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Neil Gits An Eyeful

5th July 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

You may well have been enjoying the mini heatwave this week, I am sure most people enjoyed the hours of sunshine we got, but for us poor hayfever sufferers the last couple of weeks have been “stay inside and avoid grass” weeks ! By now, at 52 years of age, I have long worked out what precautions to take (apart from hiding in my house with the windows shut and the curtains closed!) and when I am at my most vulnerable, but a couple of times recently the little beggars that cause so much irritation have got through all my defences and left me with sore red eyes and a strong desire to make them even sorer and redder by rubbing them vigorously – bleeeuurgh ! 🙁

So what a joy it is to escape deep inside the concrete and glass environment of the Eastgate Centre and enjoy the lovely coolness of the air conditioning at Gateway FM whilst playing some fabulous soul jazz-funk & disco from the 70s & 80s ona Monday night – it certainly soothed all my troubles away and hopefully will do the same for you if you tune in this evening for the repeat play at 5pm …

The Tunes

Kool & The Gang – Too Hot
Sivuka – Ain’t No Sunshine
George McCrae – I Ain’t Lying
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – The Onion Song
Evelyn Champagne King – Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’
Heatwave – Lay It On Me
Bobby Womack – I’m So Proud
Paul Johnson – When Love Comes Calling
Bobby King – Fall In Love
Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya
Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up
Tapestry – Big Stone Wall (Around Your Heart)
Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee
Rare Earth – I Just Want To Celebrate
Stevie Wonder – Another Star
Michael Jackson – Just A Little Bit Of You (Jski Extended Version)
Brand New Heavies – Have A Good Time
Dick Jensen – New York City’s A Lonely Town
Breakwater – You Know I Love You
Frankie & The Classicals – What Shall I Do
Tymes – Ms Grace
Detroit Spinners – Working My Way Back To You
Denise McCann – I Dont Wanna Forget You

The Gigs

Friday 4th Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 2
Featuring Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls
Plus Carol Thompson – live !
Full details at:

Saturday 5th July
“Soul Galore 1”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9RS
“Across The Board Soul All-Dayer featuring…
Northern, Modern, 70s Groovers & more”
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; Tickets £5 In Advance, £8 OTD
Tel: (07562) 003699 or (07557) 761151
DJs: Tommy Gunn, John Herbert, Simon Lynch,
Mark Anderson, Gary O’Neil & Chilly
*No bar ! Bring your own food & drink ! *

Friday 11th July
(Every Second Friday)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Bully
“Soul Funk Disco, Old Skool, Club Anthems, 70s – 90s”
Over 25s Only ; Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 12th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
7pm – 1am – Free Entry

Saturday 12th July
“Soul Ascension”
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Jay Anderson & Stretch Taylor
“Soul, Boogie, RnB, Rare Grooves”
9pm – 2am ; Free Before 10pm, £3 after
Friday 18th July
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Tony Matthews
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Saturday 19th July
(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 & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Soulful Seduction”
(also on 27th Sept / 29th Nov)
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays
“Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm – Late ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Free Soul Event”
Neuvo Bar & Restaurant (ex-Regency Suite),
Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM64AT
DJs: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Richard Lobban
Ricky Oatham, Tricia Butler, Steve Soultrain & John Wayne
“70s 80s & 90s Modern Soul with an hour of 70s & 80s
Revival Lovers Rock & Reggae”
8pm – 3am ; Free Entry

Sunday 20th July
“Let Your Heart Dance”
The Wine Bar & Pizzeria, South Court, Deal, Kent
“First of a regular monthly evening set of Northern Soul
LHYD DJs – inc resident DJ Peter A Crascall
6pm – 9pm
Saturday 20th July
“The Summer All-Dayer”
A Universal Soul Music Event…
RS Lounge, Woodford New Road, London E17 3PR
1pm — 11pm ; Tickets from £10 – £20 ; BBQ & other food all day
Formation & Salsa Dancing with Diesel & Dolton !
DJs include: Steve Kite, Frostie , Scott James, James Anthony

Thursday 24th July
“Lonnie Liston Smith & The New Cosmic Echoes LIVE !”
The Mercury Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6AE
Tickets from £25 – £30 ; 7pm start time ; Tel (01303) 267441
Golf, Spa, Meal, Hotel Room or just the concert options available

Friday 25th July
(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
Free Entry before 11pm – 8pm – 1.30am

Saturday 26th July
“KTF Soul Club Summer Social”
Downstairs at The Old Regency Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 on the door
More info at :

Sunday 27TH July
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler,Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton
Sandra Citizen Soul & guest Tony Fernandez
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm– soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 1st August
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh,SS6 7JQ
DJ: Bully & guest TBC
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Old school funk, soul & disco from the 70s & 80s, club anthems & soulful house from the 90s”

Margate Soul Weekend 2014
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August
DJs & Live acts indoors & outdoors in the cultural quarter
8pm – 2am Friday, 12 pm – 2am Sat & Sun.
Wristband purchase advised for access to events
Live Acts: Cool Million, Natasha Watts, Laura Jackson,
Westcoast Soulstars, Baltic Soul Band & more …
Special New Closing Party on Sunday !!
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate
Omar & Band Live plus DJs: Grumpy Brown, Frostie,
Tony Fernandez & guests
More details & wristbands from

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