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Hear All The Very Best Soul Music Under One Roof



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Norman Edwards (Warrington)            

Resident Spinners

Moz Arnold, Chris Penn and Ben Moses

FARE up to 9:30 pm £4.00 after that £5.00 OTD

7:30 TIL 01:00

For More Details Phone Chris 07799772513

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Just a quick note to say a thank you for your support last night.

The June event seems to be an annual anomaly for us as numbers tend to drop in just this month.  We know that the big weekender is a draw, and in addition there were a few other special, anniversary or one-off events that may have had an influence.  That being said, despite numbers being slightly down,  everyone in attendance seemed to  enjoy the blend of tunes played...and managed to get some elbow-room on the dance floor for a change.

For Maurice, Ben and me the reality that John Griffiths isn't with us really did kick-in; probably more so this time around as our last event was a tribute to, and to give thanks for, John's life, friendship and influence on our scene.  This time I, for one, felt a little bit lost.

The night was first and foremost about the music and Ben Moses' first hour between 7:30 - 8:30 just gets better and better.  Please do try to get over to hear Ben's first set if you can, it's a cracker that's continually improving.  For me the standout tracks Ben spun were: Paris Blues - Tony Middleton, You're Gonna Miss A Good Thing (Baby) - John Bowie, Your Wish Is My Command - The Inspirations and Let Our Love Grow Higher - Eula Cooper.

I was 'up' next and played just a few records that don't normally get an airing such as Try My Love - The Sequins and Tommy Ridgley - My Love Gets Stronger, though as I was focused on getting the dance floor moving I tried to mix things up with a blend of 6Ts Northern, R 'n' B, classics and Motown. 

Fresh from his trip Stateside, Maurice gave us a generally uptempo hour including The Four Pro's, The Valentinos, Rita & The Tiaras, Ritchie Adams and Dana Valery before our special guest Norman Edwards took the floor by storm between 10:30 - 11:30.  Norman really went for it with classic after classic, and biggie after in-demander, playing tracks by Florence Devore, Duke Browner, Billy Butler and Julian Covay to name but a few.

All too quickly it was double-deck time with Ben and I until 12:15.  During our 45 minutes around 50% - 60% of the records we played were requests, all of which seemed to go down really well.  Maurice took us through until 1:00am and despite the slightly lower than usual attendance I got the distinct impression that the die-hards were "up for it" and that if Maurice had the energy (poor dear was suffering jet-lag from his trip to the Austin record fair) he could have done another hour.

Once again, thank you for your support and next month (23rd July) our special guest DJ will be Peter Cogley.  Again this will be a tough event as the last time Peter DJ'd at The Northern Line it was on John's tribute night so, if you can, please do try and pop across and lend your support to Peter, Maurice, Ben and myself.


(on behalf of Maurice Arnold, Ben Moses and in fond memory of our buddy John 'Biff' Griffiths)


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Hi Folks.

It is with somewhat mixed emotions that I write to invite you to attend the next Northern Line event that will be held on Saturday 25th June.  As you may recall the May event was a celebration of the life of our dear friend John 'Biff' Griffiths who sadly passed away in April.  It was a tough night for everyone, and whilst DJ'ing without John was difficult our task was made slightly more bearable knowing that we were playing records for John, as a tribute to John and in the knowledge that everyone in attendance was there to pay their respects to John.

This time we're back to our normal night and format (well, as normal as it can be given that John won't be there) and we're not really sure how we'll feel.  That being said, Biff would scold us for not giving our very best and he'd be right royally narked if we didn't at least try continue to build on the success that The Northern Line has become (John's wife Bev has already reminded us just what a bollocking he'd give us if we didn't have the backbone to carry on).

So, it is against this backdrop (no pun intended for the dancers out there) that The Northern Line will, with your support, continue.  We'll do our level best to maintain the policy that John fostered of playing quality across the board tunes.  So hopefully there will be a little bit of something for everyone from 6Ts classics and club sounds through to the rarer 45s that really do deserve an airing.  In between we'll play well chosen (well, hopefully well chosen) 7Ts and R 'n' B tracks with a few semi knowns for good measure.  You can also expect a few 'newies' this time around as Maurice is in the States at present hunting down the elusive, the rarer and the just darned good...so let's see what he brings back!

As usual the opening set is Mr Ben Moses' domain.  Ben really has stamped his mark on that opening slot, blending classics, forgotten oldies and a few semi-knowns with an ease that I'd expect from someone way, way older.  Young Ben is one to watch because if he's this good now just wait until he's a few years older and a few quid lighter after getting his hands on even more tunes...remember where you heard him first!

Our special guest this time is stormin' Norman Edwards.  Our regulars will know Norman well as he's a local lad and a regular attendee.  He's also an annual guest at The Northern Line because of his winning formula i.e. Playing the right records + playing them at the right time + playing them in the optimum order = happy crowd + sore feet + much applause + sweaty dancers!  Norman's spot is guaranteed to be a sure fire winner, so give yourselves a treat (you know you deserve it) and pop over to support him and us.

Moz and I will be filling in somewhere along the line and we'll do our level best not to bugger things up.

We know that it will feel strange for some time, not having Biff with us...perhaps it'll always feel odd and I suspect that we'll always know that there's a piece missing...but we will carry on as this is what John would have wanted and it's what he would have demanded.  We'd get a right bollocking if we didn't try, so if you want to spare us from this you'll pack your dancing shoes, you'll pop on a smile and remember John with fondness...and you will try to get yourselves (pretty please) down to Warrington for The Northern Line.

We really do hope to see you there!


(on behalf of Maurice, Ben and in fond memory of John)



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