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The Ad-Lib Club strive to bring you the "Back to the Roots" sounds from the 50s and early 60s adopted by the mod,r&b,soul elite that helped give birth to the ORIGINAL underground allnighter scene.We try to be as authentic as possible and true to the "roots" of the scene.STYLE-CULTURE-HISTORY-that's what the club is all about.Our venue is a stone-walled cellar bar beneath Lord Beaumonts 1823 Manor House. 2 minutes from Lincolns city centre but down a quite tree-lined street with a council run carpark to the rear (small evening charge). A warren of rooms with chill-out decks in the lounge bar and full on decks in the main room.There is also an upstairs lounge bar open on our nights to ease any congestion in the cellar-bar.Rare and underplayed R&B,Early Soul,Doowop,Hammond Grooves,Jamaican R&B,Jamaican Ska.Cut off period 1966.These are the sounds you are likely to hear banging off those old stone walls.A proper club in the true sense of the word.Terrific resident djs in Martin Greene,Trevor Quincey,Allan Swires and Christian Scott.Ben Sutton (Select Sounds)djs and runs the record bar.Invited to share their" take" with us of the early scene are Steve Longworth,The Melton Mafia .Lincolns own Andrew Vasey will open in the chill-out lounge.Entry by pre-bought ticket.£4 each.Doors open 6.30 with the first djs on at 7.00 then through until 12.15am.Demand for tickets always exceeds supply and go very quickly.Every event is sold out with many people travelling from all over the country to revel in the EXPERIENCE that is the Ad-Lib Club.Join the "in-crowd",get "suited and booted",smart casual and join us in a little club that is getting a big reputation.Tickets via 07989 717 043 or email adlibsoul@yahoo.co.uk or join our Ad-Lib Facebook Group page.https://www.facebook...90264310986981/

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Profile of The Melton Mafia..

 

Steve Tuck..From Asfordby near Melton Mowbray,the young Steve discovered a love for Soul music and Mini Coopers in the late 60’s.Sounds of particular note include The Four Tops — Just ask the lonely, Bob & Earl — Harlem Shuffle,Jamo Thomas — I spy (for the FBI) This passion led to nights at the Britannia Club (Brit) at Nottingham was was soon followed by coach trips and long weekends at the Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino which he started attending in September 1973..The first record heard when Steve entered those famous doors?..Stanley Mitchell — Get it baby which still gives him goosebumps to this day.In ‘76 the music and life priorities was changing and the large record collection was put away …for the time being.

Meanwhile three miles away a young Mark “Oggie” Orridge was collecting New Wave singles as they came out with paper round money but as soon the Mod revival hit,a whole new world opened up and by 1981 it was Scooters and Soul for the young Oggie.Local Mod nights were followed by his first Allnighter at the Leicester Oddfellows..favourite record from the Oddfellows Benny Spellman- Fortune Teller this was followed by more and more Soul events helped by the fact that Kent records were available and John Manships flat full of records were on the doorstep! The Army beckoned, followed by postings to Germany,Northern Ireland,Warminster and the Gulf war.The passion for Scooters and Soul continued throughout and on leaving the forces in ’92 the Scooter scene and local Soul Nights/Allnighters were attended regulary.

Fast forward a few years and the meeting between Steve and Oggie at work in Melton which, along with our wives Caz & Louise became a Soul brotherhood.Events were attended everywhere,every weekend and somewhere along the line the four of us picked up the nickname Melton Mafia.One night we were asked to Dj at a future Soul night..something we had never considered before.The event seemed to go well and before we knew it we were getting offers of spots at other venues.A trip to the first night of a new venue called Colsterworth Fox around 2001 was a turning point.This place played R&B,Rare Soul and a new thing to us called Popcorn! Inspirations at this time were Roger Banks,Ted & Linda Couldstone,Little John (RIP),Kev Drage,Steve & Heather Dowling,Ant Price etc,etc We were running to the decks scribbling down titles and labels and then finding these sounds..many dirt cheap at the time.Needless to say,we never missed a night.We met others with similar musical tastes and soon the No More Doggin’ nights began where we were residents along with Soul mates Kev Connellan,Rob Gray,Steve Johnston and Simon Hunt.Life and illness have not managed to dent the Melton Mafia brotherhood and we look forward to our third DJ spot at the Ad-Lib Club.

