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A Night Of Real A.T.B Northern Soul... 60ts, 70ts,

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 24th Of August

8:00pm Till Late

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE BLACK LION

SALFORD

MANCHESTER M3 5BZ

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUESTS

BARRY TASKER

Soul In The Cellar, Pendulum Club

PLUS

FRANKIE M

Altrigham, Manchester

100% Vinyl / 100% Dancing

INFO... Venue: 07762563552

Dave: 07905676181 Sue: 07870612890

The Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford,

Manchester M3 5BZ

5 Mins Arndale Centre, 5 Mins Victoria, 10 Mins Piccadilly

No Entry After 11:00pm

Limited Free Parking On The Street Outside The Venue,

Or Cheap Carpark 2 Minutes Round The Corner,

Travel Lodge 1 Minute Up The Street

Hey Everybody This Is Our Video From Last Years Fantastic Soul Nights At "The Black Lion". Hope We Can Do It All Again This Year In 2013....

See Who You Can Spot ??

Here's a reminder of our City Centre Soul event in June 2013. Great night, fantastic attendance and feedback, great work by all the DJs....see you all again on Saturday 24th of August (4th Sat)


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Hi Everybody,
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on't forget it's C.C.S's Soul night at The Black Lion on Saturday the 24th of August (next month), should be another great night with our Special Guest DJ "Barry Tasker" from "Soul In The Cellar" at the Greatstone Hotel Stretford. Been picking up a few more bits & pieces here & there, Miss T's had her input again too, with a couple of "must have's from her, all good dancer's of course.
  Fantastic night again in June with a few more new face's joining us, met some realy nice people.

  Miss T'll be putting another video from June's night near'er to the 24th, so keep a look out for that Everybody.

  All our regular crowd & quite a few of the new face's said they'd come & see us again in August, which is great, see you all there then, Woody C.C.S.

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gonna be a packer i think , certainly looking forward to my spots ,meeting faces old and new and enjoying a pint or two !

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 24th of next month well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting . Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from June any time in the next few weeks, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 24th too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Barry Tasker", me & the Team are all realy up for it as next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T :hatsoff2::wave:

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Been looking forward to the 24th for ages now especialy with our good friend "Barry Tasker" as our guest DJ on the night. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Barry are playing. If our last night in June is anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the video's at the top of the page). Playing you classic Northern Soul, Motown & RnB from way back when, right up to current spins, all on lovely original vinyl. Nice private upstairs room with it's own bar, great dance floor & a great selection of real ale & guest beers.

  Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30)
You get all this for just three quid, see you on the 24th, Woody C.C.S.

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Hello

looking forward to another great night in august  ,playing all across the board tunage of the top calibre  , the warmest welcome in town ,great pub venue which is steeped in "soul " history  see you all there

cheers

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Well Hello Boys!!  (using the term loosely of course!)  

Didnt know youd already got the ball rolling for another great session at CIty Centre Soul at the Black Lion. I have been very busy behind the scenes making sure they're getting ready at the pub, getting some photos sorted out etc...will be posting some up before me and Woody jet off to the sun, but then when we're back it will be all systems go on a countdown to the 24th. Always a real treat to have Barry with us, either as a supporter or as guest and I know everyone's been getting the fliers out so people know where we are and what's going on.  So if you ahvent been before then you are welcome to give us a try, and if youve been before then you will know what to expect...great crowd, quality soul tunes selected by quality DJs and all played on lovely original vinyl. And me at the top of the stairs!!

 

See you down there if not before... Mis T CCS   :D

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Hey u 2

have a great time you both , certainly been a heady last couple of years !! , enjoy your break and the CCS supporters out there

will be handing out flyers as usual  and as Judith Chalmers would say " wishing we were there " .

Cheers

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Dont forget us on the 24th of August ,packing more punch than the Ricky Hatton fight with less blood and bruises, unless Frank fall's over again while dancing, then that'll probobly make two of us .....

P.S. As we said earlier don't forget to check out some pics from our Soul Nights at the top of the page ( June's pics from The Black Lion should be arriving shortly)

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Yes you will never see me on "strictly "  ,maybe "strictly forbidden "!  he he

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Hi Evedrybody,
don't forget to drop in to the Black Lion on Saturday the 24th of next month & see whats going off.... Two great guest DJ's playing 60ts Soul, RnB, Motown & a few 70ts thrown in for good measure. Music to die for, nice friendly atmosphere, crackin' room & decently priced Real ales (loads of guest beers).
Come & check us out 8:00pm while 2:00am Saturday the 24th of August, see you there Folks.....

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looks like the weathers holding out - dont forget the mod weekender this weekend in manchester with CCS and regulars out on force and its not long till August 24th unless of course you have children and grandchildren  when it will feel like a lifetime ( only kidding I love kids - i grew up with them )

Cheers

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Saturday August 24th At The Black Lion, Salford, Manchester, M3 5BZ

(Corner of Chapel St & Blackfriers St)

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank is Special Guest DJ Mr "Barry Tasker" (Soul In The Cellar/ Pendulum Club), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Cassics dy & Old Favorites then this is the place for you :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time"..... :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody :hatsoff2:

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Hello

looking forward to another great night in august  ,playing all across the board tunage of the top calibre  , the warmest welcome in town ,great pub venue which is steeped in "soul " history  see you all there

cheers Frank

 

Nice one Buddy,

   could'nt have put it better me self..... :hatsoff2:

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Nor me! Just gonna put some pics from last event in June on our Facebook page - city centre soul nites at the black lion salford - short video and more pics when I get back from the island hopping with Woody as we get into the last couple of weeks wait.  Looking forward to the 24th for all the reasons above and more...

