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Neil Gits Distraught

3rd July 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

I tried to block it out of my mind but it was, inevitably, just not possible ! For the second week running my live show clashed with a big England match and being a big football fan myself, I couldn’t help but keep peeking at the comments on Facebook and the updates on the BBC sport website as the unthinkable happened and Iceland scored against us … and then even took the lead !! 🙁

The rest is history now and I think I’ve got over the pain now, but intriguingly you can almost relive it with me again from 5pm today when last Monday’s show is repeated. Have a listen, not just to hear some top tunes from the world of soul, jazz-funk & disco, but also to see if you can spot the point where I REALLY got the hump without actually mentioning the match on air !

The Tunes

Edwin Starr  – Contact

Michael Jackson  –  Burn This Disco Out

Shalamar  –  A Night To Remember

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Save The Overtime

Sympli Whitney  –  Get Enuff

Diana Ross,Supremes & Temptations – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

Tyrone Davis  –  In The Mood

Ola Onabule  –  Love Again

Michelle Wallace  –  Jazzy Rhythm

Sister Sledge  –  Got To Love Somebody

Glen Adams Affair  –  Just A Groove

Brass Construction  –  Now Is Tomorrow

Peter Royer feat Dexter Wansel – Love Is In Season

Sam Cooke  –  Another Saturday Night

Emotions -I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love (1976 Funky Purrfection Remix)

Evelyn “Champagne” King – I Don’t Know If It’s Right

Rudy Wilburn  –  These Are The Days (CW Radio Mix)

Craig T Cooper – Quality Time

Sylvester  –  Here Is My Love 

KC & The Sunshine Band – Sound Your Funky Horn

Joe McBride  –  Twilight

The Gigs

Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Jetty”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & Paul Clark

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Saturday 9th July

“Soul Connexion All Dayer”

Club 2004, Station Road, Hornchurch, RM12 6LS

DJs include : Dave Burton, Ronnie Martin & Ian Holmes

“13 Hours of the Very best Soul Jazz & Funk “

12 noon  –  1am  ;  Tickets £5!alldayer/f6by7


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 9th July

“A Night Of Vinyl Soul”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

10pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry

DJs: Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz), Gavin Page & Micky B


Friday 15th July

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 15th July

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: Dave Farrell, Malcolm Collins, Johnny Pearson

Dean Atkins & Tommy Gunn

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Free Entry ! ; Tel (01892) 544700


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465


Saturday 16th July

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 16th July

“S.O.T.R.C.- Soul All-dayer”

The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

2pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Friday 22nd July

“Soul At The Manor”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James

Brian Jay & Mark “Gurcha” Collins

10pm  –  1.30am  ;  Tickets – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Shorts & Shades Summer Party”

Queens Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

DJs: Nigel Watson & Terry Brown (Soulbeat)

9pm –  1am


Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK


Friday 5th August

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

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

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 5th August

“Essex Soul Sessions”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 28th August

“Making Memories – Soul All-Dayer”

*In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care*

Gardeners Arms & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX

DJs : Kevin Hawkins, Gary Walden, Pete Collins

Simon Whistles Ford, Tricia Butler, Glen Nudd & Neville

3pm  –  12.30am  ;  Entry £10 donation





Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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 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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm