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Lincolnshire now possess an almost embarrassing amount of quality soul riches.

The social club/sugar beet in Spalding, the square peg in Skegness, the Casablanca in Grimsby (okay, that's north Lincolnshire to be precise) and the golf hotel in Horncastle.

The connecting factor in these venues, a true love for quality soul music, and now, to join those hallowed venues comes the Grantham squash club. This venue is posh but not ostentatious or formidable.

It has a social/relax/chill-out area furnished with leather upholstered settees and chairs, a delight for those who wish to sit and talk, reminisce and chit-chat.

This area is separate from the wooden sprung dance floor but within sight and sound of the dancers and the music.

It's an area befitting our ages, and area where one's ears do not bleed through the hopeless attempt to actually hear a two-way-shouted conversation which is the bane of many of todays' venues.

It's plush, it's class, it's an essential for todays' mature northern and rare soul practitioner, in fact, one day all venues will be like this, considerate to our wants, needs and desires.

This doesn't take away from the practically perfect dance area for just one step through the 'arches' and one is totally immersed in the beat, the rhythm and the need to dance.

Joint promoter of this event, Barry Cooper used to promote the Barrowby Village Hall event which had it all.... Except a decent venue, now that has been added to the mix there is no reason at all for people to miss out on the 'Barrowby' ethos in a modern well appointed venue.

The Grantham squash club hosts two events, the "Phoenix Soul" nights, across the board but with an accent on 60s northern soul and also the A1 soul which is pure quality cross-over and modern soul music.

One venue, two events, why can't everything in life be this simple.

This Saturday (5th April) was the inaugural A1 night, very well attended, very well respected and very much enjoyed by all those present.

Some of the music played this night was, in the tradition of Lincolnshire (dating back to Cleethorpes pier in the mid seventies) a progressive northern/rare soul mix (not same-old 60s) which helped make the county a perfect counterbalance to the Casino club in Wigan.

Some of the tunes played:

Sam Evans (resident)

Jean Plum - here I go again

Groover Mitchell - what hurts

Gary Des'etages - dance with me

Metropolis - soul train

Four Tops - feel free.

Andy Baskett (resident)

Luther - are you using me

Ron Carrol - back together

Lew Kirton - heaven in the afternoon

Determination - afternoon bing bong

Delfonics - I told you so

Steve 'Jay' (Guest dee jay for this evening)

Joy Player - love's the answer

Joi Conwell - let him go

Wee - try me

Continental Showstoppers - not too young

Tearna Jamb - loving you

Barry Cooper (resident)

Eugene Record - overdose of joy

Players - why did I lie

Trammps - stop and think

Festivals - you got the makings of a lover

Gene Chandler - let me make love to you.

A group of tunes to befit a venue of such quality and stature.

I think this event can only go from strength to strength because cream rises to the top and this place was full of the cream of cross-over/modern soul, not a duff (or Duffy) tune played all evening.

micheal d cooper Dip/RSA

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Barry Andy and Sam conratulations on a top top night of wonderful music attended by the nicest crowd of people a DJ could ever wish to play to.

Mick I told you my writing was bad

Tearra Just Loving You

Joi Cardwell Let Him Go...................... cheesy.gifcheesy.gif

Full playlist to follow

Steve

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Barry Andy and Sam conratulations on a top top night of wonderful music attended by the nicest crowd of people a DJ could ever wish to play to.

Mick I told you my writing was bad

Tearra Just Loving You

Joi Cardwell Let Him Go...................... cheesy.gifcheesy.gif

Full playlist to follow

Steve

Well done guys for putting on a truly memorable night. The venue was excellent and easy to find which is definitely handy when you're as crap at map reading as me. The music was incredible and kept me on the floor all night. The other dancers were brilliant and the smiles on thier faces said it all. The D'jays were amazing and the night got better and better this brings me to my one and only complaint, it finished too early for me, I did'nt want the night to end.

Big thanks to Steve for playing my fav.tune Joi Cardwell Let Him Go and thanks also Steve for making me smile during your set, looks like some of your mixing is as good as my map reading :thumbup: . Lovely to see you again mate and look forward to seeing you on the 25th at the next I. T. S. do at the Spalding Services and Social Club. that should be a good one coz its me birthday.

Coops summed it up when he said cream rises to the top and its my opinion that the A1 Soul Club is definaitly on the way up

Cheers

Melvyn

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We would like to thanks all those who turned up to A1 Soul last night, this being our 1st night, the numbers were very good.

Never sure how this type of night would work out in this area, but no needed to worry because it was an exellent night with people enjoying the music and the venue.

Big thanks to Steve Jay who was our guest DJ, Steve played a great spot as he always does.

Our next date is July 12th with Guest's Andy Riley and Mark Hopes.

Sam Andy and Barry

Playlist to follow..................

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We would like to thanks all those who turned up to A1 Soul last night, this being our 1st night, the numbers were very good.

Never sure how this type of night would work out in this area, but no needed to worry because it was an exellent night with people enjoying the music and the venue.

Big thanks to Steve Jay who was our guest DJ, Steve played a great spot as he always does.

Our next date is July 12th with Guest's Andy Riley and Mark Hopes.

Sam Andy and Barry

Playlist to follow..................

Top night Barry, When we finally got there. tongue.gif Already looking forward to DJ'ing there at the next one in July. Yes, we even took a wrong turn on the way home rolleyes.gif See ya soon

Andy R

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Well done guys for putting on a truly memorable night. The venue was excellent and easy to find which is definitely handy when you're as crap at map reading as me. The music was incredible and kept me on the floor all night. The other dancers were brilliant and the smiles on thier faces said it all. The D'jays were amazing and the night got better and better this brings me to my one and only complaint, it finished too early for me, I did'nt want the night to end.

Big thanks to Steve for playing my fav.tune Joi Cardwell Let Him Go and thanks also Steve for making me smile during your set, looks like some of your mixing is as good as my map reading :lol: . Lovely to see you again mate and look forward to seeing you on the 25th at the next I. T. S. do at the Spalding Services and Social Club. that should be a good one coz its me birthday.

Coops summed it up when he said cream rises to the top and its my opinion that the A1 Soul Club is definaitly on the way up

Cheers

Melvyn

Melvyn it was really great to see you , thanks so much for turning up for this , will be good to have you back at ITS Spalding later this month . I was really shocked to have you tell me about your trip to the last ITS when you arrived at the old venue and saw it empty and thought it was cancelled so you drove back down to letchworth not realising our new home for ITS Spalding is now the Splading Services and Social Club ohmy.gif:D but you wernt alone we had several calls from others doing the same and no doubt others thought the same as you.We were celebrating Bob Smiths birthday at Grantham but you can be sure we will bring a cake for you on the 25th at Spalding (how many candles will we need whistling.gif:lol: ??????????????????????

Barry hope you dont mind as this is off topic but seems lots of confusion regarding the switch of venue ,I know youve had the same with Barrowby .......Anyway heres the playlist .............

Al Hudson Spread Love ABC (request for Payo nice to see you mate!!)

Continental Showstoppers Not Too Young Seventy 7

Ethics I Want My Baby Back Vent

Bottom and Co Gonna Find A True Love Motown

Cloudburst I Loving You Stormy Monday

Jay Player Love Is The Answer Bevnic 7" mix

Pretenders I Call It Love Carnival

Candi Staton Too Hurt To Cry Fame (a request and a lovely one at that !!!)

Tearra Just Loving You Midtown

Timeless Legend I Was Born To Love You Dawn-Lite

Stevens & Foster I Want to Be Love JERRI

Edwin Starr Running Back And Forth Tamla Motown

Norris Vines Give In Smile

Wee Try me Owl

Sean Oliver You And Me boonstang

UBP We Are One Soulfuric

Joi Cardwell Let It Go Deep Soul

Seville Show Me The Way Kayo

Norman Hutchins I Really Love You Expansion (for Jeanette thinking of you as always)

Steve

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Melvyn it was really great to see you , thanks so much for turning up for this , will be good to have you back at ITS Spalding later this month . I was really shocked to have you tell me about your trip to the last ITS when you arrived at the old venue and saw it empty and thought it was cancelled so you drove back down to letchworth not realising our new home for ITS Spalding is now the Splading Services and Social Club :lol::lol: but you wernt alone we had several calls from others doing the same and no doubt others thought the same as you.We were celebrating Bob Smiths birthday at Grantham but you can be sure we will bring a cake for you on the 25th at Spalding (how many candles will we need :):lol: ??????????????????????

