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Neil Gits His Bits & Bobs In

30th August 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

You know I like to do something a little special or different for the Bank Holiday shows, but I was scratching my head as to what to do with the one last Monday. Then I looked through my seemingly never ending lists of songs to be played on my show and realized there were quite a few that were a bit “off the wall” that I had been saving for a rainy day. Well, you know what the weather was like so this was the show to put them all in at once !! There is one particular track, a cover of “Stand By Me” which might come as a complete surprise to you (unless you bought the same compilation CD as me !) so I’ve not named the artist in this week’s playlist below, but take a look at the line-up and tune in out of curiosity to hear how it all gels together qutie nicely, despite looking a tad unusual on paper. As always you can experience my “repeat play” today (Saturday) at 5pm here on Gateway …

The Bits & Bobs

Change – Change Of Heart
Equals – Funky Like A Train
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
Wayne Gibson – Under My Thumb
Regina Belle – Good Lovin’
Rance Allen Group – Peace Of Mind
Ella Fitzgerald – Every Time We Say Goodbye
Sylvia – Pillow Talk
Ronnie McNeir – You’re All I Need To Survive
Olympic Runners – The Bitch
Sade – Hang On To Your Love
Barrington Levy – Here I Come
??? – Stand By Me (listen in to find out who !)
Gap Band – Oops Upside Your Head
Charles Veal – New Found Love
Will Smith – A Thousand Kisses
Howard Hewett – Inside Of Me
Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me
Family Tree – Family Tree
Matt Bianco – Half A Minute
Rebbie Jackson – Centipede
TJM – Put Yourself In My Place
Earth Wind & Fire – Africano

The Gigs

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”

Saturday 6th September
“Soul Ascension”
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate, CT91DD
DJs: Jason Anderson & Gayle Lawless Dumont
“Classic & Upfront, Soul, Boogie, RnB & Rare Grooves”
9pm – 2am ; Free before 10pm ; £3 after

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

Friday 26th September
(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

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

Saturday 8th November
“Soul Galore 2”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington, Kent, CT1 9RS
Across The Board Soul All-Dayer …
“Northern Soul, Modern Soul, 70s Groovers, 80s Movers & more…”
DJs: Tommy Gunn & John Herbert
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; £5 On The Door
** No bar – bring your own drinks & snacks ! **

Saturday 13th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Pinnacles Ind Est, Harlow, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Frostie, Chris Brown, DJ Dab
8pm – 2am ; £10 Entry ; Madhatter T-Shirt Stall

Bless The Funk 2015
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th
The Azur, Hastings
“Soul Anthems,Jazz-Funk & Boogie, Classic Soul & Motown,
Northern, 2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House Classics,etc”
Weekly Event:
Fridays : “Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJs: Paul Kidley, Bully, Mikey Porter & guests on rotation
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 5th Sept
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 15th Aug
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 16th Aug
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 16th Aug
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 29th Aug

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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