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Neil Gits A Little Hoarse

13th July 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s a miracle I had any voice left to present the latest “Old Gits Soul Show” last Monday. I’d spent over three hours at the “Soul On The Harbour” gig in Ramsgate on the Saturday, chatting non-stop with like minded soul fans and DJs about many memories, DJs, venues and of course TUNES – and woke up more than a little croaky on Sunday morning ! The knock-on effect was that my enthusiasm for Monday evening hit a new high and I seemed to pick up a few new listeners in the Thanet zone – and if I say so myself they heard a real cracker of a show !! If you were unlucky enough to miss it first time out or maybe tuned in half-way through, you can hear the whole thing repeated at 5pm this Saturday at – just click on “Listen Live” …

The Tunes:

Barry White  –  You’re The First The Last My Everything

Garfield Fleming  –  Please Don’t Send Me Away

Detroit Spinners  –  Rubber Band Man

Pioneers  –  Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

Change  –  Mutual Attraction 

Cool Notes  –  You’re Never Too Young

OC Smith  –  Together

Bobby Lyle feat Will Downing  –  Feel Like Making Love

Jean Carn & Glenn Jones  –  Sweet & Wonderful

Bombers –  Everybody Get Dancing

Joe Thomas  –  Make Your Move

Slave  –  Son Of Slide

Ray Carless  –  Tarantula Walk

Brides Of Funkenstein  –  Disco To Go

Cool Million feat Westcoast Soul Stars  –  We Can Work It Out

Intruders  –  Win Place Or Show (She’s A Winner) (Tom Moulton Remix)

Isley Brothers  –  Contagious

LTD  –  Love Ballad

George Benson  –  Use Me

Rose Royce  –   Do Your Dance

Salsoul Orchestra  –  Nice ‘n’ Nasty

Patrice Rushen  –  Arrival

The Gigs:

Saturday 14th July

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent (on seafront)

DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom G Man Edgar plus guests

7.30 pm  –  1 am


Saturday 14th July

“Kent Soul Club –  2012 Edition”

Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1XB

DJs: Lee Pacey & Lee Bunstone

Guests: Peter A Craskell & Simon Penfold

8pm – 2am    –    All tunes on vinyl !!!


Friday 27th July


The Waterlounge, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2JZ

DJ Paul Crowley with Special Guest Les Knott

“Funk & Soul Classics With That Weekender Vibe!”

9pm  –  2  am         –       Free Entry All Night !




Saturday 28th July (also 25th August)

“Back To The Groove”

The Wheatsheaf, Margate

DJ Lee H presents a night of…

“Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk Stompers and Caister Anthems”

Free Entry  –  8pm – Midnight

More details at


Saturday 28th July

“Soul On The Sands – The Atlantis Reunion”

Bar Lola, Margate Seafront, CT9 1XJ

DJs: Jasper, Paul Abbott, Paul French, Jason Anderson & Micky B

Pete Collins & Tony Matthews

3pm   –  3am     –    Tickets £5


Saturday 28th July

“KTF Soul Club”

The Railway Tavern , Stanford Le Hope

7.30pm  –  12.30 am

Special Guest DJ: Tom Page

“Northern Soul Event”

£4 – Wristbands reserved for payment on the night


Saturday 28th July (Also 1st Sept & 24th Nov)

“Summer Soul Night”

The Treacle Mine, Grays

Free Entry – 8pm til late

DJs: Bully & MJ

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”


Saturday 28th July

“Soul Power”

Rendezvous, 1149 High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4AT

DJs: Frostie, Marky Mark, Tony Fernandez, Steven Reeder, John Wayne

“100% 70s 80s & 90s Soul Classics & Anthems”

£7 before midnight, £12 afterwards

Friday 3rd August (next one September 7th)

“Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJs : Bully & Guests

“Caister  Anthems, Gold Mine Favourites & Zero 6 Classics”

Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am


Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August

“The Official Margate Soul Weekend”

Sat Night 4th Aug –   Headline Acts:


With the Baltic Soul Orchestra plus support from

The West Coast Soul Stars

PA by Ingrid Allman (Freeez)


DJs across the weekend include:

Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Roni O’Brien, Chris Bangs

Micky B, Jonny Layton, Jason Anderson & Pete Collins

The Venues involved are:

The Westcoast Bar, The Brittannia, Milo, Rokka, The Lighthouse  and of course…

The Piazza – the outside arena !

Kick – off : 8pm Friday, Final Whistle: 2am Monday morning !

For more info visit



Friday 3rd August

“Hitsville – The Sound Of Motown”

The Welcome Club, Victoria Road, Stanford Le Hope

“Top Motown Tribute Band – Hitsville”

Plus support from the KTF Soul Club DJs

7.30 pm – 1am   –   Tickets £10

Telephone Danny (07895) 538835


Saturday 11th August (and every 1st Saturday of the month)

“Soul On The Harbour”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

“Upfront & Classic Soul & Jazz-Funk”

Free Entry    –   8pm – 1am

Guest DJs: TBC


Saturday 11th August

“Essex Funkers Summer Soul Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE

DJs: Les Knott & guests Louis Martin & Terry Munro

8   –  2am   –  Tickets £8 in advance, £12 OTD

Tel: (07800)724757  or  (07795)243385


Saturday 25th August (next one 20th Oct)

“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party!”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Nick Aravis

£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399


Sunday 26th August

“Soulbay Bank Holiday All-Dayer”

The Knot, 20. Beach Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8AD

DJs: Paul French, Chris Bangs, Micky B & Jason Anderson

“Soul, Sun & the Sea – BBQ, Great Music & Great People!”

4pm  –  Midnight          –        Free Entry


Saturday 1st September (and Saturday 24th November)

“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays

DJs: Matt J & Bully

Free Admission   –   8pm – 12 Midnight

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 90s Club Classics”


Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“The 1st Embassy Soul Weekender”

Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, CO6 1DU

“The Best Soul Funk Jazz & Latin Music”

DJs Include: Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Ash Selecter, Marky Mark

Booking details on (01206) 214808

Or for more info on prices, facilities & DJs visit…


Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“Bless The Funk Weekender” (2)

Esplanade Hotel, Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea

“Three days of soul & funk anthems”


7pm Friday, 12 Noon Saturday, 12 Noon Sunday

£20 per person, further details at


Every Other 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”

**Check with the venue for dates (01268) 683026**


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one August 3rd

Last Friday: The Qube, Crouch St, Colchester  – next one 27th July

First Saturday: Roberts Live Lounge, Colchester – next one 4th August

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf,Ramsgate – next one 11th August (then 11/8 & 1/9)

Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next 30TH June

Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 25th Aug
2012 Dates:  

 20th Oct (Ginger Tony)                                                                                              15th Dec (Tony Matthews)

And don’t forget…

Live Jazz at The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every 1st Sunday Of The Month

1pm – 4pm   –  Free Admission

Next Date : 1st  July


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


Also recommended…

Friday Nights At …

Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton

Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove

Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !

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