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Neil Gits A Cheap Breakfast

14th July 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

“Music is my first love…” as the old song says but   ”…food isn’t far behind”   as it doesn’t !  Yep, back to waffle totally unrelated to the show this week on the blog…

Of course, whatever time of the week you lsten to “The Old Gits Soul Show” it will have been a good few hours since I had my breakfast, but I am a great believer in the old adage that it is the most important meal of the day, setting you up nicely to deal with the tasks ahead – and when you get a bargain at the same time … happy days !!  Lately, I’ve stumbled across three such occasions all in the Basildon area, starting with good old Maccy D’s who shoved a handful of money off vouchers through my door recently some of which I used to feed me and Nathan for just £4.57 one morning. Not the best brekkie we’ll ever have, granted, but the food they serve pre-10.30 in my mind is vastly superior to the burgers and stuff available afterwards…

On the Wickford side of town, one of the carveries has started doing a breakfast deal and again when a voucher found its way to me, it had to be used ! Quite decent, especially as you could help yourself to as much mushrooms, beanz and tomatoes as you liked to go with the well coooked sausage bacon & eggs.  But hats off to Asda – I have been seriously under impressed with their efforts at feeding us once or twice this year, but their “Full Breakfast” at Pipps Hill filled the two of us up for under a tenner and everything was done just as we liked it and served with a smile as we fought over how to swop beanz for bacon and eggs for mushrooms ! Gosh, I’m feeling hungry now … if music be the food of love…er…I’ll have another Full English pease !

This Week’s Playlist:

Chic  –  Good Times

Teena Marie  –  Square Biz

Patrice Rushen  –  Feels So Real

McFadden & Whitehead  –  Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Extended 12″ Version)

Maze  –  Can’t Stop The Love

Cashmere  –  We Need Love

Luther Vandross  –  Any Love             

Aretha Franklin & Michael McDonald  –  Ever Changing Times

George Benson  –  What’s On Your Mind (for Adrian)

Dhar Braxton  –  Jump Back

Mary Jane Girls  –  Candy Man (for Tony)

Roy Ayers  –  Sweet Tears

Mezzoforte  –  Garden Party (for Jon in Plumpton)

Crown Heights Affair – I’m Gonna Love You Forever

Stargate & Tyler  –  Wilder

Bar Kays –  Feels Like I’m Falling In Love

Dee Dee Bridgewater  –  Lonely Disco Dancer ( for Keith in Dubai)

Osibisa  –  Sunshine Day

Idris Muhammad  –  Baia

Carey Johnson  –  Real Fashion Reggae Style

Stephanie Mills  –  Sweet Sensation      

Sea Level  –  Fifty-Four

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

 Friday 15th July
“Soul At The Squire – With No:1 Soul DJ Chris Hill!”
Click link for full details…
Saturday 16th July
“KTF Soul Club – Later & Greater!”
The Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm – 1.30am  –  £4 Admission
DJs:  Mark “Gurcha” Collins  &  John Claricoats
This is a Northern Soul event !
Saturday 16th July
“Love Canvey Soul”
Bar Monico, Canvey Island
Live This Week: Matthew Winchester (King of Soul)
8pm – 2am    –   Admission Free
Saturday 16th July
“Soul @ The Ship – Hawaiian Beach Party!”
@ Upstairs at The Ship Pub
New Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 2EA
DJs Gary Turner (The Hot Box´ on Zero Radio, ex-Goldmine) and Tom Toher
Voted runner-up in the ´Best Soul Club Night´ category in the Soul
Survivor Magazine 2010 UK Awards.
8.30pm-1.00am £4 OTD
Full details, club pics and videos on our ´Soul@TheShip´ FACEBOOK Group Page or Tel: 01702 477841
Tuesday 19th July
“Jazz At Chalkwell Park”
Live  Acts:  James Taylor Quartet,  Kenny Baxter Quintet   &   Kit Downes Trio
Support from DJ:  Snowboy … playing contemproary jazz, funk and be-bop and more.
6pm – 11pm – Tickets £15 in advance / £18 on the door / £10 students and unwaged concessions
Saturday 23rd July
“Soul On The Harbour Beach Party”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
The East Kent Soul Connection Presents…
“Soul Jazz Funk, Soulful Dance & Boogie”
8pm – 1am   –   Free Entry
Friday 29th July
“Soul Survivors Live”
Bar Vic, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
8pm – 1am
DJ Jon B
Free Admission

Friday 29th July

“Soulful Seduction”

The Inn On The Green, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0ER

“Old School, Disco, 70s Funk, 80s Soul, 90s Club Classics & Dance Anthems”

