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Neil Gits Chilled At The Lighthouse

11th August 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

Gosh, it’s been a long summer (so far!) and I have to say quite a few of my “essential jobs” have had to be put on the back burner while I cope with trying to work in ridiculous temperatures both inside and outside “Old Git Towers”. However, after ‘a few drops of rain’ over the last couple of days and proper English summer readings on the thermometer, I am getting back on track so the “Cool Soul Blog” returns today !

I did make sure I got my boogie shoes down to Margate last Saturday though for the Soul Festival and as always it didn’t disappoint, with sunshine all day, the weather being just the right side of too hot with a smashing sea breeze occasionally and plenty of welcome shady spots to dive into amongst the streets of the old town. I caught up with lots of old faces and checked out all the bars & stages pumping out the good stuff across the day and there were some excellent tunes being played, particularly at my fave MSF venue “The Lighthouse” right out at the end of the harbour arm. I even got to see Deniece Williams doing a live set of her hits, just before I grabbed some chips and returned home to put my poor old git feet up !! The day (and rest of the festival) is reflected in some of my choices for this week’s show which you can enjoy either via the “Listen Again” facility or by tuning in today (Saturday) at 5pm when the official repeat play goes out.

Check out the last two playlists below and also take a look at the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list, especially if you are involved in an event taking place soon, as it may have escaped my attention and need adding in or updating – you can contact me via [email protected] or find me on Facebook via “The Old Gits Soul Show” page ….

This Week’s Tunes :

George Benson – Inside Love
Stylistics – 16 Bars
Mather & Hannah White – Caught Up In A Whirlwind
My Forte – Sometime Lover
Fatback – Backstrokin’
Deniece Williams – Baby Baby My Love’s All For You
Bashiyra – Independent
Miracle Thomas – You Say You Apologize
Proton Plus – Pay Up
Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway – Back Together Again
Johnny Guitar Watson – I Need It
Jesse Gomez – Baby I’m Coming At You
Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
Inez & Charlie Foxx – Hurt By Love
Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
Jaki Graham – Breaking Away
Melisa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise
Zhane – Hey Mr DJ
Ola – Lie
Luther Vandross – The Second Time Around
Jermaine Jackson Whitney Houston–Take Good Care Of My Heart
Diana Ross – The Boss
Chuck Jackson – All Over The World

Last Week’s Tunes :

Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
War – You Got The Power
Richard Burton – Bad Luck (DJ SPEN Bootleg Mix)
Colonel Abrams – When A Man Loves
Change – It’s A Girl’s Affair
Show Tyme – Take Your Love Away
Vanessa Bell Armstrong – You Make Me Wanna Love Again
Spur Of The Moment – Love Her
Carl Anderson – Don’t Make Me Wait
Stephanie Mills – Never Knew Love Like This Before
Brass Construction – Changin’
Winston Groovy – Something On The Side
Garland Green – Bumpin’ & Stompin’
Isley Brothers – Harvest For The World
Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Now Is The Time
Incognito – Love Has Come Around
Tallahassee Nights Live – Anti Gravity
Quincy Jones – One Hundred Ways
Bashiyra – Loving Free
Imagination – Changes

The Gigs :

Saturday 11th August

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Brown Sugar”

The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD

Funk Soul & Disco Night”

DJ Yours Truly (Ben)

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 17th 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 17th 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

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

Saturday 18th 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 18th August

Soul At The Edge 3”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA

The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus special guest DJ

8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door

email: [email protected]

mobile: (07526) 633693

Saturday 18th August

Liquid Spirit 2”

Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB

Soulful House, Disco, Old School Anthems”

DJs: Brian Power, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark,

Danny T, Marie Garaccio…

8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Saturday 25th August

Soul By The Jetty”

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

100% Soul, Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Soulful House & More”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Mark Messent

Guest DJ : Frostie

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

Call / Text (07989)591399

email: [email protected]

Sunday 26th August

(Last Sunday of the month)

Over-roast Of Joy!”

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

DJ: Paul Kidley & guests

Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”

5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

Sunday 26th August

Omar & Full Live Band”

Boatyard Restaurant, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN

DJ support from Urban All-Stars

8pm – 1am ; Smart dress

Tickets £20 (gig only) or £50 (inc 4-course meal)

(07702) 089264

Friday 7th September

5 Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS

DJs: Brian Kelly, Johnny Layton, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,

Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Sean French

Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”

Tickets £15 – Strictly Over 30s

(01375) 891402 –

Friday 7th September

(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

Friday 7th September

The Essex Soul Collective”

Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP

Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”

DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest

7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Saturday 8th September

Soul By The Sea”


Zabranos, The Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1SJ

DJs: Grumpy Brown, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Michael Cooper & Chris White

Afro, Funk, Latin, Jazz Dance & Soulful House”

8pm -1am ; £7 On The Door

Saturday 8th September

(then 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

Friday 14th September

(Every Second Friday)

Funkin’ Fridays”

Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ

DJ: Paul Kidley

Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”

9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 15th September

Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”

Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN

Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”

DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden

Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door

Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am

Saturday 29th September

Stomp On Sea 2”

Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms,

King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD

Room 1 : Soul & reggae

Room 2 : Jazz & Funk

Room 3 : Dance & Club Classics

Tickets £10 –

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January

Clacton Soul Weekender Reunion 2019”

Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester, CO6 1DU

Two rooms of 70s & 80s Modern Soul, Boogie & Jazz Funk”

DJs Include : Tony Fernandez, Sara Jane Rundel, Frostie

Richard Felstead, Paul Clark & Brian Jay

2pm Friday through to 2pm Sunday

Caister 2018 :

Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September

Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

Glitter Fridays”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”

Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”

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

Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !