Soul Essence #33

Soul Essence #33

  • Raynescourt Hotel, Great Yarmouth, UK
    April 10th, 11th & 12th 2015
    Raynscourt Hotel,
    83 Marine Parade,
    Great Yarmouth,
    NR30 2DJ.

Soul Essence Weekender #33:
April 10th, 11th & 12th 2015

Main Room Running Order - Friday
15:00 to 18:00 Brian Goucher
18:00 to 19:00 Darren Perry
19:00 to 20:00 John Pearson
20:00 to 21:00 Gavin Page
21:00 to 22:00 Steve Guarnori
22:00 to 23:00 Gareth Donovan
23:00 to 00:00 Gavin Page
00:00 to 01:00 Bob Cosby
01:00 to 02:00 Mike Charlton
02:00 to 03:00 Steve Plumb
03:00 to 04:00 Soul Sam
Main Room Running Order - Saturday Afternoon: Collectors
12.00 to 13.00 Steve Lloyd
13.00 to 14.00 Billy Beeson
14.00 to 15.00 Jadd Solo
15.00 to 16.00 Mark Piggott
16.00 to 17.00 John Manship
17.00 to 18.00 Dave Halsall
18.00 to 19:00 Shaun Evans
Main Room Running Order - Saturday
19:00 to 20:00 Gareth Donovan
20:00 to 21:00 Mike Charlton
21:00 to 22:00 Steve Plumb
22:00 to 23:00 Sean Hampsey
23:00 to 00:00 Soul Sam
00:00 to 01:00 Alex Subinas
01:00 to 02:00 Bob Cosby
02:00 to 03:00 Gavin page
03:00 to 04:00 Steve Guarnori
Main Room Running Order - Sunday Lunchtime, the farewells
12:oo to 13:00 Neil Hanratty
13:00 to 14:00 Sean Hampsey
14:00 to 14:30 Goodbye Songs
Jim Wray Lounge Running Order - Saturday
11.00 - 12.00 Carl Hedberg
12.00 - 13.00 Fredrik Andersson
13.00 - 14.00 Jens Christie
14.00 - 15.00 Pete Mattock
15.00 - 16.00 Andy Etheridge
16.00 - 17.00 Andy Dyson
17.00 - 18.00 Gouch
18.00 - 19.00 Sean Hampsey
19.00 - 20.00 John Reed

From the program;

The Plumb Report

Can’t believe it has come around again so quickly, where do the years go? Still zillions of weekenders springing up all over the place but Soul Essence still the first to be pencilled in by probably everyone who is reading this?
On Friday night I’m looking forward to the ninth year of my 'LP-Only' sets, when I get to play a set entirely of tracks that have only ever appeared as album tracks. It’s always great fun and it would be great if you could join me once again on the dance floor?
Also, look out for Essence regular Andy Love who will be wandering round with a pile of magazines under his arm. ‘Love Music Review’ is a magazine that put out 8 issues over 4-5 years from the mid-90’s and now 15 years later we have issue #9. Reading issues #1 to #8 again recently reminded me of the column inches Andy gave to the then fledgling Soul Essence weekend and the quality Soul Music it represented. It also made me realise the contribution that Soul Essence made to the Soul Scene as we know it today. Do yourself a favour and take a copy off him as you know it will be a quality read. I should have some on my stall too?
It has been a busy year and it’s good to see lots of venues majoring in 70’s and 80’s Soul. The venue I co-run ‘So Soulful 70’s’ is coming up for its 4th Anniversary in May so that has kept me busy (see advert somewhere in the program). There are still plenty of semi-known/under played tunes around to sustain a different feel to all these kind of nights and stopping them sliding into ‘Top 500’ mentality, which is predominant at many Northern Soul venues these days? Full respect must go to the guys and girls who are still trying to find proper unknown tackle too. Not an easy job by a long way but again, still lots of good stuff around and good to see many here this weekend who are still digging deep and coming up with unknown/semi-known killer tunes.
Don’t forget to book Soul4Real in October when the Essence team once again go on their travels to what is one of the best weekenders, held in the beautiful city of Bilbao. Barbara Mason was brilliant last year. Book it now, you won’t regret it.
Please feel free to visit the famous Soul Essence record bar where we try to shake off the virtual world by letting you actually touch, feel and hear the record before you buy it? I know Discogs and the like have taken over the record buying world BUT you still cannot beat rolling up your sleeves and getting deep and dirty into boxes of lovely vinyl. For the down-time after Soul Essence when your vinyl fix has been taken away from you and you have to return to the virtual world, check out all the Essence dealers’ own web sites. Mine is and after many months of seeing folks finding records in my sales box, hearing it, seeing it, loving it, then tapping away on their mobile phones, putting said record back in the box and walking away punching the air after sourcing it virtually, I now have succumbed and have opened a Discogs shop myself. 99% of the 45’s in there are NOT on my website and as everyone knows, if you wanna sell on Discogs, make sure you are the cheapest around and you’re laughing (or crying if you’re me). You can find it at
Finally, I’ll finish with a small selection of tracks I hope to play over the weekend. Thanks as ever to Bob, Gav, Sue and Gill and roll on #34
Plumb’s Peaches for Soul Essence 33

Funky Team – It’s about time – Sonet (Swedish ‘LP Only’ track which is creeping up on the rails)
Frankie Gearing – Spinning top – Beale St 45 (My fave reactivation of the moment)
Delrays Inc – My heart is not a toy – American 45 (Tex Mex Northern Soul classic and sounding soooo good)
Little Ron Johnson – I keep telling you – Hard Times 45 (A Cosby tip and summat that you should hear a few times this weekend?)
Platinum Plus – Why must we part – Way To Gold (Another ‘in-vogue’ 45 currently doing the business)
Street People – You’re the secret to my success (Previously unreleased groover from their ‘Spring’ sessions – Forthcoming for Kent)
Maxine Swann – Don’t send nobody else (Previously unreleased interesting femme version – Forthcoming for Kent)
Eddie Giles – Anything worth doing (Previously unreleased funky Southern Soul mover – Forthcoming for Hit & Run)
Irma Thomas – Adam & Eve (Previously unreleased killer 70’s dancer now out on her ‘Full Time Woman’ CD)
Dee Dee Warwick – You tore my wall down (Previously unreleased early 70’s dancer now out on her ‘Complete Atco Recordings’ CD)
Sam & Bob and The Soul Men – Love me or leave me – Sabo LP (Still plugging away with this glorious ‘LP Only’ track – one day?)

Steve Plumb
March 2015

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