Grumpy Soul is back!

  

  Maclean's Bar, Chemistry Lane,     CH5 2DA

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People kept asking so, after a few months trawling around, we're delighted to have found another venue for Grumpy Soul  :thumbup: ( special thanks to Steve Thomas)  See flyer below for full details. Special guest in June is Andy Dyson, with us four filling in the gaps as per. Music policy, same as it ever was.

The new venue is about 10 miles further along the M56 than the Runcorn club but we've been twice and it takes no longer to get to than the old place. It's also an absolute doddle to find and literally two minutes off the motorway. 

DIRECTIONS

M6 onto M56

Pass Chester services and continue onto A494

Exit Queensferry.  First exit at roundabout onto B5129, Chester Rd E

Straight on for 1/2 mile. Pub then chippy on your right

Next left onto Chemistry Lane

Club is about 1/4 mile on your right

The room is roughly the same size as the old one with a decent stage and a good sized dance floor (no talc folks. It'll be polished so no need). It'll also be pitch black (Len :thumbsup:). Add in good parking, an ideal space for record sales, covered smoking area, sensible bar prices, easy access and it's a no brainer really.

Hope to see all the old faces first week in June then, plus a few new ones too of course!!!!

ATB

Phil n Joan  

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Maclean's Bar, Chemistry Lane, , Deeside , CH5 2DA

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DDe

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Just heading to work, but with Grumpy Soul still buzzing around my head. 

Loved the new venue, in fact preferred it to the old one. Great night, danced plenty which is the whole point isn't it - top sounds that make it impossible to sit on your arse.

Obviously there was a huge hole on the dance floor that will never be filled, but it felt good to dance to records played for Mick with a smile on my face rather than with tears in my eyes.

Roll on the next one 

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What Dale n Andy said!

Thanks so much to everyone who turned up on Saturday; travellers from London, Scotland and all over; brilliant! Sincere thanks too to the irrepressible Andy Dyson who delivered precisely what was required, top drawer mate :thumbup: Dave, Lou, Carl n Joan were immaculate as ever; thank you for all your input and support.

We like the room a lot and overall the feedback was great. We think it'll work with a couple of tweaks. Always a bit of a tester at a new gaff and there are one or two things to sort, inevitably

A horde of frenzied Judas Priest followers may have been partly to blame for the lack of water in the gents directly off our room it seems. We try and cover all bases but that wasn't something we factored-in. One or two things in the ladies we'll sort too. We're already onto the sound blip we had and you can bet it'll be back firing on ALL cylinders come September too. 

Anyhow, those things aside, thanks again to everyone who turned up and danced their socks off and for all your continued support. We hope everyone had a great night. 

Cheers 

Phil and Joan

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Widnes63

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I feel a bit let down, I have been practicing ' the dance ' but nobody played too darn soulful :wicked:...so I stuck to my usual thing:),

besides that it was a great night, good variety of music in a dark moody room, what's not to like ?

See you at the next instalment.

 

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Geoff

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When I told friends I was going to Grumpy Soul the usual comment was that it sounded like the ideal soul night for me, thanks guys. But no one could be grumpy at the end of this proper Northern Soul night.

I'd been once to Grumpy at its Runcorn venue and was pleased to read that it had found a new place and was starting up again. My friends Keith and Sue kindly offered me accommodation in Crewe, and they too were keen to go to this night again. It was about an hour's journey to Deeside and we got to the venue just after 8.30. The car park was full so we parked on the road outside. The music was going strong as we entered, and there were some people already dancing.

Nice to see Carl and Maria Willingham there, just enjoying the music. We found a table and sat down, I bought a round and was pleasantly surprised that the prices were okay, guess I'm used to London prices.

As we sat down I think the first record I caught was the Esquires' How Could It Be, others followed like Please Take A Chance On Me and Raining Teardrops. I'm not sure who was on the decks at this point, I meant to pick up a DJ list before leaving but forgot as usual.

Some nice medium tempo was being played and I found myself heading for the dance floor when Good Times Bad Times came on.

While at the bar again I turned around and there was Carms and Nige Brown, good to see them again, it'd been a while. Carms was pleased she'd just heard one of her current faves, You Better Move by the Gambrells.

At this point more friends arrived, Tim and Jane and Graham and Wendy, the latter couple I'd been with at Bury and all of them in Zante only a few weeks earlier. More great tunes played like Miss Treatment by the Incredibles and the Fascinators' In Other Words. There was a good mix of both well known and lesser known tunes, plenty I didn't recognise.

The guest was Andy Dyson, and kept the pace up with Sir Joe, the Moments' Key To My Happiness and their Baby I Want You, Ringleaders' All Of My Life, and Lenis Guest's Just Ask Me.

Again not sure who followed Andy, apologies to the DJs but I was enjoying the music so much. Classic after classic: Try My Love, Pyramid, Running Wild, Whole Sad Story, and my record of the night, Pee Wee Shucks & Huey's Beside Myself, that had the floor jumping.

Shortly after that one we had to leave, it's a long drive back to Crewe.

If you live nearby or are in the vicinity give Grumpy Soul a try, I doubt if you'll be disappointed, great music and friendly people, that's what soul nights are all about, plus a very good dance floor. Thanks to Joan, Phil, Carl and Andy, hope I haven't forgotten anyone. And thanks again to Sue and Keith for inviting me.

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What Dale, Andy and Phil said! 

As you can imagine it's a nightmare having to move venue; will it work, will it have that 'feeling'? Well, I can say (after seriously interrogating everyone I spoke to) the answer to both appears to be yes. People turned up before we even opened the doors, were straight on the floor and stayed there for the duration, brilliant! 

Thanks to all who danced or just listened, the team who were awesome as always and Andy who was there early doors, much appreciated love. Everything will be tip top for September, see you there :thumbup:

Joan and Pip x

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tfk

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spot on Dale , yes a fabulous night out in great company at "Grumpys" new home.

in the words of Little Eddie Taylor " had a good time" with my baby.

Well worth the journey down - Phew!!!

tfk:rofl:

 

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Great news to see you lot back in business 

ATB Les H and Sue 

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Cheers Les and Sue x

It's a great venue, Fortnum's vocals will sound amazing :lol:

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Boo. Can't make the 1st one as it's the day I go on my holiday.  Book me in for the 2nd  one though.  

Steve 

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3 hours ago, jumpinjoan said:

Cheers Les and Sue x

It's a great venue, Fortnum's vocals will sound amazing :lol:

 

3 hours ago, jumpinjoan said:

Cheers Les and Sue x

It's a great venue, Fortnum's vocals will sound amazing :lol:

I have not see you jumpin Joan since before I had my chn which is nine years ago now... Will look forward to seeing you! Hope your well! Xx 

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about time  great to hear u got a new place

carl waistcoat  needs a dance of

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10 hours ago, jumpinjoan said:

Cheers Les and Sue x

It's a great venue, Fortnum's vocals will sound amazing :lol:

It's a great venue for a nighter and easy to find 

ATB Les H 

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tfk

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Great news guys and well done , looks a fabulous venue too .....

easy peasy to get to and only a stones throw from Shotton Railway station :thumbup: pronounced "Shotton" not Shotts-on!:g:

 tfk :rofl:

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Thanks for the lovely comments everyone, we can't wait! Come and say hello Bubbles, I'll be on the door :thumbup:

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23 minutes ago, jumpinjoan said:

, I'll be on the door :thumbup:

What as Joan. Handle, knocker. Keyhole.. coat hook  The mind boggles :lol:

Steve

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All the above no doubt at varying stages of the night Steve :lol:

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Use to love Grumpy, miss going. Good Luck you lot.

