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Neil Gits Bowled Over

29th July 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

It is no big secret that I love my football, especially driving around the country checking out grounds and stadiums of all shapes and sizes and most of the time the G/F enjoys tagging along too … most of the time , not ALL the time !! Her favoured sport is cricket and naturally her enthusiasm has rubbed off on me, almost taking me back to my teenage days of the 70s when I knew almost as much about the summer sport as I did footy. I used to have Subbuteo, the table soccer game, I enjoyed that so much I went out and bought the cricket version and learnt all the players names in all the county and test match teams at the time so I could engross myself in the action, just like I did with the football one ! They also did a Rugby Subbuteo too and I got that to complete the set, but TBH I can’t get my head around rugby and the Subbuteo game was no different !!

Anyway, back to cricket, and needless to say we both LOVED watching the World Cup Final recently, especially with England winning in one of the most dramatic sporting climaxes EVER, so I dedcided it was high time I fulfilled a promise made a good while ago to actually take her to a LIVE cricket match and next week is the time as I have secured tickets for a “Vitality 20/20” match. We are both really looking forward to that, but not as much as the next “Old Gits Soul Show” which will be on air tonight (Monday) from 7-9pm !

Tune in live either on 97.8FM or via the website (you can hear it via “Listen Again” if you have read this after the event) for two hours of super summery soul. The last two show playlists are posted below along with a reminder of upcoming gigs – enjoy !!

Last Week’s Show :

  • Steve Arrington – Feel So Real
  • Ashford & Simpson – Street Corner
  • Rockie Robbins – Good Life
  • Teddy Pendergrass – Only You (Special Extended Mix)
  • Major Harris – Gotta Make Up Your Mind
  • Matthew Winchester – Be My Love
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – The One & Only
  • Candi Staton – Halfway To Heaven
  • UK Players – Love’s Gonna Get You
  • Phil Hurtt – Giving It Back
  • Rose Royce – Still In Love
  • Dave Mascall – Carnival Latino (Georgie B Remix)
  • Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
  • Supremes & Four Tops – River Deep Mountain High
  • Bob & Marcia – Pied Piper
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – I Don’t Blame You At All
  • Felton Pilate – We’re Still Here
  • Rick Braun feat Maysa – Soul On Soul
  • Toni Braxton – You’re Making Me High
  • MFSB – Picnic In The Park
  • Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot

15th July’s Show :

  • Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass – Two Hearts
  • Chairmen Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little More Time
  • Terri Green Project – Giving It Up
  • Atlantic Starr – Stand Up
  • Jacksons – Everybody
  • Nicole & Timmy Thomas – New York Eyes
  • Regina Belle – After The Love Has Lost Its Shine
  • Toni Braxton – Come On Over Here
  • LTD – Holding On
  • George Benson – Love X Love
  • Jean Carn – If You Wanna Go Back
  • Ron Richardson – Ooh Wee Babe
  • Joe Sample – Burning Up The Carnival
  • Chic – Good Times
  • Donna Summer – Bad Girls
  • Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
  • O’Jays – Start Stoppin’
  • Rodney Mansfield – One More Time
  • Solomon Burke – Cry To Me
  • Honey Cone – Sittin’ On A Time Bomb
  • James Brown – I’m Real
  • Venus Dodson – Shining

Summer Soul Gigs :

Margate Soul Festival 2019 – Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August


Saturday : LIVE : Light Of The World – Incognito”

Sunday : James D Train Williams / Cool Million

Omar / Janet Kay / Steve Nichol (Loose Ends)

Friday 2nd August

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs

“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”

8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry

Saturday 3rd August

(1st Saturday of each month)

“Chelmsford City Soul”

Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA

DJs: John Peters & John Douglas

“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”

Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Friday 16th August

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction”

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 August

(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 : TBC

7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 17th August

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 24th August

“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”

Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Soulful House, Boogie & More..”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Guest: Paul Clark

8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only

email: [email protected]

Text : (07960) 217136

Sunday 25th August

“Overdose Of Joy All Dayer”

Top Meadow Golf Club & Hotel, Fen Lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR

DJs: Paul Kidley, Sam Green, Elliott Mount, Bully, Nick Gunn,

Steve Kite, Lee Fatloke, Danny T, James Anthony

Live PA by : Imaani

3pm – 1am ; Tickets £20

*Supporting The Indee Rose Trust & Joni’s Army Charities

Friday 30th August

“Brentwood Over 30s Summer Ball”

Holiday Inn, Brentwood, just off J28 of the M25

Room 1 : Greg Edwards & John Osborne

“Jazz Funk & Soulful Anthems”

Room 2 : DJ Phil Indulgence

“Club Classics & Chart Tunes”

9pm – 2am ; Full details at

Saturday 14th September

“The Soul Fiesta All-Dayer”

Cromwell manor, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, SS16 4UH

DJs: Aitch B, Birdy, Gordon Mac, Chris White, Brian Kelly

Lee Aldwinkle, Glen Sherry, Femi Fem, Jonny Layton,

Paul Clark, Tony Matthews, Jigs, Ian Holmes,

Mike Vitti & Victor Afro Anderson

Saturday 14th September

“Soul By The Sea”

The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8DL

“Soul Funk Disco & Groove”

DJs: Purple Hayes

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 28th September

KTF Soul Club

The Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope

Full details coming soon …

Sunday 29th September

(Last Sunday of Each Month)

“Over Roast Of Joy”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL

“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”

DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green

Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm