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Neil Gits Adventurous!

21st July 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I think I have missed out a week of posting a blog for you – but worry not, I haven’t been wasting my time, a good portion of the last fortnight has been spent out in the car heading for the seaside, listening to soul tunes and scoffing lots of fish n chips and ice creams !! After visits to Felixstowe & Hastings, last Sunday we decided to not bother with the World Cup Final (as England weren’t in it after all ..) and drive out to Aldeburgh to relax and sample some of the local coastal fayre, then after another unbearably scorching week in the “Old Gits HQ Office” Wednesday saw me jump in the car with the aircon turned up to the max and drive up to Buxton in the Peak District for a complete change of scenery and a breath of fresh air – I even saw about twelve spots of rain on my windscreen ! And of course my list of song ideas has swelled immensely as a result of all that mileage with an Mp3 player and a box of CDs on board, so expect even more fab tunes than usual on the forthcoming shows. Next airing is the repeat of last Monday’s live show at 5pm today (Saturday) and you can see the playlist and latest gigs below –  enjoy ! 🙂

This Week’s Tunes :

Trammps – Hold Back The Night
Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
Groove Association – Dancing In Heaven (Big Jazz Funk Mix)
Chandra Simmons – Never Gonna Let You Go
Billy Paul – Let The Dollar Circulate
Chaka Khan -And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)
Mike Rob – I Don’t Wanna Talk No More
Bey Bright – Together As One
Stephanie Mills – D-A-N-C-I-N
Brothers Johnson – Stomp
Melba Moore – You Stepped Into My Life
Shakatak – Brazilian Dawn
Brian Power & Sartorial feat Michelle John – You Win
Ides Of March – Vehicle
Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4
Nicky Thomas – Love Of The Common People
Miracle Thomas – Love Me
Anita Baker – No One To Blame
Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis – You’re Gonna Get Next To Me
Ty Causey – Shake & Dance
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
James Brown – Funky Men

Last Week’s Tunes :

Curtis Hairston – I Want You All Tonight
Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force
Ed The Red – Summer Is The Coldest Season Of The Year
Midnite – Paradise Drive
Marie Malloy – I Surrender
Change – Hit & Miss
Stephanie Mills – Feel The Fire
K Avett – Time Won’t Wait
Al Hudson & One Way – Spread Love
Shalamar – Make That Move
Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning
Maceo & The Macks – Soul Power 74
Rai – Grass Ain’t Greener
Junior Walker & The All-stars – Way Back Home
Chairmen Of The Board – Finders Keepers
Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby
Colonel Abrams – You Don’t Know (Somebody Tell Me)
Al Lindsey – Heavenly Thoughts
Roy Ayers – Searching
Tyra Levone – If Only I Knew
Donna Allen – Serious
Charades – Gimme The Funk

The Gigs :

Saturday 21st July
“Fishing For Soul”
Heron Angling Society, The Red Shelter, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RP
“Soul, Funk, 80s Disco, Rare Groove, Nu Disco & Funky House”
DJs: Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Guests
8pm – Midnight

Saturday 21st July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 27th July
“Back In Time”
The Edge Bar & Restraurant, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
“Old School Disco & 80s Club Classics”
DJs Wayne D & Gary Walden
8pm – 1am ; £5 entry all night
Tel: (01268) 280755

Saturday 28th July
“KSS Summer All Dayer & Beach Party”
TJs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF
DJ: Tony Matthews & guests from ‘Kent Soul Sessions’
2pm – 1am ; Food available
Tickets £10

Sunday 29th July
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

Friday 3rd August
(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
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

3rd 4th & 5th August
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :

Saturday 4th August
(then 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
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Sunday 5th August
(Every Sunday in July & August)
“Soulful Sundaes”
Central Bandstand, Herne Bay, Kent
DJs: Tom Edgar & Tommy Boy (Soul By The Sea)
“Soulful Disco, House, Funk & Reggae”
Free Admission

Friday 10th August
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 11th August
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 17th August
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 17th August
(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
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 18th August
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 18th August
“Soul At The Edge 3”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus special guest DJ
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Saturday 18th August
“Liquid Spirit 2”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, Disco, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Brian Power, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark,
Danny T, Marie Garaccio…
8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Saturday 25th August
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Soulful House & More”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Mark Messent
Guest DJ : Frostie
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Sunday 26th August
“Omar & Full Live Band”
Boatyard Restaurant, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN
DJ support from Urban All-Stars
8pm – 1am ; Smart dress
Tickets £20 (gig only) or £50 (inc 4-course meal)
(07702) 089264

Friday 7th September
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Johnny Layton, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Sean French
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
Tickets £15 – Strictly Over 30s
(01375) 891402 –

Friday 7th September
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Saturday 8th September
“Soul By The Sea”
Zabranos, The Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1SJ
DJs: Grumpy Brown, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Michael Cooper & Chris White
“Afro, Funk, Latin, Jazz Dance & Soulful House”
8pm -1am ; £7 On The Door

Saturday 15th September
“Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”
Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN
“Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”
DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden
Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door
“Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am

Saturday 29th September
“Stomp On Sea 2”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms,
King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
Room 1 : Soul & reggae
Room 2 : Jazz & Funk
Room 3 : Dance & Club Classics
Tickets £10 –

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January
“Clacton Soul Weekender Reunion 2019”
Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester, CO6 1DU
“Two rooms of 70s & 80s Modern Soul, Boogie & Jazz Funk”
DJs Include : Tony Fernandez, Sara Jane Rundel, Frostie
Richard Felstead, Paul Clark & Brian Jay
2pm Friday through to 2pm Sunday

Caister 2018 :
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
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

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !