MUSIC REVIEW: Northern soul band makes point to the older generation

The Soft Tone Needles who fronted a Summer Soul Party Night at South Holland Centre, Spalding.  ENGEMN00120130714193642

The Soft Tone Needles who fronted a Summer Soul Party Night at South Holland Centre, Spalding. ENGEMN00120130714193642

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What do mums and dads do when their kids are out at a certain Spalding nightclub on Friday evenings?

The answer to this question emerged on Friday when Wisbech-based northern soul band The Soft Tone Needles had South Holland Centre’s function room bopping and weaving to the sounds of a Summer Soul Party Night.

Ella McCready, lead singer of The Soft Tone Needles. ENGANL00120130807083457

Ella McCready, lead singer of The Soft Tone Needles. ENGANL00120130807083457

The band was headed by vocalist Ella McCready (pictured) who showed remarkable energy and vitality on what was both a physically and mentally draining gig.

Ella was backed by saxophonists Lauren Young and Mark Wilkinson, whose hairstyle must have been inspired by X-Men character Wolverine, trumpeter David Maddison, trombonist Alex Maddison, keyboardist Ben Gunkel, bass player Chris Gunkel, guitarist Jack Johnson and drummer Dave Jackson.

The band’s set included northern soul classics Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), Seven Days Too Long, The Right Track and Come on Train.

This group deserves to be the main South Holland Centre stage mainly because of how badly they were let down by the truly atrocious sound levels in the function room.

But despite this, The Soft Tone Needles are a group well worth looking out for on the east of England music scene.

You can see The Soft Tone Needles who are headlining Friday Festival Fun at this year’s St Kyneburgha Festival, Castor Primary School, near Peterborough, on Friday July 11 at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £12 for adults are available on 01733 380900 or 01733 380410.

Review by Winston Brown.