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Bringing Northern soul and Motown back to Spalding




Mick Cawley and Jobie Shiell. Bringing back Motown and Northern Soul and charity gigs around Spalding.Mick and Jobie with rare original labels (2332811)
Mick Cawley and Jobie Shiell. Bringing back Motown and Northern Soul and charity gigs around Spalding.Mick and Jobie with rare original labels (2332811)

Back in the 1970s, when Northern soul and Motown was at its height, the scene in Spalding was buzzing.

The places to go were The Wagon Wheel Room in what was once the White Lion pub on the High Street; and the Horseshoe Bar behind the Pied Calf.

The White Lion is now flats overlooking the River Welland (near the White Horse pub) and the Horseshoe Bar is now JB Shoe Repairs.

Jobie (Gordon) Shiell and his friend Mick Cawley were among those on the original scene - and they’re bringing back Northern soul and Motown to Spalding.

The DJ friends have played a number of gigs at the Lincolnshire Poacher in Double Street, spinning the retro sounds to both serious fans and to a new, younger audience.

Jobie (third from left) and friends in Spalding's Horseshoe Bar in 1972.
Jobie (third from left) and friends in Spalding's Horseshoe Bar in 1972.

After recent changes at the pub they are back this Saturday (June 9), playing a gig from 7.30pm until late.

Admission is free and there will be a raffle for the children’s diabetes charity JDRF which they support as Mick’s granddaughter Jessica (12) has the condition.

“I got involved in it at a young age in 1974. I was a bit of a tearaway when I was younger and I was saved by this music."

Lorry driver Jobie has been involved in the Northern soul and Motown scene for 50 years.

He said: “It was a journey that started when I was 15 years old in 1968. I lived in Spalding and caught a bus from Peterborough to the Twisted Wheel all-nighter at Manchester. It was the only place at the time playing rare soul music and Motown.

Mick said: “I got involved in it at a young age in 1974. I was a bit of a tearaway when I was younger and I was saved by this music.

“There is never any trouble at these sort of things.”

Northern Soul first emerged in northern England in the late 1960s.

The beat became more up tempo and frantic in the early 1970s, with a new dance style forming.

Today, the pace is slightly slower, Jobie explained.

Motown was the heartbeat of American pop music, made famous by artists such as the Miracles, Temptations and Supremes to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.

Mick and Jobie have twice supported band the Soft Tone Needles for the Spalding United concert at Springfields in Spalding and are currently resident DJs for Northern soul and Motown nights at the Irish Social Club at Corby.

Find Mick and Jobie on Facebook. Search for Spalding Soul Sounds or call Mick Cawley's motor garage in Kellet Gate, Spalding, on 01775 720363.



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