Barney from D8 Soul Club took some time to tell us about the club that so very quickly became on of Ireland’s most loved soul events. Taking place monthly in the quirky Dublin Conservative Club with it’s many guest DJs and loyal attendees, it’s definitely worth the visit. Read on to find out more…
When did you start D8 Soul Club?
Four friends were at a party one night and drunkenly thought it would be a good idea to start a local soul club. Little did we realise where we would end up. We had our first night on June 1st 2016 upstairs at MVP and despite the usual fear of no one turning up 75 people came along. Many of those hardy souls who braved our first night are now an integral part of the D8 family and come to every night.
Dublin Conservative Club
Following a chance encounter with an obscure post on an out-of-date web page we discovered Dublin Conservative Club and that has become our new home. Situated on Camden Row, Dublin Conservative Club is a wonderfully atmospheric old basement nightclub that wouldn’t look out of place in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets.
We have a great mix of people who come along, ranging from faces who have been on the Dublin soul scene for years to people new to the music. Everyone is really friendly and there is a lovely sense of community. It is the people that come along that make the nights so special and we feel really lucky to have made so many new friends in the last two years. We have a very active Facebook group where people regularly post tunes, podcasts and upcoming events. You can also find us on Twitter @D8SoulClub.
Soul is such a beautifully big word that we aim to be as broad as possible music-wise. As along as it is original vinyl, we encourage anyone who plays for us to play what they feel like playing. We have been really lucky to have some of the finest DJs around play for us and records recently heard at D8 would include:
The Hamilton Movement, She’s Gone (Look Out Records, 1976)
The Harlem Gospel Travelers, He’s On Time (Colemine, 2018)
Winfield Parker, I Wanna Be With You (P & L Records, 1979)
Rance Allen Group, I Know a Man Who (Gospel Truth, 1973)
David Ruffin, Rode By The Place (Where We Used To Stay) (Motown, 1977)
Martha Bass, Since I’ve Been Born Again (Checker, 1968)
Curtis Harding, Keep on Shining (Burger Records, 2014)
We have some exciting events coming up in the next few months.
On April 27th Lisa Wolverson and Carrie Ann Moran are playing.
The Facebook event link is here
On May 25th Dave Barry of Shuffle fame is coming up from Galway for the night.
On June 29th we are really excited to be hosting the Dublin leg of DJ Greg Belson’s European tour. Known for his Divine Disco compilation and 45 Live shows, amongst many other things, Greg is one of the world’s leading crate-diggers and we are really looking forward to him playing at D8.