The Soul Federation performed their first gig in the summer of 2017 but it had been a long and arduous task to get to the gigging stage.
The band leader, Steve (Bass), had started to advertise in November 2016. He was quickly joined by existing member Paul (Guitar) and long term member Tony on Drums. The first practice consisted of Steve, Paul, Nick our first vocalist and Joe on lead guitar, Tony was on holiday. At this point Steve had spoken to over 35 musicians in an attempt to persuade them to join the band.
Over the next few months the line up changed considerably but Dom joined on keys and eventually Rich joined on trombone, Sam on trumpet, Lenny on lead guitar and Jeff on sax. The vocals were now the domain of current vocalist Tony Alphonse.
A packed Blundell Street saw us take to the stage for their first gig, the gig went well for a first attempt and we were buzzing. Encores ensued and we lapped up the praise.
Over the next year we started to make a name for ourselves as a lively hardworking soul band. The line up continued to change and we embraced our new backing vocalists Ciara and Deryn as well as James on drums, Dave on sax and Stu on trumpet. The current line up was now complete.
Over the next year we continued to gig widely and began to gain a reputation as a tight soul unit. We expanded the set and started gaining the attention of top promoters and clubs.
We have now enjoyed two years of our musical journey and have appeared at top soul clubs as well as great wedding venues. We have also made radio and tv appearances.
We look forward to the future, playing the soul music that we all love.