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Neil Gits Digging

1st April 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

The Easter Weekend doesn’t really do it for me. My son is climbing the wall because his football training and match have both been cancelled “because it is Easter”, we can’t nip down to Asda to console ourselves with tasty goodies “because it is Easter” and they close all day, I’ve not had a DJ gig on Easter Saturday for a few years because it seems everyone “goes away for Easter” and any money I’ve made working since Thursday night can’t be paid in to my account till Tuesday as the banks are closed “because it is Easter” during which time no doubt one of my monthly automated direct debits will have still gone through & taken me overdrawn … at least I stocked up on Cadburys Creme Eggs on Monday !!

So today I am using the extra free time to rummage through my record collection to see if I can find any top tunes that I’ve never played on the show before and give an airing to over the first few weeks of Spring. I was chuffed to find a long forgotten Rick James 12″ last Monday whilst looking for something else, so I’ve been digging in that same area of the shelves again. Tune in between 7 & 9pm tomorrow to hear the results of my excavation – it’s soul business as usual this week, despite it being yet another bloody bank holiday !!

If you can’t wait 24 hours, then have a listen to one of my recent shows that you may have missed via our “Listen Again” button on the Gateway home page and select “Cool Soul” from the menu. Here is last week’s playlist to whet your appetite for the next “Old Gits Soul Show” :

The Tunes

Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya
Lou Rawls – Groovy People
Sunburst Band – Everyday
Midnight Star – Midas Touch (Extended Remix)
Patti Labelle – It’s Alright With Me
K.Avett – Feelin Good
Al Olive – There For You
Horace Brown – One For The Money
Candy Bowman – Since I Found You
Aretha Franklin – Don’t Play That Song
Kleeer – Keep Your Body Working
Pike – Good Feelings
Glitterband – Makes You Blind
Doggett Brothers / Kenny Thomas You Make Me Feel
Band AKA – Joy
Second Image – Better Take Time
David Joseph – You Can’t Hide Your Love
Frank Simmons III feat Anesha Birchett – Original
Anita Baker – Body & Soul
Stevie Wonder-Tuesday Heartbreak (Reflex Revision)
Los Charlys Orchestra – Sunshine (John Morales Mix)

The Gigs


Sunday 1st April
“Making Memories 5”
Gardeners & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood
“All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Little Haven Children’s Hospice”
3pm – 1am (Easter Weekend)

Friday 6th April
(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 6th April
(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 7th April
“Soul At The Edge”
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 guest Nick Gunn
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door (guest list only)
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Thursday 12th April
“Keni Burke – Live!”
Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2EJ
“35th Anniversary Tour”
DJ; Aadil Rasheed
7pm start ; Tickets £16.50 / £24.75

Friday 13th April
“Soul Night – In Aid Of St Luke’s Hospice”
Club Kingswood, Clayhill Road, Basildon, SS16 5JP
DJs: Andy Cooper, Darren Allix & Neil Charles
8pm – Midnight ; Tickets in advance only from reception
£5 Members ; £7 Guests

Saturday 14th April
(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
Special Guest: Alan Champ
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 14th April
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 20th April
(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 20th April
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen – 4th Anniversary”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
Del Robinson, Jason Starr & Dave Milne
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 21st April
“Soul By The Jetty – Caister Warm Up!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Latin & Afro & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian “Rev” Kelly
Special Guest : Aitch B
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

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

Friday 27th April
(Every 4th Friday of the month)
“Getting Funky At The Inn”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“Soul, Jazz Funk, Soulful House & Disco”
Free Entry ; 8pm – Midnight

Saturday 28th April
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, The Rev Brian Kelly & Jeff Young
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the door
Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444

Sunday 29th April
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & Sam Green
5pm -11pm ; Free Entry

Friday 18th May
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian The Rev Kelly, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Selwyn
Special Guest: Stretch Taylor
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Basement”
Tickets £15 – (01375)891402
email: [email protected]
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Over 30s only

Saturday 2nd June
“Jackie Wilson Says” – LIVE !
Support from “Higher Ground”
Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea.
8pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10 – Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 9th June
“Soul Down The Well”
The Havering Well, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0QA
DJs: Tony Treble & Gary Walden
“Summer Soul Classics, Anthems & Soulful House”
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Free Entry

Friday 29th June
“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”
BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
8pm – 1am ; £7 OTD

25th 26th & 27th May 2018
“Bless The Funk Weekender 2018”
The Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
JFSR DJs … plus a bowling competition !
Full details via :

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 …

3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :

Caister 2018 :
Friday 4th May – Mon 7th May
“Caister Goes Brexit”
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays” (Starts 20th April 2018)
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
Fourth Friday: Getting Funky At The Inn, Inn On The Green, Billericay
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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm !