Soul Explosion, Buxton Opera House
Starring Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Clem Curtis of the Foundations and Ernestine Pearce, lead singer with the Flirtations, Soul Explosion comes to Buxton for a brand new show that promises to have audiences dancing in the aisles.
The original hitmakers of the last five decades will sing timeless favourites including I’ll Go Where the Music Takes Me, Now is the Time, Build Me Up Buttercup, Baby Now That I’ve Found You, In the Bad Bad Old Days and many more.
Jimmy James started his musical career, composing and singing, at the age of 16.
In 1964 he was asked to join as the lead singer with one of Jamaica’s leading bands, The Vagabonds, and together they left Jamaica for what was to be a six-month tour of the UK.
The outfit became so popular that they decided to extend the tour and thus ended up being residents of the UK. They headlined at the famous Marquee club in London from 1965 to 68 and claim to be the first musical unit to have performed behind the Iron Curtain when they apeared in Hungary in the late 1960s.
When asked how he keeps going with such enthusiasm Jimmy said: “Music is my life. I still get that buzz when I perform. Whether on stage or in the studio, my goal is to give 100%.
“When I don’t get that buzz any more, that’s when I’ll say goodbye”.
The show is in Buxton this Thursday and will also be performed at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Friday, January 29.
Buxton box office: call 01298 72190
or go online at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk