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Neil Gits Flustered

30th July 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am not really a summer person. I don’t handle hot weather well. It’s nice if you have put a day aside for total relaxation and can nip down to the seaside to enjoy the sea breeze and other attractions. But for working in ? Noooooo ! 🙁

Last week was unbearable, thirty degrees feels like ninety to me ! I couldn’t take any more clothes off without being arrested for indecency and everything and everyone around me was over heating and reacting badly to the heat. To top it all I developed a really rough sore throat, probably through hosting my quiz nights in hot, dry, sweaty pubs !

Luckily, things are a bit better now, a touch cooler, not as humid and I am back on top of my workload. The strange thing is that my favourite music – soul of course ! – always seems to sound twice as good in the sunshine and thankfully the air con in both my car and the studio are fab, so the tunes have been sounding terrific lately ! 🙂

Judge for yourself by taking a listen to the repeat of this week’s show at 5pm this Saturday and then clear some “me-time” to enjoy the next LIVE show from 7pm on Monday…

This Week’s Tunes

Hi Tension  –  Hi Tension

Johnny Kemp  –  Just Got Paid

Sister Sledge  –  Lost In Music

Beverley Skeete  – If The Feeling Is Right

Kindred The Family Soul  –  All My People (Boogie Back Remix)

O’Jays  – Summer Fling

Alexander O’Neal  – Sunshine

Dezmond Meeks  –  Try Me

John Paul Barrett  –  Never Givin’ Up On You

Unique  –  What I Got Is What You Need

James Brown  –  Soul Power

Rufus & Chaka Khan  –  At Midnight My Love Will Lift You Up

Sonja Marie – And I Gave My Love To You

Esther Phillips  –  Brother Brother

Ollie & Jerry  –  Breakin’ (There’s No Stopping Us)

Aretha Franklin  –  Who’s Zooming Who

Dionne Warwick  –  Much Too Much

Blue Magic  – Stop To Start

Freddie Jackson  –  Rock Me Tonight

The 8th Day  –  You’ve Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)

Stevie Wonder  –  Another Star

Tom Scott  –  Reed My Lips

Upcoming Gigs

Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK


Friday 5th August

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 5th August

“Essex Soul Sessions”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 13th August

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 19th August

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 19th August

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 20th August

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Sunday 21st August

“A Taste Of Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

6pm  –  10pm  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 27th August

“Soul By The Jetty – Summer Beach Party”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly &

Special Guest James Anthony (Jetty Debut !)

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Sunday 28th August

“Making Memories – Soul All-Dayer”

*In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care*

Gardeners Arms & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX

DJs : Kevin Hawkins, Gary Walden, Pete Collins

Simon Whistles Ford, Tricia Butler, Glen Nudd & Neville

3pm  –  12.30am  ;  Entry £10 donation


Saturday 24th September

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope

DJs: Gary Thurgood & John Madams & KTF team

“Northern Soul Event”

First 100 tickets priced at £6

7.30pm – 1am



Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135




Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Snowboy

Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler, Jean Carn, Shirley Jones,

The British Soul Collective: Junior, Omar, Don E & Noel McKoy

Full details at



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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