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Neil Gits Exciting News!

21st September 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

I had one of those phone calls last week that came straight out of the blue and was totally unexpected. A PR company got in touch with Gateway as one of their clients are due to perform a concert in Basildon next month and they wondered if we’d like to fix up an interview so the chaps in the office decided my show would be the ideal place to air it and asked if I’d like to do the honours. As the group in question were one of THE biggest names in soul in the 70s, I thought about it for two seconds and said “yeah, ok!” and next Monday (26th) you will be able to hear the results of our chat. In the meantime, have a listen to the repeat play of my show on Saturday to find out just who we are talking about, though a glance at my “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list is a bit of a giveaway !

This Week’s Playlist:

Quincy Jones  –  Ai No Carrida

Gloria Gaynor  –  This Love Affair

Skyy  –  Call Me

Level 42  –  Love Games

Patrice Rushen  –  Haven’t You Heard (for The Upminster Two)

Jeffrey Osborne  –  I Really Don’t Need No Light (for The Olde Dog Soul Crew)

Luther Vandross  –  I Know (for Kim in Corringham)

Mtume  –  Juicy Fruit

Jerry Knight  –  I’m Down For That

Full Force  –  Alice, I Want You Just For Me (also for Kim!)

Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)

Delegation  –  Darling (I Think About You)

Rahni Harris – Six Million Steps (for Allan, Tracy, Harry, Sue, Martin & Heather)

Sine  –  Just Let Me Do My Thing

West Coast Soul Stars  –  Because Of You

Stretch  –  Why Did You Do It

Jaki Graham  –  Heaven Knows (for Sarah Jane)

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr  –  You Don’t Have To Be A Star

Dobie Gray  –  Out On The Floor   (Northern Soul Top 20 No:1)

Fantasy  –  You’re Too Late

Odyssey  –  Going Back To My Roots

FM Inc  –  Moving In The Right Direction

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Liberation

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

“The Old Git @ The Olde Dog – Again!”
Billericay Road, Herongate Tye, Brentwood, CM13 3SD
DJ Neil Matthew playing….
“Soul, Jazz-Funk & Disco from and inspired by the classic era of the 70s & 80s”
7pm  –  10.30pm   –   Free Entry
Chill out with the tunes !
Saturday 24th September
“Soul At The Ship”
Upstairs at The Ship, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea
“Jazz Funk, Soul, Rare Groove & Latin Rhythms from the days of The Goldmine, Lacy Lady, Hadleigh Suite & Caister provided by top quality DJs…”
8pm – 1am   –  £4 on the door
Saturday 24th September
“KTF Soul Club – Number 10″
Railway Tavern, Stanford Le Hope
7.30 – 1.30
£4 admission
Guest DJs: Tony Burman & Rob Hall
“Northern Soul Event – possibly a dance competition too !”
Saturday 24th September
Alexander O’Neal Live !!
Club Ciroc, South Street, Romford (formerly Brannigans)
Hosted by The Essex Soul Man : John Leech
Tickets £10 On The Door  –   9pm – 2am
Saturday 1st October
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, 30 York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS
The East Kent Soul Connection Presents…
“Soul Jazz Funk, Soulful Dance & Boogie”
8pm – 1am   –   Free Entry
Saturday 22nd October
Halloween 80s Soul Night
***New  Venue!***
Rochford Hundred Golf Club, Hall Road, Rochford
DJ: Geoff Grove
Fancy Dress (Optional)  –   Hot Finger Buffet
8pm – 1am

Professional photographer will be snapping away at your request.
10% discount with Andrews Taxis too & from all Geoff’s events!
Tickets £15 from  website below or Secrets Rayleigh

Saturday 22nd October
“Soul By The Jetty – 2nd Birthday Party”
The Lobster Snack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island
Wristbands only (£5 in advance)   –   8pm – 1am
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr Messy
Plus: Mick Love, Gino Muscat (Killer Soul 5)
 SPECIAL GUEST is Brighton legend and original Mafia DJ PAUL CLARK!!
Friday 28th October
“The Stylistics – LIVE!”
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30 pm start  –  show lasts approx 100 minutes
Tickets £25 – credit/debit card bookings on (01268) 465465
Friday 28th October
“Hallowen Party”
The Grasshopper Inn, Moorhouse, (A25) Westerham, Kent, TN16 2EU
DJ: Mark Roman  –  thr original DJ from legendary London 70s soul & funk club “Crackers” !
“Free glass of witches brew, creepy canapes and nasty nibbles!”
Friday 25th November 
 “Killer Soul Night – Xmas Special!”
@ 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 ´
DJ´s such as Ian Reading, Jon Jules, Mikey Porter, Bully, Uncle Swerve, Nick Gunn, The Bish, MJ Mac, Axel F, Brian Kelly 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
Saturday 3rd December
Charity Xmas Soul Ball
Colchester Town Hall, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PJ
“The West Coast Soul Stars – Live!”
A chance to see this fabulous band here in Essex !!
DJs : Chaz J  & Food (The Lemon Tree)
7pm –  1am
Tickets £25 – funds raised for the British Heart Foundation
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”
***SAT 1st OCT  –  STEVIE B & GLENN SHERRY !!***
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one October 7th
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend – next one 30th September
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope – next one 30th September
Second Saturday: Soul Fusion, Star & Garter, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next one 8th Oct
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night   –  next one 22nd October
Soul By The Jetty  –  next one  22ndOct and then 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 : 2nd October

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 via from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm