhaps someone can confirm that. Dave Flynn played a number of Shrine tracks and, as usual at this event, played quite a few records that were popular when he was a resident at the Capital Soul Club. It was quite funny when he said those three words even more people headed for the dance floor, obviously I’m not the only person in London who still regrets its demise.
 
So many good records played during the night, ones that really got me going included Living Color’s Gotta Strange Feeling that Arthur played at my request; Edu’s Joseph Webster’s My Love Is Strong (no surprise I liked hearing that); Sam playing Wrapped Around Your Finger; Yann playing I’m Yours by Betty Wilson and then telling me he’d played Pee Wee Shucks & Huey in his first set before I’d arrived. But the man who got me dancing the most was Dave Flynn, he played the Prophets’ If I Had One (Gold Piece) and followed it with Shirley Edwards’ Dream My Heart, two wonderful tunes I’d love to own on vinyl but will have to put with the CD, something about those two that just make me want to dance and forget everything. Then of course he later played the Mello Souls, another top tune. Among his Dome recollections were Will You Ever Learn, Soul Sound, How, Come Go With Me, Wake Up To The Sunshine Girl (a friend asked me how could I dance to it, easy, it’s a fantastic dance record, love to move to that), and my request the Allen Sisters’ I’m In With The Downtown Crowd, one of my all-time favourites. And he played that at 5.50 am, and I could still dance to it, not bad at the end of a nighter. He finished the night with Chip Taylor’s If You Ask Me and had us all up dancing.
 
Suffice to say all the DJs did a brilliant job making the night memorable and highly enjoyable. Plenty of tunes that were new to me, or I knew them but not artiste or title. Playlists always welcome, Edu played a very nice female mid tempo tune in his second set that I liked, wonder what it was, did anyone else take note of it?
 
There was a good crowd in with many familiar faces. The right hand corner in front of the stage was like a mini-100 Club get together and it was good to chat with many friends including some I rarely see these days.
 
My only criticism of the people in the room was the amount of people with drinks on the dance floor which inevitably led to spilled liquid. I stepped in some spilled drink by my friends’ table, went to dance and had to be careful not to slip over. It’s a pity that this happens because the dance floor is really good, doesn’t need talc, although some was put down. I wish we could transplant the dance floor to the 100 Club, might make it easier on my feet later during the night there.
 
It cleared out gradually leaving the hard core nighter people at the end. Everyone I spoke to had a great time and that’s the object of the exercise. 
 
I’m ashamed to say that I never went into the R&B room or the Beat room, I was just having too good a time in the big room.
 
Thanks to Yann and the DJs, you all played a blinder. The NYE allnighter is an essential date in the soul calendar.

100 Club allnighter – 13 December 2014

I missed the November allnighter due to a family event and it seemed ages since I’d been to the 100 Club. So was looking forward to this very much. And I wasn’t disappointed.

It was really frosty in north London when I left home to get the train to King’s Cross, the sort of night that sensible people stay indoors and watch the TV. Fortunately I’m not sensible. I got into the club at about 11.15 and it was busy already. Ady was on the decks getting us all in the mood. The new addition to the 100 Club crew is Tomas McGrath who’s appeared as a guest a few times now, but last night was his début as a regular. His two sets mixed lesser known and rare tunes with some favourites like You’re Gone and I Don’t Know About You for example. I think we can look forward to some interesting sets in 2015.

Ted Massey was the first guest behind the decks and he kept the pace fast and furious, playing records like the Ravins’ Your Love Is What I Want and Packin’ Up by Damon Fox.

The second guest was 100 Club regular Eddie Hubbard making his début there. I didn’t know the majority of his first set, he told me a few were “Burnley” plays; real nighter tunes. For the majority of his second set he moved into Crossover territory, again quite a few I didn’t know. I particularly liked Paul Smith’s I’ll Run. Also thanks for playing my request Our Day Is Here.

And that leaves Butch. What can you say? He did one set of an hour, playing some of his well known records and quite a few that were new to me. I must admit that I don’t normally dance to records I’ve not heard before, always a bit concerned they’ll abruptly change tempo or go on for five minutes, you know what I mean. But I did dance to new ones last night, some excellent records, where does he find them? Only downside is that I’m suffering as I type this, back pain and right foot hurting, serves me right.

Ady did a set during the night playing some of Pied Piper finds, e.g. Nancy Wilcox He’ll Be Leaving You and others. And as usual he finished the night off by playing some classic Northern Soul including the Steinways’ You’ve Been Leading Me On and R&B with Oh Baby Don’t You Weep by Luther Ingram. The last three records of the night were Esther Phillips’ Just Say Goodbye, Walter Jackson’s It’s An Uphill Climb To The Bottom (two of my favourite beat ballads) and finally Baby I Need Your Loving by the Four Tops, an all-time classic, fifty years old this year, hard to believe isn’t it?

A good crowd in but it thinned out a bit quite early. But Ady commented at the end that there seemed more in then than a couple of hours earlier, perhaps they’d all been out smoking. As usual good to see many of my friends there, all having a good time.

I spoke to a couple of my friends about soul nights and how I felt about them. To my surprise they felt the same, without going into detail on here. Although I’m a bit achy as I type this it is worth it, the music, the atmosphere, my friends, they all make it worthwhile.

So as usual, thanks to Ady and the DJs and the staff of the 100 Club. It looks good for the coming year.

Lifeline – 25 October 2014

Time for another Lifeline allnighter, and very welcome too. It’s a long trip to Stoke-On-Trent from London but it was worth it. Thanks to John McClure for driving me and other friends there and back from Wellingborough which I got to by train.

Due to the closure of part of the A50 we had to make a diversion and didn’t arrive at Bidds until 10.05, thus missing Nick Stevenson’s set. Andy Dyson had just started his set before we arrived and included Nobody Beats My Love and Salvation among his plays.

Then Cliff Steele took over, filling the floor with records like My Prayer, Too Late and Gotta Strange Feeling.

Then it was Soul Sam followed by guest Dave Abbott, then Mick H, and the last guest Sean Haydon who runs Burnley. I’ve not been there but my friends told me that his set was typical of the sounds you hear there and I liked it a lot. I intend to visit some time in the New Year.

The last DJ was Chalky who played a mainly uptempo set with the exception of the recent Kent release by Toussaint McCall.

The DJs all did a sterling job with an emphasis on uptempo records. The dance floor was pretty busy most of the night. And as usual at Lifeline I’d say that I didn’t recognise at least 50 per cent of the records played. That is what I’d expect at Lifeline. Thanks to Soul Sam and Mick H for playing my requests.

As usual at Lifeline I continually bumped (not literally) into friends from all over the country. That’s one of Lifeline’s bonuses, a gathering of people who share a love for lesser known and lesser played soul music. There’s something about walking into a soul club and hearing the music and the feeling it gives you, can’t explain it to non soul people; and Lifeline had that in spades last night. We also got an extra hour due to the clocks going back.

So once again thanks to Andy and Co for organising and running a great night. Lifeline seems to have settled into Bidds very well and the future looks good.

Dab Of Soul Weekender, Llandudno – 26 – 28 September 2014

Really enjoyed this, especially the Saturday afternoon sessions, some superb music played. Hope the DJs can post their playlists as I only noted down a few. That Johnnie Taylor one the Flanny played seemed to interest a lot of my friends.

Sorry to miss the Friday afternoon but the journey from London was very difficult due to traffic and road works.

Thanks to Paul and Helen McKay for their company and for Paul driving, it wasn’t easy either way.

Good to see plenty of my friends, everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend. Llandudno has a certain charm about it, and the weather was very kind. Looking out of the window of the bar on Saturday afternoon you might have imagined yourself on the Riviera. As Dave Swift said all you needed were some starlets to walk by and you’d have been there.

Congratulations Chris and Dave, and thanks to all the DJs. Hope there’s one next year.