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Neil Gits Dark

7th November 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

There’s no getting away from it now – we are in the Winter Months now ! It may still feel quite Autumnal during the day when the sun is out, but now the clocks have gone back, arriving and leaving Gateway’s studios is a thing strictly done in the dark for me. No more listeners tuned in at home on the patio with a glass of vino, no more driving down to the coast in the evening sun, listening in the car – now it’s heating on, curtains closed and cosying up indoors with two hours of top tunes from the soul, jazz-funk & disco days of the 70s & 80s…

Luckily, I have a terrific stock of great music ready to share with you each Monday live at 7pm to take your mind off your troubles – take a look at the recent playlist posted below and get set to enjoy this week’s latest show again when repeated on Saturday at 5pm. And if you do feel brave enough to get out one night and check out one of the soul gigs going strong in our area, the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” gig list is full of ideas of places to go !

The Tunes

Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After
Aurra – Like I Like It
Randy Muller feat Carolyn Harding – Beautiful Feeling
Ray Parker Jr – All In The Way You Get Down
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good
Donovan Blackwood – All My Life
Dexter Wansel – Holdin’ On
Barry White – Playing Your Game
Al McCall – Hard Times
George Benson – Feel Like Making Love
Greg Henderson – Dreaming
Hi Gloss – I’m Totally Yours
Bob James – Sign Of The Times
Drizabone – The Last Time
Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen
Sade – Smooth Operator
Eugene Wilde – Gotta Get You Home With Me Tonight
Golden Gate – Charles River Drive
Luther Vandross – Love Won’t Let Me Wait
Commodores – Sweet Love
Neo feat Rudi Wilburn – Your Smile
Quincy Jones – Velas

The Gigs


Friday 10th November


Soul Odyssey”


Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club,


Hall Lane, Little Warley, Brentwood, CM13 3EN


A Night of Jazz-Funk, Soul Classics,Soulful House & Old School”


DJs: Tony Matthews, Gary Walden, Tony Treble, Gary Fish


8pm – 1.30am ; Wristbands in advance £6



Saturday 11th November


The Brit Funk Association – LIVE!”


Chelmsford City Racecourse, CM3 1QP


Ten piece collective of musicians from Beggar & Co, Central Line,


Light Of The World, Hi Tension & Incognito”


DJs: Denise Smiler, Ian Gloss, Eli Brown, Richard Lobban


Special Guest : Paul Clark


Tickets from £25 – VIP packages from £35 Tel: (07931)778167



Saturday 11th November


(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


Plus guest DJ : Alan Champs


Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am



Saturday 11th November


(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)


Brown Sugar”


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


Funk Soul & Disco Night”


DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)


8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry



Friday 17th November


5 Star Soul”


Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS


Soul Pavillion / Jazz Funk Lounge”


DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,


Jon Ovel, Mark Lee & Special Guest : Ash Selector


Strictly Over 30s – Tickets £15”


7.30pm – 1am ; Tel (01375)891402


email: [email protected]



Friday 17th November


(Every 3rd Friday of the month)


Soulful Seduction – Back 2 Basics Soul & Club Anthems”


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 November


(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 Maxine Woon & Gavin Page


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



Saturday 18th November


(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)


Super Soul Saturday”


The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford


DJ: Paul Eve


Soul Disco Boogie & Jazz-Funk”


7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry



Saturday 18th November


Soul By The Sea”


BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea


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


DJs: Garry Dennis, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Mick Liste, Chris White


Special Guest DJ: Bill Challenger of Club Flamingo


£7 on the door ; 8pm – 1am



Friday 24th November


Killer Soul – DJ Legends!”


The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE


DJs: Ian Reading, Greg Edwards & Tony Matthews


Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door


Tel: (01268) 560555



Saturday 25th November


Soul At The Wharf”


The Wharf Pub, Wharf Road, Grays, RM17 6SZ


Four Hours Of Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & Club Classics”


DJ: Gary Walden


Tel (01375) 372418



Tuesday 28th November


Shalamar Friends’ 35th Anniversary Tour”


Live In Southend at the Cliffs Pavillion


8pm – 11pm


Tickets £30 – £34



Friday 1st December


(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



Saturday 9th December


Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”


The Sun Inn, Nazeing, EN9 2DE


DJs: Les Knott, Chris Brown, Grumpy Brown, John Searl & Dab


8.30pm – 1.00 am ; Wristbands £10


Tel: (07791)995670 / (07500)481192



Saturday 16th December


Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special 2017!”


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


100% Soul, Funk, Jazz … and more !”


DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly


Special Guests: Tony Matthews & Jazzbod


8pm – 1am ; Wristband ONLY Event


£10 from or 07989 591399


email: [email protected]



Saturday 16th December


Stomp Christmas Party 2017”


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


Two rooms of music with Stomp DJs playing great tunes !”


8pm – 1.30am – Tickets from



Friday 22nd December


Let’s Get Funky”


The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH


DJs : Wayne D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly


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


8pm – 12.00 ; Free Entry



Saturday 23rd December


Xmas Soul Fiesta”


Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY


DJs: Ian Holmes, Les Knott, Garry Dennis


8pm – 1am ; Over 30s Only


Tickets £10 in advance / £15 on the door


Tel : (07914) 115439



Sunday 31st December


Sunday Soul Sessions – NYE Party!”


Ilford Sports Club, Cricklefield Place, IG1 1FYFriday


Soul, Jazz, Soulful House, Reggae, Lovers Rock & Funk”


Resident DJs Plus Live PA from “Everis”


Family Friendly Event ; 7pm – 1am”


Tickets £12 (adults) £5 (Children under 18)



Friday 16th March 2018


40 Years Of Disco”


SSE Arena , Wembley


Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,


Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”


Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start


Tickets from £56.50 …





29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018


Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”


£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals


Bookings on (02392)460044


More details to follow …



Weekly Events:


Fridays :


Soul City”


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


Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”


DJs: Trish & Peter P


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 Friday: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay



Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in the rest of 2017 or early 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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm