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Timing is right for soul outfit to reunite for gig

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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There are two ways to do reunion gigs – the right way and the wrong way.

Take the Stone Roses for example. A band best-known for a terrible second album, being absolutely awful live and claiming they'd never get back together have decided they're running a bit skint and want to milk their own cash cow for as much as it's worth.

Pulp, on the other hand, played a handful of exclusive gigs last year for a generation who had yet to appreciate their absolute mastery first-hand and bowed out gracefully with their dignity and legacy intact.

Reunion gigs, as with Pulp, can be absolutely incredible if they're done properly and there's a real meaning behind them – which brings me on to the remarkable 11-piece Lincoln soul outfit, aptly named Soultime.

The band played together in Lincoln and beyond for almost 14 years before they called it a day back in 2005.

They've performed less than a handful of times since then, despite a massive local following who remember Soultime bringing the grove to the city for more than a decade.

But on Saturday, June 23, the soul ensemble will take to the stage one more time with a special one-off gig at The Lawn, in Union Road, Lincoln, and all in a bid to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

A donation from the proceeds raised from the gig will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer – one of the country's leading charities battling the disease through campaigns and research.

So what can you expect on stage? Soultime come complete with a four-piece bass section, which act as the perfect backdrop to the duelling vocals of Keith Reeve and Jenny Colclough. With years of experience performing together, these talented musicians really know how to get things going on stage and synch up in perfect harmony – and it's that natural ability that, especially with soul, helps to bring things to life.

And what makes this performance truly special is that you know it's important to the band – original trombone player Alfie is flying all the way from New Zealand for the gig while their drummer Tony will be jetting in from Iceland.

Musically, they play everything from original soul from the 1950s, running through to the 60s with a selection of covers including Aretha Franklin and Otis Reading, before settling comfortably in arguably the best decade for music, the 1970s.

The night will also feature an appearance from Peekay's Disco who will keep the party going up until midnight which means you'll have plenty of opportunity to keep dancing until you drop.

Tickets for the gig are on sale now, priced £18 each and doors open at 7.30pm.

To book, or for more information, call Talking Heads salon, in Silver Street, Lincoln, on 01522 525690.

And take this from me, loyal We're All Ears readers – I guarantee you'll have a much better time with bags more heart, soul and quality musicianship than if you'd spent hundreds of pounds for a worthless Stone Roses ticket.

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