On the last Friday of every month, the Home on the Range night at the Carlton Club beckons…
The venue may be a humble local social club, but there’s nothing provincial about the playlist: the DJs Matt, Tom and Neil cherry-pick dance-floor classics from the past 5 decades displaying a welcome lack of genre prejudice, and then chuck the odd curve-ball into the mix for good measure.
Here’s a sample of tunes I’ve enjoyed at Home on the Range in no particular order:
Al Wilson – The Snake
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle
The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
Joyce Simms – Come Into My Life
Inner City – Good Life
Young MC – Know How
Blackstreet – No Diggity
There’s no need to loiter on the outskirts of the dance-floor, waiting impatiently for a half-decent tune to come on … you can dance all night if you want to! (That’s what I do.)
Most regulars live locally and are aged roughly 25-50, hence the ironic poster of a rocking chair in the style of the Electric Chair, a well-known Manchester club night.
Which reminds me… it’s also worth mentioning that the Home on the Range sound system is very good, and the dance-floor is a large, traditional wooden one. (I’m reminded of the Electric Chair at the Roadhouse where the sticky carpet and the poor quality sound system really did spoil the night – for me, anyway.)
The Carlton Club building has an old-fashioned, dilapidated charm; it sits back from the road in its own grounds on quiet, leafy Carlton Road in deepest Whalley Range, an area notable for its lack of shops and pubs.
In recent years, however, some bars have sprung up fairly close by: the Nip and Tipple, the Hilary Step and Jam Street Cafe can all be found on Upper Chorlton Road at the end of College Road.
This area is on the 86/47/46 bus route, and is a 5 minute walk from Carlton Road. (Walk down College Road, round the bend, first left at Wood Road and then first right at Carlton Road; the Carlton Club is set back from the road on your right.)
Carlton Club, 113 Carlton Road, Whalley Range, M16 8BE. Telephone: 0161 881 3042.