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Neil Gits Back In The Groove

9th April 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

After a rare week off , I returned live to Studio 1 last Monday to launch a “new season” of “The Old Gits Soul Show” –  well I tweaked the running order around a little and introduced one new feature, you’ve got to big it up a bit !! It was really good to get stuck into my soul, jazz-funk and disco collection and pluck out at least EIGHT vinyl cuts from the 24 playlisted and even if I say so myself, there were some blinding tunes played ! 🙂

The “new feature” is called ‘Sounds Of The Street’ and saw me dip into “Street Sounds Volume 1” to play the first of many cult tracks Morgan Khan’s wonderful label brought us in the 80s. Over the summer I will be working my way through the entire series of standard compilations and bringing back memories of discovering tunes that had previously been almost unobtainable to us mere mobile DJs and each month were suddenly to be found in the High Street stores, opening our ears and our lives. There will be another cut from that first edition next week, but for now make sure you don’t miss out on the repeat of a particularly fine show by listening in at 5pm this Saturday evening …

The Tunes

Shalamar  –  Take That To The Bank

James Brown  –  (Call Me) Superbad

Tavares  –  More Than A Woman

Kadenza  –  Let’s Stay Together

Marc Staggers – Bring It HomeTo Me (Tom Moulton 7″)

Regina Belle – The Day Life Began

Aretha Franklin  –  You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman

Terri Wells  –  Just Like Dreamin’

Syreeta  –  Quick Slick

Change  –  Let’s Go Together

Bobby Nunn   –  Don’t Knock It

Esther Williams  –  I’ll Be Your Pleasure

Cameo  –  The Sound Table

Smokey Robinson & Miracles  –  If You Can Want

Conway Brothers – Turn It Up

Gap Band   –  Someday

Ryle feat Seest  –  Never Gonna Let You Go (Main Mix)

Dunn Street  –  Even A Fool

Rose Royce  –  Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Skip Mahoney & The Casuals  – Running Away From Love

Billy Ocean  –  Red Light Spells Danger

Gladys Knight  –  Don’t Make Me Run Away

The Gigs

Saturday 9th April

“Shuffle !!”

Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG

“Scorching Funk, Cool Jazz, Crossover Fusion,

Latin Loveliness, Afro Beats & Samba Vibes”

9pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

DJ Lee Aitch


Saturday 9th April

“The Kent Soul Sessions – Spring Affair”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews plus guests TBC

8pm – 1am  ;  £7 on the door


Saturday 9th April

“Soul By The Sea”

(Every Second Saturday)

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

DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes , Tommy Boy

Guest DJ: TBC

7.00pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry !


Friday 15th April

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 15th April

“Soul Kitchen”

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

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Friday 15th April

“United Soul Club”

United Services Club, Station Road, Birchington, CT7 9RE

DJ: Tom G Edgar

7.30pm – 11pm


Saturday 16th April

(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 16th April

“The Ultimate Motown Night”

Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea

“Four Tops Tribute Act”

DJ John Watson

Finger Buffet  –   18 + age group

Tickets £17.50 (no booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 16th April

(also 7th May/4th June)

“Movers & Shakers”

The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“Two Rooms Of Music: Club Classics, Funk & Soul, old & new”

DJs: Steve G & Robbie Collins plus guests

Tickets £5  ;  Over 30s  ;  8pm – 1.30am



Saturday 23rd April

“The Madness Of St Georges Day”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

12 DJs including :

Jeff Young, Gary Dennis, Tony Fernandez

Paul Clark, Bob Masters & Grumpy Brown

Tickets: £10 between 1st Feb & 8th Feb – more afterwards


Saturday 23rd April


The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Friday 6th May

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

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

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

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

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 6th May

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 7th May

“The Soulbeat Sessions”

(Every first Saturday of the month)

The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent

DJs: Terry Brown & guests

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am


Thursday 12th May

“Mica Paris In Concert”

The Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Tickets £20 – £24

Tel (01702) 351135


Saturday 14th May

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs: Jon Drake & Robin Quartermain plus the KTF team

7.30pm  –  1am

Tickets £6 in advance


Saturday 14th May

“Harbour  Soul”

The True Briton, Folkestone Harbour, CT20 IQN

DJs: James O’Reilly, The Pax & guests

“Soul, Funk, Motown, Rare-Groove, Disco & Jazz-Funk”

£3 OTD ; 9pm – 3am


Saturday 21st May

“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”

Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !

Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT

DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters

Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door


Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465


Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)

“Killer Soul All-Dayer”

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE

Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics

Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…


Saturday 18th June

“The Magic Of Motown”

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“10th Anniversary Show”

Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.

Tickets from £22 – £29 ;  8pm start

Tel: (01702) 351135



Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465




Friday 27th – Monday 30th May

“Bless The Funk”

Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU

Strictly for the Over 30s

“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul

2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”


Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

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

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)



DJ Devon at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay 2pm – 6pm



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

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

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

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 2016 ? 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

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