If you’re in or around Manchester tomorrow night – Wednesday, 30th January you may well want to check out what promises to be a very interesting show. It takes place at Levenshulme’s historic Klondyke Bowling Club and essentially it’s a musical celebration of the Beatles’ very last live performance. You may remember that it will be exactly 50 years tomorrow since the Fabs played that famous rooftop gig at their Saville Row Apple Building.
But the Manchester show is no typical Beatles sound-alike affair. Rather, it’s a proper, soul celebration! It’s being put on by Manchester soul collective The 7:45s who be presenting their unique, soul reimagining of the Beatles favourite ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. The team recently debuted the song on a Manchester roof top. (see picture)
Named after the 7-inch 45-rpm single, The 7:45s formed in late 2016 with a manifesto pledge to release original singles in styles that span the soul spectrum: from northern soul to disco and everything in between. The burgeoning collective features some of Manchester’s finest musicians who have played with soul royalty like Martha Reeves and rising stars like Tom Misch. We’re told that their version of ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ offers a 14-piece arrangement featuring soulful three-part harmonies, a five-strong horn section and a groove inspired by William DeVaughn and Lauryn Hill. Interesting!
The Levenshulme, Klondyke show also features nine-piece funk band Buffalo Brothers who are covering ‘Get Back’ and DJ Coops who will be spinning funky Beatles covers on vinyl and at just £5 entrance it should be well worth investigating.