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LOWTON CIVIC HALL - WIGAN - Warrington

  


  Hesketh Meadow Ln    Warrington   WA3 2AJ   GB

Soul Nights
BazM
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LOWTON CIVIC HALL RETURNS AFTER THE SUMMER BREAK FOR ANOTH BI-MONTHLY SPECIAL

TWO ROOMS OF SUPER SOUL

ROOM 1 - THE MAIN ROOM

LOWTON LOVES NORTHERN SOUL 

CLASSICS, FAVOURITES AND FUTURE BIGGIES

DJ'S GINGER TAYLOR - BOB HINSLEY - KEV MURPHY - PAUL SHIRLEY

KEN McCUE and BAZ MALEADY

GREAT SOUND SYSTEM - SUPERB DANCE FLOOR - CHEAP BAR & TOP TUNEAGE

ROOM 2 THE BACK ROOM

ON THE REAL SIDE - SOULFUL 70's AND 80's

DJ's STEVE PLUMB - ROGER WILLIAMS - ANDY LOVE AND

SPECIAL GUEST JOHN TOWNEND

THE NIGHT RUNS 8PM TILL 1.30 AM ADMISSION £7

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BazM

   3 of 3 members say helpful 3 / 3 members

After every event on Soul Source it now asks the respective member ‘what was your take?  Leave a review and let others know’... so I thought fair enough, we post a lot leading up to the event and from time to time, pop a few playlists up and if the old box brownies have been out, which they were on Friday some piccies, but its ages since I‘ve done an, hopefully informative revue, for anyone who couldn’t or hasn’t ever made it to LOWTON, in the hope that one day we’ll see you there.

To be honest, it’s always a bit stressful prior to a LOWTON SOUL NIGHT,  not because of all the running around making sure that the obvious stuff is done, like, room booked, check, DJ’s booked, check, got the float, check, got flyers out, check, it’s the fact that if it doesn’t work out I would feel that I have let everyone who holds soul nights at Lowton Civic dear to their hearts, down and it’s the pressure of that, as well as actually being one of those people, would make it even worse.  BUT I need not worry, because month after month those same people, joined by a growing band of new faces come to LOWTON on the second Friday of the month and make this particular night what it is, PROBABLY the BEST SOUL NIGHT in the NORTH WEST, borne out, by the fact, that next February it will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

So what made last Friday so special? Well it started when we had finished hanging the banners around the walls in the main (Northern) room and doing the same, getting the Back (Modern) Room ready, then doing the sound checks till everything looked and sounded great. May and Rob came in at 7.30 and they added some subtle touches to the Modern Room which really set it off. Next thing, Kev McCue our first DJ for the night turns up, box in hand, eager and excited about playing at the place he calls his ‘Soul Home’. So off he goes, tune, after carefully thought out tune hits the decks, which had people coming up at 8o’clock, myself included, asking, ‘WTF was that?’ Kev’s enthusiasm and love of the venue has rubbed off and quite a few people have come early just for his set, note to self,  I’ll need to bump him up the rankings next time.

So, that was good start to the night. Next up is LOWTON mentor Kev Murphy, who proceeds to pull out and play a set of tunes that would put many other so-called Northern Soul DJ’s to shame. No boots, no tailor mades, no 3rd generation pressings, just proper, good as you’ll get Northern Soul music, that has been the staple of the scene we LOVE for years, from Wigan, Stafford , Torch, Va Va, and Twisted Wheel, tunes from the Four Voices, Tony Clarke, Stemmons Express, The Coasters, Four Tracks, Flash McKinley, Lester Tipton, Leon Heywood, Vivian Jones, The Rotations, Cecil Washington and the awesome Magnetics, to name a few.

By this time my nerves had settled as more and more people had arrived, locals. new faces and regulars from North Wales, Stoke, Oldham, Stockport, Wigan, St Helens, Southport, Manchester, Chorley, Telford and Yorkshire, had all made the Friday night trip and for me once again, made the night all worth-while.

After Kev, came up one of the team of resident DJ’s at LOWTON, Paul Shirley AKA Wigan Paul. Now a resident of Southport, Paul had not far off literally ‘flown’ across the South Lancs plain to get to the hallowed halls in time for his spot and what a spot it was. Anyone who knows Paul will know his passion for the music and the original ethos of OVO, so on that basis, we were treated to the likes of The Del Larks, Sam Williams, Sam Ward, Al Williams, Jackie Beavers, Volumes, Vanguards and would you believe, the Supremes, so something for everyone there.

Arriving, after watching his beloved Manchester United win their Friday night match, the busiest man on the scene and LOWTON regular guest GINGER TAYLOR entered the fray. The consummate professional and guaranteed crowd-pleaser knows that he can flex his musical muscles at LOWTON cause the audience is open-minded and welcome tunes away from the norm, so on Friday we got my current fav JT Parker,  Johnathan Capree, R&B reactivation and floor filler, Barbara Lynn, monster oldie William Powell, as well as Los Sonidos FM, Kiki Dee (requested) and the very topical, Rufus Wood. Ginger was in good spirits on Friday, San Migel, no alcohol lager notwithstanding, and was obviously enjoying the reaction of the busy room to his superb selections.

A few trips to the Modern Room, left in the capable hands of guest and resident DJ’s Andy Love, Roger Williams, Steve Plumb and John Townend, was a toughie because, in all honesty while the room and the music was excellent the numbers were not as had been expected with such a great line up.  I don’t know why that is but I do know that the old adage ‘If You Build It, They Will Come’ applies here and the simple fact is, the quality on offer in the back room will win through, something this good can’t be ignored, it just needs the word spreading, so come on people, it’s Friday night soul for Saturday Night People, Let’s see you there!

Back into the Northern Room for the last hour and that was in the uber-capable hands of one of my favourite DJ’s Bob Hinsley. Bob has a knack of sending everyone home happy and Friday was no exception. He did that with his top 60’s selections, Nat Hall, Tempests, Richie Adams, Turtley Richards, Charades, Otis Lee, Johnny James and 70’s from James Fountain, Kenny Smith,  Carstairs, Alfie Davidson and Brothers and Sisters all the way up till last orders and closing time.

So there it is, whether you like classic oldies, left field 60’s, R&B or rarer soul sides, stompers, floaters, leapers or Modern Soul, LOWTON has something for everyone and as long as people like the wonderful crowd on Friday continue to make the effort and support it, I’ll be happy to stand the stress and look forward to sharing a drink with you all at the Anniversary in February or the next nights in 2015 in October and December. BTW is anyone wants to be kept up to date on future nights at LOWTON or get a 2016 membership, please drop me you e-mail address by PM on here.

ATB BazM  

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mtay9778

  

Just read your review Baz. Keep up the great work. I thought the main room was also quieter than usual too, probably just that time of year with people being away. I find myself running from room to room at Lowton as the music in both rooms is always fantastic. Looking forward to the next one!

ATB

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