Keeping the faith

Young Northern Soul enthusiasts are organising a night of music at Highfield Cricket Club, Winstanley.'Pictured are LtR: Laura West, Nicole Blacklaws, Ben Hindley, Jordan Wilson, Sarah King, Charlotte Ainsley, Sam Byrom and David Bell

Young Northern Soul enthusiasts are organising a night of music at Highfield Cricket Club, Winstanley.'Pictured are LtR: Laura West, Nicole Blacklaws, Ben Hindley, Jordan Wilson, Sarah King, Charlotte Ainsley, Sam Byrom and David Bell

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A TRIO of young Northern Soul enthusiasts are determined to bring one of Wigan’s most famous musical legacies to a whole new generation after starting their own night,

Jordan Wilson, Ben Hindley and Danny Patton, who call themselves the Wigan Young Souls, are organising a night of Northern Soul at Highfield Cricket Club, which will be held later this month.

The three teenagers hope to attract dancers young and old to show off their moves and re-live the music’s heyday and the spirit of venues such as the Wigan Casino.

The Wigan Young Souls are just some of a whole group of new, young Northern Soul enthusiasts who have helped promote a huge resurgence of interest in the music.

Jordan, 15, developed his passion for soul music listening to Tamla Motown in the car with his dad, and from there discovered Northern Soul.

He has already travelled the length and breadth of the country to follow his interest in Northern Soul music, including going to London to dance at the famous 100 Club, and regularly attending the dance nights organised each month at The Cherry Gardens by legendary Wigan DJ Russ Winstanley.

Jordan said: “The scene is very much alive today. I am one of many young people, aged from 14 to 30, who still dance all night to Northern Soul at venues all around the country.

“We learned how to dance through watching clips of the Casino on YouTube and going to local soul nights, watching how everybody else dances, and trying to copy them.

“We’ve now decided to put on our own night. We will be playing Northern Soul on original vinyl records, and there will be no CDs or laptops.

“The music will be a mixture of floor-filling oldies and some records people might have forgotten about. Hopefully, it is going to be a great night, and the first of many soul nights at Highfield.”

Russ, who founded the Wigan Casino, says Jordan’s experience is not unusual, and many young music enthusiasts are re-discovering Northern Soul.

He said: “The enthusiasm of the younger fans like Jordan is great. When you listen to music from the 60s it’s immediate and fantastically timeless. There’s nothing pretentious about it, it’s good three-minute songs, which are upbeat and make you want to dance.

“The music has got so popular again now. In the 1970s it was very difficult to get venues, because they were all being used, whereas now it’s totally turned around.

“It’s also getting very big in Australia and Japan, and I do monthly nights in several European cities, and there was nothing like that in the 70s.”

The Wigan Young Souls night will be held at Highfield Cricket Club on Saturday, April 28, from 7.30pm until 12.30am. Entry is free.