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Neil Gits Damp

25th June 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Another week, another tale to tell from Chez Old Git ! For months, I’ve been going backwards & forwards to my mum’s house to do my washing whilst in the area as my own machine died a sad death and I couldn’t afford a new one just yet. On and on and on it went, then two weeks ago I finally decided it was time to replace it – I could have paid for it with the petrol I’d used by now !

A friend helped me shift and install a “previously enjoyed” machine and though I trusted them to do the technical stuff, I suspect they didn’t do a perfect job as yesterday a small damp patch had appeared in front of the machine … and it seems to be growing slowly ! 🙁  Cue Plan B and finding time in my busy schedule to sort another little job out …

And time to get some soothing soul on the radio and hopefully ease any worries you may have in your life too ! Well, it works for me …

Here are the tunes & the gigs for June & July 2016. Enjoy the repeat airing of my show at 5pm this evening, with a LIVE one as usual on Monday if you are not gripped by “football fever” !

The Tunes

Fat Larrys Band  –  Act Like You Know

Crown Heights Affair  –  You Gave Me Love

James Brown  –  People Get Up & Drive Your Funky Soul

Ingram – Groovin’ On A Groove

Anita Baker  – Squeeze Me

Mather  –  This Is Serious

Sam Cooke  –  You Send Me

Tyrone Lee  –  Listening To Your Heart

Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder  –  Pops, We Love You (A Tribute To Father)

Fatback Band  –  (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop

Valentine Brothers  –  Money’s Too Tight To Mention

Loose Change  – Straight From The Heart

Down To The Bone – Long Way From Brooklyn

Pockets  –  Come Go With Me

Ed The Red  –  Music Is So Wonderful

Zed Soul  –  Papa You Are My Hero

Four Tops  –  Do What You Gotta Do

Hazel Rambaransingh  –  I Wanna Give You Everything 

Princess  –  I’ll Keep On Loving You

Peoples Choice  –  Here We Go Again

The Gigs

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out

Friday 1st July

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

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

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 1st July

“Essex Soul Sessions”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Jetty”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & Paul Clark

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Saturday 9th July

“Soul Connexion All Dayer”

Club 2004, Station Road, Hornchurch, RM12 6LS

DJs include : Dave Burton, Ronnie Martin & Ian Holmes

“13 Hours of the Very best Soul Jazz & Funk “

12 noon  –  1am  ;  Tickets £5!alldayer/f6by7


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 9th July

“A Night Of Vinyl Soul”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

10pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry

DJs: Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz), Gavin Page & Micky B


Friday 15th July

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 15th July

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: Dave Farrell, Malcolm Collins, Johnny Pearson

Dean Atkins & Tommy Gunn

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Free Entry ! ; Tel (01892) 544700


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465


Saturday 16th July

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 16th July

“S.O.T.R.C.- Soul All-dayer”

The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

2pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Friday 22nd July

“Soul At The Manor”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James

Brian Jay & Mark “Gurcha” Collins

10pm  –  1.30am  ;  Tickets – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Shorts & Shades Summer Party”

Queens Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

DJs: Nigel Watson & Terry Brown (Soulbeat)

9pm –  1am


Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK


Saturday 28th August

“Making Memories – Soul All-Dayer”

*In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care*

Gardeners Arms & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX

DJs : Kevin Hawkins, Gary Walden, Pete Collins

Simon Whistles Ford, Tricia Butler, Glen Nudd & Neville

3pm  –  12.30am  ;  Entry £10 donation





Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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 !


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