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Neil Gits A Bit Behind

30th October 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

OMG ! I have an absolute mountain of bits of paper with jobs to do that need my immediate attention along side my PC ! Just got time to tell you how fab this week’s show was / is … if you didn’t hear it live last Monday, it goes out again at 5pm on Saturday, so get tuned in to hear two hours of top soul, jazz-funk and disco from the 70s 80s & beyond. Then we can do it all again with another selection on Monday … and so on and so forth !

The Tunes

Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back
Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out
Dynasty – Groove Control
Kenny G – Hi How Ya Doin’
Average White Band – When Will You Be Mine
Randy Crawford – That’s How Heartaches Are Made
Anita Baker – How Fast How Far
Maysa – Grateful
Raydio – More Than One Way To Love A Woman
Tavares – The Mighty Power Of Love
GQ – Disco Nights
George Duke – I Want You For Myself (Mike Maurro Mix)
Booker T & the MGs – Time Is Tight
Smoove & Terrell – You Could Have Been A Lady
Booker Newbury III – Love Town (Froggy Remix)
Detroit Spinners – Not Just Another Lover
Lady L – Love’s Masterplan
James & Bobby Purify – Morning Glory
George Benson – Turn Out The Lamplight
Luther Vandross – Any Love
Fresh Fruit – A Song For You
James Brown – Living In America
Isley Brothers – So You Wanna Stay Down

The Gigs

Saturday 29th October

“Soul @ The Manor meets House Legends 4”

The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“A bewitching night of house and soul music featuring 10 DJs in 2 rooms”

Soul Room: Mark Gurcha Collins, Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James, Enyaw

9pm  –  3am  ;  Tickets £15 in advance



Sunday 30th October

“Jackson Live In Concert”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Ben performs as Michael Jackson”

Tickets £20 (children £16) – Tel: (01268) 465465


Sunday 30th October

“Sunday Soul Sessions – 4th Birthday !”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Steve Wren, DJ Looney & Mr C

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry + Free CD for all !

Chicken & roast potato buffet at 7.30pm – free too !


Friday 4th November

“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 plus guest

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 4th November

“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


Monday 7th November

“The Stylistics – All The Hits Tour”

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

8pm start  ;  Tickets £28 – £32

Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 9th November

“Leee John from Imagination – Live!”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

8pn start  ;  Tickets £15

Tel (01277) 632378


Saturday 12th November

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy plus guests

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 18th November

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs: Greg Edwards (Special Guest)

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

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Steve Abbs, Simon Croft

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15  ;  Tel: (01375) 891402


Friday 18th November

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes & Soulful House” DJs: Bully & MJ plus Special Guest

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 18th November

“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 19th November

“Funkin’ For Dementia II”

The Greenhouse, Belfairs Woods, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR

“Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society”

5pm  –  2am  ;  Wristbands £10


Saturday 19th November

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Thursday 24th November

“Kenny Thomas – Live!”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

Tickets £10   –  Tel : (01277) 656581


Saturday 3rd December

“Soul Nation Xmas Ball”

Colchester Town Hall

DJs: Simon Van Os, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,

John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Les Broughton

“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soulful House and Swing”

8pm – 1am ; £15 – Tel (07775) 764363

“Black tie for guys, cocktail dress for girls”


Saturday 10th December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash – 6th Year!”

Harlow Town FC, CM19 5BE

DJs: Jonny Layton, Les Knott, Pete Collins

Danny Peters & Dab

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07791) 995670 or (07500) 481192




Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

The Chichester, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE

“3 Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House,

Club Anthems, Disco, Jazz and more !”

Full Zero DJ line-up including :

Ian Reading, Merve The Swerve, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Matt Jackson & Mark Lee

8pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets £7.50 until 31st October

Thereafter or on the door £12.50



Friday 7th January

“Breakwater & The Pockets – Live !”

The Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2, London

Plus DJs: Greg Edwards, Gordon Mac & Jeff Young

Doors: 7pm   Show: 8pm

Tickets £25  –  Tel (01207) 412 8778




Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

Details to follow ….



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 Hip Hop & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Gef Lawrence, 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