Westmorland Gazette previews Ulverston

Article from Westmorland Gazette, 23 February 2015


FOLLOWING a hugely successful gig at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre last month, Northern Soul band The Soul Train have announced a Cumbrian comeback gig in Ulverston.

The nine-piece line-up includes Chris Joyce, former drummer with – and original member of – Simply Red, who joined the band two years ago.

Chris lives in Manchester but says the band has a ‘wide catchment area’ with members scattered around Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

On the music itself, Chris explained, “It’s predominantly 60s and 70s soul music with a leaning towards Northern Soul.

“Growing up in Manchester I was very much influenced by Northern Soul, because a lot of the scene started around the Twisted Wheel and then moved out to places like Wigan Casino.

“I went to youth clubs, not really knowing it was Northern Soul but just that it was a genre of music that I loved.

“I tried the dance moves but I wasn’t much good – I kept falling over.”

Northern Soul has experienced a boost in popularity thanks to the hit film of the same name released last year, and Chris has noticed the difference in their audience.

“When we played at the Brewery there were more than 350 people there and people were ecstatic – it was a really amazing response from the audience.

“There were people in their 60s but also a lot more young people in their 20s – the film has introduced this music to a new audience, which is great for us.”

On the enduring appeal of Northern Soul, Chris said, “I think it’s that excitement – a lot of the music has that raw energy to it.

“People who experienced it first time around are still as passionate about it in their 60s as they were in their 20s – watching them dance sometimes you worry they’re going to damage something.”

The Soul Train play at The Coronation Hall, Ulverston, on April 11. Tickets available from DJ Shamus on 07703211057.


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Review of Kendal Gig

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The SoulTrain at The Brewery, Kendal

“When I think of the word soul, Kendal is not the first thing that comes to my mind. However yesterday for one evening the Brewery arts center became Kendal’s Twisted Wheel because with the arrival of the band ‘The Soultrain’, Northern Soul came to town.

“Though of course Northern Soul has never really been gone, last year’s release of the movie with the same name has given an immense boost to popularity, specially for a younger generation. And this showed in the audience that came to a sold out brewery, young and old alike were completely losing themselves in the music. Both groups showing equally talented dancers, with deep passion and pride for their music.

“The 8 men strong band was absolutely amazing, not a song to big for them to handle and every single one of them clearly chuffed to bits to be playing for a sold out ecstatic Kendal. To keep the vibe going DJ Steve Andrew played, real vinyl, before, after and at the interlude and he kept the crowds dancing the night away.

“It was late, I was exhausted and had to go home, leaving behind a large group of pensioners and teenagers all dancing to Northern Soul like there was no such thing as age. Next time when I hear the word soul, I’ll think back to that one night in the Brewery. Where Kendal showed Northern Soul is very much alive.”

Abigail de Munnik


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