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Neil Gits To Romford

3rd November 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

I checked my diary and couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been out, purely on a social basis and without young Nathan, since my birthday … in MAY !!!! So when the opportunity arose last Friday it had to be taken and I decided to check out one of my own “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” at “Soul At The Squire” in Romford … where I hadn’t been for YEARS !!! It was good to meet up with the DJ Steve Kite who I hadn’t seen play for a long time and he was on top form either playing just the sort of tunes I love to spin on my show or ones that I am going to have to dust off and play soon ! In fact, I might have Steve in for a guest spot one week and choose a few of his faves to share with you…watch this space .

If you are at a loose end one night and need ideas of places to go and hear top tunes of the soulful variety, do have a look at the suggestions below, right underneath this week’s playlist:

Tunes You Will Hear This Week…

Freeez – IOU

Rumplestiltskin – I Think I Wanna Dance With You (for Rich)

Tavares – More Than A Woman

Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya (Full Original LP Version)

Atlantic Starr – Let The Sun In

Syl Johnson – Take Me To The River

Diana Ross – Theme From Mahogany

Keith Washington – Trippin’ (for Gary ! 😉 … )

High Fashion – Feeling Lucky Lately

Terri Wells – I’ll Be Around

Total Contrast – What You Gonna Do About It

David Grant – Change (for Harry)

Deodato – Whistle Bump

Banbarra – Shack Up

Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancing

Incognito – Always There

Anita Baker – Like You Used To Do

Rufus & Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good

Fantastics – Something Old Something New

Kool & The Gang – Jones vs Jones

Loleatta Holloway – Hit & Run

American Gypsy – Stuck On You

US3 – Cantaloop

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

“The Old Git @ The Olde Dog – Part 3 !”

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”

***Plus Guest “Brit-Funk” set by DJ Paul Eve! ***

Remember the likes of Second Image, Central Line, Beggar & Co, Freeez, etc,etc ??

7pm – 10.30pm – Free Entry

Chill out with the tunes !

Friday 4th November

Zero Soul Night
Marco’s Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
8.30 – 1am – Admission Free
DJ Bully and guests
Saturday 5th November
“Something For The Weekend”
Henrys, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB
9pm – 2am – Free Entry
“Soulful Fireworks Galore!!”
DJs: Ginger Tony, Ed Stokes, Pete Collins & Steve Kite
Tel: (01708) 864012
Saturday 5th November
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, 30 York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS
8pm – 1am – Free Entry
East Kent Soul Connection DJs playing:
“Soul, funk, jazz, soulful house, classic & new grooves”
Saturday 12th November
“The KTF Soul Club – 11″
The Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford le Hope
7.30pm – 12.30am – £4 admission on the door
DJs : Paul Spain (Box Club) & Lee Markwick (Krystal Radio)
“Northern Soul Event!”
Saturday 19th November
“Soul In The Box”
The Box Club, Regina Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1PE
8pm – 1am – Admission £5
DJs: Mick Love, Paul Spain, Brian Kelly & Danny Peach
Special Guest: Chas Fredrick
“Northern Soul, Motown & Modern Soul”
Tel: (07807) 325903
Saturday 19th November
“Treacle Mine Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Grays Thurrock
8pm – 11pm – Free Entry
“Caister Anthems, 80s Soul, Funk & Boogie”
DJs : Bully & MJ
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
“Essex Funkers Big Xmas Bash!”
Harlow Town FC
7pm – 1am
DJs: Tom Holland, Paul Clark & Les Knott
Tickets £8 in advance or £12 on the door
Contact: (07800)72475 or (01273) 413800
Saturday 10th December
Estuary Soul Xmas Special,
The Westcoast Bar, Margate
8pm – 3am – Tickets are £5 in advance
Two Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk By The East Kent Soul Connection !
DJs include: Tony Matthews, Pete Collins, Micky B, Jason Anderson, Jonny & Messy
More details at …
Sunday 11th December
“The Old Git At The Olde Dog – Part 4!”
The Olde Dog, Herongate
7pm -10.30pm
Further details to follow…
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:
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 November 4th
Second Sunday: The Old Git At The Olde Dog – Herongate – see above ! Next: 13th November
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next one 28th October
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night – next one TBC
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 : 6th November

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