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Neil Gits A Bit Behind…

31st January 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

As well as hosting my “Old Gits Soul” show live each Monday, I also run quiz nights and last week was one of those freak ones where straight after the programme I had a run of four on the trot – which takes a lot of preparation ! Hence, I never got round to adding my blog so just for the sake of completion here is the playlist for last week’s show, plus a fully updated list of soul events in the Basildon & East Thurrock area .. and then some ! I WILL get back on track later this week, promise…


The Tunes:


Alexander O’Neal  –  Fake

Love Unlimited Orchestra  –  Lift Your Voice & Say

Chaka Khan  –  Eye To Eye

Jacksons  –  Show You The Way To Go

Heatwave  –  Dreaming You

Chic  –  Soup For One

Force MDs  –  Tender Love

Lionel Richie  –  You Are

Etta James  –  Tell Mama

Linx  –  So This Is Romance

Evelyn King  –  If You Want My Loving

Stylistics  – Love Is Not The Answer

Down To The Bone – Keep On Keeping On

Champs Boys  –  Tubular Bells

Steve Arrington  –  Dancing In the Key Of Life

Brand New Heavies  –  Dream Come True

Philip Bailey  –  Keep Your Head To The Sky

Crusaders  –  Keep That Same Old Feeling

Ray Charles  –  I Got A Woman

France Joli  –  Gonna Get Over You

Stetsasonic  –  Talking All That Jazz

Raydio  –  Is This A Love Thing

Lonnie Liston Smith –  Sunburst


The Events:


Friday 3rd February
“Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh.
DJ Darren Bull & Guest Lee Aldwinkle
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk & Dance Anthems”
8.30pm  –  1am      –     Admission Free

*First Friday Every Month*


Saturday 4th February

“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
8pm  –   1am    –   Admission Free
“Classic and upfront Soul, Funk, Jazz & Soulful house.

East Kent Soul Connection DJs
Special Guest : Atlantis DJ Paul French

*Charity Night In Aid Of UNICEF – inc Prize Draw*


Saturday 11th February

“Valentines Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR
DJs: Bully & MJ – Soulful Seduction
“Caister Soul Anthems & 90s Dance Classics”
8pm  –  11.30    –   Free Admission

Saturday 11th February

“Dance To Donate – Soul All Dayer”
*In Aid Of Chailey Heritage School*
The Squire, North Street, Romford
2pm  –  2am   –   Admission £15
DJ Line-Up Includes Dr Bob Jones, Scott James & Mark Webster

Saturday 18th February

“The Goldmine Reunion”
La Quinta, 22-28, Benfleet Rd, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 1QB
DJs: Chris Hill & Mad Marx aka Snowboy
9pm til 3.00am  –  Tickets £12.50 in advance from the venue  07811 111333 or


Saturday 25th February
“ Street Soul!”
Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB
DJs: Andy davies, Terry Jones, Ginger Tony, Grumpy brown, Steve Kite
9pm – 2am    –   £5 on the door    –   Tel(01708) 864042


Saturday 3rd March

“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
Special Guest DJ: Graham “Grumpy” Brown
Wristbands £5 in advance on (07989)591399
“Soul Funk & Jazz Grooves – Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive!”


Saturday 10th March

“KTF Soul Club – 2nd Anniversary Bash”
Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays, RM16 2AP
Featuring “Soul On The Square” DJs:
Jim Watson, Ian Stebbings, Sly Aylott & Chris Redman
7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  –  £2.50 in advance or £4 on the door
Telephone Danny: (07895) 538835

Saturday 7th April

“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Paul Clark, Jonny Layton
8pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £8 in advance, £12 on the door
Tel: (07800)724757 / (07989) 591399 / (01273) 413800


Saturday 7th April

“Soul Connexion All-Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1JE
DJs Dave Palmer & Dave Burton plus guests
Three rooms of music playing …
“Soul, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems”
12 pm  –  3 am    –    £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Tickets available from Dave Burton: [email protected] 07584626972       and Dave Palmer: [email protected] 07961101746


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”

Singing live this week 4th Februay “J.D.”


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one Feb 3rd                First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next 24th Feb
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 3rd March
2012 Dates: 28th April, 23rd June, 25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec
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 2012 ? 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