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Neil Gits An Earful

31st January 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

I seem to have been surrounded by people coughing and sneezing this week and though I have felt fine myself, my ears have had that blocked up feeling you get with a cold sometimes, making it hard to hear properly on occasions. This is not very helpful when you are a radio presenter, quizmaster and mobile DJ ! Hopefully, you are not one of the “coughers and sneezers” and your ears are in good working order, ready to take in this week’s repeat play of my “Old Gits Soul Show” which will be on air very soon at 5pm today (Saturday).

Don’t forget, if you are in need of a soulful night out early in 2015, I have fully updated the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” lists below the latest show playlist, so enjoy the tunes on your radio first then head out and treat your dancing feet to them at your local soul venue ! If you missed the repeat (sorry for the short notice – I got sidetracked!) there’s always the next new live show to look forward to this Monday at 7pm …

This Week’s Tunes

New York City – I’m Doing Fine Now
Direct Drive – Anything
Heatwave – The Groove Line
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – I Second That Emotion
Linda Clifford – I Can’t Let This Good Thing Get Away
Dianne Reeves – Sky Islands
Impressions – People Get Ready
Otis Leavill – I Love You
Lou Rawls – One Life To Live
Melba Moore – Mind Up Tonight
Jones Girls – Keep It Coming
Samuel Jonathan Johnson – You
James Brown Band – In The Middle
Chic – I Got Protection (Zefsconet Mix)
Miracles – Love Machine (Extended Version)
Peter Brown – Dance With Me
Lisa Stansfield – The Real Thing
Paulette McWilliams – Never Been Here Before
Anita Baker – Caught Up In The Rapture
Krisp – Sunlight
Freddie Hubbard – Put It In The Pocket
Nobuo Yagi – Mi Mi Africa

This Winter’s Gigs

Saturday 31st January
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Rooms,Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-On-Sea
DJ: John Watson plus singer Harry Cambridge
Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 6th February
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & Merv The Swerve & Jonny Layton
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s ;
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Jazz Funk Disco & Club Anthems”

Friday 6th February
“Brentwood Over 30s Nightl”
Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF
Two Rooms Of Music:
1 – RnB & Club Classics with Neal Deejay
2 – Soul Jazz-Funk & Motown with John Osborne
8.30pm – 2am ; Tickets at
Tel/Text : (07875) 949565

Friday 6th February
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS
“Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm start
Tickets from (01375) 891402

Friday 6th February
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, just off the A10, EN8 8RU
“The best in Soul, RnB, Reggae, 80s Disco & Soulful House”
Admission £7 ; 9 – 2am ; Info: (07956)363131

Friday 7th February
“Soul Inspiration”
Morgan’s, High Street, Margate, Kent
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Classic & Current Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs : James Anthony, Micky B & Kazzie D

Friday 13th February
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Soul & Club Anthems Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul RnB & Old School Club Anthems from the 80s – 90s”
DJ: Bully (other top DJs on rotation on other Fridays)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
Over 25s – Smart Casual Dress

Friday 13th February
“Harlow Over 30s – Valentines Ball”
Park Inn Hotel, Southern Way, Harlow, CM18 7BA
Two Rooms Of Music:
1 – RnB & Club Classics with Neal Deejay
2 – Soul Jazz-Funk & Motown with John Osborne
8.30pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 Online at
Tel/Text : (07875) 949565
Saturday 14th February
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde
Free Admission – 8pm – Late

Saturday 14th February
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, RM14 3TY
“Soul Funk Jazz & Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Two Rooms Of Tunes; Tickets £10
DJs include : Stavros, Gary Dennis, Cosmic, Birdy
Chris White, Mick Liste & special guest Aitch B (Soul II Soul)

Friday 20th February
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Old School Soul, Jazz-Funk Disco & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus Guest DJ : Les Knott
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress
Tel: (01268) 755799 to book a pre-gig meal

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

Saturday 22nd February
“Olivers Sunday Club”
Olivers Bar, Berkeley House, High Street, Rochester, Kent.
“The Very Best In Soul, Funk & Jazz”
DJs: Abbo & Sponge, Guy Unger, Kev “The Bear” Cole, Johnny Skates
4pm start ; Free Admission

Thursday 26th February
“Kenny Thomas Live!”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay
Tickets £7 – Tel (01277) 656581

Friday 27th February
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after
Arrive before 10pm to avoid disappointment – Over 25s only

Friday 27th February
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk Soul Boogie Disco & Motown, 60s to date”
“Street Food on sale on the night”
Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 28th February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Soul Funk Jazz & More !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly
Plus Special Guest : Paul Clark
Wristbands Only Event : £7 at
8pm – 1am

Friday 6th March
“Charity Soul Night”
Langdon Hills Golf & County Club
In support of :
Helen Rollinson Cancer Charity, Macmillan Trust &
St Lukes Hospice
Tickets £8 ; 7pm – 1am ;
Tel (01268) 548444 ask for Trevor

Saturday 7th March
“KTF Soul Club – 5th Anniversary Knees-Up”
The Old Regent Ballroom (Downstairs), Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul Night”
Special Guest DJs : Dick Coombes, Paul Spain & Jim Watson
“Over 100 years of spinning vinyl between them!”
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £6 in advance
Tel: Danny (07895)538835

Friday 3rd April
“The Long Good Friday – Part II”
Firemens Club, Aveley, Essex, RM154DT
“Two Rooms Of Soul, Jazz, Funk & House”
With the Stomp DJ Team !
6.00pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10

Saturday 11th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, DJ Dab
8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10
Tel: (07800) 724757 / (07791) 995670
Hayling Island Reggae, Rare Groove & Independent Soul Weekender
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
Three Rooms Of Music Plus…
…Maxi Priest Live In Concert !
Tel (02392)460044

Family Affair Soul Weekend
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk
“Jazz Funk & Soul Anthems from the past & today!”

Clacton Soul Weekender
Friday 20th March – Sunday 22nd March
Esplanade Hotel , Clacton-On-Sea, Essex
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz, 70s, 80s & Modern,
Jazz-Funk, Brit-Funk, Boogie and much more !”

Bless The Funk 2015
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th
The Azur, Hastings
“Soul Anthems,Jazz-Funk & Boogie, Classic Soul & Motown,
Northern, 2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House Classics,etc”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul Funk Disco & Classic Anthems from the 70s 80s & 90s”
DJ: Frostie & Peter Poyton plus guests
Admission £5 ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 7th Feb
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 13th Feb
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 20th Feb
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 14th Feb
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th Feb
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 27th Feb

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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