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The whole glorious affair takes place at the Raynscourt Hotel, Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth, the same hotel we've been using since the very first weekender back in nineteen eleventy seventeen. Rooms at the Raynscourt Hotel do sell out quickly so be sure to get your application in early if you want to stay at the hotel (it's much easier to stagger up to your room drunk if you do!).

For weekend passes, please call 01525 375404. For any other information, please call the information line on 07966 277536.

http://www.soul-essence.co.uk/page/index/


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can anyone post a bit more information about cost of weekend passes , etc . im off and in the vicinity

ktf

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Alex and Myself will be arriving to Stansted airport on Friday at 14:30.

Maybe someone can lift us from Stansted to Great Yarmouth.

We would be very happy to share gas cost and convertation.

Aitor

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First time for me and my co-pilot John P this coming Saturday / Sunday and from what Gouch has told me it should be great. Looking forward to hearing lots of records I've not heard before and then cursing all the way home that I either can't remember what they were or that I won't ever afford them even if I could find them (or both!).

All the best, Steve.

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First visit to Soul Essence for me. Wow - You guys (regulars and all involved in putting this event on) have got something really special there. Everyone (to me at least) seemed to belong to a kind of exclusive or privileged Club but still made us Ëœfirst timersâ"žÂ¢ feel very welcome - Thanks for that.

It was absolutely unique to anything I have ever experienced. I have to admit, it took me a couple of hours to Ëœacclimatise to the vibeâ"žÂ¢ but I think I got the hang of it in the end. The lounge was something I didnâ"žÂ¢t expect, people sitting on comfy sofas whilst Ëœin the zoneâ"žÂ¢ just absorbing what was being played. I got an extra buzz watching my good friend John Pinoch being absolutely overwhelmed at what he was hearing (He just kept shaking his head and every so often heâ"žÂ¢d let out a gasp) - Ainâ"žÂ¢t it great when you see someone completely lost in the moment? Steve Scotney was also in 'Nodding Heaven' lol - Great stuff!

Seeing Richard Caiton was genuinely humbling for everyone there, he sang absolutely beautifully and it seemed completely effortless " Raw talent that and what a lovely man he was to. So thanks to him for a performance we shall all look back on fondly¦.ÂI like to get near you, oh I like to get near you Awesome!!!

Great company in our corner (Hark at me on my first time) Ëœour cornerâ"žÂ¢ was at the back of the room and rightly so! J Havenâ"žÂ¢t laughed so much in ages, thanks to ËœMr Gouchâ"žÂ¢ for making sure I didnâ"žÂ¢t do too much of my “Northern Soul Dancing lol and for the Ëœtwo stepâ"žÂ¢ lessons - Apparently I did very well (but he can be a sarcy b*stard, so Iâ"žÂ¢m not so sure!) Ëœtwo stepâ"žÂ¢ is a great dance though, you can go on for hours¦and hours¦and hours - I only wish someone had told me about it years ago as it would have saved me from post nighter cramp in both legs closely followed by leprosy of the feet when it was bath time (I kid you not!)¦. I may even try the ËœHands in the airâ"žÂ¢ thang next year J

Would I go again? - Yes¦.but I couldnâ"žÂ¢t eat a whole one¦

Thanks for something that will be stored in my ËœFond Memories Bankâ"žÂ¢ :thumbsup:

All the best,

Len.

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What a fantastic weekend. Great event, great people and the best spectrum of soul music anywhere!

To cap it all, we had the unique experience of witnessing a once in (our) lifetime performance by the brilliant Richard Caiton.

The hairs on the back of my neck have gone down, the lump in my throat swallowed, the eyes less moist than they were, but the memory of him singing "Got to get accross to you" will live forever! A truly amazing experience and such a fantastic guy!

Thanks to Brian, Bob and all the rest for bringing it all together.

364 days to go for Essence 31

Dave

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Just got back home after an amazing weekend. Can only agree with previous posts, superb music and that performance from RC...

Thanks to everyone involved, it really is a beautiful thing.

/Carl

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I would like to say a "Thank-you" to the Soul Essence Promoters(and Ladies)for making it a great Weekend for myself and Susie.We have not been for about four years-other commitments-but returning "Home" has re-vitalised my Love ,for this WeekenderI met old Friends and made new ones,whilst listening to the Music!The "Lounge" has a special Place in the Heart, for me.This is where myself and Susie spent the biggest part of the time,listening to great Music.To Mr Goucher and the rest of the Djs, the Music you spun was bloody awesome.The impromptu visit of Richard Caiton into the Lounge and the singing,was very Special.Thank you Sir(and a very friendly Man as well).I will be back-hopefully with my Leg more mobile-as I missed the dancing!!

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Oh my....Our first Soul Essence. John P and I didn't arrive until just before 4pm on Saturday afternoon (my fault for having so much on...BIG yellow card I know) and honest first impressions were that we kind of felt like we'd walked into a private party, but what a friendly one with sublime sound system and equally sublime soul playing in the bar area.

No sooner had we got our first pint, Brian was kindly introducing us to Richard Caiton....a quite surreal moment I have to say, after only just arriving... and what a lovely man who was clearly enjoying himself at being immersed with people there who truly appreciate his talents and those of hundreds of others like him, past and present.

To then be told he was about to surprise the people in the lounge with a song...a taster of what was to come later in the night... was amazing, although word of this had clearly got round as the lounge was already full, but still incredible to stand in the entrance and hear his voice / see everyone smiling with mixture of eyes open / eyes closed...which is then how John and I spent the next 3-4 hours in that same room just soaking up some unbelievable deep soul and constantly shaking our heads at each other in approval (if that makes sense!).

For Len (now "Lenny two-step") to then arrive out of the blue around 7pm, driving (rather than getting a taxi!) the 130 odd miles after telling us all week he couldn't make it, was just the icing on the cake for a top day and night.

A quick break to check Len into our quality £18 a room B&B and for fish and chips on a VERY cold sea-front then back for an amazing night of music and atmosphere...made all the better for the size of the room and smallest dance floor I think I've ever seen was rammed all night...set after set of truly great soul, plenty I knew but more that I didn't...just great.

Mr Caiton captured everyone's ears, eyes and hearts around midnite (I think it was anyway!), lifted the atmosphere to a whole new level...then to hear him announce that it was the first time he's done anything like this since the 60's was unbelievable. WHAT a voice...."I like to get near you"....Wow.

Some "souvenir" records collected on Sunday lunchtime then steady drive back listening to an amazing CD that Brian kindly handed to us as part of our continued and life-long education in to the deeper end of the soul spectrum.

I'm trying not to look back with regret, about missing out on this unique experience over all the years it's been running, but instead I'm just happy to have found it now and look forward to next year with a big tip of my cap to all the organiser(s), DJs, collectors and general soul lovers who've built this to what it is.

All the best, Steve.

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Troop;

Without any shadow of doubt this was the finest 'Essence' weekender, Iv done all 30 and yes I know that the god like Sam Dees has also played here but from the moment Mr Richard Caiton walked into the weekender he was the most approachable gentleman Iv met in years, a thoroughly pleasant and decent man who chatted to everyone. Early Friday I sat chatting explaining the ethos of the 'Jim Wray Lounge' to him and I phone Len '2 step' Dopson up and told him I had RC here and he wanted to talk to him, I cant repeat what Lenny said but RC spoke to him like they were long lost brothers, within hours Lenny was here sharpening up his line dancing techniques.

On Friday I play the welcome set between 2 & 7 and the decks become the meeting place to chat take the piss and play some tunes, RC was sitting in a chair near to the entrance straight in front of me, he got up ambled over to the decks and asked me if the mike was on, I turned it on and handed it him, he told me to replay the tune that was spinning, the next thing we knew was that he was singing " I see love girl in your eyes", tweaking the mike levels up so that we could hear this wonderful voice over the usual monster sound system that is installed each and every year, people were appearing from everywhere, record alley emtied faster than a stampede to the bar when its rumoured Cosby is buying!!!!!!!!!!!It became very apparent that we were going to be treated to a very special performance on Saturday. It was then that we hatched the plan for him to sing in the 'Lounge' on Saturday at 4pm.

As you can see from the video the'Lounge' performance was a very special moment and I personally felt very honoured to be in this mans presence, that performance will stay with me for ever. As for Saturday night well, 2 performances of 'I'd like to get near you" plus 5 others from his rich catalogue just took the roof off the place, thankyou Richard.

Musically it was as its has always been, the dogs bollocks, roll on October for the Soul Essence/Soul4Real weekender in Bilbao and then back to the Raynscourt in April to do it all over again.

I had great fun watching the reactions on the faces of the 3 Essence virgins, I think they were overwhelmed but Im sure they are smitten and will be first in line for tickets next year.

To John and those 'Shoes' thankyou for some priceless moments, to the 'Wakey' crew thankyou for looking out for Kathy, to Sonia, Blake and the rest of the gang for the warm hospitable welcome I got when Kathy and I strolled into a pub to have a quiet meal, the look on the barmans face was priceless, cruel bastards. So so many other top moments this year.

Soul On

Gouch

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Thanks to Alex Subinas for capturing this iconic moment of Soul Essence history.

ive missed the last two essences due to family commitments and it was amazing

the best ever weekender ive been to all i can say is

WOW!!!!!!!!!! AN HONOUR TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM AS SO MANY LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

well done everybody concerned

and to Alex Subinas for sharing to the rest of the world just a small taster of what we Witnessed in the

Jim wray lounge before the main event

see you all next year if not before

and Richard caiton is one of the nicest men I have ever met a real Gentleman

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All I need to say is can't wait till SE31 ............ another perfect weekend made even better with a true humble gentleman ... Richard Caiton !

