Dear Cleethorpes contender, The 6TS Cleethorpes Northern & Modern Soul Weekender is proud to announce that our live acts for our 19th weekender on June 10th-12th 2011 will be Sandi Sheldon, Derek Martin and Noel McCoy.
I have been keen to see Sandi, who also sang under her real name Kendra Spotswood aka Kenni Woods, for many years. I missed her at her London performance at the Rocket some years ago and have regretted it ever since. Apart from her own records she was the lead singer on the Vonettes’ stormer ‘Touch My Heart’, was the Charmaines (the name attributed to her acetate demo) on ‘Standing In The Need Of Love’ and was Van McCoy’s right hand girl throughout his soul career. She will perform a tribute to Van’s incredible career too.
Derek Martin is a major soul act who has never visited the UK. From his first record, the original mod classic ‘Daddy Rollin’ Stone’ to his 100 Club Sue favourite ‘If You Go’ and on through his Roulette years, when he cut records of the quality of ‘Breakaway’ and the beautiful ballad ‘You’d Better Go’, he has delivered stunning soul sounds that have been hugely appreciated in Europe. His oddball Stax/Tuba release ‘Sly Girl’ is a personal favourite with an irresistible beat and a clutch of recently (10 years ago!) discovered acetates from his mentor Teddy Randazzo’s publishing company have included the brilliant ‘Flashback’, ‘Baby What Changed Your Mind’ and ‘I Can’t Take It No More’. He also sang several great early 70s tracks for Buttercup and All Platinum labels so it will be a matter of “What the hell do we leave out?”
Noel McCoy is a poorly kept music business secret, a young black Londoner with as soulful a voice as I’ve heard in years. He has been recording for a few years now and modern soul fans probably know him better than their 60s counterparts. I caught him at a recent London soul-dance gig where he entered the stage with much confidence and launched into a ballad. I thought that was too ambitious, but he had caught everyone’s attention in seconds and had them in the palm of his hand by the finish. His next song was a terrific 60s styled stomper that also oozed soul and I was won over. He has worked with Ian Levine recently (as has Sandi of course) and is now working with new band New Street Adventure who have written a tribute to the 100 Club nighters among others. I thought it would be good to let him show the Cleethorpes crowd what he can do.
All the accommodation has gone as usual but we have plenty of weekend passes and Thorpe Park has caravans next door. Give them a call on 01472 813395 or try the tourist board for B&Bs 01472 323222.
Passes are £59 each or pay a £20 deposit to the above address. PayPal is OK to firstname.lastname@example.org but it’s £20.75 or £61 that way to cover their costs.
www.6ts.info for more details or email the above address or phone 0207 636 2622.