A Most Excellent Jumpin’

Bit late with this,  but the June Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee was an absolute blinder, one of the very best yet. Thanks to the maestro Ethan McDermott for a couple of sets of stunning tunes and for totally getting the Jumpin’ vibe (even if he pushed his luck with a couple of tunes 😉 ) and thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ will be on September 22nd and it’ll be my fiftieth birthday party, so expect some *very* special guest DJs and all sorts of mayhem…




Always A Star, Never A Shadow…


Last month I lost my friend Craig / Sheena / Lord Leigh Park to cancer. His loss – far too young, far too soon – is awful for his wife, his family, his friends and for Newcastle: Craig was a dynamo, a catalyst, a do-er and a go-getter, and our cultural life will be diminished as a result. Much of the social life and the cultural life I have in Newcastle I owe to him.

Craig was a staunch supporter, collaborator and fundraiser for the recently reborn Star & Shadow Cinema, so it’s only right that the inevitable, essential celebration of his life takes place there. It’s on June 2nd, and although entry is free, donations to the S&S are encouraged. I’m honoured to be playing records and there’ll be a host of other bands and DJs, including Nathalie Stern, Mush, Lady Annabella, The Mark of Kane and of course, Sheena’s old band Women In Revolt.

You should come.

Details here


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Well, That Was Jumpin’

Well, Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #6 was a whole lotta fun. Thanks to Rob Heron for some fine tunes, thanks for coming if you did.

I’m terrible at keeping any record of what I played, but judging by my singles box, it was probably this lot (in something like this order but I won’t swear to it…). We’ve got latin rock, northern soul, cool jazz, stompin’ R&B, soulful country, testifyin’ gospel, roots rock reggae and sixties mod…

  • Eric Burdon & War – Spill The Wine
  • The Barons – Money Don’t Grow On Trees
  • Brenton Wood – Gimme Little Sign
  • Peggy Lee – Fever
  • Bobby Hebb – A Satisfied Mind
  • Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone
  • Hortense Ellis – Woman of The Ghetto
  • Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
  • Derrick  Morgan – Belly Woman
  • Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk Popcorn
  • Willie Hightower – Nobody But You
  • Jimmy McCracklin – Let The Door Hit You
  • Inez Foxx – Hi Diddle Diddle
  • Diana Cole – Pawn Shop
  • Esther Marrow – Chains Of Love
  • Erma Franklin – You’ve Been Cancelled
  • Bobbie Gentry – Touch ‘Em With Love
  • Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
  • Georgie Fame – Seventh Son
  • Dixie Cups – Iko, Iko
  • Dr John – Right Place, Wrong Time
  • The Valentinos – It’s All Over
  • Wayne Gibson – Under My Thumb
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Just Checked In
  • Nancy Sinatra – Last Of The Secret Agents
  • Rosemary Clooney – Come On-A My House
  • Connie Francis – Fallin’
  • Roland Alphonso – Easter Bonnet
  • Frank Brown – Some Come, Some Go
  • Sonny & Cher – The Beat Goes On
  • Linda Lyndell – What A Man
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
  • Shirley Ellis – The Nitty Gritty
  • Al Brown’s Tunetoppers – The Madison
  • Bunny Sigler – Let The Good Times Roll
  • Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Zoot Suit Riot
  • Earl Grant – House Of Bamboo
  • The Box Tops – The Letter
  • The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron
  • Omar Kay – Turkish Coffee
  • The Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch it To The Horse
  • Aretha Franklin – Soulville
  • Wendy Rene – Bar-B-Q
  • Etta James – Tell Mama
  • Earl Harrison – The Humphrey Stomp
  • Georgie Fame – Madness
  • Bobby Hebb – Sunny
  • Nino Tempo & 5th Avenue Sax – Sister James
  • Clara Ward – Didn’t It Rain?
  • Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
  • Black Velvet – African Velvet
  • Mar Keys – Last Night
  • Little Esther & Big Al – You Never Miss Your Water
  • Wanda Jackson – Funnel Of Love
  • Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Shakin’ All Over
  • Vince Taylor – Brand New Cadillac
  • The Ad Libs – Appreciation



The next Jumpin’ is on June 16th – see you there.

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Soul Finger

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Another fantastic Soul Finger at the Cumberland last week. Here’s a selection of the tunes I played across my two and a bit sets…

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1 The Swinging Medallions – Here It Comes Again

2 Bunny Sigler – Let The Good Times Roll / Feels So Good

3 Diana Cole – Pawn Shop

4 Junior Walker & The All-Stars – Shoot Your Shot

5 Little Milton – Ain’t No Big Deal

6 Jimmy Witherspoon – Hey, Mrs Jones

8 Alvin Cash & The Registers – Alvin’s Boo-Ga-Loo

9 Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch It To The Horse

10 Flamingos – Brooklyn Boogaloo

11 Shirley Ellis – The Nitty Gritty

12 Wendy Rene – Bar-B-Q

13 Aretha Franklin – Soulville

14 Candi Staton – I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart

15 Wayne Gibson – Under My Thumb

16 Earl Harrison – Humphrey Stomp

17 Eddie Carlton – It Will Be Done

18 Eddie Ray – Wait a Minute

19 Edith Little – I Couldn’t Take It

20 Five Stairsteps – Playgirl’s Love

21 Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone

22 The Reflections – You’re My Baby (And Don’t You Forget It)

23 Jamo Thomas – I Spy (For The FBI)

24 Billy Ball & The Upsetters – Popcorn ’69

25 Young Holt Trio – Wack Wack

26 Esther Marrow – Chains of Love

27 Nino Tempo – Sister James

Happy New Year!


Well, folks, that was magnificent. One of the most fun New Year’s Eves I’ve ever had, a total roadblock and fantastic tunes all night. Thanks so much for coming if you did, and big love to Rob Heron, Jelly Jells, Giovanni Spatuzzi, Alex Johnson, Neil and Elise Hopper and Kathryn & Mark & the Cobalt Crew. Bloody marvellous. See you next year…


The Joint Was… Jumpin’

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Dunno about you, but I think Jumpin’ #5 might have been the best yet? A packed house full of lovely people, big on dancing and low on drunken idiocy (DJs excepted). Fine tunes from yr man Alex Johnson and just a generally brilliant night. So thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ is on February 24th  but before that there’s obviously Midnite Train at Cobalt on New Year’s Eve. See you there!

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See You All In Soulville!

Seems like ages since the last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee but we’re back on November 25th with a stack of new tunes.

Joining us again is Alex Johnson, who absolutely killed it last time, and we’re sure this will be a big one.

Expect soul and rocksteady and rhythm & blues and funk and garage and surf and rockabilly and gospel and more and tunes like this…

So join us down at Ernest in a couple of weeks and let’s have a blast!

Midnite Train To Cobalt!

We can finally confirm that Rob Heron and I are putting on the party of the year on New Year’s Eve. Yes, Soul Finger and Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee Present Midnite Train at the splendid Cobalt Studios


A host of DJs, a lot of general wonderfulness in a fantastic Ouseburn venue. All for a mere fiver in advance. For all your end of year soul-funk-mod-boogaloo-R&B-latin-rockabilly-garage-rocksteady-afrobeat needs!

All vinyl, all awesome, all night.

Details here, ticket link imminent



Rumble In The Jumble

Just a heads up that I’m going to be hosting a stall AND DJing at Rumble in The Jumble down at the lovely Prohibition Bar in Gateshead this Sunday afternoon.


I’m going to be selling literally hundreds of records, CDs, DVDs, books, comics, tshirts, belt buckles and such, at often knockdown prices.

The CDs are from when I used them to DJ so I have hundreds of soul, R&B, country, blues, garage, rockabilly and jazz CDs. They’re mostly in plastic wallets rather than their cases, and many don’t have their sleeves, which is why I’m selling them for £1-2!

So come down to Prohibition, buy some stuff, drink some booze, meet good folks. Sorted.