Cool Soul on Gateway 97.8: Our Local Radio

Ads help us keep this site online

Neil Gits Achey Legs !

1st April 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

We squeezed in a lovely little two day break to North Somerset last week, staying at Weston-Super-Mare (first day of summer!) by the seaside and driving out through the Mendips to Wookey Hole & Cheddar Gorge. But it wasn’t all driving ! We did a fair bit of walking, at one stage, after much deliberation, deciding to go for it and do the 3 mile trek along the top of the gorge … mistake !! Boy it was a hard slog for two Old Gits – I am sure they must have left a “0” off the mileage in the leaflet advertizing it ! – then having made it half-way with our feet and muscles complaining louldly, we had a long slow slog back down the road after giving the hike up the other side a miss. But it was a smashing time away and we returned fully re-vigorated and ready to get back in the usual routine …

….and here we are with “The Old Gits Soul Show” ! Plenty of highlights on this week’s programme, take a look at the playlist below, and if you missed Monday’s live broadcast, hopefully you can catch the repeat play at 5pm on Saturday. The gigs list is also up to date still, so if the tunes I play get you in the mood for going out and finding a soulful dancefloor, you’ll have a few ideas ! 😉

The Tunes :

Jacksons – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
Detroit Spinners – Knack For Me
Angie Stone – 2 Bad Habits (Davy D Roller Skate Remix)
Staple Singers – Slippery People
Herbie Hancock – I Thought It Was You
George Benson – Nature Boy
Freddie Jackson – Have You Ever Loved Somebody
Keni Stevens – If Lovin’ You Is All I Have
Melba Moore feat Lillo Thomas – When You Love Me Like This
Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard
Sister Sledge – If You Really Want Me
Jimmy Gallagher feat The Soul City Orchestra – Soul City Theme
James & Bobby Purify – Let Love Come Between Us
Alison Limerick – Make It On My Own
The Team – We Are The Team
Tony Camillo’s Bazuka – Dynomite (Part 1)
Marvin Gaye – I Wanna Be Where You Are
Teena Marie/Ronnie McNeir – We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This
Brenda Russell – Piano In The Dark
Kashif – Don’t Stop My Love
Glen Goldsmith – Dreaming
Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel – Innermotion (Balearic Boogie Reprise)

The Gigs :

Saturday 1st April

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

“Supersoul Saturday”

The Cock Tavern, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AB

“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

DJs: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

7.30pm  –  12.30 am ; Free Entry


Friday 7th April

“Funk Fiesta”

Langdon Hills Golf Club, Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY

“Funk, Soul & Jazz”

DJs: Ian Holmes, Mick Liste, Chris White & Les Knott

8pm  –  1am  ;  Over 35s only  ;  (07914) 115439

Early Bird Tickets £7 ; Advance Tickets £10 ; £15 on the door


Friday 7th April

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 7th April

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“Soul Weekender Vibe presents Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest

“Soul, Disco, Funk, Re-Edits & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 1.30am


Saturday 8th April

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

Plus guest DJ :

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Saturday 8th April

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Brown Sugar”

The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD

“Funk Soul & Disco Night”

DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry


Saturday 8th April

“The Kenny Thomas Christina Fundraiser All-Dayer”

Woolston Manor Golf & Country Club, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG7 6BX

*Christina is Kenny Thomas’s 4 year old daughter, diagnosed with a brain tumour, needs treatment abroad to try and cure it. Artists, DJs, Promoters & Venues all waving their fees and giving their services free of charge !*

Acts: Kenny Thomas, Jocelyn Brown, Junior Giscombe, Driza Bone,

Pauline Henry, Cool Million, Bashiyra The Voice, Noel McKoy

DJs Sets: Bigger, Bob Masters, Calvin Francis,  Flip Pearce, Greg Edwards,

James Anthony, Snowboy, Stretch Taylor, Scott Saville & Bluey from Incognito

3pm  –  11pm plus After Party at Mooro’s Club

Tickets £20 or £25 (inc after party) Contact Tracy (07811) 111333


Tuesday 11th April

“Stevie Wonder Tribute Show”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

Featuring Matthew Winchester

Tickets £29.99 including 3 course meal

Tel: (01277) 632378


Friday 14th April

“Shakit !”

