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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. Mar 1

Neil Hunter (vocals), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Geoff Owens (keyboards), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Cluny. First Sunday in the month. Doors 12:30pm. The place heaving by 1:00pm. The Smokin’ Spitfires were in town. The Temptations, Bobby Bland, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett. A Memphis Stax Soul Survivors’ shindig. Neil Hunter and one or two of the ‘boys’ have been at it a long time. The same Neil Hunter who fronted the north east’s big soul band par excellence, the Eastside Torpedoes (back in the day).
The big soul voice as good as ever, the band the best around. 634-5789, Sweet Soul Music (Do You Like Good Music? asked Arthur Conley. Yeah, Yeah was the reply). The Cluny’s dance floor awash with sweating, heaving bodies getting’ on down. The horn section culled from Darlington Delta’s jazz fraternity – Terry O’Hern ( Eastside Torpedoes’ trombone veteran), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxes) and backing vocalist extraordinaire Steve McGarvie (and no mean alto player!).
Interval. Outside, fresh air. Twenty minutes later, set two. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), Holland, Dozier and Holland’s Motown classic had them on the floor again. They stayed there for the Trammps’ Hold back the Night, Hold On, I’m Comin’ and Move On Up. Exhausting stuff, superb band (rhythm section and horns). Once a month (first Sunday), what a gig!
The Bubble Foundation should be happy with this one!
Advance notice of a gig at a venue familiar to some – Friday April 17 the Smokin’ Spitfires will be in the upstairs room of the Gosforth Hotel (the pub on the corner of Gosforth High Street and Salters Road). 7:30pm. Tickets are £7.00. The only way to get one is to be at the Cluny next time – Sunday 5 April – or to buy one at the door. The Gosforth Hotel date has the makings of an ‘I was there’ gig. Russell.

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

Oooh - this sounds ace - all that sweet soul music - yeah, yeah and yeah! Note to self, must get to Cluny on Sunday 5 April.

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