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Neil Gits Blue

20th January 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

Apparently it was “Blue Monday” this week, so not wishing to make anyone’s depressing day any worse, I tried to be extra cheerful & jolly on the show last Monday ! You can hear if I achieved that by listening to the repeat play at 5pm today (Saturday) … and if you can’t hear that broadcast, remember we now have a listen again facility on the website, so you can hear my fab soul show as many times as you like within the 28 days after initial airing – just click on the blue “Cool Soul” link on the “Listen Again” page !

Music to lift your spirits this week included another top track from Tom Glide’s “Divas Got Soul” album, a dazzling remix by Joey Negro of “Spoanish Hustle” by the Fatback Band, a stunning ‘Soul Soother’ by the late Teena Marie and listener requests for tracks by The Emotions & Average White Band. The full list is posted below, as is my fully updated “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” gig list – make sure you tune in to the soul to hear the songs and try and visit one of the venues soon to support my fellow soul DJs !

The Tunes

Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight To Mention
Alexander O’Neal – Critcize
Randy Muller – Beautiful Feelin’
Isabel Roberts – Rhythm Of Your Love
Average White Band – You Got It
Emotions – Layed Back
Teena Marie – Where’s California
Leanne McCrei – Stay A Little Longer
Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Waste Your Time
Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothing
Cuba Gooding – Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
Chain Reaction – Search For Tomorrow
Fatback Band – Spanish Hustle (Joey Negro Remix)
Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Chairmen Of The Board – I’m On My Way To A Better Place
Jackson 5 – Looking Through The Window
Ashling Cole – Give It To You
Shalamar – I Just Stopped By Because I Had To
Dukes – Mystery Girl
Tom Glide featuring Hil St Soul – Soul Train
Diana Ross – Mirror Mirror
Second Image – Can’t Keep Holding On

The Gigs

Saturday 20th January
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday – 5th Birthday Party !”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 26th January
“KTF Soul Club Winter Warmer”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul Night”
DJ team from KTF & guests TBC
Tickets £5 (pre-orders) £7 (walk-ups)
Capacity 160 – usually sells out !

Saturday 27th January
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Grays, RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & Club Classics”
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
Children allowed in the bar till 9pm, food served till 10pm

Friday 2nd February
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Saturday 10th February
“Soul Lounge”
The Lounge Bar, Lakeside Business Park, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6EW
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco & Soulful House plus some Club Classics”
8pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Car park at rear

Saturday 10th February
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“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 10th February
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 16th February
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction – Bully’s Birthday Bash”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 16th February 2018
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM6 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Sarah Jane Russell & Special Guest : Jim “The Syrup” Day.
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Tickets £15 from (01375)891402

Friday 16th February
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Friday 23rd February
(Every 4th Friday of the month)
“Let’s Get Funky”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“Soul Jazz Funk & Soulful House”
Free Entry ; 8pm – Midnight

Friday 23rd February
“Overdose Of Joy”
Havering Indoor Bowls Club, Harow Lodge Park, RM11 1JU
DJs: Paul “Baldy” Kidley, Bully, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Elliott M, Nick Gunn, Steve Kite & Special Guest : Les Knott
Raising funds for “Product Of A Postcode” charity
Wristbands £10 from

Saturday 24th February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Nu-Jazz & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian “Rev” Kelly
Special Guest : Ash Selector
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Saturday 3rd March
“Soul Odyssey”
Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club
DJs: Gary Walden,Tony Treble, Gary Fish & guest Scott James
“Jazz Funk & Soul Classics plus Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance until 1st Feb , £10 after

Saturday 10th March
“Margate Soul Festival 2018 Launch Party”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
MSF DJs & Special Guests
Also : Gavin Page & Abi Clarke in “The Dug Out”
Tickets £10

Friday 16th March
“40 Years Of Disco”
SSE Arena , Wembley
“Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,
Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”
Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start
Tickets from £56.50 …

Saturday 17th March
“Soul By The Sea”
BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
DJs: Michael Bird, Colin Jazzy Barnaby, Bill Challenger, Michael White, Chris White
8pm – 1am ; £7 OTD

Sunday 25th March
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & Sam Green plus guest DJ Bully
5pm -11pm ; Free Entry

Friday 30th March
“Soul Reunited – Lagoona Soul Reunion”
RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Jazzbod, Roni Brien & Elliot M
Guests: Lee Aldwinkle & Brian Kelly
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 available from 17th February
Tel (01708) 762743

Sunday 1st April
“Making Memories 5”
Gardeners & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood
“All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Little Haven Children’s Hospice”
3pm – 1am (Easter Weekend)

29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
More details to follow …

3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Full details on the website :

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”
DJs: Trish & Peter P
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Fourth Friday: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay – from 23rd Feb
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch – from 25th March

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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