 

Miss T  CCS xx

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Watch this space for our monthly record reviews ,jokes  from the  star of CCS ,Russ , soul dereks top five and witty banter and

updates on what we get up to at CCS , see you all over this weekend in  manchester for a chat  and dont forget the sun cream

Cheers

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Well Miss T,
  so far so good. Over 300 hits on this sight alone, plus the other sights & Facebook, few phone enquireies. Hope it's a good as the last few months, as you can see we've a great DJ line up with Barry & Frank, guaranteed to play something to suit all tastes in all things Northern.... 60ts, 70ts, Motown, loads of R&B, Popcorn & as our name suggests, plenty of Big City Soul.....  :thumbsup:

  Realy looking forward to hearing what the Guys have got in store for us August the 24th, catch you all soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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great day at the mod weekemder  with Barry playing some wonderful R&B , lots of good tunes to be played in August at City centre Soul , its amazing how many good soul clubs can be reached at the top of the stairs in a pub ,the Black Lion aims to please with its across the board policy great choice of cask beers  and even greater soul folk  see you there

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a few weekends to go to CCS august event , dont forget  its a charity  northern soul and motown event at Bury Masonic

this sunday all money raised going to local charitities  and myself doing a spot  along with  clarence and  Harry from Soultime its

worth a look folks , great venue , good parking and great dance floor

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Well a very good evening to everyone and at the risk of using the phrase "time flys" but it really seem to go past at such a pace that it doesn't seem that long ago that City Centre Soul at The Black Lion was yet another venue putting on it's first night and look at it now with a firmly established musical identiy and reputation for quality music from the resident DJ's Woody and Frankie "M" and respected guest vinyl spinners who add their individual imput into the mix all helping to deliver a great night out. ****and of course all held together by the talents of the lovley Miss T ****

 

I know that Woody might get a little embarrassed with me saying this but putting his modesty aside this is a man who has done so much to help populise "New Breed Northern Soul" and has championed such gems as Little Wille John's "I'm Shakin" the haunting Ann Caudell's "Longing For You" and Bobby Freeman's take on the Peggy Lee's classic "Fever" and has been making these and many more regular plays in his sets for well over the last five years and helping to introduce many people to yet another branch of the soul family tree, you have to hand it to him this is a man well ahead of the game and all on the original vinyl too!

 

So just for starters here is yet another one off Woody's playlist

 

Wilbert Harrison "Kanas City" Fury Records (on 78 rpm and 45 rpm format)

 

A classic chunk of early good time R'n'B that is as catchy as fleas in a sleeping bag that has what can only be said as "stroller appeal" perhaps very much in the same vain as the always popular "It Keeps Raining" by Fats Domino but for my money "Kanas City" is a slightly more up tempo offering that just has the edge on it, with its simple lyrics, basic boogie woogie piano,and foot tapper drum beat and at times a somewhat and rather sparse production it still manages to cover all the bases and still deliver a fun packed 2:25 secs but i would go for the 45' single as i don't have anyway of playing a 78'

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ

certainly the music played at our venue has broken the boundaries of ypur average soul night, whilst keeping with our across the board  policy .Many is the time  i have heard someone say " not heard that for a while " and i believe we offer  a mixed selection that changes but includes favourite tunage of the soul folk who attend , all new faces are always welcome and  they do come down

on a regular basis ,after all we offer a late licence ,three Djs and all for £ 3 and for a venue in the middle of the city ,that aint bad

Cheers

 

ps £3 for three DJs thats 2.75 for Woody and our special guest and 25p for me ,great value !!

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Evening Frank,

 

I have to agree with you that the correct balance at any soul event is paramount and with an across the board music policy you need to do just that, it's always nice to hear something that you haven't heard in a long while or even a new tune that you think "wow i like that" but i do like a spot of variation as i've got older in my early years it was anything less than 100 mph i wasn't interested (and passed over some very collectable discs simply for being too slow oh how times have changed!)

 

"The Black Lion" although willing to break new ground via yourself and Woody with some very rare vinyl that is just getting (in some cases a first or second outing) the "City Centre Soul" policy of keeping the people happy doesn't just cater to the rare and under played section of the scene but is more than willing to play many old standards, i know from my visits there that an £800 record wlll be sharing the same decks with one that costs just £8 and talking of the more affordable sounds here's one from the back part of Woody's record box that won't break the bank.

 

Bobby Hebb "You Want To Change Me" Philips Records

 

From the man who penned the multi million seller "Sunny" and recorded by a host of recording stars such as Frank Sinatra, Cher, James brown Wilson Pickett and many others said in one interview" i can live a very comfortable life just off the royalties of that song" also wrote some other very fine soul music, "You Want To Change Me" is just one example of his talents with its a very light and airy composition and great production (from a full studio orchestra no less just listen to the strings in the background to get an idea of the people involved in its making) we have a class mid tempo dancer that is still getting the plays and still sound fresh even today, dance floor power in 2:50 seconds and always a popular spin that shows no sign of leting up.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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hi Russ

a great record not overplayed at all and i believe a sheffield favourite , just received a early and gritty sam and dave record which

will get an airing in Bury on Sunday , dont forget the Greatstone Hotel on saturday ,special guest Mr Kingbee himself and fellow

city fan Les Hare .

a few weekends to go to CCS at the Black Lion  but its hotting up  and being bank holiday weekend  why not give us a visit !

Cheers

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up early and will be at Bury Masonic later  , looks like the "memphis Tram" is working so me and soul derek with a box of records will be getting down there later , great interest in our night  so far  , so CCS supporters  keep up the good work , much apreciated 

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Evening Frank,

 

Hope your day went well at the Bury Masonic Hall (do you have to bare your chest and roll your trouser leg up while your behind the decks?) but that aside i'm sure you had a great day. i was doing a shift yesterday at Sheffield's Maggie May's with old time soul spinner Keith Toyne and we had the very steady afternoon until 5:00 pm then we had a flood of people coming in for the last couple of hours and although down on usual numbers still managed to get a very good turn out, but to cut a long story short Frank as you mentioned in a previous post certain records do seem to be very much of a local thing one example of this is Crystal Motion's "You're My Main Squeeze" Sound Jem Records a 1975 disco inspired tune that was big for a very short while, like so many other songs of the time was hammered to death on the decks then disappeared without a trace or was that just in the South Yorkshire region but it always seem to be a well request disc every time i do a spot there perhaps a record to bring back out onto the play list once again?

 

Okay Frank lets see what delights you have waiting for us at "The Black Lion" this month so with out further ado lets get down to business.

 

Otis Clay "Show Place" One-derful Records/UK release President Records

 

Starting as it means to go on Show Place moves along without any sign of stopping with a pounding drum beat and and well in attendance horns blasting out a powerful wall of pure hard brass this is a record not to be trifled with a stomper for an older generation perhaps but the term Northern Soul fits this disc to a tee, Otis Clay is perhaps better known for his original version of "The Only Way Is Up" covered to great success by Yazz And The Plastic Population in 1988 and reaching number 1 in the UK charts for 5 weeks becoming the years best selling single and going on to sell well ove 400,000 records yet this often devalues a lot of his work as everything is compared againts that song, but there are other gem to be from Otis check out "A Lasting Love"

 

 

Sam And Dave "You Aint No Big Thing" Roulette Records/ UK release on King Records

 

From 1966 comes this Ray Charles Inspired cut and released just before they moved record lables to Stax with some sweet and dirty saxaohone and punchy girl vocals all bounded together with a very catchy hand clap overlay, a simple vocal that just does everything and more a strutter that is a sassy as you want it to be with some serious "cool appeal" that hits your from the oprning bars and an old time Mod spin that is still doing the deck time and just screams "Black Lion" a clean copy on the UK King issue can be yours for around the £50 mark.

 

More to come

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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HI Russ ,good day at the Masonic a couple of my records played up on me !! ,but thats djing for you and we have all been there , my spot coincided with the "suprise " buffet ,which also brought a differant angle to what i could play , certainly tested me , but cannot knock the crowd and all concerned with the Masonic , a really great and sincere crowd  and the dance floor was full all day , have got the Crystal Motion record and i agree its worth a spin  (its in my Ritz memories box ) , on holiday this week ,but lots of work to do ,so only a bit of relaxing i am afraid . Played the Precisions "such misery " yesterday and it went down really well  a great Wigan oldie 

Cheers

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Dont forget  it will be soon time for city centre soul  ,hope you can make it 

Cheers

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Good Morning Everyone all is well in Manley Towers  , hope all is well with you,must crack on 

 

speak soon

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Evening Frank (or good morning depending on when you read this post) never been in the postion while doing deck duties that the buffet has been brought out in a suprise fashion not too sure on DJ etiquette in these circumstances just pop on the slow ones and wait for the plates to be cleared then back to business or reach for a copy of Wendy Rene's "BAR-B-Q"

Well the clock is counting down on your next installment of City Centre Soul at The Black Lion so let see what vinyl delights are in the offing for getting a play out on the 24th


Dionne Warwick "This Empty Place" Secpter Records/Stateside Records UK release

From the creative talents of Burt Bacharach and Hal David come this second release by Dionne Warwick as a solo artist and although the Bacharach and David sound is all there it sank without a trace at the time, from a the begining that reminds me very much of "walk On By" comes this offering from 1963 from a crisp vocal and an impressive building feel that goes from a slow burner to an all out assult with a massive abundence of sweeping strings from a full studio orchestra and full weight choral backing add to this some very bitter sweet lyrics and you really do have "one that got away" and just for the record this was the "B" side to Wishing And Hopin' later covered by Dusty Springfield

Joe Mathews "Aint Nothing You Can Do" Kool Cat Records

I'm not too sure but have a feeling that the demo is rarer than the issue of this Joe Mathews cut from 1968 i'm sure someone will put me right on this but getting down to business here we have a quite raw and gritty strutter that has one hell of a pounding drum beat that thumps alongs and some at a fair rate of knots although not breaking the 100 mph an hour mark you'll need to be up to a pretty good level of fitness if you're doing the dance floor honors to this one and with some funky organ in the background and a sprinkling of hard edge guitar we have an old school R'n'B rocker that i last heard many years ago at the old KGB in Sheffield or was it Tiffany's?



Russ CCS Sheffield branch

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Hi Russ , time is flying by its two weeks on saturday to the next CCS at the Black Lion , the historic soul venue and one of few left in the city that still echoe soul music as it did many years ago , anyone have any memories of the Black Lion Soul Nights in the 60s/70s please get in touch

Cheers

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taking it easy today , back to work monday  just picked up a nice copy of the Van Dykes Savin your love  so thats it record wise for a few months ( probably only kidding myself ) , got a copy of charles Wright Keep talkin  from Mr Manship  which is ripe for playing at any event  anyway enjoy your sunday and hope to see you all on the 24th

Cheers

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Hi Everyone,   Looking forward to the Black Lion again this month as always, not long now only two Saturdays away.

    Me & Miss T are just back from a two week tour of Fuerteventura & Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, spreading the word & letting the lovely people there know all about City Centre Soul & Our activities at the Black Lion ..... (lol).

    Sounds like Our man Franks been picking up some nice tunes while we've been away, no dout he'll been giving them a whirl on the 24th. The postmans dropped us a couple of tunes too here when we got back so.....

See you all soon, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2:   :wave:

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Saturday August 24th At The Black Lion, Salford, Manchester, M3 5BZ

(Corner of Chapel St & Blackfriers St)

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank is Special Guest DJ Mr "Barry Tasker" (Soul In The Cellar/ Pendulum Club), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Cassics & Old Favorites then this is the place for you :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time"..... :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody :hatsoff2:

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Best do in "Town" next Saturday!We've got to do a split shift so we'll miss the early spots but with plenty left to hear from Frank,Dave and Mr.Barry Tasker we'll be there soon as!

K.O.K.O.Sharon& Bernard.

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 24th of next month well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting . Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from June any time in the next few days, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 24th too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Barry Tasker", me & the Team are all realy up for it as next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T :hatsoff2::wave:

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Well a very good evening to all,

 

Nice to see both Woody and Miss T back from their globe trotting adventures and here is a very early and rare picture of the twosome from an old family photo album.

 

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*** Please note the early use of a hat by Woody ***

 

So just going off course for a little while (i'll be back doing some more reviews on Franks playlist this week) here is a record that is new to me but by a very well known artist and plucked out of obscucity by the now very bronzed Woody.

 

Aretha Franklin "Rough Lover" Colimbia Records

 

Bouncing along at just under the speed of sound comes this early offering from a very young Aretha Franklin, a jazzy up tempo number that punches well above its weight, with a BIG band production that pulls out all the stops and sounding very Quincy Jones in its delivery giving us a well thought piece of dance Jazz/Mod jazz with hints of R'n'B and honky tonk Rock'n'Roll thown in for good measure and with some additional fine trumpet playing and a class sax solo break all crammed into this 2:49 spin, "Rough Lover" has that in fashion appeal that the advertising agencies go mad for today and would sit well sound tracking a host of consumer products.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hey Bernard,

  a think you've got your dates mixed up..... :g: . It's a week on Saturday, on the 24th :thumbsup: .

  Nice one pal, see you & Sharon out & about soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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Well Miss T,
  so far so good, just over 800 hits on this sight alone, plus the other sights & Facebook, few phone enquireies. Hope it's a good as the last few months, as you can see we've a great DJ line up with Barry & Frank, guaranteed to play something to suit all tastes in all things Northern.... 60ts, 70ts, Motown, loads of R&B, Popcorn & as our name suggests, plenty of Big City Soul.....  :thumbsup:

  Realy looking forward to hearing what the Guys have got in store for us Saturday August the 24th, catch you all soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget it's 8:00pm while 2:00am from now on & for rest of the year....

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Hi everyone , building up nicely with the highlight of the bank holiday weekend being CCS at the BLACK LION  , boxes are bursting with great tunes to play  from all Djs , and lovely soul folk in attendance ," look forward to seeing you  and if you have not tried us give us a go.

Cheers

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Bit of crate digging this weekend , though budget for 2013 record buys is well breached ( what the heck ! ) , see you all a week on saturday

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Yeah nice one Frank,

   don't forget folks, a week tomorrow we kick of at 8:00pm full time at 2:00am, bar till 1:30am. Also look out for our video from June's Soul Night down here at The Black Lion, Miss t's just told she'll have sorted for this Sunday night, check it out then & see who you can spot.....

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Been looking forward to the 24th for ages now especialy with our good friend "Barry Tasker" as our guest DJ on the night. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Barry are playing. If our last night in June is anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the video's at the top of the page). Playing you classic Northern Soul, Motown & RnB from way back when, right up to current spins, all on lovely original vinyl. Nice private upstairs room with it's own bar, great dance floor & a great selection of real ale & guest beers. You get all this for just three quid.

