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Neil Gits To Grips With The New Website…

14th December 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

As a fully paid up member of the “Old Gits Club (Grumpy Branch)” I do not often like change, especially at Xmas when I am busy, busy, busy and just don’t have time to adjust to something “new” and “improved” – business websites being a typical case in point. So then Gateway changes its site too – AAAARGH!!!!  However, as you can see, I’ve mastered it quite quickly and have posted another blog – and the rest of the website looks pretty smart too, why not have a nose around after you’ve read this …

This Week’s Playlist:

Ritchie Family  –  Best Disco In Town

Hamilton Bohannon  –  Let’s Start The Dance

Jaki Graham  –  Round And Round

Sharon Redd  –  Never Give You Up (Full 12″ Mix)

Heatwave  –  Posin’ Til Closin’

Stevie Wonder  –  Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing

Diana Ross  –  All Of My Life

Jones Girls  –  Nights Over Egypt

Dynasty  –  I’ve Just Begun To Love You

Chic  –  My Feet Keep Dancing

Archie Bell & Drells  – Old People

Leroy Hutson  –  Don’t It Make You Feel Good

Junior Walker & The Allstars  – Walk In The Night

Dobie Gray  –  The In Crowd (RIP)

Steve Arrington  –  Feel So Real

Drizabone  –  Pressure

Montell Jordan  –  You Must Have Been

La Toya Jackson – Camp Kuchi Kaiai

Elgins  –  Heaven Must Have Sent You

Cool Notes  –  I Forgot

Frankie Smith  –  Double Dutch Bus

Odyssey  – Native New Yorker

RAH Band  –  Slide


Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:



Saturday 17th December

Funkadelia Dance Decades Party

The Luxurious Marquee, Loughton

Imagination featuring Leee John – LIVE !

Plus DJ John Leech – The Essex Soul Man

Tickets £15  – 9pm – 3am

Tel (01702) 306293  –


Saturday 31st December
“Soul By The Jetty – New Years Eve Special!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
8pm – 2am
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly…
Plus: Tony Matthews & Jazzbod from Caister
“A full-on PARTY featuring quality Soul, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Nu-Jazz and Caister grooves with added feel-good flavas…”
Wristbands £8 – IN ADVANCE ONLY – Tel:07989 591399
Or for full details see:

Saturday 31st December
“Stomp-ford 2 – New Years Eve Party!”
The Squire, North Street, Romford, RM5 3AB
8pm – 5am !
“The Sweet Rhythms Of Soul Music from the Stomp Team…”
Tickets £15 available until 18th December…
…after that £20 if not already sold out !
Full details at:


Saturday 31st December
“KTF Soul Club vs Dirty John’s New Years Knees Up!”
The Railway Tavern, Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm – 1.30 am
Two rooms of tunes – tickets £5 in advance only
Details at:


Saturday 31st December
“New Years Eve Dance Party”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley.
DJ Geoff Grove playing…
“80s Soul, 90s Anthems & Today’s Dance Hits”
Family-friendly event – Tickets £10 Adults only – all kids tickets  now sold out

More details to follow…
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 January 6th                                        First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth – next date Jan 6th
Second Sunday: The Old Git At The Olde Dog – Herongate – see above ! Next: TBC                                Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next one TBC
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one New Years Eve !
Further details above as each night comes around.
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
***Tickets & Accomodation Selling Fast ! Hurry! ***
More info at and


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 : Resumes in March 2012


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