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Neil Gits A Flashback !

7th February 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s been a week of much reminiscing for me after a 15  minute video of one of my old radio stations popped up on Facebook, taken around 24 years ago whilst I was on air in one of the two studios there – if you watch it you can hear me briefly, but don’t get to see me “in action”, phew !!  I knew it was a long time ago, but didn’t realize quite how much being on the radio had changed – well worth a look if you thought being a radio DJ has only ever been about touching a PC screen / tapping on a keyboard !  Here’s the link:

Meanwhile back in 2015, my radio career now consists of two hours of 70s & 80s soul jazz funk & disco LIVE every Monday here at Gateway, most of the tracks chosen already being “oldies” by the time that video was filmed !! However, I am starting to discover more and more new tunes, some by vintage artists from the old days, that sit very nicely alongside my old favourites in my playlist. And as luck would have it you can hear my carefully selected choices on a repeat play of said show this evening (and every Saturday) at 5pm !

Here are The Tunes:

Odyssey – Inside Out
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Where Are All My Friends
Midnight Star – Midas Touch
Ray Charles – Busted
Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
Melba Moore – Just Dance (CW Retro Mix)
Lou Rawls – I Go Crazy
Noel Pointer – All My Reasons
Voices Of East Harlem – Wanted Dead Or Alive
Chanson – Don’t Hold Back
O’Jays – Extraordinary Girl
Jacksons – Enjoy Yourself
Chic – Sao Paulo (Belabouche n Fendercillo Edit)
Sister Sledge – Love Don’t Go Through No Changes
Cameo – Back & Forth
Dinosaur L – Go Bang
After 7 – Can’t Stop
Regina Belle – Let Me Make Love To You
Diana Ross – Reach Out & Touch (Somebody’s Hand)
The Charmaines – Eternally
Shannon – Sweet Somebody
Whispers – In The Raw

And The Gigs !

Saturday 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

Saturday 14th March
“An Evening With Bashiyra – The Voice”
Pizza Express Music Lounge, Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PF
7pm start ; Tickets (08456)027017

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”

Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
More details added here as the date approaches…
Or checkout : and …

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;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

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