SEEKINGVocalist, 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