Alison & the Earthquakes – (NewBreed)

Alison & the Earthquakes – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

Alison & The Earthquakes are a fresh, bold and powerful 9-piece ‘soul power outfit’ thrilling the current live circuit made up from the following multi talented array of folks:

Alison David – Main Singer
Jen Rouse – Backing Vocals
Kate Austen – Backing Vocals
Jules Owen – Drums, Backing Vocals (Musical Director)
Steve Watts – Keys
Max Numajiri – Guitar
Tom Alterman – Tenor Sax
Jacob Jonsson – Trumpet
Harry Burton – Bass (Musical Director)

The first time I heard Alison and the Earthquakes was 9th Oct 2011 at the venue Concorde 2 for the annual Brightona music event in Brighton. After a full day of great live bands they were the last and the best band to play, rocking Concorde 2 with their covers of northern soul classics, Atlantic, and Stax. The 9 band members inspired us to dance with their energy and sheer enjoyment of the music. The superb renditions demanded more than one encore, as we did not want them to stop.

I danced to exhaustion, the next day my back ached with torn muscles, (I really got into the dancing), but I was a happy bunny with memories of the awesome performance and atmosphere. They are truly the most talented northern soul band I have heard. Some band members tell me they are writing their own northern soul songs, eagerly anticipated by me, as they do grasp the true essence of the music.

It was my pleasure to interview them before the Concorde 2 performance and band member Jules makes some interesting comments about the northern soul single “Mercy” by artist Duffy – you can hear that interview on this page.

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Kath Newman

What is northern soul? Predominately, rare, black, American, soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. First called northern soul in 1968 by Dave Godin editor to Blues and Soul magazine, when many young people in the North of England in the late 60’s and early 70’s were listening to this music. “ Some of it you will hate, most you will love”. I am a northern soul deejay, radio/TV broadcaster and music journalist living in the sunny southcoast of England. The genres I love are the blues, rhythm and blues, soul and in particular northern soul. I started deejaying due to a lack of northern soul events in Brighton. I like the good quality rare, northern soul, but to hear it I had to find good deejays or play it myself. For several years I have been privileged to interview great artists and deejays from the unique, music scene that is northern soul, such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the successful deejay Richard Searling. Each month I will be bringing you an interview of a northern soul artist or deejay and keeping you informed of forthcoming events. I am interested in your thoughts, experiences and suggestions about northern soul and would like to quote you here each month, drop me a line at either: Email: or kath newman

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