SOULFUL TUNES Over 20 DJs are slated to attend The Irish Soul Weekender next month.
The Irish Soul Weekender, a three-day celebration of soul music, will take place in Hotel Westport from Friday, February 7, to Sunday, February 9.
The weekend will feature northern soul, Motown, funk, mod beats, R&B, club classics and more, courtesy of three respected operators in the field – Too Darn Soulful, Long John Baldry and The Soul Survivors. Over 20 DJs are slated to attend, including Paul Mulholland from Galway and Westport’s own Jo Doran.
Too Darn Soulful, who will run the northern-soul sessions at The Weekender, have been staging northern-soul nights in Brighton since January 2014, though founder, Paddy Shevlin has been putting on northern-soul events in the UK city of Brighton since 1980.
Most Too Darn Soulful events are staged at Brighton’s atmospheric Funkyfish Club, and their bank-holiday sessions in May and August are now firmly established as highlights of the northern-soul scene’s social calendar. For the last four years, they have also staged sellout events at the Brighton Festival.
Many of the biggest names on the scene have featured as guest DJs including such luminaries as Ian Levine, Dave Evison, Glenn Bellamy, Tony Ellis and many, many more. Westport will get to see many of the DJs who have helped establish Too Darn Soulful, as well as a number of guests from all over the UK and Ireland.
The Mod culture section of The Weekender will be the exclusive preserve of The Long John Baldry. Based in Southampton, The LJB has come to define what the modern Mod scene is all about – authenticity! They take their cue from the eponymous icon John William ‘Long John’ Baldry, who defined the look in its heyday, in both style and attitude. In the 1960s, the English-Canadian blues singer was one of the first British vocalists to sing the blues in clubs, and he shared the stage with many British acts, including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Founder, Alfie Linney, will be assembling an international roster of DJs for the Westport event, each of whom will bring their own interpretation, through their music, of what it means to embrace Mod culture in the 21st century.
The Soul Survivors are an outfit based in Brighton and neighbouring Hove, where they have been running one of the UK’s biggest regular soul and Motown sessions since 2006. They will be repeating their formula during The Irish Soul Weekender, when they will be playing the very best classic soul, Motown and club anthems. The music of Motown was the foundation of The Soul Survivors so they’ll be taking time out to commemorate the label’s 60th anniversary. Expect stop soul action guaranteed, with classic film footage for added atmosphere.
Admission to one night costs €15. Weekend passes, €30 each, are available from www.irishsoulweekender.com, where more information on The Irish Soul Weekender can also be found, as well as details of available accommodation and entertainment packages.