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The Signatures Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavilion 05/05/2017

A great way to start my birthday, a bus adventure to Southend to watch top Soul band, the Signatures. Early start for this one, out to the Ship for a spot of something to eat with my lovely wife Lee. We had to get there before 3 as they stop serving food then. In hindsight probably not such a good idea but seemed like it at the time. Then to the Ale House to meet the chaps before the long bus ride to Southend. On the way to the Cliffs we popped into my favourite Southend pub, the Railway Hotel. A fantastic place where one can always see great bands with the added thrill of perhaps Wilko Johnson getting up on stage.

The Maritime Rooms, a small bar with a stage under the main Cliffs Pavilion, was packed out and for a change we were there in plenty of time. I have seen the Signatures quite a few times and they are a highly danceable Northern soul covers band. Always good fun and I do enjoy their sets immensely. A lot of people who I meet on the Northern scene are not that keen and call it soul karaoke. I know what they mean because instead of seeing a band perform their own songs and having the records as the copies, it is the other way around for the rare soul scene. Anyway I like them and with the amount of people there, a lot of other people do as well. The set is comprises of all standards” Movin on a groove” “The Night” “Out on the floor” “Turning my heartbeat up”probably the worse soul song ever “Do I love you” and many more. If it is one that everyone knows they will have done it. The second half of the set they were joined by soul legend Tommy Hunt, still suave and a great presence on the stage. He is 84 and puts a lot of younger acts to shame, I do love “Cracking up over you” and as always he finished with “lovin on the losing side.” I would have been able to give a better set list but as I said I started drinking to early. I thought I was a great dancer that night but I do apologise for anybody I bumped into on the dance floor, apparently there were quite a few.

This was just the start of the weekend, a great night out at the Regent Ballroom in Stanford Le Hope for the KTF soul night on Saturday, Chelmsford City win away at Dartford to make the play off final and then watching the mighty Arsenal destroying Man Utd on Sunday. I just wish all weekends were this good, there again I am off to Dublin next weekend and to Benidorm the one after so not so bad.

Summing up I would like to thank Colin for treating me to the Signatures and the night, cheers Bruv. I think that bands like the Signatures are very important, I know that none of my mates will go to a Northern do as they think they are just disco’s. But they will go and watch live music. This way they get a chance of hearing some fantastic music which normally wouldn’t listen to. It’s also a long wait for the X30 late at night for that bus ride home, taxi’s next time.

Some things that are coming up that may be of interest to you this month 10th May, The Mar V Lus Soul Club have a night at Bar Zero Billericay 26th May, The start of Shakeys 3 day festival at the Golden Fleece in Chelmsford, one of the hardest working men about who promotes live music. Well worth supporting, I even hear they have a silent disco.

27th May, get your Yellow Ribbons on, it’s the Arsenal-Chelsea cup final. COYG 3rd June, Junior Jump and the Bottom Line, my favourite soul covers band at the Bassment, Chelmsford.


Duncan, May 2017.

Photo's Paul Eagle