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This is good news. I only went once to the Runcorn venue, for Joan's birthday. Travelled up with Billywhiz. Depending on dates will do my best to get to the new venue. The night I attended I thought it was a "proper Northern Soul" night, good mix of tunes, not too many of the same old.

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PhilT

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On 14/04/2017 at 15:59, jumpinjoan said:

Fortnum's vocals will sound amazing 

Carl sounded like Matt Monro before and his George Lemons was a dramatic improvement on the original, obviously.

My spine tingles with anticipation at the prospect of his rendition of 'pyramid' through those two whopping new amps. You've just gotta invest in that kinda talent.

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jumpinjoan

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Been asked by a few folk for hotels in the area. Please see below for details x

Gateway to Wales Hotel 0.9 miles from venue

The Coach House 1.4 miles from venue 

Village Hotel, Chester St Davids 1.8 miles from venue 

Holiday Inn, A55 Chester West 2.9 miles from venue

Northop Hall Country House Hotel 3 miles from venue

 

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Checking the bus timetables now:thumbup:
Happy to see you're back in the game.
 

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On ‎07‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 23:59, eddiefoster said:

Are there any hotels in the Area Joan?

Sleeping Bags will be provided for the lightweights who can't keep their eyes open after 1am :wicked:

Dave

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1 hour ago, eddiefoster said:

I'll take you up on that Dave 👍

Which one would you like Chris,the blue one with the red inside or the red one with blue inside ?

Dave

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32 minutes ago, Louise said:

Which one would you like Chris,the blue one with the red inside or the red one with blue inside ?

Dave

Blue outside - matches my eyes, mind you after 1 red might be more appropriate 😎

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PhilT

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Been absolutely knackered with a bad back for about a fortnight and have only just got up off the floor. (Meant I missed Mick's funeral which was gutting; rest assured, there'll be a good few of his favourites spun on the 3rd June and while it obviously won't be the same without him he'll be there in spirit for sure).

Really looking forward to catching up with folk, having Andy guesting for us and seeing how the new gaff goes down. 

Reckon it'll be a cracker of a night.

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jumpinjoan

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Just two weeks to go before our first night in the new venue. We're really looking forward to it and hope to see a few of you there. Like Phil said, it won't be the same without Mick but we'll all remember him the way we knew and loved him x

 

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Sorry Joan, I won't be able to make it now, as I will be with Clanger in Qatar! Will definitely be at the next one! Have fun :thumbup:

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Glad you have found a new venue Joan, I cant make this one unfortunately, its hectic up here at the moment, Col xx

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hope all goes well ;hope to be up later in the year ,koko

 

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Hi Joan , and all the Grumpy crew ..have a great night at the Venue , give my regards to Pat in Tom ..tell them I,ll pop in when I,m passing all the Best Steve

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Brill stuff Joan n Phil.  Unfortunately we cannot make this one what's that for your next one?

Smurfy x

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Thanks for all the nice comments guys, next one 2nd September :thumbup:

 

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On 2017-5-23 at 17:24, jumpinjoan said:

Thanks for all the nice comments guys, next one 2nd September :thumbup:

 

See you there xxxxx 

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Less than a week to go :thumbup: 

One or two regulars off on their jollies but a really good buzz about it and looks like it's gonna be a great night next Saturday. Be great to catch up with Carl, Dave n Lou again after our little break and really glad Andy D's finally guesting for us: fanatical collector with unbelievable knowledge and a great lad. Musically it'll be right up there I think so let's get it rammed and rocking. Got a couple of new bits of sound equipment to hook up and test this week so the system should sound top notch too. All good then ... 

DIRECTIONS (its an absolute doddle!)

M56 Chester and N Wales

Pass Chester services, continue onto A494 and exit Queensferry.  

First exit at roundabout onto B5129, Chester Rd E

Straight on for 1/2 mile. Pass pub then chippy on your right

Next left onto Chemistry Lane

Club car park is about 1/4 mile on your right

 

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hope its a good 1st nite for you guys , rowena and i will be there of course :thumbup::thumbup:

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18 hours ago, PhilT said:

 

DIRECTIONS (its an absolute doddle!)

