And the beat goes on

Friday, 15 March 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By  Paul Strachan / Photos Chaianan Moontreephakdee (CMP Photography)

Northern Soul Nights return to Pattaya

Formative years is a phrase that sprang to mind as you walked into the Boomerang Bar for a night of Northern Soul held by the Pattaya Soul Club and that’s the great thing about music; as soon as you hear it, it takes you back to the sights and sounds of that era in your life.

It was in August 2011 when the idea of forming a soul club in Pattaya came up.  Local businessman Earl Brown was chatting to Eva Johnson about Bobby Womack, Earl is more into deep house and tech house, but was influenced by his father when it comes to Northern Soul and Eva simply can’t get enough of it.

Earl Brown, co-founder of the Pattaya Soul Club, welcomes two new faces to the March Soul Night.Earl Brown, co-founder of the Pattaya Soul Club, welcomes two new faces to the March Soul Night.

So they looked for a venue and were able to get a few sponsors and although they had decided to give the profits to a local charity, they kept the event firmly focused on the music and the dance floor.

In the past seventeen months the Pattaya Soul Club has brought in many new faces and has also built up an impressive list of sponsors.

The sixth event was held on Saturday the 2nd of March and attracted a large crowd, some there to dance, others for the general vibe, however it was really all about the music.

Eva Johnson (right) balances beer with some smart moves on the dance floor.Eva Johnson (right) balances beer with some smart moves on the dance floor.

The sponsors on the night were Defense International Security Services and its MD Joe Cox was spotted enjoying some of the complimentary beverages including the highly recommendable Kepplers Irish Cider and also San Miguel Light.

Other sponsors included PFS International wealth advisors headed up by Craig Muldoon and David Strachan, Colin Ward from NMT Global Project Logistics, Inspire E-magazine, The Sutlet Group and the Lion Pub & Sports Bar.

This sponsorship is vital and means that all the money from the four hundred baht entrance fee goes straight to charity.

The beneficiary for the last few events has been the Hand to Hand foundation and Margie Grainger who takes care of over fifty children at her nursery was seen shaking her stuff on the dance floor.

Staff at the Kepplers Cider station (left) were kept busy throughout the evening.Staff at the Kepplers Cider station were kept busy throughout the evening.

Sadly the Boomerang Bar can no longer host this popular event so Earl, Eva and a few others are busy trying to secure another venue which will be in roughly three months time.

In the meantime please look for Pattaya Soul Club on Facebook where you will see photographs from the night and the figure of sixty two thousand baht which by the time this story is printed, will be with the Hand to Hand Foundation.

Pattaya Soul Club founders Earl Brown and Eva Johnson (standing rear center) present a cheque for 62,000 baht, money raised from the March Soul Night, to representatives and children at the Hand to Hand Foundation in Pattaya.Pattaya Soul Club founders Earl Brown and Eva Johnson (standing rear center) present a cheque for 62,000 baht, money raised from the March Soul Night, to representatives and children at the Hand to Hand Foundation in Pattaya.

Paul Strachan and wife Chanapa (Gaew) try to take a late lift homePaul Strachan and wife Chanapa (Gaew) try to take a late lift home

Rodney James, David Strachan and Pauline Strachan enjoy another rip-roaring Soul Night.Rodney James, David Strachan and Pauline Strachan enjoy another rip-roaring Soul Night.

A packed dance floor at Boomerang Bar soaks up some Northern Soul.A packed dance floor at Boomerang Bar soaks up some Northern Soul.

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