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Neil Gits A Capital Show Together

21st June 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

I normally avoid making any blatant references to other radio stations, either on air or online ones, as obviously I am trying to plug my own show on our own station here!

If you listen to my soul show each week and love the music I play, I am sure you will have been smart enough by now to discover one or two other DJs and shows on other outfits along the way, and there are many good ones out there to enjoy.

But of course, being an “Old Git” when it comes to enjoying good quality radio (whatever the music played) I always hanker back to the good old days of the mid 70s when I first got hooked and soon after was lucky enough to make my début on air in July 1978. That first show was a guest spot on Capital Radio at the age of 16 (it’s on Soundcloud if you can find it !!!) and I couldn’t help but notice that this week’s “Cool Soul” show is number 194 – Capital’s old MW frequency, brought the memories flooding back once more did that ! 🙂

Hopefully the tunes I’ve selected for this week’s programme (on Gateway, NOT Capital !) will do the same for you with features including a Motown “Short Trousered Soul Track”, a Chic instrumental for the “Old Gits Jazzy Bit”, another superb Motown Joint Remixed for the “Tasty 12” and a little Brazilian beach flavour in one of the “Soul Soothers”. Check out the playlist below and enjoy the music from 5pm this evening…

The Tunes

Evelyn King – Love Come Down
T Connection – Saturday Night
Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force
Marvelettes – Too Many Fish In The Sea
Rose Royce – Best Love
O’Jays – Summer Fling
Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema
Eloise Laws – Stay With Me
Hi Gloss – I’m Totally Yours
Womack & Womack – Love Wars
Philadelphia All Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto
Bionic Boogie – Dance Little Dreamer
Chic – Open Up
Nancy Wilson – The End Of Our Love
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (Dimitri Remix)
Eddie Kendricks – Going Up In Smoke (Morales Test Pressing)
Kenny Latimore – Weekend
Shirley Jones – She Knew About Me
Diana Ross – Love Me
Lucy Hawkins – Gotta Get Out Of Here
Crispy & Co – Brazil
Miss Misty – Right Size
Phil Upchurch – Cross Town Traffic

The Gigs

Saturday 21st June
“Soul By The Jetty”
The Oysterfleet, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messy &
Special Guest : Ginger Tony
“100% Jazz-Funk & Soul with a little nu jazz & soulful house”
“Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive On Canvey Island”
Wristband admission only – £7 from
8pm – 1am – More details at :

Saturday 21st June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & David White
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Sunday 22nd June
“SNS – Sunday Northern Soul”
The Wine Bar & Pizzeria, South Court, Deal, Kent
“First of a regular monthly evening set of Northern Soul courtesy of the LHYD DJs – great food & drink, wicked venue, top tunes !”
6pm – 9pm

Friday 27th June
(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 & Mark Gurcha Collins
Free Entry before 11pm – 8pm – 1.30am

Friday 27th June
JD The Soulman – singing live !
The Royal Tiger, Old Southend Road, Rettendon Common, CM3 8EE
Doors open 7pm, showtime from 9.30pm
Friday 27th June
“Soulful Seduction – Over 30s Party Night”
Mooro’s, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG7 6BX
(Site of the old Epping Forest Country Club)
“80s & 90s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
“Old Skool to Nu Cool”
£10 Entry On The Door

Friday 27th June
“Soul Nation – June Party”
Sky Rooms Nightclub, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN
DJs: John Douglas & Nick Gunn ; 9pm – 3am ;

Sunday 29th June
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Ricky Oatham,
Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton & guest Gary Spence
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm– soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 4th Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 2
Featuring Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls
Plus Carol Thompson – live !
Full details at:

Friday 4th July
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh,SS6 7JQ
DJ: Bully & guest Brian “The Rev” Kelly
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Old school funk, soul & disco from the 70s & 80s, club anthems & soulful house from the 90s”

Saturday 5th July
“Soul Galore 1”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9RS
“Across The Board Soul All-Dayer featuring…
Northern, Modern, 70s Groovers & more”
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; Tickets £5 In Advance, £8 OTD
Tel: (07562) 003699 or (07557) 761151
DJs: Tommy Gunn, John Herbert, Simon Lynch,
Mark Anderson, Gary O’Neil & Chilly
*No bar ! Bring your own food & drink ! *

Friday 11th July
(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 12th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
7pm – 1am – Free Entry

Saturday 12th July
“Soul Ascension”
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Jay Anderson & Stretch Taylor
“Soul, Boogie, RnB, Rare Grooves”
9pm – 2am ; Free Before 10pm, £3 after
Friday 18th July
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Soulful Seduction”
(also on 27th Sept / 29th Nov)
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays
“Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm – Late ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Free Soul Event”
Neuvo Bar & Restaurant (ex-Regency Suite),
Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM64AT
DJs: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Richard Lobban
Ricky Oatham, Tricia Butler, Steve Soultrain & John Wayne
“70s 80s & 90s Modern Soul with an hour of 70s & 80s
Revival Lovers Rock & Reggae”
8pm – 3am ; Free Entry

Saturday 20th July
“The Summer All-Dayer”
A Universal Soul Music Event…
RS Lounge, Woodford New Road, London E17 3PR
1pm — 11pm ; Tickets from £10 – £20 ; BBQ & other food all day
Formation & Salsa Dancing with Diesel & Dolton !
DJs include: Steve Kite, Frostie , Scott James, James Anthony

Thursday 24th July
“Lonnie Liston Smith & The New Cosmic Echoes LIVE !”
The Mercury Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6AE
Tickets from £25 – £30 ; 7pm start time ; Tel (01303) 267441
Golf, Spa, Meal, Hotel Room or just the concert options available

Saturday 26th July
“KTF Soul Club Summer Social”
Downstairs at The Old Regency Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 on the door
More info at :

Margate Soul Weekend 2014
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August
DJs & Live acts indoors & outdoors in the cultural quarter
8pm – 2am Friday, 12 pm – 2am Sat & Sun.
Wristband purchase advised for access to events
Live Acts: Cool Million, Natasha Watts, Laura Jackson,
Westcoast Soulstars, Baltic Soul Band & more …
Special New Closing Party on Sunday !!
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate
Omar & Band Live plus DJs: Grumpy Brown, Frostie,
Tony Fernandez & guests
More details & wristbands from

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