   For more info & loads of great pic's from C.C.S's adventure's all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul At The Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click like this page.... lol).Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30) 

 Thanks for looking, see you on the 24th, Woody C.C.S.

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less than a week away from CCS at the Black Lion  looking forward to meeting up with faces old and new , its the way to start the bank holiday folks 

cheers 

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So after a brief break i'm back with the last two reviews for top warm up man Frankie "M" and here are two more from his vinyl vaults that are under starters orders for the 24th, well here goes.

Jackie Lee "Bring It Home" Keyman Records

Well just to clear up any misunderstanding this is a different Jackie Lee to the femal singer who recorded the theme to the TV series "Rupet The Bear" and as far as i'm aware has no soul pedigree, unlike the Jackie Lee were about to discuss who has some pretty serious soul credentials. Also know as Earl Nelson one half of Bob And Earl with Bob Relf another artist well known to the soul fraternity but who between them recorded the R'n'B classic "Harlem Shuffel" that was co-arranged by Barry White who went on to even greater things but enough of that.

"Bring It Home" with it thumping rhyhtm and dance oriented tempo this is very much an over looked disc from the 60's and what many would say is the golden period of soul music, with some fine trumpet playing and a very catchy chorus and just a hint of sweet female backing all set to a Tom Tom drum beat, with "Bring It Home" we have a often passed over disc that is very much underplayed but as always a worthy spin at "The Black Lion" and just for the record co-writen by Jackie Lee as "Nelson" and produced by Bob Relf.

Robert Thomas "Salvation" Charay Records"

Coming into the weigh-in with it's fast paced lyrics and it's funk/soul cross-over sound come this track from Robert Thomas that has dance floor strutter stamped into every groove this late 60's recording that hits an home run after every play a first time listen might not do justice to this track a closer inspection will tell you how big a production "salvation " really is that has so much going for it and what is often said to be "Real Northern" this as i remember a well sort after record at the time but one i've not heard for many years yet this is a high class spin that can be yours for as little as £25 there is also another version also on Charay Records by Rita Lee that uses the same backing track but just adds a female vocal and does it very well indeed but with a healthy helping of horn work and a very in keeping xylophone inserts "Salvation" moves along like an express train that got a full head of steam, once more a great groover with a large helping of attitude..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZT-ewS-hDI

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ

the Robert Thomas record has appeared on some playlists  ( i am a playlist anorak ) along with another tune i am playing which

is Rufus Wood title " before 20001 ", already sorted my boxes for saturday ( the virgo in me ) and a few suprises including  " no one else can take your place " the inspirations , which is out of one of my dusty boxes  and in fact a very early ( 1973-1974 ) purchase by myself a contraversial record but outstanding tune ( on pink - legit issue i think ,we can debate )

anyway take care and see you all saturday

frank

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Hi again Folks,

   well here it is, after the computer crashing a few times, a bit of rearranging & loads of frustration the "Lookback Video" from our last event in June's now posted at the top of the page along with the Lookback Video of our Events in 2012, all credit goes to Miss T for all the hard & effort she's put this again this month, well done Darlin.

  Go then, check it out, see who you can spot..... you never know, it could..... (lol)

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A very good morning, Woody, Frank and Miss T,

 

I think i must get out to a few more soul nights and keep current with what is getting played and what isn't, possibly a throw back to being spoilt by living in Sheffield and having some great regular events and not needing to travle to find fantastic soul music courtesy of such venues as The KGB, Sheffield Tiffany's, The Crazy Daisy, Victoria Hall (i think i was too young for Samantha's) then in Rotherham there was Cliffton Hall and The Assembly Rooms so yeah pretty spoilt.

 

Well here goes todays selections with a couple of spins from Woody.

 

The Ethics "Look AT Me Now "Vent Records"

 

An old time top spin by The Ethics from 68 with it's just over easy tempo that has always made this tune a dancers favorite with it's classys vocals and a well delieverd chorus, "Look At Me Now" crams a lot into a a very small time frame and is a record that i must put back on to my play list but that aside if you like a you're oldies to be as polished as a guardsmans boots you dont have to look any further than this little ditty, well worth a play at any event that is well over due for a full scale revival and one of the many great tunes by The Ethics.

 

Helen Troy "I Think I love You" Kapp Records

 

Well i have my suspicions that Helen Troy isn't this ladys real name but that's about the only negative i can say on this absolutely fantastic slice of early 60's BIG band Rhythm'n' Blues (although i'm tempted to class this number more as as Swing Jazz but that doesn't in anyway detract from a great tune) this is a really BIG production that hits every spot like a sledge hammer and thumps long like a buffalo jacked up on two gallons of Red Bull. This a real fusion of musical styles from Boogie Woogie to Jazz to out-and-out  stompimg Rhythm 'n' Blues, with a raw vocal by Ms Troy and some fine full orchestral accompaniment this is a real cracker of a tune and depending on label detail can be a very expensive play (the good news is it has been re-pressed on The Outta Sight R&B series with a very decent flip side by Frances Burnett "How I Miss Him So") once again a great dancer that if any one had told me Quincy Jones had been involved in i wouldn't have been suprised (a touch of cross studio moonlighting by Mr Jones perhaps and do i hear there shades of "Soul Bosa Nova" in there as well?)

 

PS there's a nice French EP with both "I Think I love You" and Babs Tino's "Too Late To Worry/Forgive Me"

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hope your all enjoying the posts,
hope you like our new Video at the top of the page for our last Event in June too....
See you this coming Saturday, cheers for now Woody :hatsoff2:

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Well very good evening team and Saturday's getting nearer all the time and as you all know City Centre Soul is very much about vinyl and the magic of it but for many years we British were deprived of picture sleeve on our 45's and the only art work we were to come across was via album covers but every so often we have to ask ourselves what were they really thinking of take a look at this offering from the fantasticly named Bald Bill Hagen and his Trocaderons, great eh lads!

 

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The Crampton Sisters "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" DCP International Records

 

And yet another reworking of the old Rogers and Hart song original from the 1940 Hollywood film "Too Many Girls" and covered by a vast array of artists from Julie Andrews to Timi Yuro and was incoporated into the 1957 Frank Sinatra film Pal Joey so this song has had quite a history, but this version by the Crampton Sisters from 1963 and given a soul work over managed to break into the Billboard Hot 100. With a relaxed tempo, easy lyrics and a side stepper beat to it "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" still manages to have that all esential dance floor appeal and although a simple song that stll turns out to be a pretty impressive spin at just over the 2:00 mark and with some Hammond organ vamping away we have somewhat of a sweet dancer and making a nice change to The Crampton Sisters perhaps better know soul hit "Baby Baby" on ABC Records

 

Al Mathews "Fool" CBS Records

 

Well here is a turnout for the books with this 1975 UK number 16 hit by Al Mathews that is getting a new lease of life on the soul circuit and joins an exclusive club of chart records that have gone on to become sounds that have crossed over from a more main stream chart soul area such as Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up", Len Barry's "1-2-3", Mel Torme's "Comin' Home Baby" and a host of Motown singles (okay i'm sure someone will tell me that i'm wrong that all these tracks were well played before there chart debuts) but back to this Al Mathews track this ia a very well produced piece of smooth soul with a classy vocal by an ex American Marine sergent to name one of his many talents (as well as once appearing in the BBC TV Grange Hill and his best known role as Sergeant Apone in the James Cameron film Aliens  ) and although this is a bargin basement soul record don't be put off by that this is a well produced piece of semi-disco inspired soul music with some fantastic harmonies a smooth vocal and a great deal of fine musianship (just listen a little closer and you'll be impressed by the overall quality of this track) a well in demand spin at the moment with its steady side stepper beat proving that price doesn't always equate to quality and once more showing the broad canvas of music that the Black Lion showcases.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hey Good evening to YOU Russ...just when I thought it couldnt get any better here you are with yet another fantastic record round-up.

City centre Soul are so lucky to have you on the team, these posts are packed full of interesting facts and some great one-liners. Have no idea where you get it all from! The guardsmen's boots made me laugh cos since Woody is an army man you will not find anyone with better polished shoes at the start of a Saturday night than him! 

I have followed all the posts throughout the weeks, even when we were away and particularly liked the pic of us on our hols! I think the early grasp of the beer bottle in Miss T's fat little hand is worth a special mention too! Although of course I am not endorsing the use of alcohol by children under any circumstances you understand! 

The record reviews are fantastic and its great to see what delights our Frankie has got in for us...I am party to Mr Woods aquisitions but the rest is all a mystery. No doubt though I will as always be dying to leave my door post for a spin on the dancefloor when something takes my fancy...reminds me I keep thinking I need to ask Mr. Wood for a door assistant so the balance of duties against dancing can be improved...

 

Anyway, I love whats been achieved at the Black Lion...it is a great little venue and the soul is second to none. The team is the best you can get...Real DJs with a passion for their soul and lots of great friendly people in support. Adds up to a great night of soul which keeps getting better and better all the time.

Enough from me..I still have some things to do to keep the boss happy...a PAs job truly is never done!

 

Thank you Russ 

 

Miss T (PA to the DJ)

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You said it all above Miss T, Russ has great talent and what a great Video from yourself , see you on saturday night am giddy

with the prospect of yet another great night  at the Black Lion ,

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Hope your all enjoying the posts,
hope you like our new Video at the top of the page for our last Event in June too....
See you this coming Saturday, cheers for now Woody

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Hi Frank,

 

We know how hard you work for us behind and in front of the scenes so to speak...so really looking forward to Saturday now. You have got some great records and no doubt a few surprises for us too. So counting the days down... hoping you are just giddy with excitement and not from over indulgence in the amber liquid (as if!!!!!) lol! 

 

Looking forward to catching up on Saturday,

 

Love Miss T x

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Hey Russ,

 

Woody wants to know where to get the Bald Bill Hagen and the Trocaderons from...for my birthday (Goodness only knows what he has in mind but apparantly it will involve a surprise!!) Although if my hunch is correct he might get more than he bargained for!   See what you've started now?!!

