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Neil Gits On A Hovercraft !

21st January 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

The year may well be very young still, but it didn’t take me long to get out of the house for my first little adventure of 2019 – and you know I love my road trips ! Although this wasn’t just a road trip, as it involved a hovercraft and a 1930s London Underground train, the occasion being a quick visit to the Isle Of Wight for the first time to celebrate A13 Annie’s birthday on 3rd January. That date has not been kind to us in previous years, last year we were nearly blown off our feet by fearsome winds walking along the beach to a cafe near the New Forest, but this time the weather was really rather good for early January, not too cold, very sunny and most importantly DRY !! The traffic was mostly clear down to Southsea where we both boarded a hovercaft for the first time in our long lives and zipped across the Solent to Ryde where we connected with the Isle’s one train service, using old re-furbished tube stock, to reach our lunch destination – and fab novelty golf!! – at Shanklin. A brilliant day, topped off with a cheeky Chinese and “Mamma Mia 2” on DVD back home in Essex.

All this has absolutely nothing to do with my soul show whatsoever, but it did start 2019 off well, blew away a few remaining cobwebs and has put me in a good mood so far this month which has seen inspiration flowing through my veins to pick out two hours of terrific soul, jazz-funk & disco goodies for you to enjoy on a Monday at 7pm. Take a look at the latest playlist, still available on “Listen Again” and get ready for another LIVE show on Gateway tonight !

The Tunes 
Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff
Terri Wells – I’m Givin’ All My Love
Kindred The Family Soul – All My People
Aquarian Dream – You’re A Star
Melisa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise
Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne – Love Power
Regina Belle – This Is Love
Lori Williams – Let’s Walk
Carrie Lucas – I Just Can’t Do Without Your Love
Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up
Ronnie Laws – All For You
Wardell Piper -The Power Of Love
Bobbi Humphrey – Baby Don’t You Know
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Stop On By
Barry Biggs – Side Show
Drifters – You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book
Rose Royce – Carwash
T-Groove feat Ania Garvey – Let’s Feel Good
Kazu Matsui Project / Robben Ford – Standing On The Outside
Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
Jackie Wilson – Baby Workout
Lonnie Liston Smith – Space Princess (Joey Negro Space Goddess Mix)

The Gigs

Sunday 27th January

(Last Sunday of Each Month)

“Over Roast Of Joy”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL

“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”

DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green

Special Guest : Les Knott

Free Entry ; 5pm – 11pm

Friday 1st February

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs

“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”

8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry

Friday 1st February

“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

Friday 1st February

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall Hotel, RM16 3HS

“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly ; Roni O’Brien ; Mark Lee ; Jon Ovel

Lee “Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest :Tony Matthews

7.30pm – 1.00 am ; Over 30s

Tickets £15 via Eventbrite – Tel (01375) 891402

Saturday 2nd February

(1st Saturday of each month)

“Chelmsford City Soul”

Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA

DJs: John Peters & John Douglas

“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”

Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Friday 8th February

“Soul At The Wharf”,

The Wharf Pub, Wharf Road, Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

“Soul Funk & Disco Classics”

8 – 12 Midnignt ; Free Entry

Saturday 9th February

(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

Friday 15th February

(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

Friday 15th February

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“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 15th February

“Soul Re-united & The Squire Reunion”

RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM17 7HB

DJs: Steve Kite, Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien,

Jazbod, Elliot M

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 – Tel: (01708)762743

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Saturday 16th February

(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

Saturday 23rd February

“Soul By The Jetty”

Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

“Jazz, Funk & Soul with Boogie Tunes, Nu Jazz & Soulful House”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly & David “The Bish” Bishop

Special Guest : Tony Matthews

8pm – 1am ; Wristband Only Event – £10

Text (07960)217136 ; email : [email protected]

Saturday 23rd February

“Steppin’ Out”

Luna Lounge, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4WN

“The Best In Soul & Funk”

DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden

8pm – 1am ; Over 30s

Wristbands £7 – Tel (07526)633963

£10 on the door if available

Saturday 2nd March

“Liquid Spirit 4 – The 1st Birthday Bash !”

Capones Nightclub, Benfleet Road, Hadleigh, SS7 1QB

“Soulful House, Disco & Old Skool Anthems”

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Marie Garaccio

Danny T & DJ Coxy

8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Saturday 2nd March

“Soul By The Sea”

The Hampton Inn, Herne Bay, Western Esplanade, CT6 8DL

“Soul, Funk, Disco, Rare Groove, 80s Grooves”

DJs: Sarah Weller, Pete Hayes, Paul Mundy

Special Guest : DJ Miss Behaving

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 16th March

“Soul Fiesta”

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road,

Bulphan, Essex, RM14 3TY

Two Rooms Of Tunes, Eight DJs :

Birdy, Brian Kelly, Chris White, Gary Dennis

Ian Holmes, Jeff Young, Jigs, Simon Van Os

Room 1 : “Soul, Funk & Rare Groove

Room 2 : House, Latin, Afro & R’n’B

Saturday 23rd March

“KTF Soul Club 9th Anniversary”

Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,

Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

“Northern Soul, Motown, 60s RnB & a hint of Latin..”


7.30pm – 12.30am

Advance Tickets £7 inc a free CD ; £10 On The Door

*Also on 8th June / 28th September*

Saturday 25th May

“Shalamar Plus Special Guests Odyssey”

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA

“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”

Also appearing Light Of The World & Harry Cambridge as Luther Vandross,

Natasha Watts

Plus DJs: Ian Reading & John Osborne

2pm – 11.30pm

Early Bird Tickets £20

Friday 5th July

“Real Thing, Loose Ends & Shakatak”

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

8pm – 11pm ; Tickets £24, £29 or £31

(01702) 351135

Weekenders :

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January

“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

“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

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June

“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 7”

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire

3 Rooms Of Music including :

“Soul, Funk, Jazz, R’n’B, Soulful House, Neo Soul

Modern Soul, Rare Groove, Northern Soul & Reggae”


“3 Nights Accomodation inc Breakfast & Evening Meals & Event Pass = £199”

Tel : (02392) 460044

Margate Soul Festival 2019

Dates confirmed as Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August

Caister 2019 :

May 3rd 4th 5th & 6th

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Glitter Fridays”

The Rising Sun, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Soul, House, Disco, R’n’B , Club Classics”

DJ : Peter P and guests

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

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” !