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Neil Gits Away !

23rd May 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am just back from a few days in Scotland – yes, it was “Birthday Road Trip” time again, but on this occasion a plane was involved too, flying to Glasgow then hiring a car to explore the central regions of the country. I had a wonderful time, taking many, many photos, but all too soon I am back behind the keyboard of my PC rushing to get a new blog up here in time for this evening’s 5pm repeat play of my show !

I will let you take a look through the playlist below to see if you think it is worth listening to (!) but let me remind you now that on Bank Holiday Monday (25th May) I will be back on air “live” with a special “Vinyl Countdown” show, playing nothing but the flat black round stuff, as I believe is “cool” again now … 😉  You can expect to hear a few gems that I have spun before on the show that are well worth another airing plus some that have been patiently waiting on my lists saved up for a “rainy day” –  well, it will be a Bank Holiday after all !!

This Week’s Tunes

Diana Ross – The Boss
Teddy Pendergrass – I Don’t Love You Any More
Freeez – Southern Freeez
Barbara Acklin – Am I The Same Girl
James Taylor Quartet – Got To Get To Know You
Will Downing – This Song Is For You
Keni Burke – It’s You
Tyrone Edwards – You Took Me From A World Outside
Tom Browne – Fungi Mama
Average White Band – Queen Of My Soul
Debra Laws – On My Own
Norma Jean Wright – Hold Me Lonely Boy (Womack Re-work)
BB King – Better Not Look Down
Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions
Change – Lovers Holiday (DJ Disco Cat Disco Purrfection Mix)
Chairmen Of The Board – Working On A Building Of Love
McCrei – Show Me (Nigel Lowis Remix)
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – I Believe In Love
Earth Wind & Fire – After The Love Has Gone
Jackie Beavers – Hold On
Narada Michael Walden – Divine Emotions
The Perfect Circle – The Hand Of Time
Everette Harp – Strutt

Upcoming Gigs

Bless The Funk 2015 – Soul Weekender !
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th
The Azur, Hastings
“Soul Anthems,Jazz-Funk & Boogie, Classic Soul & Motown,
Northern, 2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House Classics,etc”

Sunday 24th May
“Soul Inspiration”
Morgans, High Street, Margate, CT9 1DS
DJs: Kazzie D, Micky B, James Anthony, Kevin Webb
“Classic & Current Soul Anthems, Old School RnB & Soulful House”
8pm – 2am ; Tickets £5 in advance ; £8 on the door

Sunday 24th May
“Summer Soulful Seduction All Dayer”
The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
DJs: MJ & Bully plus guests
“Bouncing Beats, Gorgeous Grooves & Funkin’ Flavas !”
Free Entry ; 2pm start

Friday 29th May
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk, Soul, Boogie,Disco & Motown – 60s to date”
Street food available on the night
Tel: (01702)351135

Friday 29th May
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after

Friday 29th May
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms Of Jazz Funk & Soul”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Mark Lee Homer, Jon Ovel & Ian Holmes
Special Guest: Jim “The Syrup” Day
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s
Tel : (01375)891402

Saturday 30th May
“Soul Mates” (Monthly Event)
The George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
DJs: Frostie Original & John Wayne
Tickets £7 including a basket meal (like the old days !)
8pm – 2am

Saturday 30th May
Black Cat Club, Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HD
DJs: Micky B, Paul French & Jay Anderson
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, R’nB, Hip-Hop & House”
9pm – Late

Friday 5th June
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & MJ & Guest DJ Nick Gunn
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Old skool soul, jazz funk, disco and club anthems”

Friday 5th June (TBC)
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, EN8 8RU
DJ: Richard Lobban & Guest
“Best In Soul, RnB, Reggae, 80s Disco & Soulful House”
9pm – 2am ; Admission £7
Tel: (07956)363131

Saturday 6th June
“Summer Madness Part 1”
The Soul Marquee, Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL
DJs include: Terry Jones, Eddie Piller, Chris Brown, Bob Masters
1pm – 1am ; Tickets £15 ; Tel: (01708)228678 / (01273) 413800

Saturday 6th June
“Smoove Grooves Weekender DJ Special”
The Woolston Manor, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG76BX
DJs: Bigger, Aitch B, Pete Collins, David Bailey,
DJ Samee, Soulmaster T & Residents Flip & Scott
Tickets £10 in advance, more on the door…
9pm – 3am ; Tel (07811) 111333
Friday 12th June
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Soul & Club Anthems Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul RnB & Old School Club Anthems from the 80s – 90s”
DJ: Bully (other top DJs on rotation on other Fridays)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
Over 25s – Smart Casual Dress

Saturday 13th June – TBC
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde
Free Admission – 7pm – Late

Friday 19th June
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soulful tracks from the 70s 80s & 90s plus Nu Soul & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ : Bonnie DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!

Friday 19th June
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJ: John Browne plus guests
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 20th June (TBC)
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 27th June
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
DJ: John Watson plus Harry Cambridge singing live !
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel (01702) 351135

Saturday 4th July
“Soul Music For Tracy”
Park Inn Hotel, Church Road, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2AL
“Charity Soul Night In Aid Of Tracy Ralph” (See links below)
DJs: Jon Jules, Brian Kelly, Mick Jackson, David Bishop
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £15

Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
DJs include: Norman Jay, Joey Negro, Bob Jones,
Pete Collins, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez & many more
Full details at : and …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”
DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week
Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco, 80s & 90s House Classics”
DJ: Soul-DJ Essex
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
(Venue also has an “80s & 90s soul party” night on Saturdays)

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 5th June
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 12th June
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 19th June
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 13th June
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th June
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 29th May

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? 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