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Neil Gits The Choccie Eggs In !

28th March 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

And welcome to “National Chocolate Egg Eating Week” ! I’ve been stocking up with the bargains on offer at the supermarkets for Nathan, mum, sister, nieces, nephew and of course …. ME!!!!  You know what ? What could be nicer than gorging on a big Cadburys Special (other brands are available but the Big C is the one !) while listening to some fantastic soul, disco & jazz-funk tunes from the 70s 80s & beyond ? Answer: NOTHING ! So tune in to the repeat of my “Old Gits Soul Show” this Saturday at 5pm and while you’re at it check out all the wonderful soul gigs you can try out over the four day weekend too…

The Tunes

Band AKA  –  JoyHeatwave  –  Razzle Dazzle

Mai Tai  –  History

Showstoppers  –  Ain’t Nothing But A Houseparty

Equals  –  Funky Like A Train

Stevie Wonder  –  Love Light In Flight

Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye  –  You Are Everything

Intruders  –  To Be Happy Is The Real Thing

Kenny G  –  Hi How Ya Doin’

Candi Staton  –  Suspicious Minds

The Dells  –  Your Song

Patrice Rushen  – Keepin’ Faith In Love

George Benson  –  Breezin’

Mandrill  –  Can You Get It (Suzie Caesar)

Chaka Khan  –  I Feel For You

George Duke  –  Funkin’ For The Thrill

Haywoode  –  Roses

Toni Braxton  –  You’re Making Me High

Kenny Thomas  –  Wait For Me

Mighty Doug Haines  –  I’ll Be Right Here

Detroit Spinners  –  Wake Up Susan

Linda Carr  & The Love Squad  –  High Wire

Olympic Runners  –  Keep It Up

Thomas & Taylor  –  You Can’t Blame Love

John Patitucci  –  My Summer Vacation


The Gigs (Easter & April)

Friday 29th March“Soul Weekender Vibe”

Vetro Bar, Billericay (corner of Western Road & High Street)

“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves From The 70s & 80s”

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus Guest DJ Pete Collins

Free Entry   –   8pm  –  1am


Friday 29th March

“Destiny Michelle”

The Inn On The Green, Billericay

Beyonce / Destinys Child Tribute

8.30 pm start  –  Free Admission


Friday 29th March

“The Frog March”

The Bull, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, RM10 8AQ

“Special Event to commemorate 5 years since the passing of the original mix master and legendary soul DJ , Froggy”

5pm  –  2am   ;   Free Entry

DJs include: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Dr Bob Jones & Scott James


Friday 29th March (last Friday of the month)

“The Return Of Shaft”

Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester

DJs:  Chazz J, Jimmy Dixon, Kev James

“Soul Jazz & Funk”

9pm  –  2.30am    –    Free Entry


Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)

“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark

Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times 8pm –  2am

Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757


Saturday 30th March

“The 3rd Soul Connexion All Dayer”

The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE

12 Noon – Late

Tickets £4 In Advance from (07584)626972 (£5 OTD)

More info at


Saturday 30th March

“Soul Birthday Party”

Caffe Alma, (formerly The Westcoast Bar), Margate

“Upfront, Modern & Classic Soul Grooves”



Saturday 30th March (Every Last Saturday of the month)

“Disco Stomp”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert plus guests

70s & 80s Disco Classics

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Sunday 31st March

“Easter Sunday Soul Night”

The Cricketers Inn, 143 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ : Paul Eve (Caister)  –  Free Entry  –  7.30pm start


Sunday 31st March

“80s Disco Night”

Charlies Bar, Warley Hill, Brentwood

DJ: Charlie Cook

8pm start  –  Free Entry


Friday 5th April 2013

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Guest DJ Uncle Swerve

“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”

Free Entry    –   8.00pm  – 1am


Saturday 6th April

“Overdose Of Joy”

Bar West One, Kings Road, Brentwood, CM14 4EA

DJs: Paul “Baldie” Kidley, Elliot M and Jonny Layton

“The very best in jazz-funk soul & disco”

£7 in advance   –   7.30pm  –  2am


Saturday 6th April (Every First Saturday)

“Soul On The Harbour ”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests

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

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Saturday 6th April

“Soul Stations”

The Ink Bar, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BE

DJs: James Anthony & Nick Aravis playing…

“All Your Favourite Tunes, Classic & Modern”

£5 On The Door, 9pm – Late



Saturday 13th April 2013

“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”

Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent

Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”

Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee

7pm  –  Midnight

Tickets Now Available @


Saturday 13th April

“Hustle 2 !”

The Clubhouse, Princes Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN

DJs: James Anthony, Marky Mark & Penny K

“Soul Funk & Disco”

9pm  – 2am   ;    £5 On The Door

Details from (07855) 770273


Friday 19th April

“Soul & Club Classics Night”

The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

“A Night of old skool club classics, soul, funk, RnB,
disco and dance….”

DJs: Bully & MJ Mac

8pm  –  Late    –    Free Entry



Saturday 20th April

“An Evening Of Soul & Motown”

The Green Man, A128, Herongate

DJ : JB (Jon Barrall)

Pub Hours – Free Entry


Saturday 20th April

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start   –  Free Entry


Saturday 20th April

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront,

DJs: Tom G Edgar & Carl Hyde plus guests

Free Entry   –  8pm – 1am


Saturday 20th April

“Essex Soul Party”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA

DJs: Frostie Original, Tony Fernandez, Marky Mark,

Jim The Syrup, John Soul-Power Wayne.

“Tunes from the Goldmine/Zero 6/Lacy Lady Era”


Saturday 27th April

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly

Plus Special guest Nick Aravis

£5  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) or…

email: [email protected]

“100% Jazz Funk & Soul with a sprinkling of nu jazz & soulful house – keeping the spirit of the Goldmine alive on Canvey Island”

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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