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Serious Shades Of Soul - The Rafa Club Newton Aycliffe 4Th April 2015

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Rob Haigh (Agent Smith) from Telford and Dave Eyley (Tyneside)


After picking up the dj’s from the local Holiday Inn things ran like clockwork from the kick off at 7.30pm. Early punters through the doors so it was on with the music starting with promoter Ian to get things going.


Ian Shoulder up to 8.00pm.

Original Breed – The Prophet – Karol

Buddy Miles – Just a kiss away – Columbia

Millionaires – Ain’t no achievement – Speciality

Ron and the Embracers – You came into my life – Spectrum

Lovemasters – Pushing and pulling – Jacklyn

Bootleggers – Don’t count on tomorrow – Discovery

Rockmasters – Raining Teardrops – Romulus

Lonnie Russ – say Girl – Kerwood

Hytones – Bigger and Better – A-Bet

Frankie and the Damons – The man from soul – JCP

The Brymars – Keep on going – EEE

Bobby James – I really love you – Karol

Brice Coefield – Ain’t that right – Omen

Jesse Fischer – Loving a beginner – Way out

Marva Whitney – Saving my love for my baby – Federal


Some great underplayed soul records there with many being “tape swappers” fodder from the 80’s and 90’s being picked up for just a few quid each. Dancers up already to the RnB beat and continuing that theme thorugh to a bit of modern ance funk from Angela Davis to some crossover and finishing with a tribute to the late great Billy Butler.


Paul Shoulder 8.00 – 8.30pm

Tobi Lark – Sweep it out in the shed – Topper

Ted Taylor – Somebody’s always trying – Okeh

Parisians – Twinkle little star – Demon Hot

Buddy Ace Screaming please – Duke

Limitations – I’m lonely I’m troubled – Bacone

Sonny Til – Hey little woman – CP records

Angela Davis – My love is so strong – Flaming Arrow

Betty Lloyd – I’m catching on – BSC

Bobby Reed – The time is right for love – Bell

Johnnie Mae Matthews – I have no choice – Big Hit

Robert Parker – I caught you in a lie – Nola

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – There must be something – DIG

Billy Butler – Found true love – Okeh

Esther Phillips – Just say goodbye.


Next up for the quick fire set is guest DJ Dave Eyley....8.30 – 9.00pm. Starting with everyone’s fave tape swapper ( try getting one now for £2.00 though) and picking his way through 4 tracks from the free cd on the night.


The Ultimations – Would I do it over

Delettes – What’s the use

Billy Butler – Sweet Darling

Vicki Labatt – Got to keep hanging on

Dynells – Call on me

 Durettes – Sweet Sweet Love

Archie Bell – When you left heartaches began

Fabulous Jades – Come on and live

The Larks – The Penguin

Bobby Hutton – Come see what’s left of me


It’s 9.00pm and AGENT SMITH A.K.A. Rob Haigh from Telford in Shropshire is next in the firing line. From picking Rob up at the hotel his enthusiasm gushed which lasted the whole night long and Rob started with...


Homer Strickland – I’ll get over you

James Bounty – Action speaks louder than words

Jo Armstead – Got my taste of the honey

Maxine Brown – Just give me one good reason

Oscar Weathers – Just to prove I love you

Bong & Nolson – Do you remember Malcolm (Hope I got that right Rob?)

Lee Williams – It’s everything about you

Robert Parker – I caught you in a lie (you must have been in the loo when I played that one Rob????)

Commands – Hey It’s love

Creations – A dream

Tina Britt – Look


Rob’s enthusiasm for the night kept on through his set with great delivery and introductions of each record played with a genuine love of the music. More from him later but next up is local DJ and resident rare soul man Paul Ackley.


Paul Ackley 9.30 – 10.30pm

New Wanderers – Ain’t gonna do you no harm – Ready

Pat Lewis – No one to love – Solid hit

Eric Mercury – Lonely girl – Sac

Gene Toones – What more do you want – Simco

Larry Clinton – She’s wanted in 3 states – Dynamo

Eddie Campbell – Contagious love – Artco

Camaros – We’re not too young – Dar-Cha

Kenny Smith – Everybody knows I love you – Kogan

Wendell Watts – Kiss a good thing goodbye – Ref-O-Ree

Lenny Curtis – Nothing can help you now – End

Sam Williams – Love slipped through my fingers – Tower

Tomangoe’s – I really love you – Washpan

Dennis Edwards – Johnnie on the spot – Int’ Soulville

The Appointments – I saw you there – De-Lite

Magnetics – Count the Days – Sable

Imperial C’s – Somebody tell her – Phil-La

Mr Soul – What happened to yesterday – Genuine

Billy Byrd – lost in the crowd – Scream

Ebonistic – Is it good to you – Scream

Eddie Daniels – Is he better than me – Boots

Paul Vann – One track mind – Chance

Wanda Davis – Save me – Project Soul

Robert Tanner – Sweet Memories – Megatone

Chuck Cockerham – Have I the right – Mala


Phew! What a set, kicking off with monster soul from the late Casino days to Stafford’s Top of the world records to current monsters of today to a few relatively unknowns, just the right recipe for the Serious Shades of Soul Club in Aycliffe. Ebonistic and Kenny Smith receiving air play as they should and surely to become future requests at the rafa Club.

