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SERIOUS SHADES OF SOUL Rafa Club Newton Aycliffe - Newton Aycliffe


  Barrington Road    Newton Aycliffe   DL5 7AQ   GB

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  • We're proud to announce that we've finally managed to book John Manship as our main guest DJ for the 5th March 2016. This night is going to be a packer so make sure you get there early.

    John has been supplying collectors worldwide with rare vinyl for since 1969 and is universally recognised as one of the world authorities on rare soul vinyl.

    Special guest locals DJ's invited for this night are:

    Dave Eyley & Liam McGannon plus Paul Ackley ..... Going to be a busy night.

    The free cd is a cracker too. Pick of plays from last month plus a selection of tracks which John Manship might play????

    Be there early for seats and free cd's.

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DJ'ing with Carl Fortnum in Peterborough........so sorry cant get there butwill again this year i promise

Have a good one with the 'Manship' ....... another night o quality top tunes, all who attend will enjoy .....

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Punters in before we arrived to switch on for the night’s proceedings and we were all a bit anxious wondering what support we would have for the night and the reception for our main Guest DJ John Manship.

The place was nearly full by 8.00pm and we kicked off a little earlier than usual as people were already in – warm up spot from Kevin and Paul up to 8.00pm and then it was guest dj’s onwards.

Kev ‘n’ Paul....

The Rockmasters – Raining Teardrops – Romulous

21st Century – Shadows of a memory – Dot

Fabulous Peps – With these eyes – Wee 3

Intertains  - Need your love  - Uptown

Blues Busters – Can I change my mind - Strakers

Sonny Craver  - I’m no fool – Musette

Frederick Hymes III – Time ain’t gonna do me no favours -  Fab Vegas

Gorgeous George – Strange Book  - Homark

Philharmonics – I need I need your love – Soulin’

Inspirations – Gotta find a new love – Benne – X

Vanguards  - Good Times, Bad Times – Lamp

4 Voices  - My love is getting stronger – Voice

Precisions – If this love  - Drew

Patrice Holloway – Stolen hours – Capital

Yum Yums – Gonna be a big thing – ABC

Those 14 records went on quickly and paved the way for first guest Dj – Liam McGannon from Bishop Auckland – Liam’s 3rd visit to the Rafa Club but only 30 minutes set this time due to the Plethora of DJ’s – this is what he played.........

Impressions – On & On – Curtom

Pacesetters – Push on Jesse Jackson – Kent

Sonny Harris & Soul Reflections – The Vibration – San-El, a new record for us and what a good ‘un too – give it a listen if you can..... presented in it’s original 60’s mailer and record station letter.

Mighty Marvellows – Talkin’ bout you baby – ABC

Ripple Blast Singers – Sadie, Sadie – Power

The Ballads – Butterfly – Music City – another good new record for Liam

Charles Johnson – Never had a love so good – Alston

Fir-Ya – Keep on tryin – Star Glow

Jay and the Techniques – Dancin’ Mood – Smash – Liam was the first to introduce this record to the rafa Club and is now picking up speed Nationally thanks to his belief in the track – was a £15.00 record – now £150.00 if you can find one. The Power of the Rafa Club.....

Mark Putney –Today’s Man – Atlantic.

Next up for a quick fire 30 minutes of Northern Soul is guest Dave Eyley, Dave was really keen to play on the night and started with.....

Jackie Beavers – Love that will never grow cold – Revilot

Fabulous Four  - If I knew – SaintMo ... An old Cumby play for Paul S from years ago and still sounding fresh today.

The Rockmasters – Raining Teardrops – Romulous.  A double play on the night but the only one as it was the first record when few were in.

Chris Morgan – Who am I – Bell

Wayne Anthony – You ain’t wrapped too tight – Roulette

Jimmy Clark – Tell her  - Moira

Perfections – so lonely – Pzazz

Al Williams – I am nothing – Palmer

Derc Hotzog – Church going girl – Hamilton

Casuals on the Square – End of time – LSP

First set from John Manship arrived quickly at 9.00pm – ‘till 9.30pm and John was a bit apprehensive about what to play but carried on as only he could..........

Sonny Till – I gave it all up – Clown

Freddie North – Oh Lord, what are you doing to me – Abet

Billy Prince – Say it again – Verve

High Keyes – Let’s take a chance – Verve – flip to Living a lie and what a track too....

The Stoppers – Come back baby – Jubilee

The Astors – Just ain’t enough to hurt me  - Verve. What a great male vocal track – bliss....

Frank Howard – Judy – Excello

The Topics – Hey Girl (Where are you going) – Chadwick .... another Rafa Club perennial fave from Paul S

Lee Bates – Why don’t you write – Instant – A timeless track that should get more air play..

Billy Hambric – She said goodbye – Drum – perpetual Northern Soul – ‘nuff said...

Roy Roberts – I know what to do to satisfy you  - Tina

Syl Johnson – Try me  - Twilight ... So good at the Rafa Club a great record, relentless pounding beat... perfect.

That was the first 12 records from John and by now the place was packed with people from Carlisle (Good to see Dickie Watts, George Hunt and George Rouse) Plus Pete and Jackie with friends from Wolverhampton) Big Ron from Newcastle dusting off his dance shoes too. Paul Ackley up next for 30 minutes with....

Young Brothers – Baby – Soul Power

Flash McKinley – I’ll rescue you – Bombay

Ernest Mosely – Stubborn Heart – La-Cindy

The Antellects – Love Slave  - Flo-Davieur

Timmie Williams  - Competition – Mala – place stomping by now.

Soul Bros Inc, - Teardrops falling from my eyes – Salem

 Trannels – Blessed with a love  - Flo-Jo - Monster 45 out of Lancaster, Pa.

Karmello Brooks – Tell me baby – Milestone

Jesse James – Are you gonna leave me – Shirley

The Earles – Everybody’s got somebody – Tee-Ti ..... THIS IS A CLASSIC RAFA CLUB SOUND....

Salt ‘N’ Pepper – A man of my word – Heatwave

Wee – Try me  - Owl

12 blissful tracks as usual from Paul paving the way for Dave Eyley’s second set with.......

The Jokers – Soul Sound – Sko Field

Brooks Brothers  - Lokking for a woman – Tay

Mary Wells  - Can’t you see (You’re losing me)  - Atco

Sandy and the Pebbles – he’s my kind a fellow – Mercury

The Empires  - You’re on top girl – Candi

Del Larks  - Job Opening – Queen City

Paul Smith – Ain’t that something  - Jacklyn - Top-drawer Chicago Soul tune.

Just Brothers – Carlena – Garrison – Dave has the floor in the palm of his hand by now!

Gwen Owens  - Just say you’re wanted– Velgo – Holes in the floor from the dancers now..

Sharpets – Lost in the world of a dream – Sound City – Forgotten Wigan casino record from 1978.

Bobby James – I really love you  - Karol – Ian S play at the Rafa too...

Thanks very much Dave for mixing things up so nicely – a soup of vinyl heaven for the punters and John Manship following with his main one hour spot offering...

Billy Sha Rae – I’m gone – Spectrum. Played at Bletsoe long before the other one was discovered but the other one – oohh!

Conquistadors  - Can’t stop loving you – Act IV – from the free cd too

Cashmeres – Don’t let the door hit you in the back – Hem – Flip to “Showstopper”

Jimmy Delphs – Almost – Karen. Brilliant record, totally underplayed on the Northern Soul scene. And the other side "I've Been Fooled Before" is an absolutely fantastic tune. Both deserve plays

Betty Wilson – I’m yours – Dayco

Carol Anderson – Taking my mind of love  - Whip – Sean Smith play at the Rafa...

Betty Lloyd  - I’m catching on – BSC – One of those records that can empty the floor and also fill it – which it did last night – A Johnny Mercer / Paul S record from donkeys years ago.

Barbara Lynn – I don’t want a playboy – Tribe. Classic RnB sound for today – upbeat dancer for all to enjoy – Great vocals, metronome beat – dancer...

Aretha Franklin – I can’t wait ‘til I see my baby’s face – Atlantic. Baby Washington track but I still like Sonji Clay’s (Casius’s wife at the time) version best – head above the parapet there, waiting to be shot at.... Well she was a Bunny girl too – what a babe – Still waiting to be shot at!

David Coleman – Drown My Heart – Barry – Hispano soul kicking in now – went down well too.

Isley Brothers – Who’s that lady – UA – First 1962 release followed David Coleman perfectly.

Paramount 4 – Sorry ain’t the word – Kent. A 60’s 100 club classic and what a sound too....

Decisions  - really do love you  - York

Volumes  - I’ve never been so in love  - Garu – Texas burner.

Invitations  - Look on the good side – Silver Blue. By now John had the whole floor full with this classic good feeling 1974 track that just builds and builds – proves it doesn’t have to cost ££££’s to be good. Just what good dj’s should be able to do.

Neo Experience  - Human  – Sahara. Exhuberant Philly track that John Anderson was putting in soul packs in the 70’s. Leon Mitchell project takes Tommy Hunt’s 60s New York classic Beat Ballad - deconstructs - giving it a totally new identity; by adding lush Philly-esque strings… specifically to fuel David Simmons magnificent vocal powers to greater things.. Rafa Floor filler.

Tut Sutton – I can feel the tears – USA Both sides played in one set.... superb

Four Coins  - Maybe she’s right  - Lan-Co - Seamless vocals weave their way through this string propelled dancer that just when you think the production has peaked,  it just keeps climbing higher. Staggeringly superb! And incredibly RARE!

Martineques  - If you want to call me  - Me-O. This track has been a Newton Aycliffe favourite for about 15 years now and never fails to impress me... Love the harmonising vocals, cha cha beat and crossed rhythms.

Sophisticates  - I really hope you do – Underground sounds.

Tut Sutton – No Appreciation – USA. Top drawer rare Northern soul

Bobby Womack – California Dreaming – Minit

Phew, what a set, Moody, Beat up, Harmonising perfection, expensive, cheap, you got the lot. Many thanks to John for all of his efforts but we’re not finished yet – Paul Ackley’s last hour to finish us off well and truly....

Appointments – I saw you there – De-lite

Dennis Edwards  - I didn’t have to – Int’ Soulville

Admirations  - You left me  - Peaches

Lester Tipton – This won’t change  - La Beat

Jimmy Bo Horne – I can’t speak – Dade

Nathan Williams  - What Price  - Lime

Eddie Parker  - But if you must go – Miko Records

Magnetics  - Count the days – Sable

John & the Wierdest – Can’t get over these memories  – Tie

Patrinelle Staten – Little love affair – Sepia

Fortson & Scott – Sweet Lover  - Pzazz

Sam Williams  - Love slipped through my fingers – Tower

Robert Tanner – Sweet Memories – Megatone

Eddie Whitehead – Just your fool – Blackjack

Chuck Cockerham – Have I got a right – Mala

Milton Parker  - Women like it harder – Closet

Eddie Billups  - Ask my heart – Peachtree

The Sweets – Something about my baby – Soultown

Donald Thomas  - Calling me home  - PMRC

David Thomas – I’ll always need you (by my side) – Prime.

I don’t need to blither on about the quality of all of the records listed above but we did have one of our best soul nights at The Rafa Club Newton Aycliffe and it was all thanks to the dj’s – John Manship, Paul Ackley, Dave Eyley, Liam McGannon and promoters hidden in the background but most of all down to the people who support the club from all over the UK.

Next month we have Nige Grice, John Parker and Colin Denham giving you the best the UK has to offer in rare Northern Soul. If you haven’t tasted the Rafa Club then come along for an intoxicated night of soul music..... you’ll love it. 1st Saturday night of every month.

Thanks for reading folks and thanks for the support.

Paul, Ian, Kev & Paul

Edited by Soulboyslim

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Had a great night at the RAFA, it was brilliant to see it so busy, as well as the music being good, great catching up with friends have not seen for ages as well as our usual Bishop crew. I thought there was a good mix of music, I love my 60s so plenty of early sounds played 

Suz x

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