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Neil Gits In Front !

22nd March 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

I have been getting so far behind with my various little jobs that have to be done behind the scene in my roles as radio presenter and quizmaster that this week I finally had enough and decided to turn everything upside down. As a result, all the things I normally leave to the last minute have been done first and stuff I usually prioritize has been put to the bottom of the pile !

So here we are then, with a “Cool Soul” blog in the middle of the week, featuring the playlist for the show you heard just two days ago and won’t get to hear again till Saturday ! On the plus side, it means the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” gigs get online in good time for you to plan your weekend soul night of choice – one came in just now for Easter which is included, though yet to be mentioned on air…

The show time remains the same – LIVE Monday 7-9pm, REPEAT on Saturday 5pm – catch you soon ! 🙂

The Tunes

Glenn Jones – I Am Somebody
Change – The Glow Of Love
Cool Million feat Peggy Blu – When We Loved
Funk Deluxe – Tender Lovin’
Kashif – Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart
Keni Stevens – One Way Ticket To Love
Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last
Elisha La’Verne – Skin
Tower Of Power – Down To The Nightclub
Sly & Family Stone – Family Affair
Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love
Hiroshi Fukamura with Sadao Watanabe – Hunt Up Wind
The Cynthia Biggs Project feat Sharon Bryant – Can’t Out Love This Love
Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Megamix )
Ashanti Munir – So Smooth
Alexander O’Neal – Do You Wanna Like I Do
Manhattans – Hurt
The Vibrations – Gonna Get Along Without You Now
Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now
Chain Reaction – Dance Freak

The Gigs

Saturday 25th March

“The Frog March”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Soul & Funk All-Dayer In Memory Of DJ Froggy”

2pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry



Saturday 25th March

“Soul Ascension”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Jay Anderson & Brian Jay

9.30pm  –  1.30am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 25th March

“March Of The Mods”

The Blue Beat Room, Billericay Town FC, CM12 9SA

“In aid of Teenage Cancer Trust & Hamelin House”

Eight acts including Northern Soul band “The Signatures”

Plus DJs including Tony Mappy Hayser, Danny Peach,

Martin Lippross, Mark bailey & Gerald James

7.30pm  –  Midnight



Sunday 26th March

“Sunday Soul Sessions”

Ilford Sports Club, Cricklefield Place, High Road, SevenKings

DJs: John Walcott, Eamonn Lorrimer, Mr C & Sandra Citizen Soul

Caribbean Cuisine available, Free Entry,  5pm  –  11pm


Friday 31st March

“Charity Soul Night”

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY

*In aid of St Lukes Hospice, Macmillan Trust & Helping Dementia*

DJs: Fat Tel, Gavin Page, Ian Holmes, Kevin Hawkins,

Martin Lippross & other Guest DJs

7pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 ; Tel: Trevor at the golf club (01268) 548444

Email : [email protected]


Saturday 1st April

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

“Supersoul Saturday”

The Cock Tavern, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AB

“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

DJs: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

7.30pm  –  12.30 am ; Free Entry


Friday 7th April

“Funk Fiesta”

Langdon Hills Golf Club, Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY

“Funk, Soul & Jazz”

DJs: Ian Holmes, Mick Liste, Chris White & Les Knott

8pm  –  1am  ;  Over 35s only  ;  (07914) 115439

Early Bird Tickets £7 ; Advance Tickets £10 ; £15 on the door


Friday 7th April

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

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 7th April

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“Soul Weekender Vibe presents Essex Soul Sessions”

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

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest

“Soul, Disco, Funk, Re-Edits & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 1.30am


Saturday 8th April

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

Plus guest DJ :

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Saturday 8th April

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Brown Sugar”

The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD

“Funk Soul & Disco Night”

DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry


Saturday 8th April

“The Kenny Thomas Christina Fundraiser All-Dayer”

Woolston Manor Golf & Country Club, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG7 6BX

*Christina is Kenny Thomas’s 4 year old daughter, diagnosed with a brain tumour, needs treatment abroad to try and cure it. Artists, DJs, Promoters & Venues all waving their fees and giving their services free of charge !*

Acts: Kenny Thomas, Jocelyn Brown, Junior Giscombe, Driza Bone,

Pauline Henry, Cool Million, Bashiyra The Voice, Noel McKoy

DJs Sets: Bigger, Bob Masters, Calvin Francis,  Flip Pearce, Greg Edwards,

James Anthony, Snowboy, Stretch Taylor, Scott Saville & Bluey from Incognito

3pm  –  11pm plus After Party at Mooro’s Club

Tickets £20 or £25 (inc after party) Contact Tracy (07811) 111333


Tuesday 11th April

“Stevie Wonder Tribute Show”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

Featuring Matthew Winchester

Tickets £29.99 including 3 course meal

Tel: (01277) 632378


Friday 14th April

“Shakit !”

(Every Second Friday of the Month)

The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

“100% Soul, Funk & Jazzy Grooves plus Soulful House & Weekender Anthems”

DJs: Jonny Layton & Ian Holmes plus guest

Free Entry b4 10.30 ; Doors open 8pm  –  1am


Friday 14th April

“The Long Groove Friday”

The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8DL

“Soul Funk, Disco, Rare Groove & 80s”

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Edgar

8pm to Midnight ; Free Entry



Friday 14th April

“The Long Good Friday”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“8 hours of music in two rooms with the Stomp DJ team !”

5pm – 1.30 am  ;  Tickets £10


Saturday 15th April

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

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Sunday 16th April

“The Haggis Horns”

The Boatyard, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN

“7 piece band – the world’s best horn section!”

Plus Support DJ  – Snowboy

Tickets £17.50  or  £50 inc 4-course meal

8pm  –  1am  ; Tel: 07702 089264


Monday 17th April (Bank Holiday)

“Bless The Funk Afloat”

DJs: Brian Jay, Nils & Onx, DJ Len, Mellow A,

Andy Jackson, Dave Marley

“Five Hours of Soul on board The Golden Jubilee on the Thames”


Friday 21st April

(Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Disco, RnB  & Old Skool Club Anthems, 70s – 90s” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s


Friday 21st April

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soul Kitchen”

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

“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

Mark Taylor, Anthony Sweeney & Danny North

7.00pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 13th May

“Jackie Wilson Says – 20th Birthday Show!”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

“13 piece soul band playing classic Motown & Stax hits”

8pm  –  Midnight ; Tickets £10


Friday 19th May

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms : “Soul Pavillion Suite” “Jazz Funk Lounge”

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

Mark “Jazzbod” O’Brien, Mark Lee, Jon Ovel

Special Guest : Les Knott

7.30pm  –  1 am  –  Tickets £15 in advance

Tel: (01375)891402 –


Friday 26th May

“Soul & Motown Night”

Ye Olde Plough House, Monks Barn, Brentwood Road (A128)

Bulphan, RM14 3SR

Featuring Alton Edwards

8.30pm – 1.00 am

£10 per person (pre-booked) or £15 on the door

Over 25s  ;  Tel (01375) 891592


Saturday 27th May

“Soul Crusade Festival”

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA

Two Arenas featuring Soul II Soul, Kenny Thomas & Jocelyn Brown Live

DJs: Greg Edwards, John Leech, John Osbourne, Ronnie Herel

Fat Freddie M, Bigger & Calvin Francis

2pm start  –  11.30pm finish

Details on (07968) 779950

Tickets :





Bless The Funk

Friday 26th May, Sat 27th, Sun 28th

The Lemon Tree Hotel, Orwell Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PS

DJs from JFSR


Margate Soul Festival 2017

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

*Candi Staton, Arrested Development, Gerardo Frisina*



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”

DJs: Trish & Peter P

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  1am;




“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Casual Dress

Tel: (01277) 656581

(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell


Fridays :

“Classic Soul, Jazz & Funk Night”


“Contemporary Soul & Club Classics”

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

Guest DJs each night  –  8.30pm – 1.00 am

Free Entry ; Over 30s ; Tel: (01279) 427302



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

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

Second Friday: Shakit ! – The Woodmans, Thundersley

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

First Saturday: The Cock Tavern, High St, Ongar

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 2017 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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