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Neil Gits A Bank Holiday Off !

28th August 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Just to let you know that I won’t be broadcasting “live” on Monday evening – but you will still have two hours of top quality soul, jazz-funk & disco to enjoy at the regular time of 7pm via a pre-recorded show ! It is of course a Bank Holiday, though that usually has no effect on my life whatsoever (apart from having to wait till Tuesday to pay my wages into my bank account ! 🙁 ) but this time I shall be attending the wedding of two of my old school friends and quite a few of the “class of 78” will be in attendance to have a funky soulful boogie 70s & 80s style in celebration !

I am sure I will be sharing the highlights with you on my next “normal” show on September 5th but for now, just to keep you in the loop here is the playlist for last week’s shows along with some upcoming gigs to note …

The Songs

Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good
Level 42 – Love Meeting Love
George McCrae – Rock Your Baby
Paradise – One Mind Two Hearts
Teddy Pendergrass – Heaven Only Knows
Melisa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise
Real Thing – Children Of The Ghetto
Personal Life – Morning Light
Clarence Carter – Messing With My Mind
Light Of The World – I Shot The Sheriff
Imagination – So Good So Right
Detroit Spinners – Love Trippin’
Rudy Thomas & Susan Cadogan – You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good
Four Tops – I’m In A Different World
Alexander O’Neal – Fake
Loleatta Holloway & The Salsoul Orchestra – Seconds
Matthew Winchester – This Thing Called Love
Mtume – You Me & He
Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
Johnny Moore – Walk Like A Man
Dan Hartman – This Is It
Hi Voltage – Let’s Get Horny

The Gigs

Friday 2nd September

“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

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 2nd September

“Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Saturday 3rd September

“Soul Special”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Jeff Young, Micky B & Gavin Page

10pm – 2am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 9th September

“5 Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

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

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Ian Johns & Special Guest: Mick Jackson

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz-Funk Lounge

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tel: (01375) 891402 for more details or go to:


Saturday 10th September

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Saturday 15th September

(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


Friday 16th September

(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 16th September

“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, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 24th September

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope

DJs: Gary Thurgood & John Madams & KTF team

“Northern Soul Event”

First 100 tickets priced at £6

7.30pm – 1am


Saturday 24th September

“Soul By The Sea”

The Ship, Leigh On Sea

DJs: Garry Dennis, Michael “Birdy” Bird

Chris White & Micky “Liste” Cooper

“Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop & Soulful House”

8pm  –  1am   ;  £7 on the door


Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135




TBC – watch this space !



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)


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 from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm