Big thanks to Danny for posting this in ..great stuff, informative , enjoyable , top dog!
Northern Soul in Dublin is still alive. Sleepless Nights has taken up the mantle and ensures our growing family meet at least monthly. Add 2 successful allniters and 2002 will reflect that the rot has stopped and better days might be round the corner for our City. Raining for last few days, a few emails and a Paul Davis phone call before 10am ask the question is it still on tonight, "course it is" I tell them all defiantly....hey better check that Doyles isnt under 2 feet of water as its only yards from the river Liffey. A quick phone call confirms that my spoofing is rewarded this time. Friday night dos mean Im hoping to finish work early, not always possible in the courier business and again tonight its a big rush, roads closed, ok I will drive in, only have 2 pints and drive home (great intentions) Some roads impassable I get there about 9.15 thankfully lads already there shifting tables, music on etc (thanks John, Karl, Ross, Brian)
Our first hour is a "free decks" slot, tonight Brian, johns brother plays a great intro/chill out set, ridding us of our tensions and getting everyone into a soul groove. Ross on only his 2nd dj slot ever officially starts things with some good xover. A "new" guy on the Dublin scene, Mike McNulty or Macca from Derby (MFD) turns up with some records and asks if we can play them later! Macca has been busy replacing the sounds he sold/mislaid over the years. We look at the cardboard packages posted from the US with mouths agape. Macca has just travelled back from somewhere in the middle east via Mayo where he now lives and booked a hotel in Dublin to be here tonight, we all spontaneously agree that we reduce our slots to 40 minutes and let Macca spin his own tunes. MFD wants to buy me a beer, I buy him one back... and the promise of only 2 pints goes straight out the window, I have a really low temptation level. MFD spins his sounds, some great oldies, the place is filling up and that feel good factor has hit us.
Next on flows Karl Mitchell one of the resident three, Pip follows (this guy like the night itself keeps improving). These fellas make my job easy and everyone is up and dancing to the x the board set. John Dunne as usual finishes the night in his own unique way. From his playlist you will see that Chaka Khans "Im every woman" features? Maybe not a purists choice but most of the people attending are only at their 1st, 2nd or 3rd Northern Night, and the odd "disco" track helps break down barriers. It is great to see these kids hear and dance so enthusiastically to Northern for the first time, something thats commented on by overseas soul brothers/sisters attending nights in Dublin. Our intention being that Northern is delivered in an enjoyable way. Not always (but usually) on the original label, re issues and the odd boot allowed (we dont have a cd player, big scene or easy access to vinyl) Already we see the spin off with new collectors and an increasing awareness of the music from the requests received, this in turn will raise standards.
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Playlist Ross Freddie and the Sounds of Soul - Cant Break Away From You The Cheers - Ive Made Up My Mind Bobby Taylor - Dont Be Afraid Jonelle Allen - Baby, I Just Want To Love You John Davis and The Monster Orchestra - Bourgie, Bourgie John Valenti - Why Dont We Fall In Love The Three Pieces - I Need You Girl Tyrone Edwards - Cant Get Enough Pauline Shivers - Wont You Come Back Home Claudell McKell - Experience Is The Best Teacher Martha Reeves and The Vandellas - Gotta Let You Go The Fashions - A Lovers Chance The Mirrettes - Hes Alright With Me The Originals - Dont Stop Now Walter Jackson - My Ship Is Coming In Macca LOOKING FOR YOU GARNETT MIMMS SHOES BOBBY BLAND I CANT BREAK THE NEWS BEN E KING SOMETHINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSAID KITTY LESTER IT WAS NEVER LIKE THIS BARBARA MCNAIR BLACKEYED GIRL BILLY THOMPSON I ONLY GET THIS FEELING BIG DEE IRWIN DUST MY BROOM IKE & TINA TURNER MY HEART IS CALING MAGNIFICENTS I STILL LOVE YOU SUPERLATIVES HIT & RUN ROSE BATISTE HIDE NOR HAIR EARL GRANT CAUSE YOUR MINE VIBRATIONS COMING TO YOUR RESCUE TRIUMPHS DETERMINATION DEAN PARRISH UNSATISFIED LOU JOHNSON HEARTACHES AWAY MY BOY CHRISTINE COOPER LET HER GO OTIS SMITH IF YOU EVER WALK OUT OF MY LIFE DENA BARNES
Karl Mitchell No list at time
Honey Townsend - The World Again Doug Banks - Kept on Dancing Marjorie Black - One More Hurt Etta James - Seven Day Fool Ted Taylor - Somebodys always trying Barbara Dane - Im on my way Ronnie Love - Chills and Fevers Dee Dee Sharp - What Kind of Lady The Traits - Too good to be true A C Reed - My Babys Been Cheating Ad Libs - Johnny My Boy Sugar and Spices - Faith in me Determinations - Cant hold on to love Herbs - Never Never Jimmy Ruffin - Give her all the love I got
DO TO ME LONETTE MCKEE PHILHARMONICS I NEED, NEED YOUR LOVE BABY WHAT HAS HAPPENED RINGLEADERS I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU CONSTELLATIONS JOB OPENING DEL LARKS IM COMING HOME IN THE MORNING LOU PRIDE I FEEL ALL RIGHT TURLEY RICHARDS MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE ISLEY BROS LET ME MAKE YOU HAPPY BILLY WOODS I LOVE HER SO MUCH IT HURTS MAJESTICS SHELL COME RUNNING BACK MEL BRITT LOOK AT ME NOW TERRY CALLIER ANGEL BABY GARLAND GREEN HELP ME SPELLBINDERS WADE IN THE WATER MARLENA SHAW COME GO WITH ME GLORIA JONES GIRL ACROSS THE STREET MOSES SMITH MAKE SURE DELLS
John Dunne Cookie Jackson: Do You Still Love Me Little Gigi: I Volunteer Sydney Barnes: Youll Always Be In Style The Monitors: Crying In The Night Rhonda Davis: Can You Remember Bonnie Herman: Hush Dont Cry The Adorables: Ohh Boy Channel 3: The Sweetest Thing The Ojays: I Love Music Jackie Wilson: Higher and Higher The Four Tops: 7 Rooms Of Gloom Marvin and Tammy: Aint No Mountain High Enough Betty Moorer: Speed up Soul Bros Six: Ill Be Loving You Brian Holland: Im So Glad Archie Bell: Where Do You Go When The Party is Over Chaka Khan: Im Every Woman..............for Wendy on her Birthday The Four Tops: Baby I Need Your Loving
Thankfully Paul Davis ensured I had a lift home so no time for more drink or to say thanks to all on the night, next morning in a dishevelled state collecting my car I think "yeah roll on 20th December" Danny D