Neil Gits Back From Inverness

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Well, it says Inverness, but to be honest we didn’t see much of the city apart from a couple of football grounds and the Beefeater ! We flew to the airport, hired a car and spent two days driving around the Highlands, taking in the sights and putting many miles on the clock. So many amazing views , the best part was definitely the long drive from Dingwall to the Isle Of Skye, some of the scenery was incredibly beautiful and almost surreal…

But, in a funny way, it’s nice to get back home, refreshed from the change, with a head full of new memories – and just in time to post this week’s blog letting you know all about the fab tunes you can hear soon on the repeat airing of “The Old Gits Soul Show” !

The Tunes

Evelyn King  –  Love Come Down

Brass Construction – Walkin’ The Line

Harold Melvin & Bluenotes – The Love I Lost

Sunfire – Step Into The Light

I Level  –  Minefield

Mather & Kingdon  – I Found Love

Luther Vandross  –  If Only For One Night/Creepin’

Soul Fusion Seven – Luther

Gladys Knight  –  When Youre Far Away

Billy Griffin  –  Hold Me Tighter In The Rain

Love Unlimited Orchestra – Lift Your Voice & Say

Crown Heights Affair  –  Somebody Tell Me What To Do

Pleasure  –  Joyous

Roxy Music  –  Same Old Scene

Brand New Heavies  –  Keep It Coming

O’Jays  –  Help Somebody Please

Maze  –  Golden Time Of Day

Joe Casey & Fresh Heir  –  Let Me Hold You

Dee Clark  –  Ride A Wild Horse

Hannah White  –  Sunny Day (The Caister Mix)

The Gigs

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/150955745275138/

 

Saturday 21st May

“Making Waves”

Queens Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

“Soul Night”

DJs: Dave Collins & Terry Brown

9pm  –  1am

https://www.facebook.com/events/550245981847470/

 

Friday 27th May

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Ave, Orsett, RM16 3HS

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

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee & guest DJ Andy Unique

“Jazz Funk & Soul Night”

7.30pm – 2.00am ; Tickets £15

Tel (01375) 891402 ; www.imagoldminer.com/events

https://www.facebook.com/events/983735658358783/

 

Saturday 28th May

“Soul At The Wharf”

The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road, South Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

“Soul, Funk & Disco Anthems & Club Classics”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Beer Garden, Large Car Park, Food Till 10pm…

https://www.facebook.com/events/479885348873454/

 

Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465

www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

 

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…

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205552092710943&set=pcb.10205552096551039&type=3&theater

 

Sunday 29th May

“Soulbay Bank Holiday Special”

Lighthouse Bar, Harbour Arm, Margate, CT9 1JD

DJs: Grant Fisher, Matt B, Jason Andeson,

Micky B, Paul French & Terry Matthews

5pm –  11pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/467848730079805/

 

Friday 3rd June

“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 3rd June

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am

 

Saturday 4th June

“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

 

Saturday 11th June

“Stomp On Sea”

The Esplanade, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE

DJs include : Scott James, Guy Unger, Grumpy Brown, Terry Matthews,

Gavin Page, Mark Gurcha Collins, Gary Walden & Simon Whistles Ford

Two rooms of music – “Main Club Room” & “Roof Terrace”

Tickets in advance only £10 ;  www.stompradio.com

1pm  –  2am  ;

https://www.facebook.com/events/554536121380215/

 

Saturday 11th June

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry

Friday 17th June

(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 17th June

“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

 

Saturday 18th June

(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 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

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

 

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

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

 

Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Jetty”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & Paul Clark

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/events/600824550086684/

 

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

www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

 

Saturday 16th July

“S.O.T.R.C.”

The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355

 

Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

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

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1693294180958428/

 

Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800  www.musicmeltdown.co.uk

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK

https://www.facebook.com/events/833751040068254/

 

Weekenders:

 

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”

www.blessthefunk.co.uk  https://www.facebook.com/groups/blessthefunk/?fref=ts

 

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 www.margatesoulfestival.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/events/182147888800992/

 

 

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;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheGeorgehornchurch/?fref=ts

 

Fridays:

“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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483072582020167/

 

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)

https://www.facebook.com/117809255236768/photos/a.117825925235101.1073741825.117809255236768/117830488567978/?type=3&theater

 

Sundays

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

The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via www.gateway978.com from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm

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