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Getting a new “Cool Soul” blog up on t’internet in time for Saturday’s repeat play took second place this weekend to getting out and about with Nathan for a “Big Father & Son Football Day Out” ! But I have still posted the tracks played on last week’s show below for you to peruse – and of course there is a brand new LIVE show to enjoy this evening (Monday) at 7pm !

Our day didn’t get off to the best of starts – I set the alarm wrong and made Nathan 20 minutes late for the meet up in Chelsmford for his first 11-a-side, full-size pitch match, but we did make kick off and he played the full 70 minutes on no breakfast, his team winning 4-3 after being 3-0 down at half-time. Maybe the manager will get the hint that 10am kick-offs are just TOO darned early for everybody !

Next stop was Harlow, via a little errand for a friend in Braintree and a stop off at Subway for “lunchfast”. We went to see Billericay Town U-21s in their “Champion Of Champions Cup Final” against Worthing, which I’d sold to Nathan on the offchance of seeing a penalty shoot out, he’d never seen one “live” only on the telly. And indeed there was – after our team had twice been in the lead, pens it was … and we lost !! 🙁  But he still enjoyed it (especially the half-time burger!) and we finally headed back for home around 6pm.

I discovered that with Gateway’s recently improved signal you can just about make the station out on 97.8FM sitting at the traffic lights at the M11/A414 junction outside Harlow and could hear myself waffling on about something or other before we headed back towards Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers ! Hope you heard more of the repeat than we did – but now onwards and upwards with preparartions for tonight’s programme …

Last Week’s Tunes

Brothers Johnson  –  Stomp

Fonda Rae  –  Touch Me

Three Degrees  –  Take Good Care Of Yourself

Rocket  –  I Wanna Know

Prince  –  I Wanna Be Your Lover

Edwin Starr  –  It Ain’t Fair

Blue Magic  –  Sideshow

Zed Soul  –  Games We Play (In Love)

Crown Heights Affair  –  You’ve Been Gone

Heatwave  –  Jitterbuggin

Leprechaun  –  Lock It Up

Dynasty  –  Groove Control

Chic  –  Savoir Faire

Major Lance  –  Um Um Um Um Um Um

Matt Bianco  –  Half A Minute

Al Jarreau  –  Roof Garden

Luther Vandross  – Are You Using Me ?

Sympli Whitney  –  Echoes

Pointer Sisters  –  I Need You

Pacific Gas & Electric  –  Are You Ready

Al Matthews  –  Fool

Heikatsu  –  Whirlpool

The Gigs:

Tuesday 10th May

“Roy Ayers Live”

The Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Tickets £23.50 – £26.50

Tel: (01702) 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

 

Thursday 12th May

“Mica Paris In Concert”

The Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Tickets £20 – £24

Tel (01702) 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

 

Saturday 14th May

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs: Jon Drake & Robin Quartermain plus the KTF team

7.30pm  –  1am

Tickets £6 in advance

https://www.facebook.com/events/1021213807959370/

 

Saturday 14th May

“Soul By The Sea – 5th Anniversary Party !”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry

https://www.facebook.com/events/548823695296992/

 

Saturday 14th May

“Harbour  Soul”

The True Briton, Folkestone Harbour, CT20 IQN

DJs: James O’Reilly, The Pax & guests

“Soul, Funk, Motown, Rare-Groove, Disco & Jazz-Funk”

£3 OTD ; 9pm – 3am

https://www.facebook.com/events/971299586285119/

 

Friday 20th May

(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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1589322441383585/

 

Friday 20th May

“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, Tracey Shaw plus guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

 

Saturday 21st May

(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

https://www.facebook.com/events/844156345717707/

 

Saturday 21st May

“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”

Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !

Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT

DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters

Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door

https://www.facebook.com/events/150955745275138/

 

Saturday 28th May

“Soul At The Wharf”

The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road, South Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

“Soul, Funk & Disco Anthems & Club Classics”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Beer Garden, Large Car Park, Food Till 10pm…

https://www.facebook.com/events/479885348873454/

 

Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465

www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

 

Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)

“Killer Soul All-Dayer”

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE

Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics

Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205552092710943&set=pcb.10205552096551039&type=3&theater

 

Friday 3rd June

“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 ; Over 25s

Tel: (01268) 775100

 

Friday 3rd June

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

(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 4th June

“The Soulbeat Sessions”

(Every first Saturday of the month)

The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent

DJs: Terry Brown & guests

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

 

 

Saturday 18th June

“The Magic Of Motown”

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“10th Anniversary Show”

Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.

Tickets from £22 – £29 ;  8pm start

Tel: (01702) 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

 

Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

 

Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465

www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

 

Saturday 16th July

“S.O.T.R.C.”

The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355

 

Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1693294180958428/

 

Weekenders:

 

Friday 27th – Monday 30th May

“Bless The Funk”

Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU

Strictly for the Over 30s

“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul

2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

www.blessthefunk.co.uk  https://www.facebook.com/groups/blessthefunk/?fref=ts

 

Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at www.margatesoulfestival.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/events/182147888800992/

 

 

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;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheGeorgehornchurch/?fref=ts

 

Fridays:

“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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483072582020167/

 

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)

https://www.facebook.com/117809255236768/photos/a.117825925235101.1073741825.117809255236768/117830488567978/?type=3&theater

 

Sundays

DJ Devon at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay 2pm – 6pm

 

 

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 www.gateway978.com from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm

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