Barry hope you dont mind as this is off topic but seems lots of confusion regarding the switch of venue ,I know youve had the same with Barrowby .......Anyway heres the playlist .............

Al Hudson Spread Love ABC (request for Payo nice to see you mate!!)

Continental Showstoppers Not Too Young Seventy 7

Ethics I Want My Baby Back Vent

Bottom and Co Gonna Find A True Love Motown

Cloudburst I Loving You Stormy Monday

Jay Player Love Is The Answer Bevnic 7" mix

Pretenders I Call It Love Carnival

Candi Staton Too Hurt To Cry Fame (a request and a lovely one at that !!!)

Tearra Just Loving You Midtown

Timeless Legend I Was Born To Love You Dawn-Lite

Stevens & Foster I Want to Be Love JERRI

Edwin Starr Running Back And Forth Tamla Motown

Norris Vines Give In Smile

Wee Try me Owl

Sean Oliver You And Me boonstang

UBP We Are One Soulfuric

Joi Cardwell Let It Go Deep Soul

Seville Show Me The Way Kayo

Norman Hutchins I Really Love You Expansion (for Jeanette thinking of you as always)

Steve

Lets just say that if there's a birthday cake there are a few things you need to keep in mind, firstly if you're planning to put a candle for each year on it, then you'd better make an extra large cake, and you'd better have the Fire Brigade present, and lastly don't expect me to blow out the candles coz my hair has'nt grown back propperly since the last time :( .

Looking forward to the party mate but not looking forward to reaching 52.

Keep on doing what you're doing Steve coz you do it so well and I'll be seeing you soon

Melvyn (A fully paid up member of the over fifties social club)

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Lets just say that if there's a birthday cake there are a few things you need to keep in mind, firstly if you're planning to put a candle for each year on it, then you'd better make an extra large cake, and you'd better have the Fire Brigade present, and lastly don't expect me to blow out the candles coz my hair has'nt grown back propperly since the last time :) .

Looking forward to the party mate but not looking forward to reaching 52.

Keep on doing what you're doing Steve coz you do it so well and I'll be seeing you soon

Melvyn (A fully paid up member of the over fifties social club)

Once again Barry well done for a blinding night and I cant wait for July the 12th. when I'll be back only this time I hope to bring some friends with me to experience this wonderful event.

Cheers Melvyn

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Once again Barry well done for a blinding night and I cant wait for July the 12th. when I'll be back only this time I hope to bring some friends with me to experience this wonderful event.

Cheers Melvyn

Hi Melvyn

Thanks for your comments about A1 Soul, trying to place you in my mind, were you the guy that came up at the end and thanked us for a good night.

Look forward to seeing you in July & sorry we can only go onto 12.30ish mayby we can start a little earlier, see you also at Steve's do in Spalding.

ps still to do mt playlist...................

Barry

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Lincolnshire now possess an almost embarrassing amount of quality soul riches.

The social club/sugar beet in Spalding, the square peg in Skegness, the Casablanca in Grimsby (okay, that's north Lincolnshire to be precise) and the golf hotel in Horncastle.

The connecting factor in these venues, a true love for quality soul music, and now, to join those hallowed venues comes the Grantham squash club. This venue is posh but not ostentatious or formidable.

It has a social/relax/chill-out area furnished with leather upholstered settees and chairs, a delight for those who wish to sit and talk, reminisce and chit-chat.

This area is separate from the wooden sprung dance floor but within sight and sound of the dancers and the music.

It's an area befitting our ages, and area where one's ears do not bleed through the hopeless attempt to actually hear a two-way-shouted conversation which is the bane of many of todays' venues.

It's plush, it's class, it's an essential for todays' mature northern and rare soul practitioner, in fact, one day all venues will be like this, considerate to our wants, needs and desires.

This doesn't take away from the practically perfect dance area for just one step through the 'arches' and one is totally immersed in the beat, the rhythm and the need to dance.

Joint promoter of this event, Barry Cooper used to promote the Barrowby Village Hall event which had it all.... Except a decent venue, now that has been added to the mix there is no reason at all for people to miss out on the 'Barrowby' ethos in a modern well appointed venue.

The Grantham squash club hosts two events, the "Phoenix Soul" nights, across the board but with an accent on 60s northern soul and also the A1 soul which is pure quality cross-over and modern soul music.

One venue, two events, why can't everything in life be this simple.

This Saturday (5th April) was the inaugural A1 night, very well attended, very well respected and very much enjoyed by all those present.

Some of the music played this night was, in the tradition of Lincolnshire (dating back to Cleethorpes pier in the mid seventies) a progressive northern/rare soul mix (not same-old 60s) which helped make the county a perfect counterbalance to the Casino club in Wigan.

Some of the tunes played:

Sam Evans (resident)

Jean Plum - here I go again

Groover Mitchell - what hurts

Gary Des'etages - dance with me

Metropolis - soul train

Four Tops - feel free.

Andy Baskett (resident)

Luther - are you using me

Ron Carrol - back together

Lew Kirton - heaven in the afternoon

Determination - afternoon bing bong

Delfonics - I told you so

Steve 'Jay' (Guest dee jay for this evening)

Joy Player - love's the answer

Joi Conwell - let him go

Wee - try me

Continental Showstoppers - not too young

Tearna Jamb - loving you

Barry Cooper (resident)

Eugene Record - overdose of joy

Players - why did I lie

Trammps - stop and think

Festivals - you got the makings of a lover

Gene Chandler - let me make love to you.

A group of tunes to befit a venue of such quality and stature.

I think this event can only go from strength to strength because cream rises to the top and this place was full of the cream of cross-over/modern soul, not a duff (or Duffy) tune played all evening.

micheal d cooper Dip/RSA

images on site below

https://ournorthernsouls.org

I agree , great night , but the biggest hits weren't revealed on the decks but inthe bar.

Even you where not quick enough , coops , to capture that memorable , or should that be MAMMARABLE

moment.

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One of the best nights of the year so far, and will take some beating. Congrat's to all involved in a truely enjoyable experience. All DJ'S played top tunes to a very enthusiastic crowd, with for me, steve jay really hitting the spot.

THIS :thumbsup: WAS NOT REVOLUTION, IT WAS :boxing: EVOLUTION.........ROB.ITS@SPALDING. thumbup.gif

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These are some of the tunes I played at A1 soul they are not in order & I was on for the last hour.

Fall Into My Love - Black Box- Expansion

Sunburst Band - Everyday -12" Demo

Eugene Record - Overdose Of Joy - Warner Bros

The Festivals - You've Got The Makings Of A Lover - Smash

Gene Chandler - Let Me Make Love To You - Chi Sounds

The Players - Why Did I Lie - Minit

Little Dooley - It's Got To Be Now Or Never - North Bay

Marvin Gaye - Come Get To This - Tamla

Lisa Stansfield - 8-3-1 - Acetate

Rhetta Hughes - Cry Myself To Sleep - Polydor LP

Michael Procter - Love Don't Live - Expansion

Kirk Franklin - Looking For You - Expansion

The Trammps - Stop and Think - Trammps LP

Jan Jones - Independent Woman -Day-Wood

Troi - Angel - Expansion

The Dells - Make Sure - Chess

Barry

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I agree , great night , but the biggest hits weren't revealed on the decks but inthe bar.

Even you where not quick enough , coops , to capture that memorable , or should that be MAMMARABLE

moment.

bugger, not like me to miss such things..... best be sharper next time!!!

anyone else catch it.... erm... them?

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Lets just say that if there's a birthday cake there are a few things you need to keep in mind, firstly if you're planning to put a candle for each year on it, then you'd better make an extra large cake, and you'd better have the Fire Brigade present, and lastly don't expect me to blow out the candles coz my hair has'nt grown back propperly since the last time sad.gif .

Looking forward to the party mate but not looking forward to reaching 52.

Keep on doing what you're doing Steve coz you do it so well and I'll be seeing you soon

Melvyn (A fully paid up member of the over fifties social club)

Melvyn we will have a cake to do you justice (and the fire brigade on standby if neccesary!!) it really is humbling to you that you , and many many others too ,travel big distances to support me at ITS and other venues it is really what makes everything worthwhile and I really do appreciate that loyalty by you all.

Steve

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