 

 

 

So was Grumpy,s Runcorn.:wicked: I never got lost once:rofl:, even though I was told to a few times in the venue :lol:.

Have a great night guys and see you soon

Steve

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Hope it's a fab night for all.
Stuck in traffic on the Van Wyck, but I'm trying :D

 

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jumpinjoan

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Few days to go, will post times for those that do tomorrow. Carl's well up for it, he's preparing that silky voice of his with honey and lemon as I type :D

Carl will be playing Gwen Owens 'Wanted and Needed' in memory of Mick. As we all know it was one of his very favourite records so it will be everyone on the dance floor! Anyone still seated will be encouraged to their feet in true Mick Howard fashion (that cheeky point of a finger) 

Going to be a great night x

 

 

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3 hours ago, jumpinjoan said:

Anyone still seated will be encouraged to their feet in true Mick Howard fashion (that cheeky point of a finger) 

I can see him doing it now, closely followed by a Mick 'twirl'  :(:D

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4 hours ago, jumpinjoan said:

Few days to go, will post times for those that do tomorrow. Carl's well up for it, he's preparing that silky voice of his with honey and lemon as I type :D

Carl will be playing Gwen Owens 'Wanted and Needed' in memory of Mick. As we all know it was one of his very favourite records so it will be everyone on the dance floor! Anyone still seated will be encouraged to their feet in true Mick Howard fashion (that cheeky point of a finger) 

Going to be a great night x

 

 

Very happy to see Grumpy soul is back on, hope you have as great first night, in the new venue.

 

 

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Louise

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This is about the time when Dj's  start eulogising over the propect of spinning their latest aquisitions, well after being battered into submission by e-bay, I ain't got nothing new to shout about :( but! and there is a but I have restocked my Dj box but not wih vinyl but with an assortment of glove puppets wearing tee-shirts with F**King Tune on their vests, forget Djing it's a Punch and Judy Show all the way  Hopefully this will add a touch of variety to complement Carl's vocal performance if not he can join the act as the crocodile puppeteer, that's the way to do it !!!!:wicked:

Dave

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Got a mate of 33 years getting married on 3rd, still struggling with logistics but definitely still hoping to come!!

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It's Back!!! Fantastic News!!

That's my dance card marked

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Still in bloody traffic, but I'm feelin' it
Watching inspirational vids while I chafe at the bit, I'll be good to go when I get there
 

 

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jumpinjoan

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Here are the times for tomorrow, really can't wait  :thumbup:

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Me too Joan hope there's no dancing like that last clip sooooo sad LOL 

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12 minutes ago, Les H said:

Me too Joan hope there's no dancing like that last clip sooooo sad LOL 

Can I put in a request for a vid of the Grumpies doin it?
Far more inspirational, almost epiphanal, I have no doubt.

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5 hours ago, Mr Smithy said:

Still in bloody traffic, but I'm feelin' it
Watching inspirational vids while I chafe at the bit, I'll be good to go when I get there
 

 

Now let's see 'em do it in a swimming pool ! synchronized soul whatever next !!!!!!:wicked:

Dave

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9 minutes ago, Louise said:

Now let's see 'em do it in a swimming pool ! synchronized soul whatever next !!!!!!:wicked:

Dave

There's a thought ... I'm expecting a video from Cleethorpes :lol:

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There was a vid somewhere on here of 2 guys doing syncronised northern at some gig but I couldn't find it (still can't) so I put that up. I passed on the guy with light up shoes though, that was a bit too much :ohmy:

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I'll be there tomorrow. looking forward to it. Might even have a dance. But, I've never been to one of those northern soul dance workshops.

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Sounds like there are plenty of extras included at Grumpy.... Look forward to catching up with folks!

 

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