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Neil Gits A Break From The Disney Channel

2nd November 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Any fellow parent will tell you that half-term week in Essex soon becomes the survival of the fittest – there are so many things out there that your nipper wants to do, with staff gleefully ready to take any money you may be lucky enough to have, whilst once you have convinced them that staying in is the only option for the day, you find yourself locked in a torture chamber !  One minute it’s the “blip bleep bloop” of computer games or the Wii, next minute it’s the cheesy jokes (all in annoying American accents) and ridiculous canned studio laughter at each and every one emitting from the TV screen. I recommend holding your enemies in a room with the Disney Channel on at full blast and they will be confessing their deepest secret before the first ad break !!!

I know I am weird looking forward to Monday each week, but at Thursday I am already wishing the weekend away to get back in the Gateway studios and play two hours of my latest 70s & 80s soul, jazz-funk and disco “re-dsicoveries” for you. But before then you can check out last Monday’s selection repeated at 5pm this Saturday – kick the kids out with the other half and enjoy !

The Tunes:

Gladys Knight & The Pips  –  Taste Of Bitter Love

Melba Moore  –  Pick Me Up I’ll Dance

Isaac Hayes  –  Theme From Shaft

Drifters  –  Every Night’s A Saturday Night

The Whatnauts  –  Help Is On The Way

Marvin Gaye  –  I Want You

Chantay Savage – I Will Survive

Stylistics  –  Mine All Mine 

Karen Young – You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till You Lose It

Teddy Pendergrass  –  I Don’t Love You Any More

Luther Vandross  –  For The Sweetness Of Your Love

Maceo & The Macks  –  Across The Tracks

Unique  –  What I Got Is What You Need

Guy  –  The Future

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam feat Full Force  – I Wonder If I Take You Home

Beau Williams  –  You Know Something I Don’t Know

Jacksons  –  Destiny

Orlando Johnson & Trance  –  Turn The Music On

Funk Masters – It’s Over

Warren Hill  –  Fallen

The Gigs:

**Friday 16th November – SPECIAL EVENT !!**

“Soul At The Home Of The Blues”

Billericay Town Football Club (CM12 9SA)

Blunts Wall Road, Billericay


Jonny Layton, Graham Grumpy Brown,

Jazzy John Peters & Gary Gazza Clark

7.30 pm  –  Midnight  –  Entry: £2 Donation

“70s & 80s Soul, Disco & Jazz-Funk –

Just Like You Hear On The Radio Show!”


Friday 2nd November (Next one 7th Dec)

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Guest DJ

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

Free Entry    –   8pm  – 1am


Friday 2nd November

“Smooth Grooves II”

Hendersons Bar, Roydon Marina Village

DJs: Les Knott & Paul Crowley

Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door

Tel: (01279) 792777


Saturday 3rd November

The Stylistics – Live !

The Towngate Theatre, Basildon, SS14 1DL

Plus Special Guest: Pete Kennedy

7.30 pm start  –  show lasts approx 2 hours

Tickets £25  –  (01268) 465465


Saturday 3rd November

“Joey Negro Plays Margate!”

The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate

(in the Old Town opposite Turner Art Gallery)

Support from DJs: Micky B, Jason Andeson,

Jasper, Paul French & Derrick Patterson

8pm – Late

Tickets £12.50 available now from …


Saturday 3rd November

“Soul On The Harbour ”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: Paul Spickett, Penny K, John Herbert & more…

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Saturday 10th November


Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB

DJs: Andy Davies, Gary Dennis, Steve Kite,

Ginger Tony & Grumpy Brown

9pm  –  2am   –    £5 On The Door

Tel: (01708) 864042


Saturday 10th November

“Soul By The Sea”

Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront

“Soul, Funk, Modern & Boogie”

DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom G Man Edgar,

Johnny Herbert & Tommy Gunn

7.30pm start  –  Free Entry



Wednesday 14th November

“Alexander O’Neal – Live!”

The Ivory Rooms, Billericay

Tickets £12.50

More Info : (01277) 632378


Friday 23rd November

“80s Groove Night”

Visage 80s Bar, Gants Hill near Ilford

With “The Essex Soul Man” – John Leech

9pm  –  2am     –     Free Entry


Saturday 24th November

“Soulful Seduction”

The Tollgate, High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6QT

DJs: Darren Bull & MJ

“Soul Funk  Disco & Dance Anthems Across The Decades”

8pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry


Saturday 24th November

“Soul At The Ship”

The Ship, New Road, Leigh On Sea, SS9 2EA

“Jazz-Funk, Soul, Rare Groove & Latin”

8pm -1am  –  £5 On The Door

DJs: Tom Toher & Gary Turner



Saturday 24th November

“Shakatak Live in Bishops Stortford!”

The Rhodes Centre, South Road, CM23 3JG

8pm start  –   11pm  finish

Tickets £19.50   –  Tel: (01279) 651746


Friday 30th November

“Killer Soul X – The Xmas Special !”

Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh

Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (01702)232377

More Details To Follow…



Saturday 1st December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guest Jonny Layton

Plus Soul DJ Essex & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times TBC …

Tickets £8 in advance available from (07800)724757

Or £10 on the door – details from

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