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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


Thursday 12th May

“Mica Paris In Concert”

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

Tickets £20 – £24

Tel (01702) 351135


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…


Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465


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…


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


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


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


Saturday 16th July


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:




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”


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



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)



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

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