A recent Melton Mafia playlist from the awesome Nuneaton Crown Soul Nights:

1. Mack Rice - Baby I'm Coming Home - Lupine
2. Billy Eckstine - I Wonder Why - Tamla
3. Bobby Mitchell - Well I Done Got Over It - Sho-biz
4. Terry & Julie - Mamma Julie - R&B
5. Irene & The Scotts - I'm Stuck On My Baby - Smash
6. Tommy Cook & The Fantastics - Dance Fever - Priority
7. Freddie Houston - Soft Walking - Toto
8. Lonnie Lester & Chuck Danzy - Aint That A Shame - Nu-tone
9. Leo Price - Hey Now Baby - Up Down
10. Bobby Day - Pretty little Girl Next Door - RCA
11. Phillip Wolf - Little Woman - Sims
12. Dorothy Williams - The Wells Gone Dry - Goldwax
13. Harold Burrage - She Knocks Me Out - Cobra
14. Boss Four - Walkin By - Rim
15. The Channels - You Can Count On Me - Groove Dj
16. The Falcons - I'm A Fool I Must Love You - Bif Wheel
17. Willie Small - How High Can A Man Fly - Jessica
18. Bobbie Smith - Walk On Into My Heart - American Arts
19. The Neptunes - Girl Thats An Awful Thing To Say - Gem Dj
20. The Enchantments - I'm In Love With Your Daughter - Faro
21. Tommy Navarro - I Cried My Life Away - De-jac
22. Bud Harper - Wherever You Were - Peacock
23. Danny Moore - Somebody New - Allrite
24. Tiny Topsy - Just A Little Bit - Federal
25. Harry & The Keyavas - If This Is Goodbye - RPG

Thanks for listening, thanks for dancing.


 

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I first heard Northern Soul via my step brother inn about 1973 and soon found that I preferred this wonderful mysterious music over glam rock ( although there will always be a place in my heart for Slade ) and started to attend local teenage social club nights such as the Mad Haggis in Leigh where this music was played in amongst other styles of music.
I had some mates at school who were also into the music a few a little older who were already going to Wigan Casino and by ’75 I was sneaking out of my bedroom window , thumbing it the 8 or 9 miles to Wigan and experiencing it myself equipped with my dextrosol ( well until a mate introduced me to something black and much better after several months of attendance )
I still remember as a kid sitting on the balcony in awe at the music and fantastic dancers and many nights of practice in my bedroom followed along with the usual complaints from parents and worn out carpets.
Nights then other than Wigan centred around White Horse in Bolton, Carlton in Warrington & Leigh Casino.
Was a regular at nighters until about 79 when complacency, girls, some of the poor music such as Theme from Joe 90 etc and my lambretta GP that I’d had for about 12 months all diverted my attention away.
Went back for the last few but when Wigan closed I thought so were my soul days and got into Jazz Funk for a short while ( what was I thinking !!! ) until I went to a party in 82 and bumped into Brian Rae and Keith Brady again, got chatting about niters they were going to and I was instantly hooked again.
That led to the next 12 years until my son was born being a whirlwind of places soul nites and niters up down and across the country including too many clubs to mention.
Met my lovely wife at a niter in Loughborough in 84, (although I had a picture of a girl I fancied taken at Wigan in 77, which turned out to be her. It was meant to be !! ) and got married in 86.
After my son was born in 94 my attendance at niters curtailed greatly as we also moved to Derbyshire so lost the mates I knocked about with.
Another chance meeting with an old mate Gaz Keen at Peterborough Right Track got me going again more often but I soon tired of hearing the same old oldies at every venue when I was buying rougher R&B influenced records that no one else so I thought wanted to listen to. He also introduced me to DJing around Leicester and Loughborough at the Windmill Spread Eagle and Starlight 2000

