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Neil Gits A Fright !

5th November 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

No, nothing to do with trick or treaters last Monday or an unexpected rocket in the back garden tonight – it was Danny Lawrence posting a horrible huge photo of me on my blog on Monday morning !! I’d run out of time to accompany my ramblings with a soulful picture, so he kindly jumped in and “filled the gap” …

Today, as you can see, I have found a fantastic shot of Ella Fitzgerald who makes a surprise appearance on the playlist for this evening’s repeat play performing an amazing cover version of a Motown song in 1970 – the picture was taken around that time I do believe !

As you would expect, there are some terrific songs included in the show this week, so if you missed it or heard only half of it, tune in at 5pm today and enjoy two hours of the good stuff !

The Tunes

Chic – Good Times
Yvonne Gage – Garden Of Eve
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel Mighty Real
Julius Brown – Never Too Late
Heatwave – Lettin’ It Loose
Mather – I Can’t Forget About You
Stylistics – Star On A TV Show
Average White Band-If I Ever Lose This Heaven
Fatback Band – The Girl Is Fine
Aurra – You & Me Tonight
Eugene Record – Overdose Of Joy
Ben E King – Music Trance
The Brothers – Are You Ready For This
Ella Fitzgerald – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Billy Paul – Let Em In (DJ Reverend P Edit)
Drizabone – The Last Time
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Cliff Payne & Freda Payne – No Payne No Gain
Dorothy Moore – Misty Blue
Luther Vandross – I Gave It Up When I Fell In Love
Kingdon – Free Your Mind

The Gigs

Monday 7th November

“The Stylistics – All The Hits Tour”

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

8pm start  ;  Tickets £28 – £32

Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 9th November

“Leee John from Imagination – Live!”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

8pn start  ;  Tickets £15

Tel (01277) 632378


Saturday 12th November

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy plus guests

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 18th November

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs: Greg Edwards (Special Guest)

Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Steve Abbs, Simon Croft

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15  ;  Tel: (01375) 891402


Friday 18th November

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes & Soulful House” DJs: Bully & MJ plus Special Guest

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 18th November

“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


Friday 18th November

“J.D. The Soul Man – Live!”

The Royal Tiger, Rettendon, CM3 8EE

Reception with champagne, cocktails and canapés 6.30pm

Dinner with luxury set menu 7.30pm

Live show followed by disco 9pm

Tickets £25 per person

(01245) 403030


Saturday 19th November

“Funkin’ For Dementia II”

The Greenhouse, Belfairs Woods, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR

“Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society”

5pm  –  2am  ;  Wristbands £10


Saturday 19th November

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Sunday 20th November

“Shalamar – Live!”

The Indigo O2, London, SE10 0AX

“Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniels & Carolyn Griffey”

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm


Thursday 24th November

“Kenny Thomas – Live!”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

Tickets £10   –  Tel : (01277) 656581


Sunday 27th November

“Sunday Soul Sessions”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Mike Shade, John Walcott

& Special Guest DJ: Roy Medallion

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry


Friday 2nd December

“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 plus guest

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

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 2nd December

“Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Friday 2nd December

“Stevie Wonder Tribute Show”

The Royal Tiger, Rettendon, CM3 8EE

Reception with champagne, cocktails and canapés 6.30pm

Dinner with luxury set menu 7.30pm

Live show followed by disco 9pm

Tickets £25 per person

(01245) 403030


Saturday 3rd December

“Soul Nation Xmas Ball”

Colchester Town Hall

DJs: Simon Van Os, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,

John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Les Broughton

“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soulful House and Swing”

8pm – 1am ; £15 – Tel (07775) 764363

“Black tie for guys, cocktail dress for girls”


Saturday 10th December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash – 6th Year!”

Harlow Town FC, CM19 5BE

DJs: Jonny Layton, Les Knott, Pete Collins

Danny Peters & Dab

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07791) 995670 or (07500) 481192




Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

The Chichester, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE

“3 Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House,

Club Anthems, Disco, Jazz and more !”

Full Zero DJ line-up including :

Ian Reading, Merve The Swerve, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Matt Jackson & Mark Lee

8pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets £7.50 until 31st October

Thereafter or on the door £12.50



Friday 7th January

“Breakwater & The Pockets – Live !”

The Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2, London

Plus DJs: Greg Edwards, Gordon Mac & Jeff Young

Doors: 7pm   Show: 8pm

Tickets £25  –  Tel (01207) 412 8778




Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*Tickets on sale from 8pm Tuesday 8th November !*

Price £44 to access all evening live events and club nights.



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 Hip Hop & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Gef Lawrence, 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

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