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Neil Gits Ever So Slightly Festive…

23rd December 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

My life being the way it is right now, I don’t have too much to think about at Xmas with hardly any relatives left alive and just me and Nathan at home, gift shopping took about 45  minutes in the Eastgate Centre the other week and I was in and out of Asda in less than 20 getting food supplies in for Monday. The girlfriend will be popping by to exchange pressies on the day, but she is quite similar to me in that neither of us really LIKE this time of year … for a number of reasons ! So I have skillfully avoided any Xmas parties this year, kept any old tatty decorations under lock and key in the attic and apart from at my two contractually-obliged “Xmas Quiz Nights” not played any Xmas songs at gigs or allowed their presence on my radio or CD player either at home or in the car !!

Mind you, I did find myelf humming one over-played classic the other day, so maybe it’s finally getting to me, but if you are a Mr or Mrs Bah Humbug like me, you will be delighted to know that there are NO XMAS SONGS WHATSOEVER on this week’s repeat play at 5pm today ! It is also the last show of the year, so thank you so much to all the regular and occasional listeners who have popped up either in Facebook or in my studio inbox during my live shows as well as the “hundreds of thousands” of ones who tune in without me ever knowing they are there ! 😉 There really is no point in doing it all without you !

Next stop … Monday 1st January, 7pm and the annual “Old Gits Best Bits” collection of the best vinyl cuts re-discovered over the last year … expect to some lots of crackly crackers !! Meanwhile, here are this week’s choices & the remaining soul gigs for the year :

The Tunes

Johnny Bristol – Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me
Pasadenas – Riding On A Train
Juan Laya / Jorge Montiel Feat Chennez Mckenzie – Groove On
Total Contrast – The River (Extensive Remix)
Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band – Express Yourself
Jamiroquai – Blow Your Mind
Terry Dexter & Johnny Manuel – I Remember
Dave McMurray – Whatcha Gonna Do About My Loving
Real Thing – She’s A Groovy Freak
Tavares – One Step Away
Dan Hartman – Relight My Fire
Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd
Rick James – Superfreak
Billy Ocean – Stop Me
Barry White – Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
David Morales & Janice Robinson – Father
Diana Ross – Missing You
Ruby Turner – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
Idris Muhammad – House Of The Rising Sun
Luther Vandross – She Won’t Talk To Me
Joey Negro – Stomp Your Feet

2017 Gigs

Saturday 23rd December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – 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

Saturday 23rd December
“KTF Soul Club – Xmas Party”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ
7.30pm – 1am ; Over 18s
Special Guests: Dick Coombes & Mick Love
Tickets £10 in advance, more on the door …

Saturday 23rd December
“Soulbay – A Xmas Special”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Paul French & Jason Anderson
“Soul, Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House & more!”
9pm – 2am ; Free Entry

Saturday 30th December
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Grays, RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco & Soulful House Classics”
8pm start – food served till 10pm
Free Entry, huge car park

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)

Sunday 31st December
“Let’s Get Funky – New Year’s Eve!”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Gary Walden
“The Very Best in Disco, Party & Club Classics”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Sunday 31st December
“Soul At The Manor”
The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Mark Gurcha Collins, Enyaw & Scott James
“Soul, Rare Groove & Funk Classics” (House room with house DJs too…)
Tickets from :
£25 ; 8pm – 2am