Tonys - Blackburn -Sat 03 Feb 01
Beginning of the month , a bit of cash in my pocket so thought time to get back on the road, over last few months have been hearing a fair bit about Tonys new format, and as this weekend the niter featured Irish Greg, Dave Flynn, and Carl f all from the capitol soul club as guest djs, seemed like a good excuse to leave Chatham town and get up to north west. Myself and Andy d met up with Julie g, who recently moved back up there, she had sorted it so that while we were having a quick brew at her house, a request was played on the local soul radio programe welcoming us to the north-west, nice touch or what!
Bit of confusion for us over warm-ups as where we thought it was, it wasnt, no great shakes though. Nite itself, well crowd wise bit slow to start, there were a couple of events on earlier elsewhere, noticed that the amount of events to choose from up there is un-believable, though by 2 ish there was a fair few in. It was good to see there was about 20 to 30 of us who had made the trek up from the deepest south, and it was good to meet a fair few up-northers who have just known from email before, though found out later missed a few, such as Howard, should have clicked that the guy with a stack of soul up norths under his arm was him!
Dj wise, missed some the early spots as doing the rounds, vague details of nite as memory allows, Carl f was on one of the early spots, followed by Greg, who delivered a fine set including sonatas- going down the road, judy freeman -ext version, duke browner cover, to name a few, then Terry Davis popped up with a great set, with stuff like soul sound, Johnnie Taylor- the blues and more, Dave Flynn followed with some of his current biggies, my proposal, Benny spellmans - this ones for you my love, his Fran Oliver cover - searchin for my man, greatest story ever told - Bernard Harper, then think Paul Baldwin took over starting off with some great r+b - have love will travel-Richard Berry and more, then onto some decent oldies.
Had to leave round 6-ish as lift was ready to go Overall my view on it all, was had a great night out, good to get back up to the north west and see whats happening there, place wasnt packed but still had a great friendly atmosphere, with a great nite of great rare sounds, well worth the journey and will definitely get back up there again. Credit to Steve Thompson for making it all worthwhile, think Andy Rix is up on the next one in march so should be a cracker!
Big thanks to Julie for looking after us,
A great nite!