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Neil Gits Cut Off!

16th December 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am not the most technology friendly person you’ll ever meet by a long shot, but I know how to do what I need to do when it comes to using websites, MP3s, social media and other computer stuff and get along quite nicely … until the internet goes down !! Then it’s panic stations, switching this and that on and off again, fiddling with settings, clciking this, double clicking that and desperately trying to remember what I did last time it happened … and it ALWAYS seems to happen when you are at your busiest at the busiest times of year, like just before Xmas, i.e. NOW !! 🙁

As you can tell by the fact this page exists, I seem to have come through the ordeal this week relatively unscathed, although my sanity has taken a pounding and I now have even less hair than the small amount I did have this time last week. So, let’s move on and remind you that this Monday is the last “Old Gits Soul Show” of 2018 due to the way the festive dates fall this year and taking into account Gateway’s seasonal special programming. I will be on air live tomorrow from 7-9pm as usual, then won’t re-appear in your speakers until early january – but don’t worry, there is 30 days worth of soul, jazz-funk & disco goodness available to you via the “Listen Again” feature on this site. Why not give it a go over Xmas to avoid all the endless “festive favourites” assaulting your senses from all directions ! Here is last week’s oasis of normality amongst the musical madness …

The Tunes

Temptations – Standing On The Top
Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything
Randy Roberts & Richard Burton – Stairway To Heaven
Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up
Luther Vandross – Make Me A Believer
Kingz Of R&B – Sure Bet
Kim Tibbs – My Better Side
Don Blackman – Heart’s Desire
SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
Rene & Angela – Secret Rendezvous
Syreeta – Quick Slick
Ronnie Laws – Heavy On Easy
Incognito – 1975
Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music
K C & The Sunshine Band – Keep It Coming Love
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
La Toiya Williams – One Call
Stephanie Mills – Still Mine
Chaka Khan – Night Moods
People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna
Sydney Youngblood – Sit & Wait
Imagination – Burning Up
Toshiyuki Honda – Lament

2018 / 2019 Gigs :

Friday 21st December
(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 21st December
“Brentwood Over 30s Night”
Holiday Inn, Brook Street, brentwood, CM14 5NF
Two Rooms: DJ John Osbourne in Room 2
“Jazz Funk & Soulful Festive Anthems”
(Room 1 plays old school & chart tunes)
9pm – 2am ; £15 pp online
(£20 OTD before 11pm, £25 after 11pm)
Saturday 22nd December
“Xmas Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
Three Rooms Of Tunes :
1 – Soul Funk & Jazz
2 – Soulful House, R’n’B & Hip Hop
3 – Reggae, Latin, Afrobeat & Jazz Dance
DJs: Aitch B, Brian Kelly, Colin Barnaby, Ian Holmes
June Furlong, Simon Van Os, Bigger, Chris White
Garry Dennis, Jeff Young & Mick Cooper
Tickets £15 in advance ; £20 on the door
Monday 31st December
“ The Edge New Years Eve Party ”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden
“Party, Disco & Old Skool Club Classics”
8pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10 in advance
Friday 4th January
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve plus guests
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100
Saturday 5th January
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only
Saturday 12th January
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ Yours Truly (Ben)
7pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
Saturday 12th January (To be confirmed…)
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet”
Vibe, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JG
DJs : Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Alan Champs
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry before 10pm
Friday 18th January
(Every 3rd Friday of the month – except December)
“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 19th January
(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
Friday 1st February
“Overdose Of Joy”
**SOLD OUT !!! **
Top Meadow Golf Club, Fen lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR
“Modern & Classic Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJs: Elliot M, Nick Gunn, Lee Fatbloke, Paul Kidley, Bully & Jon Jules
Special PA : “ Louise Mehan of SouLutions ”
7.30pm – 1am
Friday 1st February
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall Hotel, RM16 3HS
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly ; Roni O’Brien ; Mark Lee ; Jon Ovel
Lee “Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest :Tony Matthews
7.30pm – 1.00 am ; Over 30s
Tickets £15 via Eventbrite – Tel (01375) 891402
Saturday 23rd March
“KTF Soul Club 9th Anniversary”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul, Motown, 60s RnB & a hint of Latin..”
7.30pm – 12.30am
Advance Tickets £7 inc a free CD ; £10 On The Door
*Also on 8th June / 28th September*
Saturday 25th May
“Shalamar Plus Special Guests”
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA
“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”
2pm – 11.30pm – Other acts to be confirmed
Early Bird Tickets £20
Friday 5th July
“Real Thing, Loose Ends & Shakatak”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
8pm – 11pm ; Tickets £24, £29 or £31
(01702) 351135 you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2019 ? 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” !