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Rob Podmore


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


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:

Shoorah shoorah - Betty Wright

Temptations – Aint To Proud To Beg

Edwin Starr – 25 Miles

Ann Peebles – Tear Your Playhouse Down

Jean Knight – Mr. Big Stuff

Temptations – Shaky Ground

Rufus Thomas – The Memphis Train

Aretha Frankin – See Saw

Marvin Gaye – Can I Get A Witness

Otis Redding – Shake

Wilson Pickett – 99 and a Half Won't Do

Otis Redding – Down In The Valley

Ray Charles – Unchain My Heart

Gloria Jones – Tainted Love

Gladys Knight – Got To Use My Imagination

Show Stoppers – Nothing But A House Party

Rufus Thomas – I Think I made a Boo-Boo

Wilson Pickett – Barefootin'

The Temptations – Get Ready

Sam and Dave – Soul Sister, Brown Sugar

Clarence Carter – Snatching it back

Eddie Purell – The Spoiler

Wilson Pickett – 6345789

Ive 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”.
Ive 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 isted are simple, souly, feelgood toe tapping rhythms, encouraging less is more on guitars and keys with a solid bass line and drums, plus the occasional drum break in the middle eight, plus horns that play as a 3 plus harmonic section, the audience seem to be more appreciation in a listening responsive manner.
The groove 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, sax
Were looking for vocalists, keyboard/piano.player , trumpet, sax & Trombone players to join us as well as an additional guitarist lead or rhythm.

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

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


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

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