 

Love Miss T x

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Well a very good evening Miss T and you're too kind with your comments, it really it's a pleasure to be on The City Centre Soul team with yourself, Woody and Frankie M and to work with people who fully believe in the soul scene and give so much to it and of course not forgetting your skills behind the camera, a Palme d'Or surely must be in the offing.

 

Now i'm in the same school of thought as Woody with the clean shoes and am somewhat of a male equivalent to Imelda Marcos with a pretty comprehensive shoe collection (not really sure if that's a good thing or not but the secrets out now that i do like a nice pair of Oliver Sweeny's)

 

Now as for these record reviews i hope that my interpretation is pretty much the same as everyone elses and my classing of a new soul scorcher isn't by everyone else seen an an early 80's party dancer by the Nolan Sisters, now a disc The Dooley's might be another story "Love Of My Life" anyone"?

 

Ps, Miss T you can use my copy of Bald Bill Hagen And The Trocaderons....no questions asked!

 

And just before we get down to tonights reviews here is another very early photo from Miss T family photo album.

 

 

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*** Please note that CCS in no way condones giving children any type of bitter or larger, children under the age of 3 years old should be given stout only no higher than 5% ABV ***

 

Little Walter "My Babe" Checker Records

 

From the hugely influential blues harmonica player Little Walter come this early jazz/blues inspired cut from 1960 a re-working of the original 1955 version that was far harder with a deeper blues edge, this is the later version with the addition of backing singers and a tempo change and delievers a far more danceable offering with a catchy hand clap beat and driving harp throughout this is an old school Mod dancer that is simple in it's musical and lyrical presentation but that might well be it's biggest strengh and a record tailor made from figer clicking and the coolest of jazz style head nodding ....."My baaabe don't stand no cheat'n, my baaabe"

 

Ernestine Eady "The Change" Scepter/Junior Records

 

From 1965 comes this pure girl sound from Ernestine Eady and a firm favorite with the ladies, with it's non fussy lyrics tinged with sadness and a very simple backing that is more or less drums, piano and a saxophone (less i would think) and a helping of girl group backing vocals a slower tempo dance floor stroller that has a helping of nice touches (the sax break is excllent) i believe the original release is the Junior one and later got picked up by the bigger Scepter label (but i can stand to be corrected) and as a point of interest is the "B" side of  "That's The Way It Goes" that used to get one or two plays at the begining of an evening a few years ago. A nice copy will of "The Change" will set you back on an either Septer or JuniorRecords anywhere from £60-£100 and a lot cheaper that Earnestine's other Northern Soul favorite "Let's Talk It Over" on Phil-LA Of Soul records that will cost you around the £3,400 mark. Sweet and easy on the ear and a nice play at any time.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEQAPiTiSUE

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Sorry Frankie,

I forgot to thank you as well and to add this old baby photo of yourself.

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CCS promoting safe drinking for infants

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Thats true Russ ,but now prefer pints to bottles and while we are on the subject looking forward to some good cask ales at the Black Lion this saturday night  its " gonna be a big thing " ( and i dont mean the bar bill )

Take care Russ and we must get over to the Bessemer before xmas ,when the drinks will be on me !

Cheers

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Hi Everybody,

   just over 24 hrs to go to Blast Off.... Great posts from all the Team, especialy Russ, as Miss T's already said, great reviews & realy funny one liners....

   Keep it up Guys, speak again soon, Woody

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Yeah nice one Frank Us Too.

    Less than 24 hrs now, we're all sorted this end, Barry's all ready to go, you're ready.... Lets hit the decks tomorrow night then buddy.....

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Well a very good evening team,

So Saturday is almost upon us and yet another great evening of soul awaits some lucky people (and i hope in the not too distant future Woody, Frankie "M" and the lovley Miss T will ask me over again to meet up with all you great people who make each event at The Black Lion such a success and maybe even spin a disc or two behind the decks...here's hoping) Frank and thanks for the offer of a beer but it will be a pleasure for me to buy you a pint or two of real ale (does all real ale have names like, Brewers Scrotum or Demented Aardvark?)

And out of the vaults of the flie marked CCS comes this early picture of the team

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*** As you all know CCS doesn't support this type of behaviour no matter how funny it might be and let's be honest it is pretty funny but hey time have changed, bring back national service i say.

Well i'd best do a quick review for CCS's girl behind the scenes Miss T who without her vital imput things would be a lot jarder for us all

Sam Fletcher "I'd Think It Over" Tollie Records

Here is a soul sizzler that won't require that much introduction to many of you, from the vocal Talents of Sam Fletcher on Tollie Records an off shot of Vee-Jay Records as an vehicle for their soul based recordings. Tollie were to have a very short label life from only Febuary 1964 to May 1965 so releases on this label are pretty limited and "I'd Think It Over" is no exception, and although copies are out there you will have to pay a fair anount for a nice condition one (just be careful there are lookalikes about) "I'd Think It Over" was re-issued on the Sevens Record series a few years ago backed with Sam Dees "Lonely For You Baby" I think we can safely class this in the Popcorn" catagory of soul with some smouth vocals that pour out emotion in every word add to this some big musical build ups that carry though the entire song and with a full orchestra in attendence this has been a firm favourite on the soul scene for many years and there's no sign of it letting up just yet a great and powerful song that is always a well received play at any event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hlv8JqzHs0

