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Neil Gits Back On The Air

11th January 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

After two weeks of pre-recorded shows, it was great to get back in the old routine and do the programme live on Monday. I got some nice feedback too, especially when I played a certain “Soul Smoothie” just to see what reaction I would get ! It’s included in the playlist below and if the penny doesn’t drop immediately make sure you hear the first half hour at least of this Saturday’s repeat play from 5pm …

I’ve spent a lot of time on refreshing the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” section of this blog too and though there are a healthy number of gigs to look forward to in January & February, there’s always room to plug a few more, so if you know of any or are putting one on yourself, do let me know via [email protected] or (01268)833978. I chased a couple of usually active DJs up too, who seemed not to have woken up yet after New Years Eve and they assured me that details on some as yet “missing” venues on the list will have confirmed dates soon, so as it says : ” watch this space ” ! Enjoy the show …

The Tunes

Narada Michael Walden  –  I Shoulda Loved Ya

Second Image  –  Star

George Benson  –  Shiver

Aretha Franklin  –  Spanish Harlem

Jackson Five  –  Dancin’ Machine

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes  –  Keep On Lovin’ You

Theophilus P Wilderbeeste  –  Big Love

Barry White  –  September (When I First Met You)

Savanna  –  Never Let You Go

Stargard  –  What You Waiting For

Billy Paul  –  The Whole Town’s Talking

Sonny Rollins  –  Harlem Boys

Roy Ayers  –  Red Black & Green

D Train   –   Music

Luther Vandross  – You Really Started Something

Dan Hartman  –  Instant Replay

Rose Royce  –  Lonely Road

Cecil Parker  –  Really Really Love You

Lillo Thomas  –  I’m In Love

Kaleidoscope  –  I’m A Changed Person

Maceo Parker & All The Kings Men – Mag Poo

The Gigs

Saturday 12th January

“Soul By The Sea”

Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront, Kent

“Soulful Funky Jazzy Vibes”

DJ Carl Hyde & DJ Babs Quinny

7.30pm – 1am     –     Free Entry


Friday 18th January

“Soul & Club Classics Night”

The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA

A Night Of Old Skool Club Classics from soul, funk, RnB,
disco and dance

DJs: Bully & M.J.       8pm  –  Late    –   Free Entry


Saturday 19th January

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start



Friday 25th January

“Soul Groove Night”

Visage 80s Bar, 442.Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford

DJs: John Leech & Paul Travi

Free Entry  –  9pm – 2am


Friday 25th January

“Soul & Dance Night”

The White Hart, Billericay High Street,

DJ: Geoff Grove

8pm – Midnight      Free Entry




Saturday 26th January 2013

“The KTF Soul Club”

Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford-Le-Hope

“Northern Soul & RnB”

DJs: Tom Page & James Dillard

£4 Admission    –   7.30pm  –  12.30 am



Friday 1st February 2013

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Special Guest

“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”

Free Entry    –   8pm  – 1am


Saturday 2nd February

“Soul On The Harbour ”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert, plus guests TBC

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Saturday 9th February

“Hustle @ The Clubhouse”

Clubhouse,Prices Avenue, Ramsgate CT11 0AN

DJs: James Anthony & Micky B

SOUL, FUNK & DISCO Anthems with a Live performance from SOUL LEGACY

£7 Advance  £10 OTD Call 07855 770273 for info



Saturday 23rd February

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton plus…

Special Guests: TBC

£8  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399

“100% Jazz Funk & Soul with a sprinkling of nu jazz & soulful house – keeping the spirit of the Goldmine alive on Canvey Island”


Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)

“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark

Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times 8pm –  2am

Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757


Saturday 13th April 2013

“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”

Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent

Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”

Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee

7pm  –  Midnight

Tickets On Sale Soon…

Watch This Space…

“Soul City Grooves”

The Waterfront, Bishops Stortford


“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Grays

The Tollgate, Chadwell Heath



The Knot, Westgate-on-Sea



“Clacton Soul Weekender”

22nd – 23rd March 2013

Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea


“Bless the Funk”

6th – 8th June 2013

The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea



Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one 4th Feb

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next one 5th Feb

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Saturday : Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate  –  next one TBC


Also recommended…

Most Friday Nights At …

Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton

Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove

Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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