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Neil Gits A Sore Finger…

24th October 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

You know what’s coming, you can see it happening before you do it, but still it happens. Rushing around to load the car full of disco gear before yet another busy, busy Saturday I took my eye off the ball and … CRUNCH ! Dropped a heavy box right on my finger – cue loud swear words and much pain. No blood, not even much of a bruise,  just an agonizing reminder of what I’d done every time I exerted a little pressure on said digit. Yowwwwww! Later in the evening I discovered that it was also my “CD button pushing finger” meaning an uncomfortable four hours behind the mixer, but come Monday night and my arrival in the studio it had been forgotten about and all was well again – until I somehow inflicted one of those irritating “paper cuts” on the same finger just after starting the show … AAAARGH !

As luck would have it, things turned out quite well , possibly my best “Old Gits Soul Show” for a few weeks, and I hope you’ll agree if you listen to the repeat on Saturday and check the playlist below:

The Tunes:

Real Thing  –  Can’t Get By Without You

Kleeer  –  Keep Your Body Working

Delegation  –  Where Is The Love (We Used To Know)

Edwin Starr  –  War

Rufus & Chaka Khan  –  Once You Get Started

Luther Vandross  –  She Loves Me Back

Commodores  –  Wonderland

Edie Brickell & Barry White  –  Good Times

Smokey Robinson  –  Vitamin C

Jeffrey Osborne – Stay With Me Tonight

Evelyn King  –  Get Loose

Circle City Band  –  Magic

Ashford & Simpson  –  Bourgie Bourgie

Parliament  –  Flashlight

Chic  –  I Want Your Love

Dee Dee Sharp Gamble  –  Happy ‘Bout The Whole Thing

Wilton Felder – No Matter How High I Get…

Rahsaan Patterson  –  Easier Said Than Done

Teena Marie  – Chains

Billy Paul  –  Let Em In

Reuben Wilson  –  Tight Money

Joe McBride  –  Walking In Rhythm

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 26th October

“That Beatin’ Rhythm”

A Night of Northern Soul …

The Astor Community Theatre, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB

8pm  –  1am   –   £5 on the door

DJs: Pete Crascall, Nicky Shaw & Bunny


Friday 26th October


The Water Loung, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford,

“The Finest Jazz-Funk, Soul & Soulful House”

DJs: Paul Crowley, Les Knott & Soul City Grooves

Inc Marky P, Stacy B, Dubz & Soul Council



Saturday 27th October

“New Yorker Revisited”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre

DJs: Aitch Bee from Soul II Soul, Hugsta, Cosmic,

Stavros, Chris White & Paul Eve

“Playing the Very Best in Jazz-Funk & Soul”

8pm  –  3am    –   £10 In Advance


Saturday 27th October

“Disco Stomp – Halloween Special”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS

“70s & 80s Disco With The Groovy Gang!”

Usually last Saturday of the month – check before travelling

Tel: (01845) 592550   –   8pm – Late    Free Entry


Saturday 27th October

“Back To The Groove”

The Wheatsheaf Pub/Hungry Horse, Northdown Park Road, Margate

DJ Lee H plays the best in classic & nu soul, jazz-funk stompers and soul weekender anthems.

8pm to Late  –  Free Entry


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


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, Gants Hill near Ilford

With “The Essex Soul Man” – John Leech

Details to follow….


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


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