Wishing you all a fantasic night.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Crackin' photo Russ,

    don't know where you find them, but hey there funny. Well Saturday's here Folks this is it & as I said yesterday we're all ready to go..... so have a great Bank Holiday Everybody, see all tonight, Woody & Miss T

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hi Russ my favourite beer is "trembling Ferret" or maybe a pint of " young tosser " , great posts this month  and in a few hours we will be mounting ( and i use this word  carefully ) the stairs of the Black Lion for another City Centre Soul , personally  I cannot wait

CU later 

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 Hi Frank,

 

I still struggle with the idea that "REAL ALE" come from a metal barrel (surely it should be a wooden barrel to be real) you are going to have to educate me in that area and find me a tasty chunky knit sweater.

 

So you've just time to sort out your playlist for tonight, and remember to bring along any records you promised to play the next time you were behind the decks at The Black Lion, have a great night,

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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 A young Russ Adams, who due to early health and saftey laws was not pernitted to smoke cigars until the age of seven, so here having to make do with an un-tipped Woodbine

 

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Happy days

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Hey Russ!

 

Thanks for the Sam Fletcher...you know me very well it seems!  The post have been great these last few weeks...we are putting the last preps into place following a little trip round the Gay Pride parade this afternoon. Really looking forward to what should be a another great installment of City Centre Soul.

 

Love the pics and the promises of real ale...both me and Mr. Wood are particular to a pint of the real stuff when we can get it - had a lovely glass of the Jennings' Sheep Thrills' in the Strines Hotel on the way over from the dark side (depending on which way you look at the hill of course!) although I have been known to both enjoy and answer to the beautifully named 'Blond Witch'  in times gone by....anyway, hope to see you on the other side of the hill very soon when we can discuss further, Frank can hand over the sweater and we can all enjoy a few pints of the hard stuff together. Thanks for all your fabulous support...see you soon,

 

Miss T XXXXX (and Mr. Wood) 

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The young Russ & the baby pic of you are realy alike, you can tell it's you Russ,,,,, (lol)  :hatsoff2:

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First time at The Black Lion CCS on Saturday 24th--- Thoroughly enjoyed it with great music and great atmosphere -

 We just called in to see what it was like and ended up meeting loads of friends,dancing and staying as long as we possibly could (nearly missing the train) --- We will definitely be going again. The place is a little gem --------- Big D 

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First time at The Black Lion CCS on Saturday 24th--- Thoroughly enjoyed it with great music and great atmosphere -

 We just called in to see what it was like and ended up meeting loads of friends,dancing and staying as long as we possibly could (nearly missing the train) --- We will definitely be going again. The place is a little gem --------- Big D

 

Nice one Buddy, 

   thanks for the kind words, always nice to see some new faces coming along. We do our best play to the dance floor & give our friends & supporters exactly what it says on the tin.

   Realy glad you had a good night, hope to see you again soon, cheers for now, Woody & Miss T  :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Want to add my thanks and good wishes to the above from Woody...We had loads of great verbal feedback on the night, but its always good when someone takes the trouble to post their comments on here or facebook. There is always a warm welcome at City Centre Soul, we all do our best to keep everyone happy and the young crew at the pub work hard for us too. So the positive feedback means a lot to the whole team.  Special mention must go the DJs who all did a particularly great job on Saturday...guest Barry Tasker showed what great form he is on and got it just right for a Black Lion crowd, Woody and Frankie M worked alongside to keep the dancefloor busy too so overall a great night with some fantastic music from all three.

Hope to see you (all) there soon...4th Saturday in October is the next but I guess we will see everyone out and about elsewhere before then.

 

Cheers! Miss T X

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Had not been here for a while but I must say we had a fabulous night.

 

The music is excellent and the crowd are so friendly. Met some of our lovely friends we had not seen for a while.......Big D and Lesley, Maggie and Kev and all the usual supsects : ) Great friendly welcome from Soosie and Woody as always. Going from strength to strength, keep up the good work guys. 

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Got to agree with all of the above,

   fab night Saturday, absolute packer. Big thankyou to our Special Guest DJ Barry Tasker who nailed it perfectly & played some fantastic tunes, top guy. As for our man Frank, he just keeps getting better & better, did too blinding spots, both superb.

  Thanks again to all who came along, faces old & new, you were brill, thanks also for all the nice positive feedback & great posts.

  We're back on the 26th 0f October with special guest DJ Clarence Mitchell,

see you all out & about soon folks, Woody C.C.S. :hatsoff2:

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we keep growing and growing and its down to the lovely soul folk who have made us the established soul nite we could only have dreamed about . So to everyone who has visited the Black Lion ,Cheers,  and to those not visited us yet we look forward to seeing you in October , keep reading the venues page and look out for the CCS team out and about

Cheers

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Good to see you both,

  glad You & Ken enjoyed the night too Maureen. Great night, great music & a crackin' atmosphere.

  Hope to see you in October (if not before) when we can do it all again, with Special Guest DJ Clarence.

  Cheers for now, Woody & Sue xx  :hatsoff2:  :wave:  

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