BELFAST MARCH 2008

WELL FOLKS AFTER ANOTHER ACE NIGHT AT BELFAST SOUL CLUB..........I'VE BEEN A TAD ROUGH THIS WEEK...NOWT TO DO WITH THE SECOND TO NONE HOSPITALITY !!!!!!!! (I RECKON I WAS THE SOBEREST THERE...AND THAT'S TRUE !!!! ) .

AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS FLIGHT DELAY AND IN RECEIPT OF A FEW REFRESHMENTS WE WERE PICKED UP AT 'GEORGIE BEST INTERNATIONAL' AND WHISKED OFF IN A LONG CAVALCADE OF BULLET-PROOF LIMOUSINES TO A TOP-SECRET LOCATION WHERE WE WERE LAVISHED WITH GIFTS .....TOASTED WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE (what else ! ) AND I DO DECLARE WE WANTED FOR NOTHING ! 'IT'S SO GREAT BEING INTERNATIONAL' SAID VICKY BECKHAM AS THE FLASHES POPPED...'OH IT'S ALLRIGHT' SHE BRAYED AND GAVE A LITTLE SNORT LIKE A BLACKPOOL DONKEY AT SNACK-TIME...' I'VE GOT ME OWN HELLO PHOTOGRAPHER ME N DAVID THAT IS ...HE'S ON 24 HOUR DUTY IN CASE SOMETHING INTERESTING APPENS BUT WE DON'T SEE HIM MUCH..YOU WOULDN'T KNOW HE'S THERE' I SAID HELLO TO THE ‘HELLO’ MAN AND THOUGHT TO MYSELF WHAT A GREAT LIFE IT MUST BE TO BE FETED WHEREVER YOU GO EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR A TREAD-DOWN . THEN AS I CHATTED WITH HILARY & OBAMA OVER A TRAY OF MUSHROOM VOL-A-VENTS (NO EXPENSE SPARED) HAMID KARZAI & KOFFI ANNAN BREEZED IN ...KOFI SHOUTED 'HEY DUDE W'HAPPEN SOME PARTY HA..DIG THOSE FOXY CHICKS MAN !!' HAMID JUST GRINNED BOTTLE OF JOHHNY WALKER BLACK IN HIS RIGHT HAND WHILE SKINNING UP WITH HIS LEFT ! EVERYWHERE I LOOKED THERE WAS CABINET MINISTERS AND YOUNG STARLETS IN VARIOUS STAGES OF UNDRESS I THOUGHT IT MUST BE LIKE THIS BACKSTAGE AT THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW AS CLEARLY THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH CHANGING ROOMS...YES THAT MUST BE IT............THEN I HEARD A DEEP RUMBLING AND A HEAVY THUD AND WOKE UP WITH A START AND REALISED THE PLANE HAD LANDED !!!!!

PHIL SHIELDS MET US OFF THE PLANE (TOP FELLOW AND EVEN TOPPER TASTE IN THE OWD SOUL MUSIC..SO HE HAS !!!) AND KINDA WHISKED US OFF TO MADAM JO JOs NEW HOUSE ..WHEN WE ARRIVED I SAID ‘SHALL I BRING THE RECORDS IN’ AND HE LOOKED AT ME LIKE CPTN MAINWARING LOOKS AT PIKEY BUT DIDN’T ACTUALLY SAY ‘STUPID BOY’ …AND SO ENSSUED A WEE WARM-UP FOR THE EVENINGS EVENTS ! JO KEPT BRINGING PLATE AFTER PLATE OF BISCUITS AND GALLONS OF TEA..ALA ‘MRS DOYLE’ ….’AH GWAN GWAN GWAN etc …..’ THEN AFTER OUR AFTERNOON SESSION WE HEADED TO THE PARADOR (OR BLUE-PARROT as we’ve dubbed it) ON THE ERRIGLE RD (where we were staying ……in comfortable staggering distance to The Venue at ‘The Errigle Inn ) TO BE WELCOMED BY The Landlord Peter who ‘s first question was ‘Where’s the Others ?’ referring to the invasion at The BSC Anniversary last October…he was joking but we assured him if he thought last year was Bonkers !!! then wait until this years (see BSC website or Events October in Soul-Source Calendar)

AFTER SPRUCING UP A BIT..THAT’S SPLASHING THE OWD FACE WITH WATER THEN SQUIRTING LIBERAL DOSES OF PRESCRIPTION COLOGNE EVERYWHICH WAY ( In-case your wondering it’s made by Salford Council and it retails under the rather snappy NAME OF ‘Essence Of Lorry-Drivers T-Shirt’ designed to make you reek of sweat before you go out on the pull !!....or you could stay in on the pull and save yer brass !)

Ready fir the fray we ( Me and Carlos ) negotiated the constant stream of Traffic on The Golden Mile of Clubz N Pubz that The Errigle Road is now Famous for and were soon pushing open the doors of The Errigle to meet Phil & Madame Jo Jo ..the scent of the black-stuff was already in my nostrils and I don’t mean Vinyl……aye you guessed !! ‘The Silky Black Broth’ that be ‘Guiness’ …just to steady my nerves you understand !

We kept getting texts from Kev O’Boyle saying he was on his way (via several watering holes) and he duly arrived . Then Phil ,Madame Jo Jo & Carlos headed upstairs to the small room which looks like being the new home of ‘Belfast Soul Club’ ( usually it’s the bigger room , which unless full like the Anniversary Do can be a bit Souless, though it is a cracking room like the gun-deck of a Spanish Galleon ….must be my medication…but that’s how I saw it !!!).

 Anyway me and Kev finished our pints and asked where the room was then promptly was told ‘follow me’ first by one member of Staff then another , then another and so off we went on a Magical Mystery Tour of The Errigle Inn….stupid thing was I’ve been there before but blindly followed..eventually we had to go outside and through another door to get to the smaller room….I think they were trying to confuse us so we couldn’t tell anyone else about The Secret Room…all we lacked were blind-folds .

We mounted the stairs..found The Hidden Room and were welcomed with the collective cry of ‘Where yous bin !!!’ Now I believe Kev when he says he got delayed..’ moral of the Story ‘ Don’t ask directions just don’t get separated from the pack !’ little bit of advice there and costs yer nowt !

And so began the Evening proper ! I always have an ACE time in Belfast and tonight was to be no different …lotsa familiar faces and considering there were two other venues on that night..a good crowd (some folks had a look then went off to The Mod night but came back later, I must say I’d have liked to have gone down to The Pavillion Bar for The Mod night had it been the night before..seems a bit crazy two basically Soul / R&B nights on same night) .

 As I’ve said Top crowd in which at it’s peak was probably between 45 & 50 Soul-Brothers & Sisters. A few left later for The Mod Night but some came back too , so a healthy flow in and out. It’s a small room so even with 40 folks there was a great club-style groove going on, very atmospheric…in Estate-Agents lingo it could be described as ‘Compact & Bijou’ but with a Hot Sound-Track !!!!!!

Phil Shields kicked off proceedings (hopefully he’ll supply Play-list which I’ll Add later And Big ROG ) Usual Quality if yer know Phil who’s garnering quite a name for himself outside of Belfast…..A Quiet unassuming Genuine Bloke who let’s his music do the talking ! I followed with a mixed bag of 70ts & R&B ….then ‘BIG ROG’ himself, a young Guy with bags of Taste who had my owd legs out on the floor with some quality R&B sides finished off with an all-time fave of mine ‘ Chuck Jacksons’ Hand It Over’ It still sounds wonderful ..one of those tunes which will always sound fresh and vibrant and never fails to get me off my arse and out on the floor !!!

 Then me ! Nightmare Opening to second set…I put P.P.Arnold on ( LP track) which proceeded to skip & Jump like a demented Leprechaun..So I stopped it to the dismay of a full-floor ..saying ‘ Sorry but you deserve better so cop this’ …’Nowhere to Run’ (which didn’t jump) and Blimey I think most folks there were on the Wee Floor…….so should be ‘ Nowhere to Dance’ Now your probably seeing where my mind was going…and yes I played nearly all bona-fide kick-ass Northern & Club Classics and you know what..I had a Ball and by the reaction via a full-floor for most of an Hour and a half Guest-Spot I think it hit the spot ! I slipped in a few of the newer things I’m playing…and to a good reaction,,but do ya know what ! As a dancer I wanna hear something with a beat that’ll get me outa my seat not something with barely a pulse however sweet or rare . I relish hearing new tunes but ….Oh Shut up Morgan we get the Gist ! That’s the voices in my head !! Ha Ha Ha !!! ya’ll think I’m Joking Right ?

 A Top night for me and from the lovely words after I think All had a good-time. Man Thanks for having me !!!!!

