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Neil Gits An Interview

18th August 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Just before I tell you how wonderful this week’s show is, let me point you in the direction of Monday 20th August and the first live airing of next week’s “Old Gits Soul Show”. I am delighted to say that I have one of my “legendary” rare interviews with one of the key names from “our era” of 70s & 80s soul, jazz-funk & disco – Bill Sharpe of Shakatak. As you will hear, the group are still going strong and have released a new LP almost every year since the early 80s when they had a string of  Top 40 chart hits and are playing a concert at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon in September. Find out much more by having a listen on Monday – meanwhile check out the repeat play of this week’s fab show by tuning in at 5pm this evening …

The Tunes

Rockers Revenge  –  Walking On Sunshine

Billy Paul  –  Bring The Family Back

Shakatak  –  Invitations

Chantal Curtis  –  Get Another Love

PP Arnold  –  First Cut Is The Deepest

David Joseph  –  Joys Of Life

Real Thing  –  You’ll Never Know What Your’e Missing

Al Wilson  –  Show & Tell

Thomas & Taylor  –  You Can’t Blame Love

Carl Carlton  –  She’s A Bad Mama Jama

Richard Jon Smith  –  Baby’s Got Another

Anthony White  –  Hey Baby

Spyro Gyra  –  Morning Dance

Fatback Band  –  Goin’ To See My Baby 


Lew Kirton  –  Heaven In The Afternoon

Brick  –  Spread Love

Gerald Alston  –  Midnight Angel

Rahsaan Patterson  –  The One For Me

Jon Hendricks  –  I Bet You Thought I’d Never Find You

Cerrone  –  Supernature

Cool Million  feat Donna Gardier  –  Shout It From The Rooftops

SOS Band  –  Just The Way You Like It

Zachary Breaux  –  Laidback

This Summer’s Gigs

Thursday 6th September

“Shakatak – Live !”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon Town Centre

7.30 pm start – show lasts approx two hours

Tickets £20 – (01268)465465



Sunday 19th August

“Soul By The Sea – Sunday Special”

The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent

DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom G Edgar & Tommy Gun

“Pure Soul, Rare Grooves & Modern Soul with a Splash of Jazz!”

7pm – Midnight   –   Free Entry


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


Saturday 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 25th August

“Soul At The Pavillion”

Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

DJs: Snowboy & Gary Turner

Special Guest: Ian Dewhirst

9pm – 2am    –   £10 On The Door

Details : (01702) 351135


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


Sunday 26th August

“Something For The Weekend”

Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB

DJs: (Two Rooms) Terry Jones, Andy Davies,

Bob Masters, Steve Kite, Pete Collins, Jon Ovel & Fat Tel !

8.30 pm – Late    –    £5 On The Door

Sunday 26th August

“Boogie Explosion”

Roberts Club, Vineyard Street, Colchester

DJs: Nick Gunn & Bully

“70s & 80s Boogie, Disco & Funk Anthems”

9.30pm –  2am      –     £5 On The Door

Details: (01206) 570670



Friday 31st August


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

DJ Paul Crowley & Guest

“Funk & Soul Classics With That Weekender Vibe!”

9pm  –  2  am         –       Free Entry All Night !


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”


Saturday 1st September

“Robbie Vincent & Jeff Young – Together !”

Banks Bar, 76 Bank Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1SJ

8pm  –  2am     –   Tickets £15   –  Tel: (01622) 676799



Friday 7th September

“Soul Reunited”

The RUSSC, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien & Jazzbod (Caister)

“Old Skool Disco, Funk, Boogie & Caister Anthems”

9pm   –  Late   –   £5 On The Door


Friday September 7th

“Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJs : Bully & Guest Johnny Famous

“The Very Best In Soul, Funk & Disco”

Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am



Saturday 8th September


Saks Bar, Clifftown Road, Southend On Sea, SS1 1AB

DJs: Bob Jones, Paul Housden, Chris Powell

Special Guests: The Urban All Stars

“Funkiest Flavours, Juiciest Jazz, Biggest Beats!”

9pm  –  3am


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 !


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 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