Floridian Betty has worked for both Big Maybelle and James Carr, but most importantly legendary producers including Bert Berns and Allen Toussaint, with whom Betty has cut many fine sides for labels including Jubilee, Sansu, Douglas and SSS International.
A fine vocalist from Michigan, Darrow has been recording since he was a teenager and has an amazing array of gems we adore from labels including Groovy, Jacklyn, Genna, Revue, Congress, Atlantic and Crossover, as well as a host of previously-unreleased recordings recently found in the vaults.
We were delighted when we managed to recently locate Jimmie, one of Northern Soul's idolised vocalists. Jimmie's recordings out of Detroit for Ollie McLoughlin's Carla label are held in high esteem by collectors worldwide. This will be Jimmie's first -ever visit to Europe, a real coup for us.
From Philadelphia, Barbara is making her debut here in the North-West. Gaining instant stardom in 1965 with the U.S. chart smash. 'Yes, I'm Ready', Barbara has cut many fine sides for Arctic, Crusader, Buddah, West End and Prelude. Not only a brilliant vocalist, Barbara went on to become a skilled songwriter.
Few artists can claim to have a stunning back-catalogue as strong as Jean's. Originally from a jazz background, Jean teamed up with producers Gammble and Huff in the 1970s and cut a string of state-of-the-art 45s for their Philadelphia International label. Jean also recorded for Motown in later years. An artist who ticks all the boxes for fans of Modern and Northern Soul, a great addition to our line-up in 2022.
Eddie's show at our last festival in 2019 is still talked about- it was a stunning highlight and so many of you have asked that we bring back one of the world's finest falsetto soul vocalists - so we have! Eddie has a rich back-catalogue of Northern Soul favourites and has also cut amazing sides for Modern Soul fans in his time with labels including Parkway, ABC, GSF, Silver Blue and Salsoul.
Snake Davis is one of the world's greatest saxophone players, and arrangers. Always used behind all the visiting acts, his reassuring proficiency in getting the live performances as close as possible to the original sound have been one of the highlights year-in, year-out at the festival.