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Calendonia Soul In The Papers


Well told you it was being talked about, seems not just in the rare soul world, heres an article ripped from Scotlands biggest selling evening paper "Evening Times" on Saturdays nite.

Just found out its Written by Beverley Adams and is up at



"Dance night has best of 60s soul"

PUT on your best Clarks shoes, prepare your hands for lots of action and dont bring your drink on the dance floor.

Scotlands youngest Northern Soul Night presents its third outing on Saturday at the Woodside social Club, Kelvinbridge, and there is a collection of unspoken rules for those who go.

Northern Soul, for those of you who are unaware, is a music movement which grew out of the dreams and desires of factory workers in places like Detroit and Chicago in the 60s. Long before House Music dominated the club scene Teary ;eyed teenages stayed up all night to dance without a partner as the small, independent labels made music that appealed to our hearts and souls.

Northern Soul wasnt Motown, it didnt have the financial backing. In the 70s, as much of the music was discovered, it was popular in Britains industrial corners like the North and East Midlands and, in Scotland, Shotts! The Wigan Casino club was probably the most famed of these places with a membership of 100,000 in its heyday. Thirty years on and Scotlands youngest Northern Soul club is continuing the tradition of playing rarities and originals you wont find in most record shops.

Although the club only started in September it has won acclaim in what is a notoriously difficult scene to crack. On Saturday night the guest DJ is Irish Greg, promoter and DJ at Londons world famous Capitol Soul Club.

From 9pm until 2am DJs Scotch Martin and Big Lenny will play the best of 60s Black America.

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Martin was a guest DJ at Londons 100 Club soul all-nighter this month and he maintains that despite the long history of soul music this is definitely not a retro night.

Martin, who puts on the night with fellow northern Soul specialist Kevin McCardle, says: "Northern Soul has always been about progression, finding new, undiscovered records from the 60s and making them popular.

"In recent years, some nights have tended to play all oldies from the 70s heyday, but were definitely more into newly discovered or underplayed records. This policy keeps it current and relevant today, so punters shouldnt expect just Motowns greatest hits."

Norman Cook (AKA Fat Boy Slim) certainly felt the music was relevant whenhe sampled a northern classic called Sliced Tomatoes for his hit Funk Soul Brother (thats the catchy guitar lick). Artists including Paul Weller, Sharleen Spiteri and

Belle & Sebastian all credit the music as a major influence and over thirty years on it shows no sign of going away.

Northern Soul has its own etiquette and anyone attending the night should clap loudly after hearing a record they like ; the name will =

be announced by the DJ so you know who you are listening to. Expect intricate dancing on the floor as people take their music seriously, and

taking your drink onto the hallowed dance floor is the equivalent of setting fire to the venue.

You can also expect some record stalls selling original Northern Soul numbers on the night. But beware, some records can cost around £500 and one was even known to sell for £15,000. There is a lot of kudos attached to finding an original.

Admission to www.Caledoniasoul.com is £5. Doors open at 9pm and close at 12.30am.

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