Special thanks to Ady for bringing my recently bought tunes and the other record dealers who helped me get 6 of my big wants ;-)

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Absolutely fantastic weekender, still our favourite , quality soul throughout. We knew this one was going to be special when shortly after we arrived on Friday afternoon we were stood a few yards away from Richard Caiton when he took up the mike to sing 'I See Love Girl In Your Eyes' which is one of Sue's favourites.

We particularly enjoyed the Saturday afternoon sets from all in the main room and a fabulous early evening spot from Mike Charlton, great to hear Reflection 'Just Realized' among others, shame there weren't a few more in at the time.

I can't add a lot that hasn't already been said about Richard Caiton, a really genuine lovely man with a permanent smile on his face and time to talk to everyone who approached him, you could tell how much he was enjoying himself and how much he appreciated all of us for making him so welcome.

We don't usually spend a lot of time in the Lounge area but we went through for Blake's spot on Saturday afternoon and so glad we did, not only did Blake play an hour of sublime soul he was followed by Richard Caiton's performance and although it was too busy to get in to the room to see him he sounded superb, a big thanks to Alex for putting up the video.

Saturday night was excellent with a good mix of everything soulful and then the brilliant performance by RC and what a nice touch giving out beads from the Mardi Gras to all the ladies.

This was then followed by Sean Hampsey and plenty of singalong tunes to keep the floor rammed.

We being lightweights left about 2.30 just after Sam had played Tommy Tate 'If You Got To Love Somebody', what a tune......!!!!!, Sue had to have a last dance to it even though she had said she was cream crackered.

A massive thanks to Gavin, Bob&Sue, Gouch and all the crew responsible for everything and see you all in 2013 for SE31.

Paul,Sue & Elaine

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Well! maybe the best weekend of Soul we have had!

was a privilege and pleasure to be there, amongst the friendliest crowd and sharing some of the best sets of music we have heard played out. Being in the company of people we love, and making friends with every new conversation. A truly memorable experience that will stay fresh in our thoughts 'till we can enjoy it all again next year. and for me. listening to Richard Caiton singing "I Wonder If You Will Always Love Me" in the Jim Wray lounge on Sat. afternoon is "nailed in" to my memory forever. The man was just superb, and what a true gentleman.

A BIG BIG thanx to Bob, Gavin and Brian and all at Essence for the sterling work you all do to bring this event to us, looking forward to 31 already.

Here's some pics that Tina took in the back room when Richard walked in to floor us with his note perfect delivery, and some from his equally superb appearance later in the evening when he held everone in the main room spellbound with his renditions of his fantastic music

steve & tina

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We had a blast, as we knew we would.

We met loads of old friends, made loads of new friends; laughed a lot, danced a lot, drank a lot ......

The music was superb, tremendous, superlative.......

The funniest moment was when I thought I heard that Andy had swapped his two sheep for a shed (clearly you had to be there, not even sure if he's ever had sheep, or a shed for that matter!)

We took loads of photos, which we will 'up'. We also video'd the whole of Mr Caiton's performances so once I fix the lighting, we'll stick that up too.

All in all, we'll be back!

Zane & Fiona

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We had a blast, as we knew we would.

We met loads of old friends, made loads of new friends; laughed a lot, danced a lot, drank a lot ......

The music was superb, tremendous, superlative.......

The funniest moment was when I thought I heard that Andy had swapped his two sheep for a shed (clearly you had to be there, not even sure if he's ever had sheep, or a shed for that matter!)

We took loads of photos, which we will 'up'. We also video'd the whole of Mr Caiton's performances so once I fix the lighting, we'll stick that up too.

All in all, we'll be back!

Zane & Fiona

And the most embarrasing moment was during Donny Mann "This Love Is Real" me stating to you " Aargh, love Patti Hamilton's voice"

Doh!

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I recorded it too, so could put up a link for download/stream in case it's not on the 'Listen Again' for long.

That said, please try the radio station first

ATB,

Zane

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As promised, I have managed to upload a snippet of RC singing for the soundcheck on Saturday afternoon.

The lighting is all off and I have tried to fix it, but for some reason, it seems to be taking forever to update. Apparently, it will happen automatically so the video here will/should change so that Mr Caiton's face is more visible.

Best wishes,

Zane

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Soul People - Solar Radio this sunday 21st April .....

........1 Hour Interview with Richard Caiton..........

This sunday Malayka and & are back on the show with an interview with Richard & all the usual stuff cramed in the second hour....

10pm - 12 noon GMT

www.solarradio.com & Sky Channel 0129

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