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Rob Podmore
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SEEKING

Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Trombone, Upright bass.

ABOUT

I'm an experienced non- professional saxophonist based in Farnborough, Hampshire.

I 've been playing the saxophone mainly in soul & Motown bands.

I'm currently putting a Soul/Motown band together, building a set around the lesser known quality soul tracks and arrangements like below:

Marta Ren and the Groovets - Release Me
https://youtu.be/rRdz7d9PIyM

groove me - King Floyd (female vocal range?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXtSI3QSPTk

Baby i love you - aretha Franklin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xoagkpi5B4Q

Soul Girl - Jeanne & Darlings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1UP2wq-zt4

I feel like breaking up somebodys home - Ann Peebles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK3cAvnhLqs

Tell Mama - Etta James
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bwZSEtoUVU

Shoorah shoorah - Betty Wright
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29TrwWaXHR4

Tear Your Playhouse Down - Ann Peebles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwoKq6HPwkE

Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooYExfw9lLY

See Saw - Aretha Frankin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VItYK6UGMHY

Got To Use My Imagination -Gladys Knight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VQ-YomaphA

Aretha Franklin - I'll take what I want
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-urkPj8rxd0

The breakdown - Rufus Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzrEGWlCRio

Aint To Proud To Beg - Temptations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s0TkufXA38

Edwin Starr – 25 Miles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFredbE3goM

The Memphis Train - Rufus Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYlSisv-VRU

Can I Get A Witness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcnjge7XwLk

Shake - Otis Redding - Marvin Gaye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohkFgdCE2yQ

Wilson Pickett – 99 and a Half Won't Do
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7IpgFIz9ng

Down In The Valley - Otis Redding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko_YsP6f7so

Ray Charles – Unchain My Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF6oPteOg48

Nothing But A House Party - Show Stoppers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIFlo7mek-g

I Think I made a Boo-Boo - Rufus Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEfDenQM4H4

Barefootin' - Wilson Pickett
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEfDenQM4H4

Soul Sister, Brown Sugar - Sam and Dave
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxLVPXvlgA0

Clarence Carter - Snatching it back
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv101Ac0mWk

The Spoiler - Eddie Purell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs0dlBc3BuA

6345789 - Wilson Pickett
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSGuaVAufV0


I've started the project as a result of many years predominantly playing in Soul & Motown cover and function outfits.
As you can appreciate over time you get to know your audience, how they react with the band; maybe from a karaoke singalong to “your love is lifting me higher”, to air guitaring to the intro to “papa's got a brand new bag”.

I've also observed that the lesser known more rhythmic, groovy feel, ‘set fillers ‘, proved to be a hit; sometimes producing a listening appreciative audience, as well as the odd northern soul dance routine by an 'uncle Dave' at wedding for example.

As the tracks I've listed are 'souly' toe tappers I've found that audiences young and old, seem to be more appreciative in a listening, responsive manner.

The groove I'm looking for needs to be very relaxed and the originals are so much more laid back and slower. I think by doing this, a band becomes more enjoyable to be part of, feeling tighter of which audiences love.

I'm approaching people who are keen and enthusiastic towards the style, even if they have not played or sung all of the tracks I've put forward.

Due to potential commitments by all band members, the intention is to get an hour of material (1 set), with a view to gig that hour set to an accommodating audience and venue.
From there I think we can assess if the set is welcomed or not. From here we can grow the set accordingly.

Please note that if the band does manage to secure an hour gig spot somewhere, there could be little to no financial reward.
I’m not after any financial gain from this , just to play good soul music with like minded musicians, who can take on board the genre.
I think were likely to get an unpaid hour spot gig, initially, than a paid one to be honest.
The mini pub style charity festivals could also be an option , as well as a pub venue, bearing in mind timeframes to get a set going currently.

Current line up is bass, drums, guitar x 2, sax
Were looking for an additional vocalist, keyboard/piano player, and additional horn players to join us.

If your interested in soul & want to know more, then please contact me on:

07979157526
Or
saxaman1a@msn.com

Cheers,
Rob

Screen name:
Rob Podmore
Member since:
Dec 30 2008
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Junior Walker, Ottis Redding, Aretha Franklin, mar Kays, staple singers, Booker t & the mg's, king curtis......basically any Stax, soul / Motown, Jazz, gospel, blues or creole influence

Instrument experience:

Saxophone:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Baritone