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Stefan Taylor. Image credit: Sam Haskell from Catman Boogie Media.

Stefan Taylor and The Signatures will play Glossop's Crystal Ballroom at 8.30pm on 17 September.

Their debut studio album Run For Cover is now available after being released on 1 August.

The Signatures are a 10-piece soul backing band. They play rare soul associated with the 1970s’ underground dance scene ‘Northern Soul.’

The band has worked with many original Northern Soul artists including Tommy Hunt, Dean Parrish, Tobi Legend, Brenda Holloway, Spyder Turner, Jimmy Thomas, Pat Lewis, Ruby Andrews, Chairmen Of The Board FT Ken Knox, Sidney Barnes, Eddie Holman, Chris Clarke, Gloria Jones, Lorraine Silver, The Flirtations and Nolan Porter.

The Signatures’ regular lead singer is Stefan Taylor. 

He told the Chronicle: “I grew up listening to my mum and dad’s Northern Soul records and they really struck a chord with me. 

“I ended up joining The Signatures in 2016 when I was 21. 

“The band really came into their own in this period: playing music venues, rallies, music festivals, and promoting our own Northern Soul nights. 

“We improved our presence online and experienced the harsh world of social media and how particular the Northern Soul scene can be.”

He added: “It’s really great for my dad too as I have ended up working with some of the soul legends he idolised.

“The Crystal Ballroom is a smaller venue and we really enjoy playing there as it’s more intimate. 

“It’s lovely to see the reaction to our music as our audience is so close.”

The Signatures spent lockdown working on their album Run For Cover. 

Stefan says the time was well spent and he is genuinely excited to hear people’s reactions to it.

More details are at www.thesignatures.co.uk

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