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Neil Gits His First Xmas Invitation!

8th September 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

Flippin’ heck ! We’d only just set foot in September and there it was on my Facebook page – notice of a festive charity night taking place in Colchester ! That would normally be enough to send this grumpy old git into complete “bah humbug” mode but on closer inspection it came from one of my favourite FB friends, Sarah Jane, who has impeccable taste in soul music and the event just happens to feature a live set from my favourite current soul act the West Coast Soul Stars so I immediately put the wheels in motion, found out some more info, gave it a plug on Monday’s show and posted details on this blog – see below…

As always there’s plenty going on on the soul front here in Essex (and in our “sister” county of Kent!) and you can read fully updated details of each of the ongoing gigs comng up here, but first check the fab list of songs I played this week which you can hear again on Saturday at 5pm…

This Week’s Playlist:

Kool & The Gang  –  Ladies Night

Phylis Hyman  –  You Know How To Love Me (for Gary)

Gladys Knight & The Pips  –  It’s A Better Than Good Time

Anita Ward  –  Ring My Bell  (Extended 12″ Version)

Aurra  –  Like I Like It

Janice Bulluck  –  Do You Really Love Me

Stevie Wonder  –  My Cherie Amour (for Helen)  

Glenn Jones  –  You’re The Only One I Love (for Trev)

Miracles  – Love Machine (for Lorna in Vange)

TC Curtis  –  Should Have Known Better

Jackie Moore  –  This Time Baby  (for Harry)

Funkadelic  –  (Not Just) Knee Deep

Bob James  –  Westchester Lady

Lou Rawls  –  Lady Love (for Dave)

Mary Mary  –  Shackles (Praise You)

Roy Ayers  –  You Send Me

Lowrell  –  Mellow Mellow Right On (for Mart)

Toby Legend  –  Time Will Pass You By (Northern Soul Top 5 – No:5)

Judy Street  –  What (Northern Soul Top 5 – No:4)

Maze  –  Too Many Games (for Fletch)

Weeks & Co  –  Go With The Flow

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

“The Old Git @ The Olde Dog!”
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 !
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
Saturday 10th September
Charity Soul Night in aid of Canterbury Day Nursery
St Gregory’s Music Centre, Canterbury, Kent
7.30 – 10.30
featuring “The West Coast Soul Stars – Live!”
£15 a ticket  –  Tel (01227)454557
Sunday 18th September
“The Old Git At The Olde Dog!”
My show goes on the road !
See above or check:
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 / (01702) 551125
9pm  –  3.30 am
Saturday 17th September
“Al Fresco Soul”
The Ship,
New Road
Old Leigh, SS9 2EA
Annual fund raising shin dig for Bosom Pals. Outdoors till dusk upstairs till close.

All aspects of good soulful dance music covered during the day by a plethora of fine Djing talent.

More info Graham 07739093256

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, Ramsgate
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!!
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”
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 10th Sept
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 from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm