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BLUES AND SOUL FEST....

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 19:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFancy something a little different this weekend? Then maybe think about visiting lovely North Wales.... the pretty market town of Mold to be precise ... which hosts its fourth Blues and Soul Festival over the weekend 4th – 6th August.

The action takes place in Kendricks Field in the heart of the town and visitors can enjoy dozens of Blues and Soul stars from around the world. Topping the bill are Laura Harman, a big fave of Huey Morgan, and Hamilton Loomis ...Texas-born protégé of RnB elder statesman Bo Diddley.

Amongst the other artists are John O'Leary & Sugarkane, Connie Lush, Stevie Nimmo Trio, Greg Coulson, the John Verity Band, Alexis Evans, and Deep in the Top, Colin Hinds Band, Liam Ward Band and Delta Radio.

Festival organizer Charlie Broadhurst of Event Sound Ltd said: "This is our fourth year and the event is increasingly becoming a must-do summer fixture here."

Find out more @ www.nwbluesandsoul.co.uk/#venue

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:11

 

FILM NIGHT!

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 19:34 BIll b E-mailPrintPDF

altGARY WILLIAMS is a UK based jazz and swing singer with an incredible 15 albums under his belt! His music CV is hugely diverse – ranging from working with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra through to topping the bill at Ronnie Scotts. In between he's presented shows on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM and even written a showbiz book, 'Cabaret Secrets'.

Gary's latest album is his celebration of five decades of Hollywood classic movies. 'GARY WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES' offers 15 tracks taken from all kinds of film classics. Amongst the selected songs are 'Isn't This A Lovely Day' (from 'Top Hat'), 'How Deep Is Your Love' (from 'Saturday Night Fever') and the ever lovely 'Spooky '(which featured in 'Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels').

Clearly Gary's a cartoon fan.... no less than five of the songs here featured in animations and they range from 'Jungle Book's' 'Bare Necessities' to 'When She Loved Me' from 'Toy Story 2'. It's clear that Gary also likes Elvis just a little – here he offers treatments of 'Home Is Where the Heart Is' (from 'Kid Galahad'), 'Pocketful Of Rainbows' (from 'GI Blues') and 'I Need Somebody To Lean On' (from 'Viva Las Vegas').

Gary will be the first to admit that his versions of these well-loved classics aren't ground breaking; they're not meant to be... simply a celebration of great music from a selection of wonderful movies. Find out more @ www.garywilliams.co.uk/at-the-movies/

GARY WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES will be available from 14th September on BOS Records.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:45

 

MORE SUMMER BREEZIN’....

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 19:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSOULFUSIONSEVEN are a duo comprising bassist/songwriter John Saltwell and lyricist Paul Baker. Last month they scaled the credible soul charts with a lovely, seasonal vibe, 'Summer Breeze'. Nothing to do with the Seals and Croft/Isley Brothers classic but it captured the essence of summer in much the same way.

Right now Soulfusionseven's 'Summer Breeze' is being recycled in a new T Groove Remix. The Japanese mix meister worked plenty of magic on the band's big tune 'Steppin' Up My Love' and the same magic mix dust has been applied to 'Summer Breeze' as the beats are cranked up to a danceable 100 bpm

SOULFUSIONSEVEN - SUMMER BREEZE - T-GROOVE REMIX. RELEASED 4TH AUGUST ON DSG

 

STACKS OF STAX....

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe legendary STAX label is celebrating its 60th anniversary and to tie in, in September UMC will be releasing a fab vinyl box set of seven 7" singles. Compiled by Richard Searling you can enjoy 14 in-demand rare grooves from both the famous and less famous artists who cut amazing music for the Stax group of labels.

Amongst the gems are Darrell Banks' 'I'm The One Who Loves You', J.J. Barnes' 'Sweet Sherry' and Lou Bond's 'Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards'.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:12

 

DIVINE SOUL....

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest single from JAMES DAY'S wonderful 'Song, Soul & Spirit' LP is a new tweak of one the set's key cuts – 'It's All Divine'. With a sweet, sweet vocal from Trina Broussard, the song first surfaced in 2016. James, who likes to rework things, re-imagined it on the album as a 'Boogie Back' mix and it won the hearts of the modern soul crowd straight away.

The new "remode" is dubbed the "Smooth Jazz Boogie Days" mix but though it's sure smooth it's not "smooth" in that banal, ordinary way... nor is it jazz for that matter despite some great sax blowing. Whatever, it's a great summer soul song and ticks all the boxes that any modern soul connoisseur would want to tick!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:47

 

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