Deep Cliffs Weekender 2017 Dave Thorley

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Dave Thorley

Soul DJ, Promoter and Record Dealer ( Top Dog Records ). He lives in the UK and has been a moving force in rare soul music for over 30 years. David first started Djing at the Yate Allnighters, near Bristol in the mid 70’s, by the end of this decade he had become a nationally respected DJ working at many of the countrys major Northern Soul events, including Wigan Casino. At the same time he started promoting his own events in the south west of england. During this time he made several trips to the U.S. looking for new records to play as a DJ. By the early 80’s the northern soul scene was in major decline with the loss of most of it’s flag ship events, Wigan Casion, Yate and The Mecca. At this time he started promoting the now ledgendary, Top Of The World, Stafford allnighters. These events gave the scene a much need shot in the arm and he is credited by many as being the saviour of ‘the scene’ at this time. The legacy this event left behind is still felt today. Working with other innovative dj’s including Richard Searling, Pat Brady, Gary Rushbrook, Soul Sam, Keb Darge and Guy Hennigan he change the nature of the rare soul scene in europe. Pat Brady “Dave Thorley created some classic Stafford sounds during his hour, and was one of the few that could successfully mix '60s through to '70s & '80s” The allnighters here ended in the late 80’s, but by this time the rare soul scene had started a major revival with events running from the south coast to scotland. During the 90’s he continued working at major UK events, as a DJ. In the late 90’s he once again started promoting events, with the Bretby Allnighters, again this event was much applauded for it’s music policy, which included a very popular modern soul room. Today he is a indemand DJ all over europe, still promotes Rare Soul events and runs a very sucessful vinyl record business on the internet.

Sugar Boy & Shades Of Black - Free Man

Originals - Young Train

Tickled Pink - Reach Out

Art Tarus - Get Back Stupid Cupid

General Lee - Pleasure

Precisions - My Sense Of Directions Blown

Split Evolution Band - Bedroom Eyes

Allison and Calvin Turner - Every Time I'm Near You

Joe Willie & The Mighty Invaders - Baby You Got It

Aquarian Dream - Feel It



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