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Neil Gits A Belter Out !

6th June 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

I do spend a lot of time putting my show together – probably FAR too much time ! – and as a result I am rarely disappointed how it turns out, with just some sloppy presentation occasionally taking the shine off some of the superb tunes played in between ! But I felt this week’s selection was a particularly good one with every track holding a special memory or having a story to be told, with some of the very best “nu soul” cuts slotted seamlessly alongside the vintage 70s & 80s ones. And “DJ Neil” held it together quite nicely I thought too 😉  so with the weather being suitably summery today, ideal for soul music in the sunshine, why not enjoy a glass of something nice with some lovely food on the go, open the windows wide or take the speakers outside and share these two hours of soul, jazz-funk & disco with the good and great of Basildon and beyond. We don’t get too many days like this in a year !

This Week’s Top Tunes

Jimmy Ruffin – Hold On To My Love
Funk Deluxe – This Time
Candi Staton – Nights On Broadway
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – I Don’t Blame You At All
Klique – I Can’t Shake This Feeling
Mather & Kingdon – Soul Night
Peaches & Herb – Reunited
Gene Van Buren – Automatic
Brothers Johnson – Ride-o-Rocket
Whispers – Rock Steady
McCrei – Show Me (Nigel Lowis Remix)
Brand New Heavies – Ten Ton Take
Wilson Pickett – Engine No: 9
Jacksons – Shake Your Body Down To the Ground
Cameo – Attack Me With Your Love
Ola Onabule – Soul Town (Drizabone Remix)
Will Downing – Saving All My Love
Mark Johnson – Daydream
Ms Sharon Ridley – Changin
Joe Simon – Step By Step
Circuit – Shelter

“Recommended Old Gits Nights Out”

Saturday 6th June
“Summer Madness Part 1”
The Soul Marquee, Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL
DJs include: Terry Jones, Eddie Piller, Chris Brown, Bob Masters
1pm – 1am ; Tickets £15 ; Tel: (01708)228678 / (01273) 413800

Saturday 6th June
“Smoove Grooves Weekender DJ Special”
The Woolston Manor, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG76BX
DJs: Bigger, Aitch B, Pete Collins, David Bailey,
DJ Samee, Soulmaster T & Residents Flip & Scott
Tickets £10 in advance, more on the door…
9pm – 3am ; Tel (07811) 111333

Sunday 7th June
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
Miles Bar, Harbour Parade,Ramsgate, CT11 8LN
DJs: Micky B & Jay Anderson
4pm start

Friday 12th June
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Back To The Old Skool”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, R’n’B & Club Anthems”
DJ: Bully (plus other DJs on rotation on other Fridays
Inc: MJ, Jon Jules & Mikey Porter)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Friday 12th June
“Essex Clubs Reunion Night”
Holiday Inn, Brentwood, CM14 5NF
“Two Rooms of Soul & Funk Anthems, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Tony Fernandez, Steve Goddard, Larry Foster, Robbie Collins
8.30pm start – 2am finish
Over 30s

Saturday 13th June
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Pete Hayes & guests
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late
Friday 19th June
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soulful tracks from the 70s 80s & 90s plus Nu Soul & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ : Bonnie DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!

Friday 19th June
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Paul Bain, Tracey Shaw plus guests
Ali Nightingale & Steve Guarnori
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 20th June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 26th June (TBC)
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after

Saturday 27th June
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
DJ: John Watson plus Harry Cambridge singing live !
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel (01702) 351135

Friday 3rd July (TBC)
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & Merv & Guest DJ
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Old skool soul, jazz funk, disco and club anthems”

Friday 3rd July (TBC)
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, EN8 8RU
DJ: Richard Lobban & Guest DJ
“Best In Soul, RnB, Reggae, 80s Disco & Soulful House”
9pm – 2am ; Admission £7
Tel: (07956)363131

Saturday 4th July
“Soul Music For Tracy”
Park Inn Hotel, Church Road, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2AL
“Charity Soul Night In Aid Of Tracy Ralph” (See links below)
DJs: Jon Jules, Brian Kelly, Mick Jackson, David Bishop
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £15

Friday 31st July
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk, Soul, Boogie,Disco & Motown – 60s to date”
Street food available on the night
Tel: (01702)351135

Friday 28th August
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms Of Jazz Funk & Soul”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Mark Lee Homer, Jon Ovel & Les Knott
Special Guest: Pete Collins
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s ;
Tickets £15 – Tel : (01375)891402


Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 3
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Havant Road, Hayling Island
“Two rooms of tunes plus 24 hour live radio”
*Headline Act : Glenn Jones LIVE !*
Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
DJs include: Norman Jay, Joey Negro, Bob Jones,
Pete Collins, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez & many more
Full details at : and …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”
DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week
Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco, 80s & 90s House Classics”
DJ: Soul-DJ Essex
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
(Venue also has an “80s & 90s soul party” night on Saturdays)

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 3rd July
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 12th June
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 19th June
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 13th June
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th June
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 26th June

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? 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