DJs: MJ & Bully

8pm – 11pm  –  Free Admission

Last Friday Of Every Month

Saturday 30th July
“Feel Soul”
Rendezvous , Chadwell Heath
“Soul, RnB, Jazz-Funk, Rare Groove, Reggae and more…”
9.30pm  – 3.30 am   –   £6 B4 11pm,  £10 after…
DJs: Enyaw, Frostie, Paul Eve, Marky Mark & Ginger Tony
Details on (07969) 625370
Saturday 30th July
“Loose Ends in Romford!”
Club Ciroc, South Street, Romford
DJ John Leech Presents  the 80s Brit Soul Legends LIVE!!!
With guest Bonnie DJ (Sol Syndicate)
Tickets £10 on the door – arrive early !        9pm  –  3am
Saturday 30th July
Soul On The Sands – All Dayer
Starting at The Bracket  –  2pm onwards then ..
…on to Bar Lola, Margate (Seafront)
9pm – 2am
DJs include:  Gareth Donovan, Gary Dennis, Pete Collins and Micky B
Friday 5th August 
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out!”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
Free Admission   –  8.30pm – 1.00 am
DJs:  Bully  plus guest
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Disco & Dance Anthems”
Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th August
“Margate Carnival Soul Weekend!”
Westcoast Bar, 3-5 King Street  &  The Parade, Margate
2pm  –  2am  Each Day  –  Free Entry
On The Saturday:  Live Entertainment & DJs on The Plazza
DJ line-up includes:  Tony Matthews, Peter Collins, Roni O’Brien, James Anthony & Jon Layton
Plus of course the “East Kent Soul Connection” crew !!
On The Sunday: Live Shows & Music, Family Entertainment Stalls & Caribbean Bar-B-Q !
Finale:  Special Full Live Performance from THE WESTCOAST SOULSTARS and Friends !
Saturday 13th August
“Stomp In Romford!”
The Squire, North Street, Romford
Tickets £5   –   8pm – 2am
DJs: Steve Kite, Gavin Page, Tony Fernandez, Phil Roberts, Scott James…
…With the sweet Rhythms Of Soul Music !
Check the link below for ticket outlets and more info:
Saturday 27th August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party!”
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr Messy with Special Guest:  Tony Matthews
Details to follow…
Friday 9th September 
“Killer Soul 5!”
@ Lords Golf & Country Club, Rayleigh
8pm – 1am
If you were part of the enormous soul music explosion in the South East of England back in the later part of the 1970´s and attended the night clubs such as Zero 6, Flicks, Lacy Lady and more, then its time to reminisce again as the DJ team at Zero Radio invite you to ´KILLER SOUL 5´
DJ´s such as Ian Reading, Jon Jules, Bully, Uncle Swerve, Nick Gunn and more are back for a night of Jazz Funk, Soul and Dance floor anthems plus an added THIRD room for all Jazz & Chill Connoisseurs
For further details visit
Wednesday 14th September
“Billy Ocean LIVE at The Towngate !”
St. Martin´s Square, Basildon,  SS14 1DL

2011 will see Billy Ocean perform at just four venues across the country
and the Towngate Theatre are privileged to be able to welcome him back.

All tickets: £27.50

Debit/Credit Card Bookings: 01268 465 465

Saturday 17th September
“Always There – Goldmine Reuion”
La Quinta, Hadleigh, SS7 1QB
DJs: Chris Hill & Snowboy
Tickets £10 in advance from the venue or call (07811) 111333
9pm  –  3.30 am
Saturday 22nd October
Halloween Hockley Soul Night
***New  Venue!***
Rochford Hundred Golf Club, Hall Road, Rochford
DJ: Geoff Grove
Fancy Dress  –   Hot Buffet  –  Tickets & Times TBC
Every Friday:
 “Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry  –   8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister)  plus various guests
Every Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am   –   Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one August 5th
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend – next one 29th July
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope – next one 29th July
First Saturday: Crown Soul Affair, The Crown, Billericay – next one August 6th
Second Saturday: Soul Fusion, Star & Garter, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next one 9th July
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night   –  next one 22nd October
Soul By The Jetty  –  next one  27th August, then 29th Oct and New Years Eve !
Further details above as each night comes around.

 And don’t forget…

Live Jazz @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every First Sunday of the month

Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm

Next date : 7th August

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Admission is FREE !  Hope to add more details here soon…

Also recommended…

Friday nights at…

Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton

Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove

Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2011 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a voice/text message to (01268)833978

The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm