30th July 2013
We're pleased to announce that Lonnie Liston Smith will be returning to the UK in August for a full tour.
Best known for his 1974 jazz funk classic Expansions, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith has played with some of the mightiest artists of our times including Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Marvin Gaye and countless others. Since emerging from the 60s free jazz scene, Smith has successfully created his own fusion style incorporating jazz, funk and soul.
This is a rare opportunity to see Lonnie so don't miss out..
22nd August -Dublin, Ireland
23rd August - The Pavilion, Cork, Ireland
24th August - Jazz Cafe, London
25th August - Camp Soul Festival, Oxford
26th August - Beat Bar, Leeds
27th August - 02 ABC Glasgow, Scotland
28th August - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
29th August - Band on the Wall, Manchester
30th August - Colston Hall, Bristol
31st August - Phoenix Arts Centre Exeter, Devon
6th September - Dimensions Festival, Croatia.
(banner photo courtesy Simon Redley)
23rd July 2013
My Name is Tony Rounce and I am a Porrettaholic…
…Ace’s man on the spot gives you the lowdown on the 2013 edition of the greatest soul music festival in Europe and probably the world.
1st July 2013
"Basically, Johnny Moped" is a new independent feature length documentary produced by Dartmouth Films and Heavenly Films. For more information see their new website here:
Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after the enigmatic Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a brief moment even looked like contenders.
'When I first met Johnny, I just thought, this guy is a bundle of frenetic energy; he’s a megastar waiting to happen.’ (Captain Sensible)
By 1978, after an intense year of activity, the band were completing their first record with Chiswick Records and things were looking promising. But whilst adding the final touches to the record, Johnny - who had recently married - started to become evasive as his mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group. 'In the end we had to basically kidnap him every time we had a gig or needed to record!' recalled Dave Berk the bands drummer.
Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten - punk rock’s great lost band!
Their story is however a fascinating one that, along with some of the era’s most innovative music deserves to be heard.
23rd June 2013
Mary Love Remembered
I first came across Mary Love’s wonderful music as a teenager, dancing to ‘You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet’ and ‘Lay This Burden Down’ at “Old Soul” gatherings for lovers of the uptempo mid 60s soul sound (soon to be coined Northern Soul in the UK). As a record collector I had picked up other Modern label recordings like ‘Let Me Know’ and ‘Hey Stoney Face’ over the years and got to love her ballad ‘Baby I’ll Come’ too. In the late 70s my friend and eventual co-founder of the 6Ts Randy Cozens turned me on to ‘I’m In Your Hands’, the flip of ‘You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet’, that I had foolishly neglected for the excellence of the disc’s other side. With Randy’s championing of it that track became something of an anthem for the early 6Ts dances and when we switched to all-nighters it was adopted as an appropriately emotional and majestic ender to the night’s soul session.