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Neil Gits A Good Idea …

28th August 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

If I can find inspiration, I usually like to do something special for my Bank Holiday Monday show and as another one comes around again I know exactly what I will be doing this time – “The Old Gits Soul Night!” ! You may have heard me or other DJs on the radio play a track called “Soul Night” by Mather & Kingdon, which has been very popular this summer, taken from their excellent album “Life’s So Sweet”. In this song, the guys name check 23 of their soul, jazz & funk influences and my first thought when I heard it was “Well, a show with all those groups and singers would be well worth a listen” – so I am doing one ! If you haven’t heard “Soul Night” yet, check it out on You Tube or elsewhere online and you’ll know exactly which groups & singers I will be featuring on Monday between 7 & 9pm – but don’t worry if you can’t find it, I will make it the first track on the show anyway, just don’t be late … 😉

In the meantime, this Saturday at 5pm there’s a second chance to hear last Monday’s regular programme – here’s the playlist :

Patrice Rushen – I Was Tired Of Being Alone
Phylis Hyman – Tonight You & Me
Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Ray Charles – What’d I Say
Chi-Lites – My First Mistake
Jennifer Hudson – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)
O’Jays – Hurry Up & Come Back
Big Brooklyn Red – So Inspired
Intruders – Who Do You Love
Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up
James Brown – Funky President
Incognito – Wind Sorceress
Ann Robinson – You Did It
Odyssey – Hang Together
Sharon Redd – You Got My Love
Beggar & Co – Mule (Chant No:2)
Soul II Soul – Move Me No Mountain
Carmen McCrae – Can’t Hide Love
Perri – Someone Like You
Special Touch – This Party Is Just For You
Billy Ocean – Stop Me
Ashford & Simpson – Street Corner

And here are all the other “soul nights” !  :

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 Warm-Up Party”
Dickens World, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4LL
DJs: The Caister DJ Team !
9pm – 3am
Tickets at :

Sunday 30th August
“Sunday Soul Session – Bank Holiday Special!”
The Victoria Pub, Victoria Road, Romford, RM1 2PA
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves & Soulful House”
DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton, Ricky O
BBq & Outside Speaker

Sunday 30th August
“Soul Nation Bank Holiday Summer Special”
Roberts Night Club, Vineyard Street, Colchester
“The best in soul, jazz-funk, latin & r’nb”
DJs: John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Dr Robbie B & Pete Smudger Smith
9pm – 2am

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”
Friday 4th September
“Soul Reunited”
RUSSC Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod & guests
Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
(01708) 762743
8.30pm – 2am
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

Friday 11th September
(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 12th September
“Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Gary Dennis, Birdy, Mick Liste, Chris White
8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door

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

Friday 18th September
(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 18th September
“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:
Neil Forbes, Niki Golding & Bryan Copland
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 19th September
(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

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

Friday 25th September
“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
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 11th Sept
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 18th Sept
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells – next 18th Sept
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 12th Sept
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 19th Sept
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 !

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