Loraine Clancy

Soul Fine


M is for mum
That’s where my love of soul music started. Way back in my early childhood, listening to my mum playing The Drifters, Gladys Knight, The Stylistics, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops on the lounge stereo. The crackle of the needle on the rotating vinyl disc and then there was magic! I can distinctly remember standing there just hooked by what I was hearing. Like so many of us, those early childhood sounds are the ones that I still love today and without doubt, cemented my love of the genre.
U is for urban
I grew up in North London. By the 1980s numerous soul clubs had developed and there was rarely a weekend that I was at home. As soon as Friday night came I’d be out with friends dancing and making the most of the fabulous music there was to be had. Missing the last bus home was a regular occurrence and I’d end up walking miles to get back home before daylight! London also provided me with my first experience of live music when mum took me, aged 12, to see Johnny Mathis at the Dominion Theatre. That gentle, velvet voice simply amazing.
S is for soul
I’ve been a soul girl for as long as I can remember. When my school mates were into the New Romantics, I was a firm Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson girl. My regular read was Blues and Soul magazine and it was always too long before the next copy was on the newsagent shelf. Meaningful lyrics a rhythm that compels you to dance. What’s not to like? I can’t imagine me without soul music. That said, anyone who knows me will also know, I do love a bit of disco too!
I is for impossible
It’s completely impossible to name my favourite soul song. I’ve tried so many times and I just can’t do it! The best I can do is share some of my favourite artists who include, Randy Brown, Anita Baker, The Temptations, Will Downing, Gladys Knight, Rockie Robins and of course, the boss himself, Mr Luther Vandross. George Benson, Deniece Williams, The Whispers. I could go on and on…
I do my best to keep up with the latest releases. There are some fabulous new tracks around that keep the genre growing for the current and future soul lovers out there.
C is for coming up
A new opportunity to be part of Solar Radio sharing some great music with the listeners on the second Sunday of each month, 4-6pm. Soul Fine, that’s the name of the show and that’s the aim…soul fine, music for fine soul people.

February 11 @ 16:00
16:00 — 18:00 (2h)