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Neil Gits Back To "The Shed" !

16th February 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Just under 30 years ago, two good DJ buddies of mine, Russ B & Graham “Grumpy” Brown started out on what was to be a near four year Sunday night weekly soul gig at the Rising Sun in Billericay and I, as a junior DJ just starting out, tagged along faithfully each week taking notes of the best tunes played and rushing out to buy them as soon as possible during the next seven days ! They started off in the function suite called “The Shed” just off the car park there, but after starting in the summer, the colder nights come winter dictated that the warmer, snugger pub itself would be a better option, but the name “The Shed” stuck … and they stayed in there for the rest of the run, with little old me chipping in with the odd set now and then as my collection and experience grew week by week.

This Sunday, after a random series of events, we’ve decided to all get together again at the same old venue (the pub, not “The Shed” – it IS winter still !!) and put on a night called “The Sunday Shed Soul Revival” with Grumps having recently emerged from a 25 year retirement and Russkins not now having played a gig for around six years – I might have to spend the first half-hour doing some staff re-training !!  It is free to get in of course and runs between 7pm & 10.30pm, the pub being easy to find, situated right at one end of Billericay High Street opposite the police station. Come along if you can and you might just see one or two old … well,VERY old now ! … familiar faces .

In honour of this momentous occasion, this week’s show is a “Shed Revival Special” with a liberal helping of tunes we all used to play there back in the day amongst the usual features and artists played – whet your appetite with the playlist below and hear them all in the repeat play of the show from 5pm this Saturday …

This Week’s Tunes:

Sister Sledge  –  We Are Family
Aretha Franklin  –  Get It Right
Alicia Bridges  –  I Love The Nightlife
Earth Wind & Fire  –  Let’s Groove
Michael Wycoff  –  Do You Really Love Me (Tell Me Love)
Womack & Womack  –  Express Myself
Whitney Houston  –  You Give Good Love
Dionne Warwick  –  Heartbreaker
One Way  –  I Am Under Your Spell
Stylistics  –  Funky Weekend
Cerrone  –  Music Of Life
Style Council  –  Party Chambers
Astrud Gilberto  –  Take Me To Aruanda
Shalamar  –  Make That Move
Alexander O’Neal  –  What Is This Thing Called Love
Freddie Jackson  –  Have You Ever Loved Somebody
O’Jays  –  I Just Want To Satisfy
Lou Rawls  –  Let Me Be Good To You
Stevie Wonder  –  Signed Sealed Delivered
Jaki Graham  –  Breaking Away
Loose Ends  –  Choose Me
Carl Davis & The Chi Sound Orchestra  –  Windy City Theme


Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Sunday 19th February

“Sunday Shed Soul Revival”
The Rising Sun, Billericay High Street, opposite the police station
Original DJ’s – back from retirement !  Russ B & Grumpy Brown
Plus Special Guest: Neil Matthew (Gateway 97.8 – The Old Gits Soul Show)
7pm  –  10.30pm     –    Admission Free
“60s 70s & 80s Soul, Jazz ‘n’ Surprises!”

Saturday 18th February
“Soulful Seduction”
The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA
DJs: Bully & Stevie B
“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”
8pm – Late     –    Free Admission
Telephone Tracey (07816)831702 for more info

Saturday 18th February
“The Goldmine Reunion”
La Quinta, 22-28, Benfleet Rd, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 1QB
DJs: Chris Hill & Mad Marx aka Snowboy
9pm til 3.00am  –  Tickets £12.50 in advance from the venue  07811 111333 or 

Saturday 25th February
“Street Soul!”
Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB
DJs: Andy davies, Terry Jones, Ginger Tony, Grumpy Brown, Steve Kite
9pm – 2am    –   £5 on the door    –   Tel(01708) 864042

Saturday 3rd March
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
Special Guest DJ: Graham “Grumpy” Brown
Wristbands £5 in advance on (07989)591399
“Soul Funk & Jazz Grooves – Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive!”

Saturday 10th March
“KTF Soul Club – 2nd Anniversary Bash”
Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays, RM16 2AP
Featuring “Soul On The Square” DJs:
Jim Watson, Ian Stebbings, Sly Aylott & Chris Redman
7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  –  £2.50 in advance or £4 on the door
Telephone Danny: (07895) 538835

Friday 16th March
“Killer Soul VII”
Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9QS
8pm -1am    –     Tickets £7 in advance,  £10 on the door
Top tunes with the Zero Radio DJ Team !

Saturday 7th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Paul Clark, Jonny Layton
8pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £8 in advance, £12 on the door
Tel: (07800)724757 / (07989) 591399 / (01273) 413800

Saturday 7th April
“Soul Connexion All-Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1JE
DJs Dave Palmer & Dave Burton plus guests
Three rooms of music playing …
“Soul, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems”
12 pm  –  3 am    –    £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Tickets available from Dave Burton: [email protected] 07584626972       and Dave Palmer: [email protected] 07961101746

Friday 3rd August
“Hitsville – The Sound Of Motown”
The Welcome Club, Victoria Road, Stanford Le Hope
“Top Motown Tribute Band – Hitsville”
Plus support from the KTF Soul Club DJs
7.30 pm – 1am   –   Tickets £10
Telephone Danny (07895) 538835


Every Friday:
“Soul @ The Squire”

The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry – 8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister) plus various guests


Every Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am – Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”

Singing live this week 18“ February J.D.”


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one March 2nd
First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next 24th Feb
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 3rd March
2012 Dates: 28th April, 23rd June, 25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
***Tickets & Accomodation Selling Fast ! Hurry! ***
More info at and


And don’t forget…

Live Jazz at The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay
Every 1st Sunday Of The Month
1pm – 4pm   –  Free Admission
Next Date : 4th March

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo


Also recommended…

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 early 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 !


E-mail: [email protected] or send a voice/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