 After much chatting general Tomfoolery and So-Longs till next time..hugs n kissing etc…we reluctantly left the Scene of a Another Fab, Gear N Groovey Night of Soul At The Erriggle Inn (Home Of Belfast Soul Club) and headed in a cavalcade of cars ( all shapes n sizes, colours etc) more of a shift system really as there were only two Drivers who were sober ! So A Wee Cavalcade !!! Back to Madame Jo Jos’ New House and more House-Christening Mayhem…We left for The Hotel about four AM some stayed up all-night..how shocking, Never get me doing that..I don’t know how they do it ! A few were still staggering around the Bars Sunday Lunch-time ( well you’ve gotta have a Hobby !...Haven’t Ya ??) ACE TIME……BUT DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT……IF YER EVER BELFAST WAY..CHECK OUT WHAT’S ON AND GET YER BADSELVES ALONG…GRAND FOLKS AND A GUARANTEED WARM WELCOME AND BAGS OF FUN FOR YER HARD-EARNED CASH..WHATMORE DYA WANT ?? ( Belfast Soul Club..can be accessed via my website..under other sites..plus Dublin and a host of other Venues worth adding to your ‘must-do’ list !)

PEACE BEARSOUL

www.bearsoul.moonfruit.com

PLAYLISTS

FIRST SET

WILLIAM HUNT – WOULD YOU BELIEVE
BARBARA MERCER – CALL ON ME
BOBBY BLAND – SHOES
LITTLE MILTON – WHO’S CHEATING WHO
SISTERS OF RIGHTEOUS – HOW I FEEL
ARTIE WHITE – CHAIN OF FOOLS
CASH McCALL – WHE YOU WAKE UP
BOBBY JONES – TALKIN’BOUT JONES
REGGIE SOUL – FEEL SO BAD
LARRY DAVIS – THE MAGIC IS GONE
EDDIE HOLMAN – STAY MINE FOR HEAVENS ’ SAKE
DENA BARNES – IF YOU EVER WALKED O. O . M . L
ENDEAVOURS – I CAN’T HELP CRYING
CARL HALL – MEAN IT BABY
BETTY EVERETT – GETTING MIGHTY CROWDED
DONNIE ELBERT – ALONG CAME PRIDE
EDWIN STARR – HEADLINE NEWS
EARL VAN DYKE – 6X6
THE MOTOWN SPINNERS – SWEET THING
BUNNY SIGLER – WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMMORROW
MARTHA & VANDELLAS – HEATWAVE

SECOND SET
 
(P P ARNOLD .. THE HOP, SKIP N A JUMP MIX )
MARTHA & VANDELLAS – NOWHERE TO RUN
LITTLE CARL CARLTON – BAD FOR EACH OTHER
JASON STEEL – BREAKIN MY HEART
MAJOR LANCE – RED HOT LOVERS
CLYDE BROWN – CRYING MAN
OKAYSIONS – WATCH OUT GIRL
PROFILES – LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING
LOU JOHNSON – UNSATISFIED
BOBBY HUTTON – MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY
G.CHANDLER/B.ACKLIN – WILL WE FIND LOVE
THE GEES – IT’S ALL OVER
MOSES SMITH – THE GIRL ACROSS THE STREET
BARBARA McNAIR – YOU’RE GONNA LOVE MY BABY
GENE BARBER – I NEED A LOVE
VOLCANOS – STORM WARNING
SANDY WYNNS – THE TOUCH OF VENUS
SHARON SOUL – HOW CAN I GET TO YOU
BRENTON WOOD – THE OOGUM BOOGUM SONG
DEE DEE SHARP – WHAT KIND OF LADY
TOMMY NEAL – GOING TO A HAPPENING
SHOWMEN – THE WRONG GIRL
MAXINE BROWN – ONE IN A MILLION
ISLEY BROTHERS . IT’S OUT OF THE QUESTION
EDDIE HOLMAN – EDDIE’S MY NAME
RAY LEWIS – WRONG NUMBER
MASQUERADERS – I GOT THE POWER
DOBIE GRAY – OUT ON THE FLOOR
CASH McCALL – YOU CAN’T TAKE LOVE
FAITHFUL WONDERS – OL’JOHN
FRANK BEVERLEY – IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANTED
THE EPITOME OF SOUND – YOU DON’T LOVE ME
DARELL BANKS – I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU

THAT’S ALL FOLKS ! ! !