Neil Gits Gremlins !

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Being the technophobe that I am (as well as being a seriously “Old Git” !) I get a cold chill down my spine when I arrive in the studio every once in a while and find that the computers have had an “upgrade” – I just know I am going to spend a large chunk of the show making the most minor of tweaks to various settings that will otherwise cause me major headaches for the weeks to come. I know, it’s just the way I am !! lol

And so it was that last week’s show was presented by a somewhat distracted Old Git, umming and ahhing during links whilst simultaneously scratching my head (multi-tasking is another weakness by the way …) desperately trying to remember how I fixed this and that problem the last time this happened. Not that too many people would have heard the show live as there was also another unfortunate issue with the online feed ! However, I am pleased to say that our fabulous team of engineers were quickly on the case and if you weren’t able to hear the show on 97.8FM last Monday, you can now catch up any time you like in the next couple of weeks by heading for “Listen Again”, selecting “Cool Soul” and playing the sections marked “Saturday 29th February” – even I can work that one out !!

The playlist and updated gigs list are both posted below as usual and of course I will be LIVE from 7pm tonight with a brand new show, so fingers crossed I can return to my usual high levels of professionalism and super slickness ! Ha ha ha ….

The Tunes

Barry White – What Am I Gonna Do With You

Syreeta – Moment Of Weakness

Alton McLain & Destiny – It Must Be Love

Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida

Jones Girls – Show Love Today

Rick Clarke & Don E – Family

O’Jays – Your Body’s Here With Me …

CJ’s Connection – Just Another Face (Active Remix)

Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again

Tracey Weber – Sure Shot

Heatwave – Posin’ Til Closin’

Terri Green Project – Fight No More

Style Council – Party Chambers

Dee Brown – Good Time

Forrest – Rock The Boat

Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Ronn Colbert – My Love Was Made For You

Boney James feat Shai – I’ll Always Love You

R & J Stone – We Do It

SouLutions – It’s All Because Of You

Johnny Mathis – Gone Gone Gone

Spiteri meets Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel – The Power Of Disco

The Gigs

Friday 6th March

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”

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

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs

“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”

8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry

Friday 6th March

“Studio Fridays” (Every Friday)

The Oakleigh, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS93NE

“A Glittering Blend of House Disco & Soul, featuring

Fresh New Cuts & Classics from the archives”

Guest DJ each week :

6/3 :



27/3: Reece Brett & Dan Cullen

Free Admission ; 9pm – 1am

Friday 6th March

“Friday Soul Session”

Pandoras Wine Bar, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UN

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Over 30s ; Free Entry

8pm – 1am

Saturday 7th March

(1st Saturday of each month)

“Chelmsford City Soul”

Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA

DJs: John Peters & John Douglas

“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”

Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 7th March

“Liquid Spirit 7”

Grand Marquee, Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

“Soulful House, Disco, Soul, R’n’B, Old Skool Anthems”

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Marie Garaccio, Dannt & Coxy

Guests : Mike Vitti – P.A. : Lukas Setto

Sister Sax – Bongos – