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Neil Gits A Big Bruise

23rd August 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

What I didn’t mention in last week’s hastily compiled blog, was that our trip to Manchester in the days before was made with me nursing a rather sore upper leg – the result of falling down the stairs trying to pack late at night to be ready for the morning start ! Now, over a week on, it’s still a little tender but looks horrific, a huge dark bruise highlighting the area for anyone unfortunate enough (Nathan mainly !) to see me pottering around the house in my pants !!  Quick ! Let me take your mind off that disturbing image by telling you what you can look forward to hearing on my show this Saturday at 5pm ! You can see for yourself it’s very much a “Who’s Who” of soul in the 70s 80s & 90s and the tracks you don’t know by some of the big names included are well worth lending an ear to. Sandwiched in between all these great names are equally fascinating cuts in our “Old Gits Reggae Bit” & “Soul Soother/Mellow Moment” slots, so make sure you can listen in from 5-7pm this evening and don’t forget a brand new live show goes out on Monday, which this week will be a “August Bank Holiday Bits & Bobs” special with quite a few surprises included …

The Tunes

George Benson – Shiver
Teddy Pendergrass – When Somebody Loves You Back
Boz Scaggs – What Can I Say
Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher & Higher)
Jimmy Ruffin – Falling In Love With You
Cheryl Lynn – All My Lovin’
Marvin Gaye – Distant Lover
Maze feat Frankie Beverly – While I’m Alone
Omari – After Loving You
Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On
Me & You feat We The People Band – You Never Know What You Got
Diana Ross & The Supremes – I’m Living In Shame
Chic – Dance Dance Dance
Prince – 1999
Dina Carroll – Hold On
Guinn – Dreamin’
Cool Million feat Bashiyra – The You In Me
Margo Thunder – Expressway To Your Heart
Archie Bell & The Drells – Here I Go Again
Undisputed Truth – You + Me = Love
Grant Green – Future Feature

The Gigs

Saturday 23rd August
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Reunion”
Firemen’s Club, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM154DT
Family Fun Day with BBQ, bouncy castle & 5-a-side footy
Plus two rooms of DJs playing soul music !
2pm – 2am ; Tickets £15 or £10 with a HSW wristband

Saturday 23rd August
“Club Classics At The Black Prince”
Holiday Inn, A2, Bexley
DJ: Steve Kite and guests – 2 rooms of music
“80s Soul Funk Boogie & Disco, 90s House & R’n’B Classics”
Over 25s ; 8pm – 2am ; Wristbands only £8 in advance

Saturday 23rd August
“The Soul Capital”
OMG Bar, Bexley Village, DA5 1LA
DJs: Gracy G, Funky & Silva playing
70s 80s 90s & 00s Anthems”
8pm – 2am ; £10 in advance, £15 on the door
Tel: (07982) 244650

Sunday 24th August
“Summer Soul Fiesta”
The Cromwell Manor, Watt Tyler Lane, Pitsea, SS16 4UH
1pm – 1am – All-Dayer!
Tickets £15 in advance, £20 On The Door
Headline DJ: Greg Edwards
Plus: Garry Dennis, James Anthony, Colin Hudd, Andy John,
Cosmic, Fat tel, Chris White, Gavin Page, Ian Sellers & Birdy
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz & soulful house”

Sunday 24th / Monday 25th August
“The Havering Show”
Harow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, Essex
Sunday: 3.50 – 4.50 pm – Odyssey Live
Monday : 4.50 – 5.50 pm – Alexander O’Neal Live
Free Open Air Event ; Car park Charge : £2
11am – 6pm ; More details at :


Friday 29th August
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ;
Arrive before 10pm to avoid disappointment – Over 25s only

Friday 29th August
“Five Star Soul”, Orsett Hall, Princes Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
Two rooms of Jazz-Funk & Soul :
“The Soul Pavilion” & “The Jazz-Funk Lounge”
DJs: Rev Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, John Ovel,
Ian Jons, Mark Lee & Nick Gunn
7.30 pm – 2am ; Tickets £15
Tel (01375) 891402 – Orsett Hall Events Team

Saturday 30th August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
The Oysterfleet, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly plus guests:
Jazzbod & Paul Clark
“100% jazz-funk & soul with a sprinkling of nu-jaz & soulful house”
8.30pm – 1.00 am ; wristbands £7 from

Saturday 30th August
“Summer Soul”
Banks Bar, Banks Street, Maidstone, ME14 1SJ
Imagination & Jaki Graham – live on the Terrace !
Plus DJs: Greg Edwards & Jeff Young
8pm – 2am
Tickets £25 (Standard) or £35 (VIP)
Tel: (01622)676799

Friday 5th September
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJ: Bully & guest TBC
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s ;
“Soul Funk Disco & old Skool Club Anthems”

Wednesday 10th September
“Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – LIVE !”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm start ; Tickets £21
Tel : (01268) 465 465
Friday 12th September
(Every Second Friday)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Bully
“Soul Funk Disco, Old Skool, Club Anthems, 70s – 90s”
Over 25s Only ; Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 13th September
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
8pm – 1am – Free Entry

Saturday 13th September
“Boogie Nights”
The Basement, Alexandra Street, Southend On Sea, SS11BX
DJs: Micky B & Beaver
“Disco, Pop & Club Classics, with a twist of New Skool & Old Skool Garage”
10 pm – 4am ; £5 Entry

Sunday 14th September
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
KGV Pub (King George V), Cranbrook Road, Redbridge, IG26SX
Nearest tube station : Gants Hill
DJs: Tricia Butler,Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton
Sandra Citizen Soul & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm ; Free Entry ; Wheelchair & family friendly

Sunday 14th September
“Olivers Sunday Club”
Berkeley House, High Street, Rochester, Kent
DJs: Birdy, Abbo, Sponge, Kev Cole, Guy Unger,
Johnny Skates & more …
“The Best in Soul Funk , Jazz & House”
Free Entry ; 4pm start …

Thursday 18th September
Friday 19th September
“The O’Jays – Live!”
Celebrating 50 Years Of Soul
The Indigo O2, London
7pm – 10pm
After Party till 2am with DJs playing
“Disco, Soul & Funk Classics”
Seated & Standing Tickets Available at

Thursday 18th September
“Kenny Thomas Returns !”
Live at Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door
Tel (01277) 656581 for details

Friday 19th September
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Saturday 20th September
“Handbags & Gladrags”
“Carnival & Caister Warm-Up Special”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford, SS129AT
“Soul, RnB, House, Hip-Hop & Everything on the Urban Tip”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Paul Clark & Euan Bass”
8pm – Late ; £3 before 10pm ; £5 after

Saturday 20th September
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 27th September
“KTF Soul Club”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Wristbands £6 In Advance, just 120 tickets available
“Northern Soul & Associated Sounds …”

Saturday 27th September
“Soulful Seduction”
The Treacle Mine, Grays
“80s Club Classics & Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & Soulful House”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm till late ; Free Entry

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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 !

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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