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Photographer: Franklyn Rodgers

We’re continuing to reflect on each year of Heart n Soul, as it’s our 30th birthday! We spoke to Heart n Soul co-founder Mark Williams about what happened in 1999…

“In 1999 the original group of Heart n Soul performers were touring the ‘Heart n Soul Experience’, primarily a music show getting Heart n Soul out on the road. The touring performances featured many of the songs that went on to be on the Heart n Soul Blue Album in 2001 and went all around the UK, as well as to Germany!

“By this point, the core company had been joined by Gillian Williams and Danny Smith. Gillian and Danny were both already performers in their own right – Gillian was an amazing dancer, who we met through the Beautiful Octopus Club in Croydon, and Danny brought an abstract and operatic side to Heart n Soul all the way from Oxford.”

You can see photo shoots on the left with the whole gang and solo shoots with Gillian and Danny, plus the stage plan for a Heart n Soul Experience show by Mark Burgess, the compere on many Heart n Soul shows and one of the Big 30 interviewees.

Check in again soon to find out about years 2000 and 2001 at Heart n Soul!

juneSandra Reynolds