Southport Weekender – Celebrating 28 Years Of Life, Love and Music at One of Britain’s largest & longest standing indoor dance events. Collection Of Music and Memories
Back in October 2014, the organisers of Southport weekender brought Southport back home to it’s original humble beginnings at the Pointins site. I made it my mission to interview and record as many of the SPW family, in celebration of our 50th anniversary. My aim was for people to share their first time and most cherished memories of the Southport Weekender. Since starting out on my mission, the recording of people’s stories was the easy part, but editing and putting it all to music was quite a different kettle of fish. I had to learn how to use the audacity program from scratch! So please excuse the all the ambient sounds in the background,and the imperfections. All the stories were recorded live from the event as it was happening. I’ve been holding on to this project for months, I was uncertain whether the finished product was good enough to share with my beloved Southport family. That is until I received the news on Wednesday 20th March that would no doubt change not only my life but the lives of those around me, when I heard that this years Southport Weekender would be the last. I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming since of loss, I felt bereft. Hearing the news was like losing a dear friend. Selfishly I could only think of life never being quite the same again, and that there could be nothing to fill the hole that it left behind. For Alex Lowes, Dave Gardner and the team to come to this decision must have been heart breaking for them. But I can not dwell on the sadness or sense of loss, when belonging to the worlds most friendliest music event has brought me and many others so much joy. Nothing can take away our memories, or the life long friendships and experiences that we all shared together. We belong to a unique community, fueled by our passion for music and togetherness which has ultimately changed our lives for the better. Remember there is no Southport without you, us or them. With every dance move we ever made, when we wiped the tears of happiness from our eyes, from the collective call of ‘Good Morning campers’, the infamous chalet parties, the mind blowing performances, our pride as we display our collection of SPW lanyards, the intensity of the build up as the event approaches. We have all be touched by the magic and it has left it’s mark like indelible ink right across our hearts. This isn’t the end it’s just the beginning of a brand new chapter in our lives. Lastly I want
to thank all the amazing people who contributed to this podcast and to everyone single one of the SPW family for having such a profound affect on my life. I hope by listening to this podcast it makes you smile and to bring back your own special memories. Special thanks to Corina & friend, the brilliant Antony Elson, Susie, Steve Smith, Rebecca Wann & Champs, Simon Schooly Philips, Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Siobhan & Tracey, Adeva, Marcia Carr, Jean Carne, Rob Lawrence, The Beast, Annie & Alan Kenny Arscott from Mucho Soul, Mike Dirguid, John Stewart, (my soul sista Jan Whalley, Peter Borg, William Loonen Thanks to Colin Williams for the image. Music 1. George Benson – You can do it baby 2.Cheryl Lynn – Got to be real 3. Masters At Work – To be in love 4. Armand Van Heldon – You don’t know me (instrumental) 5.Sounds of Blackness – I’m going all the way 6. Maze – Twilight 7. Nu Colours – Greater Love 8. The Rebirth = This journey in 9.Jean Carne – Was that all it was 10.Omar – Dancing (Zed Bias remix) 11. Roy Ayers – Liquid Love 12. Kerri Chandler – Rain 13. Louie Vega – Cerca De Mi (instrumental) 14. Gregory Porter – On the way to Harlem
After weeks of seemingly endless torrential rain and gales force winds, there was an unexpected lull. On Saturday 15th February all the ingredients were added to create the perfect night out.
Take: one brilliant full moon and place firmly in the night sky, and a splash of no running for cover to avoid the latest downpour. Add a generous helping of revellers who want to dance the night away, pour into The Big Chill Bar; not forgetting to add the secret ingredient the Boogie Café Record Launch Party. The end result is a throbbing mass of happy dancing groovers, all moving together to the sound of the Boogie café edits.
Boogie café records is the brain child of Jimmy the Twin and Naughty Alex and Hero 73; together they are breathing new life in to classic edits. Music lovers can expect to hear Boogie, Funk, Disco and Raregrooves flavours, all given a modern day make over.
Jimmy The Twin offers up the first 12″ release , “Midnight Mamma”, which consists of two Boogie bangers, “Midnight Shuffle”, and “Bad Mamma Jamma”.
“Midnight Shuffle”, is a re-edit, taken from the 1982 Japanese outfit named Cosmos. The first thing that hits you is the funky bass riff, followed by the sweetest piano played over the punctuating drum beats.
While “Bad Mamma Jamma”, stays true to Carl Carlton original. Incorporating more upbeat dance floor flourishes, making this track every bit as relevant today as it was then.
This soon to be released record is strictly limited edition, only 200 are available.
It appears that Boogie Café Records are on a mission to bring Boogie Wonderland back to the dance floor.
Artist: Jimmy The Twin
Record Label: Boogie Café Records
Type of music: Boogie, Disco, Funk and Disco
Released on: End of February
Available from: Juno Records, Phonica, Discogs
Hear more: https://soundcloud.com/boogie-cafe-records
Check out: https://www.facebook.com/BoogieCafeRecords
And so the beat goes on. We have waved farewell to 2013 and have embraced 2014 with vigor, even though we are all a little damp from the continuous rain.
January for some normally feels somewhat like an anti climax after all the festivities. So I’ve got back on the case with another interview that will warm your cockles and soothe your soul in more ways than one.
Now if you live in the South West and are a committed soul fan, the chances are that at some point over the last 20 years you have found yourself at one of Bristol’s much loved and respected Soul Train events. For two decades Paul Alexander, John Stallard, Steve and Adryan Ashby of Soultrain have kept the fires burning and have bought legendary acts such as: Alexander O Neal, The Fat Back Band, Roy Ayers, Omar, Loose Ends, much to the delight of soul lovers.
Ladies and gentlemen get your groove on and do the electric slide, introducing one of Soul Train founding members Paul Alexander.
Can you tell me how Soul Train first came about?
Soul Train started as a one off reunion for 70s clubbers in December 1992. Our origins go back to early 70s importing US funk, we had our own charts which is well documented in Chris Browns book ‘Bovver’ and is also quoted by massive attack as early influences to Bristol Sound Take a look on www.soultrainuk.com bio.
• Which 3 records would you say sum up the sound track to your life?
That’s a hard one so many to choose from: I love William Devaughan, be thankful / Creme de la creme, Ain’t no stopping us now by McFadden & Whitehead was a big Soultrain anthem as was legends Maze with Joy & Pain.
• You’ve enjoyed a long career, what have been the highlights of your career so far?
Playing Glastonbury and Love Saves the Day. Hosting a 5 hour radio show on Star Radio every Sunday and being voted as the Top Soul Club Night outside of London ( past & present ) by Soul Survivor Magazine.
• You have worked with many legendary artists such as Omar, Loose Ends, The Fat Back Band, Soul 2 Soul, to name but a few. What does it feel like to work with your musical heroes?
It’s through our love of the music that we brought the fatback band to Bristol twice ! The first ever Fatback Band appearance in over 25 years lives long in the memory. Alexander O Neal was a soul legend in the 80’s, I think to be on stage with both these soul legends as a soul fan was awesome. If we never work with another artist, to look back in years to come on these nights both will live long in the memory. Omar and Nile Rodgers were by far the most professional.
• The scene has changed over the years how do you see it developing in the future?
Much to our surprise, what started off as a one off has just kept running and running. We introduced reggae train 5 years ago which has been a great success. We get new people discovering Soultrain all the time. What they want is the retro soul sound so we will keep playing for as long as people keep turning out to our events . For the future we are eye-ing more festivals
• What exciting projects do you have in the pipeline?
Roy Ayers next up , then potentially Bootsie Collins , and maybe major US soul legend in May so watch this space.
Kindest Regards Yours soulfully Paul Alexander
Big love and thanks going out to all the Soul Train family.
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