Turning the tables on soul music

The Soft Tone Needles brought their Live Northern Soul Review show to South Holland Centre, Spalding.
The Soft Tone Needles brought their Live Northern Soul Review show to South Holland Centre, Spalding.

Singers such as Darrell Banks, Alice Clark and Nolan Porter who mean nothing to the average music fan are the holy trinity for The Soft Tone Needles.

The ten-piece Northern soul outfit, including members from Holbeach, Long Sutton and Wisbech, crusade around northern and central England spreading the gospel of a music form brought to new audiences by the British film, Northern Soul, starring Steve Coogan and Ricky Tomlinson.

Most of our gigs are around the Midlands and north of England, but the best ones are at clubs which have a big soul following.

Dave Maddison, band leader of The Soft Tone Needles

Based on a particular style of black American soul music using a heavy beat and fast tempo, the Northern soul movement’s most famous member is probably Jackie Wilson with his 1986 UK chart-topper Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town).

Dave Maddison, leader of The Soft Tone Needles, said: “I wanted to be in a soul band for years but nobody asked me so I formed one myself.

“The band has been going for about six or seven years and we started off just playing in local pubs.

“But then the band grew and word soon got around about us on social media, so we got picked up by a promoter and it went from there really.

“Most of our gigs are around the Midlands and north of England, but the best ones are at clubs which have a big soul following.

“But it doesn’t matter where we play and as long as the crowd is good, the dancefloor is full and everybody enjoys it.”