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  1. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Deborah O’Flaherty. I'm a lover of music and spuds,and a dancer who occasionally gets to spin some of her favourite records.. Big break came in my kitchen one night, blasting out some tunes that had my neighbors banging on my door, some boys in blue too, flashing lights & sirens...yep I know how to work up a crowd My selections are done by using the tried and trusted method of wearing a blindfold and hoping for the best.. And if I don’t make it out of Manc alive I have ensured I become famous as the first person to turn her ashes into her favorite record.. She’s Gone by The Hamilton Movement.. Ps I also like Crunchie bars and the colour yellow.
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    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Richard Penrith. I’ve been into black music since I was a nipper, being brought up on bastardised black music from the beat scene. But I always listened to mainstream stuff like Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, etc. from compilation/party tapes I had from the age of 5 ….. I can recall a dancing party tape that had the incredible bongo band on it and from an early age I was hooked. My record collecting started with the DNB rave and jungle scene but after moving to Manchester in the late nineties… and meeting up with like minded folk through clubs like the beat boutique and the beat club I started collecting more soul/funk records and started a couple of bar gigs round Manchester …… Get Ta Stepping With Gumbo & Barefootin with Mr Hill before joining forces with Mr Cato/Mr Hill for Different Strokes. Don’t get out that much with few kids on the go (think I have a longer list of gigs missed than those played) Personally I have always leaned towards the funky side of soul hard edge stuff but lately I buy anything that I think is different or will move the crowd or just myself… Love a good classic too so expect to hear anything …….. Few from me , no real surprises …. I’ll save them for the summer …. Ha ha Paul Burton - So Very Hard to Make it without you. Harvey Scales & The Seven Seas - Trying To Survive Stormy – Devastator Barbara Mason – You Better Stop The Hitchikers Feat The Mighty Pope - Mr Furtune
  3. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

  4. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Gospel Bob..a man who needs no introduction x as most of my disciples know the GOSPEL is a man of few words.its all started nearly 50 years ago wen i walked down the stairs of the twisted wheel club as a very young boy.the rest is history as they say...so I'm feeling very humble to come back to GOSPELS SPIRITUAL HOME.to many tunes and gigs to mention in this sermon .you may not all wot i play if that is the case...you really need to book in to...GOSPEL BOBS CHAPEL OF REST MIND.SO ALL YOU SINNERS COME AND DRINK FROM GOSPEL BOB CUP OF OVERFLOWING CUP OF SOUL JUICE..your life will never be the same..so one up the bum no harm done...bless
  5. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Jake Lingwood. Basically I grew up in the 1980s and you had a choice, go with the mainstream or not. I became a mod and discovered an amazing alternative universe of hilarious clothes, badly printed fanzines and amazing music on original US labels and northern soul all-nighters, especially the 100 Club. I was hooked and I’ve been collecting records and playing them out ever since. My main achievement for my soul CV is running the successful Downtown Soulville parties for 5 years in SE London and being a regular for Ollie Lailey for his fantastic Crystal Palace Soul nights. These days, with Will Nicol, we run Soulshaker! monthly at the legendary music pub The Gowlett in Peckham, and you will find me at various other pubs and parties doing my thing. With everyone else playing more and more funk and crossover (which I do like) I’ve found myself going in the other direction and becoming Mr Sixties. There are still so many great underplayed tunes. So if you hear a mainly Sixties set at the Manchester Weekender it may well be me. Can’t wait. Current faves Willie Tee - First Taste of Hurt [Gatur] Bobbie Smith - Walk On Into My Heart [American Arts] The Falcons - Standing On Guard [Big Wheel] Dee Dee Warwick - Where Is That Rainbow [Mercury] Marjorie Black - One More Hurt [Sue] Dewey Jeffries - No One Cared [Gary-Dew]
  6. Darren Sykes

    Ivonne and the Latin Connections-Latin Connection.

    Sorted now!!!..
  7. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Dr Pickles. I came to the soul scene through scooters and local soul nights but very soon was looking for a more underground sound. My eureka moment was finding the Middleton Nighters. The music and the people were on another level. I remember being pulled to one side at Middleton and told "if you like this sound you should go to Burnley", I've never looked back. I love raw, funky edged, hard hitting sounds. I know I'm in the right place when you see the other DJ's on the dance floor just enjoying the music. Dr Pickles.
  8. Having another crack at this one... Please pm if you have a copy. cheers Darren
  9. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Polly Jones. Polly Jones has been loving and collecting music for 30 years. On a musical journey that has taken her from Punk to Jazz to Ballroom to House – Soul was always present and is her forever love. She started to dj on London’s House scene of the late 80s and has been playing ever since. Polly’s favourite sounds nowadays are 60s’ and 70s’ Soul and Disco which she plays at her own party, Hysteric Disco in Berlin and at various allnighters/ weekenders all over Europe: Cannonball Soul in Carpi, Italy, 45 Degrees in Hamburg, Different Strokes in Manchester and in July at Hip City Soul Club in Berlin. TOP 6 - SONYA SPENCE- LET LOVE FLOW ON HIGH NOTE LP - CATHY DAVIS- COME BACK HOME 12:00 - INVITATIONS- WHAT´S WRONG WITH ME BABY DYNO VOICE - KING FLOYD- TIMES HAVE CHANGED PULSAR - WILLIE AND ANTHONY- SELFISH LOVER MOLLY-JO - LOVE AND BROTHERHOOD- I´M YOUR MAN CHESS
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    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Brian Phillips. Old local geezer known as the 45 in the late 60s/early 70s whilst DJng and supplying other jocks and collectors with the upfront tunes of the day. Returned to the scene in 1999 and was later inspired by the more progressive clubs with a cooler vibe to get behind the decks again. Some tunes from my recent varied playlists... THE OPTIMISTICS - SLAVE FOR YOUR LOVE RICHARD MARKS -DID YOU EVER LOOSE SOMETHING EASY - GROOVING ALONG FREDDIE SOUTH -SET ME FREE LITTLE FRANCISCO GREAVES - MOVING - GROOVING.
  11. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Marc Forrest. (SOUL) Police work was always what I wanted in life. So you can imagine, having formed my own police squad, the Hip City Soul Police Department here in Berlin, 28 years ago was only logical...not only because I could foresee loosing my job as a official Police Officer once that pink panther - who didnt turn out to be a black panther - had made me look like a fool on more than one occasion! So here we are, have joined many int. Police conferences and meetings, covered as Soul Weekenders all over the continent over the years and am still looking to find and catch that bloddy Panther... I am armed and extremely stupid , mean dangerous, carrying curently mostly these heavy secret Rare Soul weapons with me Big Ella "All Or None" Audiodisc unrel. Nolan Guard & The Soul Groovers c/up Collins Sisters "You Got To Move" Virtue unrel. Jack Hammer & The Subway Soul Rockers c/up Bernard Drake c/up
  12. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Name is Magnus Rams born and live in Sweden. i´ve been collecting records 30years or so. No soulmusic ever surfaced the recordshops in Sweden. So learned everything from imported KENT Lp´s and photocopied fanzines. I run a weekly "acrosstheboard" Soulclub (www.clubsoul.net) here in Stockholm and also do a few Northern soul nights from time to time. I´ve had the pleasure to Dj first Manchester Soul weekender and done a few Different Strokes before that, also Dj´d at Brighouse. I´m pretty conservative in my taste in music but picking up "new" tunes everyday, so instead of giving you my top 5 at the moment i´ll give you 5 that never leaves the box. Inell Young-What do you see in her Rita & the Tiaras-Gone with the wind is my love J.T Rhytm-All i want is you Mighty Lovers-Aint gonna run no more Bobby Kline-Say something nice to me Can´t wait to be back again!
  13. Darren Sykes

    The Sisters Love-Give me your love.

    All sorted now!!
  14. Darren Sykes

    Mancheter Soul Weekender

    Time to meet the Dj’s-introducing Scott Molyneux. I’m pretty much a baby to the soul scene having been collecting soul/funk Records for just over 3 years. I worked with a certain Geoff Rudd and one day heard him playing some tunes at work. Me being me I said “what’s this shit your listening to?” Secretly I quite liked it. So he started to drip feed me tunes. If anyone was gonna be a mentor then Geoff Rudd was THE man. So I started to collect records, the funky edge sound at first which over the years has developed into the more hard edged, fast paced funk I like to collect now. I’ve been buying pretty relentlessly since. In a short space of time I’ve managed to get gigs in some pretty well established soul clubs. Different strokes, Blackbee, TwistedGrooves, Soulfunktion to name a few, as well as running my own club, Jonesies alongside my mates , Neil, Jim, Chris and Jimmy. Anyone who went there will never forget that place! My current top 5 plays at the moment are: 1. Margie Miller- Fever 2. Lenis Guess- How you gonna do it 3. Jim Gamble- when you move you lose 4. Arthur Jackson- The Philosophy of chopp funk. 5. Billy Byrd- Lost in the Crowd
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    The Sisters Love-Give me your love.

    Cheers guys


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