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Neil Gits A Man In His Bush !

23rd February 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

It has been something of an unusual week with the usual things happening on different days of the week at different times of day, routine jobs put to one side for another seven days and other stuff to deal with that doesn’t normally come into the equation and all with young Nathan in tow – yes it was “Half Term Week” !! But no day was stranger than Monday when I popped down to Asda for some supplies only to come back and find a commotion outside my front garden with an assortment of neighbours, police, paramedics and passers-by all peering curiously at my hedge. As I got closer I realized there was a stricken cyclist and his bike wedged into it – and neither was in a good way ! Hopefully he is OK now, but it took the assembled party nearly an hour and a half to disentangle him and cart him off to hospital on a stretcher, during the course of which the main feature of my front of house was reduced from a big thriving bush to a tiny little shrub surrounded by a pile of twigs ! Not terribly concerned by the unexpected community gardenng project of course – and as Nathan said “Well, that saved us a job this year!” – but it was a truly surreal, totally unexpected moment for anotherwise routine Monday afternoon after which I trotted off to Basildon and did my show as though nothing had happened …

The Tunes

Average White Band  –  Let’s Go Round Again
Johnny Guitar Watson  –  I Need It
Donna Allen  –  Joy & Pain
Guy Darrell  –  I’ve Been Hurt
Osibisa  –  Dance The Body Music
George Duke  –  Give Me Your Love
Floaters  –  Float On
Lemar  –  It’s Not That Easy
Bell & James  –  Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)
Jermaine Jackson  –  Burnin’ Hot
Trammps  –  Trusting Heart 
David Sanborn  –  Love & Happiness feat Hamish Stuart
Rare Gems Odyssey  –  What Is Funk
Dazz Band  –  Let It All Blow
D Train  –  Trying To Get Over
Stevie Wonder  –  That Girl
Keith Washington  –  Do What You Like
Commodores  –  Sweet Love
Terry Callier  – I Don’t Want To See Myself Without You
Colonel Abrams  –  In The Groove

The Gigs

Saturday 23rd February (Every Last Saturday)

“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert plus guests
70s & 80s Disco Classics
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Friday 1st March 2013
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJs : Bully & Guest DJ Stevie B
“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am
Friday 1st March (and every Friday…)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Bar West One, Kings Road, Brentwood
DJ: Baldie Paul serving up the very best in:
“Jazz Funk, Soul, Disco & Caister Anthems”
9pm  –  2am
Saturday 2nd March
“The New Yorker Return!”
The Edge, 6-8 High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Scott James, Stavros, Hugsta, Chris White
“Playing the very best in Jazz-Funk & Soul”
Tickets £10 in advance from the venue or see:
Saturday 2nd March (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour ”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, plus guests TBC
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Saturday 2nd March
“Motown Gold @ Love Canvey Soul”
Bar Monico, Canvey Island
“3 Lovely Ladies with Big Beehives & Shiny Silver Dresses…
…and lots of pure soul !”
8pm  –  Late   –   Free Entry
Saturday 16th March
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Saturday 16th March
“KTF Soul Club 3rd Anniversary Do”
Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays
DJs: Rob Messer & Ian “The Don” Donaldson
“Northern Soul/Real RnB/Motown Sounds”
7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 Advance Tickets inc Free CD !
Saturday 16th March
“Soul Night”
Bar Blue (Next to Tots), Lucy Road, Southend-on-Sea
DJ Geoff Grove
£6 On The Door
Saturday 16th March
“Disco Inferno”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJ Bully “Begin To Boogie From 8pm!”
Fancy Dress   –  Free Admission
Friday 29th March (last Friday of the month)
“The Return Of Shaft”
Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester
DJs:  Chazz J, Jimmy Dixon, Kev James
“Soul Jazz & Funk”
9pm  –  2.30am    –    Free Entry
Saturday 23rd March
The Knot, 20 Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, Kent, CT8 8AD
DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson
Guests: Penny K & Tom Glide
8pm – 1am  ;  Free Entry ;  Tel:(01843) 833907
Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)
“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow
DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark
Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts
Times 8pm –  2am
Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757
Saturday 30th March
“Soul Birthday Party”
Caffe Alma, (formerly The Westcoast Bar), Margate
“Upfront, Modern & Classic Soul Grooves”
Saturday 30th March
“The 3rd Soul Connexion All Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE
12 Noon – Late
Tickets £4 In Advance from (07584)626972 (£5 OTD)
More info at
Saturday 13th April 2013
“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”
Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent
Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”
Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee
7pm  –  Midnight
Tickets On Sale NOW  :
Saturday 13th April
“Hustle 2 !”
The Clubhouse, Princes Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN
DJs: James Anthony, Marky Mark & Penny K
“Soul Funk & Disco”
9pm  – 2am   ;    £5 On The Door
Details from (07855) 770273
Saturday 20th April
“Essex Soul Party”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Frostie Original, Tony Fernandez, Marky Mark,
Jim The Syrup, John Soul-Power Wayne.
“Tunes from the Goldmine/Zero 6/Lacy Lady Era”
Saturday 13th July
“Hockley Soul Night”
Details To Follow…
Watch This Space…
“Soulful Seduction”
The Treacle Mine, Grays
The Tollgate, Chadwell Heath
“Clacton Soul Weekender”
22nd – 23rd March 2013
Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
“Bless the Funk”
6th – 8th June 2013
The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 1st March
First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 2nd March
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 16th March
Last Friday: Shaft, Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester – next 29th March
Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 23rd February
Last Saturday: We Love 80s, The Edge, Basildon  –  next: 23rd February
Also recommended…
Most Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood
These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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