Dave Eyley next up for his main set, what a fellah he is with such devotion to collecting rare northern soul with a pedigree for filling the dance floor – 5,4,3,2,1 – DAVE EYLEY IS GO!!!


Cashmere’s – Showstopper

Phonetics – Just a boys dream

Brooks Brothers – Looking for a woman

Jokers – Soul Sound

Del Larks – Job opening (part 2)

Just Brothers – Carlena

Empires – You’re on top girl

Bob and Fred – I’ll be on my way

Embraceables  - Let my baby go

Otis Lee – Hard road to hoe

Al Williams – I am nothing

Fortson & Scott – Sweet lover

Gwen Owens – Wanted and needed

Eddie Parker – I’m gone

Delites  - Lover

Mel Britt – She’ll come running back

Ronnie McNair – Isn’t she a pretty girl

Bobby Kline – Say something nice


There now... told you his aim was to please.. and if you weren’t then there’s no hope for you at all. The Embraceables creeping in to Dave’s set and buttressed by Al Williams, Bob and Fred and monster soul from the Del Larks, Gwen Owens and Eddie Parker’s “Gone” which is a trade mark sound of the RAFA club. If you don’t know Dave then get in touch and book the guy – awesome records and great guy to boot. Next up is the main dj AGENT SMITH – Rob Haigh.


Patrice Holloway – Stolen Hours

Demures – Raining teardrops

Spiedells – Dream Girl

Liz Verdi – Think it over

Big Don’s rebellion – It was true

Pat and the Blenders – Just because

Paramount 4 – Sorry ain’t the word

Ivory’s – Please stay

L. Allen – can’t we talk it over

Connie Stevens – Tick Tock

Tamiko Jones – Spellbound

Junior Wells  - Cramp your style

Barbara Lewis – Straighten up your heart

Gillettes – Same identical thing

Bud Harper – Where ever you were

Seven Souls  - I still love you

Luther – Don’t want to be your fool

Doris Troy – Face up to the truth


After travelling nearly 190 miles to Newton Aycliffe and humble in his approach to everyone one, Rob was a breath of fresh air and as stated before his enthusiasm for the northern soul scene was unbounded. This guy is infectious with his love of the music and all we can say is thank you for putting yourself forward as a travelling DJ and please come again..........

Promoters Kev Cowey and Paul Shoulder close the night for the last half hour or so with...


Guitar Ray – You’re gonna wreck my life – Shagg

Sam Dees – Lonely for you baby – SSS

Monique – If you love me – Maurci

Sam Fletcher – I’d think it over twice – Tollie

Teddy Rendazzo – You don’t need a heart – DCP

Danny Woods  - You had me fooled – Correctone

Ruby Sherry – Feminine Ingenuity – Take 6

Kenny Wells – Isn’t it just a shame – New Voice

Willie Kendrick – What’s that on your finger – RCA

Four Tracks  - Like my love for you – Mandingo


The night absolutely flew over and it was great to have so many positive comments from people about the DJ’s  on the night and with punters in from Hull, Nottingham, Clitheroe, Northumberland and of course Telford proves we’re on the right track to delivering a great Rare Northern Soul night and keeping Newton Aycliffe as one of the great soul towns in the UK.

Next month we have local dj’s “The Mcgannon Brothers” bringing their own spin on dance Northern soul and we welcome the “Young Bluds” back to keep our age limit average low!! The main guest Dj is to be announced. June brings John Parker back as main dj and backing him up will be Dave Scott from Peterlee, Geoff Buckley from Clitheroe is our main dj in July, and confirmed for September is Pat Bleasdale. Some sizzling summer soul coming your way so.....” Use it before you lose it” and keep it soulful.

All the best folks – from Paul, Ian, Kev and Paul.


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seeing these tunes lined -up..is every bit as good as reading them here every month..it was a honor to be on the dj list and to meet you all...what a great bunch of people, some truly unheralded but totally devoted record collectors who love to tell it like it is and awesome collections you certainly have! :thumbsup: what was played by you guys is nothing short of breath taking..and judging by what i and many others already know...this place will not only endure, but will go from strength to strength as the word spreads...the destination folks, is north for serious shades of soul..a massive well done to PAUL, IAN, KEV & PAUL,..THANKYOU SO MUCH and KEEP UP THE BRILLIANT WORK!! :hatsoff2:

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Great play lists and excellent mix . Nice to see Gillettes ' Same identical thing ' getting a spin here as well' . Seems to be the picking up deserved plays at a few choice venues recently.

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Brill...hey nice to see Kenny Smith and Wendell Watts on the playlist


the Kenny Smith has a very interesting funky flipside..

Nice to hear from you John - how was Easington on Sat' night?

We look forward to seeing you back at the RAFA Club in June.

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