Broughton Soul Nite North Wales Saturday 20 April
It was case of get down expressway to Broughton on Saturday, famous for British Aerospace and also as the home of Soul Sams and Brian Ellis monthly soul nites. Have missed the last few so was looking forward to this one as with its own unique feel, crowd and atmosphere its always an enjoyable nite out. With a door tax of £2.50 and pints at £1.50 also a cheap nite out!! Venue is in the aerospace place, its held in the Silver Wings social club which is very plush, nice layout and gives place a uptown feel. Anyway fair few of us were doing the Saturday, plans were Broughton and then Goldbourne Niter afterwards, so Stevie T sussed out minibus and yet again it was case of get down that A55. Turned up well early to get max use of £1.50 pints, caught Brian Ellis warming up with nice thoughtful selection of 70s+ stuff.. Usual North Wales suspects started showing up , many from surrounding areas and places close by like Wrexham, crowd wise usually well mixed, ranging all types from local events only types to the ones who will travel at drop of a hat. As may expect with any event Sam is involved with, its a fairly well up for anything crowd, with 70-2ks+ very popular and always a good reaction. Dont get to hear much r&b or early soul usually, if at all, but depends on the guests. Chico was the first guest up, and dished out a great mixed set that fitted the Broughton style.
Ginger was next guest up, first time caught him for a while, suppose hard with what a fairly mixed crowd but seemed to us a very safe set, no "what is that" moments or raging desires to run to deck and find out more, which is what we were after, but he kept the crowd who were after good time northern happy with popular spins. Brian Ellis up and then Soul Sam, both giving out more Broughton style sets, R J Kelly new un being just one of many caught. Had to leave early ish to get to next destination, but night was going strong when left, and was a good one. As said its got its own unique feel and style, cause of this and venue, can have many different style nites be it a nite out with partner, or 8 of you out for the crack In between necking £1.50 pints, catch ups, and all the rest managed to grab a few words from Sam, notes are from well crumpled flyers, hopefully all details 100%
Asked for a selection of some current plays and Sam took time to give us details along with a bit of info, added stuff I picked up along the way.
Hamilton Movement Shes Gone Look Out 007
A lot ot of interest in this recently and looks like its taking off, Sam says been playing it for last 18 months. Misc info the flip in demand on deep funk scene. 800-1000 quid recent value given? Though more copies than you would think as some are securly in deep funk collectors hands.
Tolbert – I’ve Got It – Rojac
Sam said this 80s track which has a very soulful vocal is well big in modern rooms through out uk
Beres Hammond - Do This World a Favour -Rocky Gibbs
From a 90s lp, this track by highly regarded reggae artist is popular as a main hall play and massive at Yarmouth and Broughton Stream sample here
Margaret Little -Love Finds A Way- Genbro
(Info from David Flynn posted on Soul talk - Both penned by Wylie & Hestor A La King pub. Listed under BMI, but Popcorn has no recollection of the songs or her. The label is a division of A Go-Go records.) Extremely popular floorfiller , well catchy real thing 60s Detroit , recent one off acquisition by Sam from Adey Pierce (I think) and surely one the best new sounds around at moment. The flip "I Need Some Loving" was said by some to have been played out, but Sam states hasnt played it out anywhere, and imo the lesser and nowhere near as strong side
The Three Prophets - I Think I Really Love You - Together
Sam described this one as 70s cross over track with a great bass, delivered at a just above mid-tempo pace and great soul!! From 1974 Thanks to Sam for giving above comments, we had a bit of talk about things and his support for venues like Yarmouth and the tent at Fleetwood as they feature the style of soul he enjoys so much.