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Neil Gits New Batteries

10th March 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

Being an “Old Git” it won’t surprise you to hear that I am not always terribly comfortable with modern technology and don’t easily embrace new innovations, but I have grown rather fond of my “Firestick” which was recommended to me last year by a friend and have enjoyed catching up on old TV shows & films that I had missed out on in recent months. Alas, back in December it suddenly stopped working after being affected by a major internet failure and I couldn’t do a thing with it, no matter what I tried and gave up on it until the same friend suggested I take it to her house and she would go through some vigorous tests on it. Now it’s back home and working perfectly – and guess what the problem was ? Yep, the remote needed new batteries ! In amidst the panic of it going down, I did try and change them but must have got the new and old ones mixed up ! DOH !

My own “batteries” have been re-charged lately too after a good start to 2019 and this week I have been catching up with all the fresh new tunes that have been sent to me, to see what will sit comfortably along side all the classic soul, jazz-funk & disco grooves from the 70s & 80s that I play each week. There are a lot of them too ! So this Monday expect to hear a bumper bundle of cool new soul tracks, plus of course plenty of the regular features and classics you would expect from 7pm LIVE on Gateway. Meanwhile, here is last week’s playlist :

The Tunes
Garfield Fleming – Please Don’t Send Me Away
O’Jays – Love Train
T-Groove feat Ania Garvey – Let’s Feel Good (M & M Radio Edit)
Oneness Of Juju – Every Way But Loose
Jean Carn & Glenn Jones – Sweet & Wonderful
Randy Hall – How Do You Want Your Love (Spanish Mix)
Marc Staggers – Crazy About Your Love
Whispers – Just Gets Better With Time
Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – How Do You Do
Change – Lovers Holiday
Evelyn King – I’m In Love
The Joneses – Sugar Pie Guy
Spyro Gyra – Para Ti Latino
Diplomats Of Soul feat Noel McKoy – Just Can’t Give You Up
Temptations – Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
Supremes – Floy Joy
Donnie Elbert – I Can’t Help Myself
Soulfusion Seven – Slide
Groove Association feat Georgie B – Write You A Letter
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes-If You Don’t Know Me By Now
MF Robots – The Night Is Calling
Central Line – Nature Boy
Alphonse Mouzon – Sunflower

The Gigs

Friday 15th March
(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 March
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen – 5th Anniversary”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests Dave Halsall & Jason Starr
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

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 16th March
(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 22nd March
“Soul Odyssey”
M & B Sports & Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0QX
“Jazz Funk & Soul Classics, Disco & Soulful House”
DJs: Gary Walden, Tony Treble & Gary Fish
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £6 – – £10 OTD
Tel: (07711)757258

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 23rd March
“JD The Soul Machine Live !”
The Old Garrison, Campfield Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 9BX
“Soul & Motown Singer – JD Fitzgerald”
9pm – 11.45pm ;

Sunday 24th March
(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 : TBC
Free Entry ; 5pm – 11pm

Saturday 30th March
“The Frog March – All Dayer”
The Rising Sun, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Two Rooms Of Tunes – 2pm to 2am”
20 DJs plus a live PA by David Joseph.
Tickets £10 at
Full details at :

Friday 5th April
(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…

Saturday 6th April
(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

Saturday 6th April
“Southend Soul”
The Park Inn, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
DJs: Dennis O’Brien, Mike Gee, Gary Spence, Tony Monson
Plus “The Soul Immigrants feat Ria Currie” & “Anita Carmichael (sax player)
Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door

Saturday 13th April
(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 19th April
“The Long Good Friday”
The Berwick Manor, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
“Stomp’s 10th Birthday Party”
Eight hours of Stomp DJs across two rooms of Soulful Sounds
5pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10

Saturday 4th May
“Soul Train Tour UK”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
Featuring live performances by :
Dina Carroll, Freda Payne, Junior,
G C Cameron (Detroit Spinners), Odyssey,
Eban Brown (The Stylistics) & The Flirtations

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 31st May
“5 Star Soul with Tony Momrelle Live !”
The Orsett Hall, Prince Charle Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms : Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
DJs: Brian Kelly, John Ovel & Lee Alder
Plus full live band in concert
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Over 30s
Tickets £20 in advance, £25 on the door

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 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” !