We’re a day late this week as I treated myself to a little trip over to London at the weekend and only arrived home late yesterday afternoon.The Easter holidays are something of a write-off here in Belfast (and across Ireland, in truth) due to our archaic licensing laws that means many venues close early over the holiday season and on some days (Good Friday) are only allowed to open a mere 5 hours!!! With Easter being one of only 2 occasions during the year that most workers get 2 days off work, it gets a bit frustrating that there are very few events during this period due to most things shutting down, hence why I (and many others) escape to more progressive cities/countries.
Friday night saw us score guestlist places to the London International Ska Festival which was taking place in the Forum in Kentish Town. The place was jumping and we had great fun. After leaving we went to Joe’s Bar in nearby Camden, where Andy Smith was dj’ing playing a mix of soul, rock & roll, funk, disco and everything in-between. This made for a real party vibe and everyone seemed to have a good time showing of their dancing skills.
Saturday saw us take a trip to Peckham for the South London Soul Train. We gravitated to the 2nd floor where it was the mighty Snowboy & Perry Louis laying down the heavy funk from the likes of The Jackson Sisters, Cymande, Joe Quarterman and James Brown among others.We stayed right through to the end – 5 a.m. for what was a marathon of soul & funk!!
Sunday night was a journey to Shoreditch to hook up with my old friend Dr Kruger – he was dj’ing in a Brazilian bar/restaurant playing latin/Brazilian & Caribbean sounds. The place packed up pretty quickly and had a number of people dancing early on. We were also treated to a couple of professional Brazilian dancers in full traditional costume which was a sight to behold!! We journeyed off into the night thinking of another most enjoyable weekend in London town. Til next time…
And so this week’s song selection – you’re probably looking at the name of the artist and thinking that I’ve spelt the name wrong, however this is how the record has been pressed. The band are of course the “Soul Tornadoes” from Ohio(who have had their name spelt many different ways!!). You may well know them from two of their other 45s – “Hot Pants Breakdown” & “Crazy Legs”. The record I have picked to feature is probably the least well-known of the 3 45s they cut and was the first release by the band. This is a really heavy hitting funk tune which is mainly based around the guitar work of James “Boots” Smith with a little bit of hammond thrown in there. Check it!