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Neil Gits A Day Off

13th August 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

This week, I had the luxury of a complete 24 hours of “Me-Time”, a chance to take a break from the usual routine and just do whatever I felt like doing next. So needless to say I spent a fair portion of that time engrossed in soul music ! I checked out quite a few vinyl tracks on my ever growing list of tunes to get on the show, fully updated my popular “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list and basically just faffed about online searching and finding any other interesting information that was relevant to this page …

Suffice to say, you won’t be short of good tunes to hear on a Monday / Saturday for a while now and one look at the gigs list below should be enough to fill your diary up almost till Xmas !! Meanwhile, have a listen to the tracks I dug out for last Monday’s live show by tuning in to the repeat play at 5pm this Saturday – here’s the playlist :

This Week’s Tunes:

O’Jays – Sing A Happy Song
Earth Wind & Fire – Getaway
Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancing
Rufus Thomas – Walking The Dog
Whispers – Emergency
Earl Young & Daryl Grant – (Don’t Underestimate The) Power Of Love
Al Green – Back Up Train
Patti Austin – Wait For Me
Skyy – Here’s To You
Manhattan Transfer – Spice Of Life
Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You
Sharon Redd – You’re The One
John Lee & Gerry Brown – Down The Way
Jerry Butler – Only The Strong Survive
Alton Edwards – I Just Wanna Spend Some Time With You
Deodato feat The Jones Girls – Keep On Movin’
Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)
Kejam feat Lisa Taylor – Kejam Theme (Lorain)
Marc Staggers – Key To My Heart
Ronnie Laws – Every Generation
Didi Noel – Let The Music Play
JALN Band – Disco Music (I Like It)
Diana Ross – I Ain’t Been Licked

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out

Friday 14th August
(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 ;

Saturday 15th August
(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 21st August
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Funk Soul Boogie House & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!

Friday 21st August
“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
Terry Wright, Dean Roach & Steve Wagstaff
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 22nd August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
Guest DJ: Jeff Young
“100% Soul Funk & Jazzy Grooves…”
Beachwear optional and encouraged…
8pm – 1am ; Wristband entry only £7 – see below :

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

Friday 28th August
(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

Friday 28th August (also on 25th Sept)
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
“Motown, Boogie, Disco, Jazz-Funk & Northern Soul”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £8 ; Tel (01702) 351135

Saturday 29th August
“Caister Summer Soul Special”
Dickens World, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4LL

Wednesday 2nd September
“Jackson Live In Concert”
Tribute act ‘ Ben ‘
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
Tickets £15 – £19 ; Tel (01702) 465465

Friday 4th September
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: MJ & Bully & Guest DJ
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Weekender anthems, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, r’n’b tunes from the 70’s through to the 90’s and offering you a sprinkle of soulful house”

Saturday 5th September
“Soul Legends”
Cliffs pavilion, Westcliff-On-Sea
Special guest Jaki Graham
Featuring hits by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, George Benson,
Kool & The Gang, Barry White, Earth Wind & Fire and more…
Tickets £25 ; 8pm start
(01702) 351135
Tuesday 8th September
“Soul & Motown Show”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
Featuring West End Star : Victoria Goddard
(played Diana Ross in “Dancing In The Streets”)
Songs by Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Supremes, Aretha & more
£29.99 inc three course meal ; Tel (01277) 632378

Thursday 10th September
“The Drifters – Official Line-Up !”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“60 Years Of Soul – The Rebranded Tour”
Tickets £26 ; 8pm
(01702) 351135

Saturday 12th September
“Soul Night Special – Soul Weekender Vibe”
Liquid Lounge / The Eatery, Heralds Way,
South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5TQ
DJs: Steve Kite & Simon Whistles Ford
8.30pm – 1am ; Tickets from the venue

Saturday 12th September
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde & guest DJ
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late

Saturday 19th September
“The Big Zero Soul Alldayer”
The Spread Eagle, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
“Soul Funk & Soulful House”
12 DJs ; 1pm – 1am ;
Free Entry all day ! Free Parking after 1pm

Saturday 19th September
“KTF Soul Club”
Northern Soul Upstairs @ The Old Regent Ballroom,
Corringham Road, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Kev Lock, Soulful Sally & Lee Markwick
Tickets £6 in advance, 200 capacity – hurry !
7.30pm – 1.00am
Wednesday 7th October
“Odyssey – Live !”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
Tickets £12.50 – Tel (01277) 632378

Saturday 10th October
“New Yorker Reunion”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Jazz, Funk & Soul – No RnB, House or Garage!”
DJs: Terry Jones, Les Knott, Peter P, Hugsta, Andy Lothian, June Furlong
Plus Guest Live PA’s
7.25pm – 2.40am ; Tickets £10 (More on the door)

Saturday 10th October
“The Twisted Deal”
The Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, CT14 6AB
Northern Soul with DJs: Pete Crascall & Ringo Woolgar
8pm – 1am

Saturday 31st October
“6th Official Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Canvey Island, Eastern Esplanade, SS8 7DN
DJs: Chris Hill, Jeff Young, Tom Holland & Snowboy
9pm – 3am ;
Advance Tickets £10 ; (07811) 111333

Saturday 21st November
“Soul Bay”
Black Cat Club, Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HD
“Jazz Funk, Soul, RnB, Hip Hop & House”
DJs: Micky B, Jason Anderson & Paul French
9pm – Late


Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November
“Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend”
Searles Leisure Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk
“Northern Soul, Motown & Jazz-Funk”

Friday 27th – Monday 30th May 2016
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
“Behind The Groove”
Bar Du Vin, East Street, Bromley, BR1 1QU
DJ: James O’Reilly & guests
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Rare Groove, Philly & Motown”
Free Entry ; 7.30pm – Midnight

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 : 4th Sept
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 14th Aug
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 21st August
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 12th Sept
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 15th August
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 29th August

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 !

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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