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I'm a Soul Man
Watchet Music Festival Live 2019
Behind the scenes at Watchet Music Festival
Meet Paul Duncan Volunteer
Paul has been involved as a volunteer with Watchet Festival since the festival moved from East Quay to its current place Parsonage Farm on the outskirts of Watchet.
Paul is assisted by his son Harry and they run and manage the 'Mind Body and Soul Marquee' for the festival weekend. What does all this involve I hear you ask ? This area is a quieter are on the festival site where people can take some time out an relax………………
The emphasis during the day is to provide activities relating to relaxation and well being for the mind body and soul . Yoga, Tia Chi, Buddhist meditation and chanting are all available to join in with along with music based around peace and tranquillity.
During the evening the marquee is the place to go for music and dance . On Friday and Saturday evening Paul and Harry play a variety of music from different genres. Sunday night is 'Soul Night', the 'four on the floor' beat and non stop dancing to a vinyl records (yes records) Colin Nunn also does a DJ set . Having spent a few hours in the marquee I can say its great fun and a great atmosphere where people of all ages enjoy the music.
Paul DJ's at other venues raising money for charity and is well known on the northern soul scene.
I spent some time with Paul talking to him about his volunteer work and love of music:
Q what do you most enjoy about the festival ?
A I really enjoy engaging with the people at the festival and seeing people having a good time
Q How do you see the festival impacting on the local community?
A The festival has a very positive impact on local business and shops brining in new people to the area. Local people really enjoy the festival being here in West Somerset , it really brings something to the area. People join together ad are very willing to freely give up their time to volunteer.
Q How did you discover Northern soul Music ?
A When I was 14 Years old I lived at Doniford with my family. I went to a friends one evening and they were playing Northern soul on a cassette. My friends sister was going to Wigan Casino the epicentre of soul . At that time in 1974, and living in the depths of the west country in was difficult to access music. I was 14 years old so I got myself a bus ticket with Bryant's buses and went of to Bristol. I found a small record shop that sold American imports and bought as many records as I could . I saved my money from my paper round and working every week to increase my record collection. I was a regular visitor to Bristol making the journey every two weeks to stock up.
Q What was the first record you bought ?
A Jimmy Ruffin 'What becomes of the broken hearted'.
Q Where do you see the future of music ?
A I need to step back in time a vinyl revival , a CD is progress to me !!
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