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Neil Gits A Weekend Off

8th December 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

It doesn’t seem that long ago that every single Friday, Saturday and Sunday night was a whirlwind of driving to gigs, setting up, socializing and of course playing some marvellous music to the party-goers of Essex – a Saturday night off was almost unheard of and would surely signal the end of my career was nigh !! But times changed, I’ve got older, my work routine has evolved and now I usually have both Friday & Saturday nights off, keeping my hand in with the odd DJ set here and there, but mainly working Sunday to Thursday on my quiz nights and of course on Mondays it is the “Old Gits Soul Show” live form 7-9pm on Gateway ! 🙂

Last weekend was a particularly long one though as I didn’t even do my Sunday night quiz due to an early Xmas booking at the venue so I made use of the extra time to give my paperwork and computer folders a spruce up and whilst in my radio show files found plenty of good ideas to use over the next few weeks, the immediate effect being that last Monday’s show was a belter !! You can hear that show again at 5pm today (Saturday) but if you like the look of the tunes in the playlist below and it’s too late to tune in then, head for the “listen again” section and pick out the show you want from the “Cool Soul” list …

The Tunes

Archie Bell & The Drells – The Soul City Walk
Thomas & Taylor – You Can’t Blame Love
Groove Association feat Georgie B – Feeling Happy
One Way feat Al Hudson – You Can Do It
Chaka Khan – Our Love’s In Danger
Kashif – Say Something Love
Bob Baldwin feat Ce Ce Peniston – Fool On The Hill
La Toiya Williams – No Time
Rafael Cameron – Boogie’s Gonna Get You
Jacksons – Can You Feel It
Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà vu
CB & Just Us – Won’t You
Grover Washington Jr – Tell Me About It Now
Patchworks – RIP With John Coltrane
Chairmen Of The Board – You Got Me Dangling On A String
Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon – Blame It On The Pony Express
Mather & Kingdon – The Ways Of You
Lori Williams – Little Girl Blue
Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before
Isley Brothers – Live It Up
Herb Alpert – Keep Your Eye On Me
Loleatta Holloway & The Salsoul Orchestra – Seconds

The Gigs

Big, big night tonight for soul gigs in our area – five in my listings !!! See the details of these and others for the rest of 2018 below :

Saturday 8th December
“ Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Canons Brook Golf Club, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, Gary Hawk, John Searle, Dab
7pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 (07791) 995670

Saturday 8th December
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul – The Xmas Party!”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 8th December
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ Yours Truly (Ben)
7pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 8th December
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet”
Vibe, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JG
DJs : Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Alan Champs
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry before 10pm

Saturday 8th December
“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Mick Love
7.30pm – 1.00am
Advance Tickets £10 – see Facebook page for details

Saturday 15th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special 2018”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, funk,& soul with nu-jazz, soulful house, boogie tunes & more”
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £10 – in advance only
Resident DJs : Jonny Layton, Mark Messent & Brian Kelly
Special Guests : Simon Van Os & Jazzbod
Online tickets available from
Or text (07989)591399 ; email : [email protected]

Saturday 15th December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 21st December
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Saturday 22nd December
“Xmas Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
Three Rooms Of Tunes :
1 – Soul Funk & Jazz
2 – Soulful House, R’n’B & Hip Hop
3 – Reggae, Latin, Afrobeat & Jazz Dance
DJs: Aitch B, Brian Kelly, Colin Barnaby, Ian Holmes
June Furlong, Simon Van Os, Bigger, Chris White
Garry Dennis, Jeff Young & Mick Cooper
Tickets £15 in advance ; £20 on the door

Monday 31st December
“ The Edge New Years Eve Party ”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden
“Party, Disco & Old Skool Club Classics”
8pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10 in advance

Friday 4th January
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve plus guests
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 18th January
(Every 3rd Friday of the month – except December)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Friday 1st February 2019
“Overdose Of Joy”
**SOLD OUT !!! **
Top Meadow Golf Club, Fen lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR
“Modern & Classic Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJs: Elliot M, Nick Gunn, Lee Fatbloke, Paul Kidley, Bully & Jon Jules
Special PA : “ Louise Mehan of SouLutions ”
7.30pm – 1am

Saturday 25th May 2019
“Shalamar Plus Special Guests”
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA
“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”
2pm – 11.30pm – Other acts to be confirmed
Early Bird Tickets £20

Weekenders :

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January 2019
“Clacton Soul Weekender Reunion 2019”
Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester, CO6 1DU
“Two rooms of 70s & 80s Modern Soul, Boogie & Jazz Funk”
DJs Include : Tony Fernandez, Sara Jane Rundel, Frostie
Richard Felstead, Paul Clark & Brian Jay
2pm Friday through to 2pm Sunday

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March 2019
“Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender”
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
“Live Concert by Bitty McLean plus Winston reedy & Leroy Simmonds”
Two Rooms Of Music :
1) Reggae : Current, Revival & Bashment
2) Soul : Rare Groove, Independent & Classic 70s 80s & 90s
5pm on Friday night to 2am Monday morning
Margate Soul Festival 2019
Dates confirmed as Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August

Caister 2019 :
Dates TBC …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Feelgood Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet, Vibe, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2019 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978.
The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via from 7pm–9pm every Monday, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !