Wil­low Fes­ti­val has plenty of soul

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Dur­ing the lat­ter 70’s and early 80’s, Peter­bor­ough was her­alded as a mecca for soul and jazz funk en­thu­si­asts.

To hon­our this suc­cess­ful pe­riod in mu­sic, The Wil­low Fes­ti­val has in­vited The Ed­win Starr Band with Lor­raine Sil­ver to play a set packed full of north­ern soul clas­sics.

En­try to The Wil­low Fes­ti­val is free and it will run at Peter­bor­ough’s Em­bank­ment from Fri­day to Sun­day, May 25 to 27.

Chief fes­ti­val or­gan­iser, Mark Ringer, said the decision to make it a soul­ful week­end was made in part with for­mer Peter­bor­ough pro­mot­ers S&M - Tony Sci­belli and Stef Mala­jny - who went on to be­come the pro­pri­etors of the Papa Luigi group.

Mark added: “I re­mem­ber well Peter­bor­ough be­ing talked about far and wide at that time and at­tend­ing many S&M pro­mo­tions.

I wanted to re­cap­ture some of the at­mos­phere of that pe­riod at The Wil­low Fes­ti­val in 2012 and with hav­ing Tony and Stef on board it just seemed a great idea.

“I booked The Ed­win Starr Band and had a chance meet­ing - while do­ing a live show with the band Burn­ing Codes on BBC Ra­dio - with Lor­raine Sil­ver, who is a leg­end in north­ern soul cir­cles and this led my putting to­gether a soul based head­line show for the fes­ti­val.

“We al­ready had the awe­some Soft Tone Nee­dles, Mo­tor City Vipers and Groove Car­tel signed up, among oth­ers in the soul and funk genre, and it seemed a good way to go”.

Both Tony and Stef are help­ing to co-pro­mote the fes­ti­val along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

The S&M team first put a Tamla Mo­town event on at the South Grove Com­mu­nity Cen­tre back in 1977. The group soon be­came well known for its great va­ri­ety of live pro­mo­tions.

Stef said: “The chance to get in­volved with a huge fes­ti­val was far too good an op­por­tu­nity to turn down. We were only too pleased to give up our time free of charge to or­gan­ise a great event.”

Tony added “What is so nice about to­day’s mu­sic is how it re­ally has been in­flu­enced by the sev­en­ties scene. Don’t miss out, get down and have a won­der­ful time.”

The Ed­win Starr Band with guest Lor­raine Sil­ver will per­form on the Sun­day af­ter­noon. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this year’s line-up visit www.wil­lowfes­ti­val.org.uk.

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