(Every Second Friday of the Month)

The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

“100% Soul, Funk & Jazzy Grooves plus Soulful House & Weekender Anthems”

DJs: Jonny Layton & Ian Holmes plus guest

Free Entry b4 10.30 ; Doors open 8pm  –  1am


Friday 14th April

“The Long Groove Friday”

The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8DL

“Soul Funk, Disco, Rare Groove & 80s”

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Edgar

8pm to Midnight ; Free Entry



Friday 14th April

“The Long Good Friday”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“8 hours of music in two rooms with the Stomp DJ team !”

5pm – 1.30 am  ;  Tickets £10


Saturday 15th April

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Sunday 16th April

“The Haggis Horns”

The Boatyard, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN

“7 piece band – the world’s best horn section!”

Plus Support DJ  – Snowboy

Tickets £17.50  or  £50 inc 4-course meal

8pm  –  1am  ; Tel: 07702 089264


Monday 17th April (Bank Holiday)

“Bless The Funk Afloat”

DJs: Brian Jay, Nils & Onx, DJ Len, Mellow A,

Andy Jackson, Dave Marley

“Five Hours of Soul on board The Golden Jubilee on the Thames”


Friday 21st April

(Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Disco, RnB  & Old Skool Club Anthems, 70s – 90s” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s


Friday 21st April

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

Mark Taylor, Anthony Sweeney & Danny North

7.00pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 6th May

“Soul Ascension”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Jay Anderson, Matt B & special guest Stretch Taylor

“The Very Best In Soul, RnB & Jazz-Funk”

Free Entry  –  9.30pm  –  2.00am



Saturday 13th May

“Jackie Wilson Says – 20th Birthday Show!”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

“13 piece soul band playing classic Motown & Stax hits”

8pm  –  Midnight ; Tickets £10


Friday 19th May

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms : “Soul Pavillion Suite” “Jazz Funk Lounge”

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,

Mark “Jazzbod” O’Brien, Mark Lee, Jon Ovel

Special Guest : Les Knott

7.30pm  –  1 am  –  Tickets £15 in advance

Tel: (01375)891402 –


Friday 26th May

“Soul & Motown Night”

Ye Olde Plough House, Monks Barn, Brentwood Road (A128)

Bulphan, RM14 3SR

Featuring Alton Edwards

8.30pm – 1.00 am

£10 per person (pre-booked) or £15 on the door

Over 25s  ;  Tel (01375) 891592


Saturday 27th May

“Soul Crusade Festival”

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA

Two Arenas featuring Soul II Soul, Kenny Thomas & Jocelyn Brown Live

DJs: Greg Edwards, John Leech, John Osbourne, Ronnie Herel

Fat Freddie M, Bigger & Calvin Francis

2pm start  –  11.30pm finish

Details on (07968) 779950

Tickets :





Bless The Funk

Friday 26th May, Sat 27th, Sun 28th

The Lemon Tree Hotel, Orwell Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PS

DJs from JFSR


Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*Candi Staton, Arrested Development, Gerardo Frisina*

*Joe Bataan*

*DJ set from Trevor Nelson*



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”

DJs: Trish & Peter P

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  1am;




“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Casual Dress

Tel: (01277) 656581

(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell


Fridays :

“Classic Soul, Jazz & Funk Night”


“Contemporary Soul & Club Classics”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

Guest DJs each night  –  8.30pm – 1.00 am

Free Entry ; Over 30s ; Tel: (01279) 427302



Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Second Friday: Shakit ! – The Woodmans, Thundersley

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

First Saturday: The Cock Tavern, High St, Ongar

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2017 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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