I also used to ring an old mate Mike Hawkins back home regularly to play tunes to each other as he shared a passion for this style of music. He mentioned we should start up a night to play our tunes and a few months later the Soulful Shack was launched. A great club in a British Legion, until the committee changed and decided they wanted Kareoke instead.
Months of searching for another venue followed until we found a great basement club just outside Manchester and Down in the Basement was born, playing early soul, R&B and popcorn.
We have just passed our 2nd anniversary but again a change in management and personal circumstances means we will be looking for a new venture shortly.
40 years seems to have flown by !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
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Profile of Ad-lib invited dj/collector Howie "Howzer" Houghton.

 

 

50 Year old male seeking gainful employment in the art of giving pleasure to all good people through the medium of music more specifically soul music !
Now one can ask ones self what is soul music what defines it.Well i hate labels and being labeled.To me soul music is exactly that music that gets inside you and in some way moves you emotionaly or physically or both
Music has been the one constant through this life on a never ending path with many twists and turns. There is so much out there to hear that its easy to get lost . So you have to refine it purify it until you get down to the raw materials the bits that make you tick for me that can be found a few nights a year at a small c...lub in lincoln the Ad-Lib club
Influences where does one start the old man was and is a jazz fan stan kenton the peanut vender a big favourite of his. The old lady bit of a crooning fan Dean Martin and Frank ' Sammy Davis hickory holler's tramp a fine tune indeed. Then my older sister loved a bit of tamla motown marvin gay i heard it through the grapevine on repeat play for days on end
I was a teenager "ofish youth" in the late 70s and punk was the order of the day. The clash the pogues the ramones.Through these foundations and the twists and turns the stew slowly simmers and the taste gets richer by the day
There is no better feeling than to be lost in a dance i believe its tribal . A love of the drum the beat. Whether you are on the dance floor of space in ibiza or shaking a leg in your very own club kitchen.We all dance to a different drum but the same drum
At 50 and for the first time seeing the light that is possible retirement. What am i going to do with myself 34 years a steelworker. Thats a very long time in anybodies eyes.
Pleasure is the order of the day so i have for the third and final time "hopefully" after losing two collection started collecting vinyl again hoping to one day travel this land and foreign lands spreading the gospel of sweet soul music
So lets raise a glass to Otis to Sam Cook ' Marvin Gaye the list is endless and lets do them justice get on that dance floor and lose yourself. In the words of keb darge dance ya feckers
see you all on the 15th much love Howie x

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Just had a quick look at ticket sales for the June 15th night.Even without cheques we know that are coming in this week 130 have gone with 4 weeks still to go.It WILL be another packer.Testament to your fantastic support,top class resident djs( who are invited to guest at many r&b/early soul events under their own names)and of course our invited djs who bring their "take" of the music that influenced or got played out at the original underground allnighter scene.Cut off period 1966.Rare/underplayed tracks appreciated by all who come with an open mind to this little,intimate club and who leave at the end of a night knowing they have been part of something special.These nights , this venue , this Ad-Lib Club music policy are all you need to appreciate the "underground" secret world of the 60's"in-crowd" from original Beatnicks to the first mod/soul r&b disciples who shunned the mainstream of the day.Fast forward and our support has the same mindset,the same nous and the same sense of belonging to a CULTURE that has no age barrier.

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Ad-Lib dj set times:

Lounge: Andrew Vasey (Ad-Lib) 7 - 7.45

Martin Greene/Trevor Quincey (Ad-Lib) 7.45 - 8.45

Melton Mafia (Melton Mowbray) 8.45 - 9.45

Howie "Howzer"Houghton (Scunthorpe} 9.45 - 10-15

Christian Scott/Allan Swires (Ad-Lib) 10.15- 11-15

Ben Sutton (Select Sounds) 11-15 finish

Main Room;

Ben Sutton (Select Sounds) 7 - 8

Christian Scott /Allan Swires (Ad-Lib) 8 - 9-30

Steve Longworth (Down in the Basement) 9-30 - 10-15

Melton Mafia (Melton Mowbray) 10-15 - 11-15

Martin Greene/Trevor Quincey (Ad-Lib) 11-15 finish.

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Terrific response to ticket sales yet again.Big thanks from all the crew for your continuing support !

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Anyone still wanting tickets for this event, or who are paying for them by cheque, can i remind you i am away from this Saturday until Saturday June 8th so there may be a delay in you getting your tickets.I should still be contactable in deepest Devon (hopefully)if needed.Thanks Glenn

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Not long now until those old cellar-bar walls will be reverberating to the sounds of a terrific Ad-Lib Club dj line-up.What can you say about Steve Longworth? Absolute gem of a bloke who's got a reputation as a dj who will deliver quality rare and underplayed tracks wherever he guests.So highly rated by the heirachy of the R&B scene.Melton Mafia !Oggie and Steve (two more gems)will play tracks that will get you on your feet dancing and keep you there !These guys know their stuff and what's more they are absolute devotees of the early years of the scene.Howie "Howzer"Houghton.Now there's a name !A larger than life personality-full of nonsense !What he does take seriously is his music.So much so that his djing reputation is growing at a terrific rate and he is guesting out more and more at r&b venues.Martin Greene,Trevor Quincy,Allan Swires ,Christian Scott.These guys would (and do)grace any early r&b/soul venues.So good they are profiling the Ad-Lib Club at Bidds Allnighter on the 31st August.A must go to night with other Ad-Lib guest djs.Ben Sutton !Being a record dealer (Select Sounds)he can call on a vast collection to play the Ad-Lib music policy exactly.Last but not least is Ad-Libs own Andrew Vasey.Everyone seems to know Andrew(and Eileen).These two will organise a set for Andrew to play and you only have to research their playlists from previous Ad-Lib nights (and from guesting at other venues )to appreciate what a talented and professional couple they are.I'm getting really excited about this night-hope you are too-it's another packer thanks to you all !!!!!!!!!!

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Well it's official ! This Saturday nights Ad-Lib is another packer - thanks to you all.Lots of new "faces" joining the "in-crowd" for another "Back to the Roots"experience of STYLE-CULTURE-HISTORY.Enjoy every moment from the first track to the last.You really need to get to the venue as early as possible to absorb the truely unique atmosphere of this windowless club.Authentic, pure 60's, clubland.If you use the upstairs bar there will be some backgound tracks playing to keep you buzzing until you rejoin us downstairs.We open at 6.30pm with the first djs on in both rooms at 7.00pm.Andrew Vasey and Ben Sutton will kickstart the night with some great rare/underplayed tracks from their vast collections.See you all there.The Ad-Lib Crew

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Top night again.Must mention the track Ann Mason (I,m going to hold you)in the midnight hour.played by the Melton Mafia in tribute to the late Dave Wooley who helped build the Ad-Lib into the club it is today.Some hot tracks played to even hotter Ad-libbers.What a terrific, friendly ,mixed crowd of support we are privelidged to host.A real pleasure!Both rooms were full and all the djs,guests and residents,treated us to music that was ,to be honest,infectious.Thanks to you all.Loved watching Howie moving behind the decks - brilliant !!! The next Ad-Lib club night is on October 5th when things should be cooler in the old cellar bar.Tickets on sale now through this page or 07989 717 043 or adlibsoul@yahoo.co.uk Special thanks to our traveling support.Not cheap nowadays so all at the Ad-Lib appreciate it.

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Excellent night again especially loved the "Mafia" first time at the "cellar".Till the next time !!!!!!!!!

Shaz + nik

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Hi All,for those who don,t use our Ad-Lib group facebook page we have posted some pics of the latest event into the soul-source Ad-lib gallery.

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