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Grumpy Christmas (and big birthday) bash - Runcorn

  


  Runcorn   WA7 5QS   GB

Soul Nights
PhilT
   (2 reviews)

Grumpy Christmas (and big birthday) bash on

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Checked with club and all fine for tonight, 8pm start.

By way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past four years+  and in an attempt to burn a bit of turkey / quorn off, we've decided to squeeze another Grumpy in before 2015 slips away and it'll be free to get in. 

The date for your diary is Sunday 27th December. This one-off session will run from 8pm-2.30 am or thereabouts.

Don't tell anyone but it happens to be Joan's 50th too

Same gaff as usual: Grumpy's Bar (formerly RNA Club), Canal Walk, Halton Rd, Runcorn, WA7 5QS

 

Unfortunately, Gaz Simon can't be with us so we've had to tweak times a little - see below. Hope they're ok for everyone and that Gaz can come and join us next year.

DJ Times

8-9: Grumpy gits

9-10: Col Denham

10-11: Kev Murphy

11.00-12. 00 Phil T

12.00-1.00: Dave 

1.00-2.00 Carl and Maria

2.00 - end: Grumpy gits

 

Safe trip if you're travelling, see you later

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nightfiler

· Edited by nightfiler

   2 of 2 members say helpful 2 / 2 members

WOW Joan you must be really pleased with that turn out? THE BEST NIGHT at Grumpy's to date!!! Loads of friends I haven't seen in a long while, great to catch up. It's true what was said, everyone enjoyed the night, you could tell with the big smiles on everyone's faces. :D Really enjoyed Col Denham's spot, shame I only caught last half. Saying that EVERYONE'S spot was superb :thumbup: This night will be talked about for a long time to come. Can't wait for the next instalment. Just hope Lou is ok? She looked like she had overdone the "enjoyment" bit. Thanks Joan for allowing us to help celebrate your special day xx :hatsoff2:

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Geoff

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I’d planned to make the trip to Runcorn for Grumpy Soul for quite some time but had never got round to actually going. Partly this was because it is normally a night that finishes at 4am, which means that you really need to book a b&b or hotel unless you have driven there, and personally I wouldn’t want to drive back down south after a soul night. So I’d just put it on the list of things to get round to doing.

However my friend Billywhizz of the 100 Club came to my rescue. He asked me if I fancied going after Christmas, it was going to be a celebration of Jumping Joan’s 50th birthday and it was a 2am finish. I was most happy to take him up on his kind offer. So I left home in London on 27 December, went to Liverpool Street station and travelled via two trains to Norwich, where Billy picked me up and off we went. Here I’d like to thank Billy for driving me there, it was a long and tiring drive with some holdups due to “incidents” on the roads, and the sat nav packed up, but luckily he’d also got his son’s one with him, don’t know what would have happened otherwise.

We got there at about 9pm, the joint was jumping as they say and we were lucky to get a couple of seats. The birthday girl greeted us, fortunately Billy had got a birthday card for her, I usually forget that sort of thing.

As I’ve intimated above the venue was busy, with quite a few of my friends attending which was nice for a catch up. Musically I’d describe it as a “proper Northern Soul night”. A mix of tempos, some R&B, a little Crossover and 70s, but predominately 60s, both medium and uptempo. Rarities were played, for example the Prophets’ Just One Gold Piece, the Four Dynamics’ Things A Lady Ain’t Supposed To Do and the Scott Brothers’ Running Around, but plenty of other perhaps better known tunes but not too many “top 100 “ records. I didn’t hear any funky tunes which may have come as a relief to some. I’m not sure who all the DJs were but they did a good job and the dance floor was busy. The floor was okay but a tiny bit of talc did help. The sound was good and that is really the most important thing. Bar prices were okay as well, especially after London prices at some venues.

Although Joan wasn’t on the DJ roster she did the last 20 or 30 minutes playing mainly uptempo Northern records like Shing A Ling and A Little Togetherness. The night ended at about 2.15 but it took ages for us to get out of Runcorn due to road works and sat nav problems but we got back to Norwich at about  8am. I had a sleep at Billy’s house and got the trains back to London, got indoors at 6.30pm. A long journey but worth it, I will return to Grumpy Soul some time in 2016, I’d recommend it if you enjoy a good Northern night that doesn’t play the obvious.

Thanks to Joan for organising the night which was free, and to Billy for doing the driving, he’s got a lot more patience than I would have had.

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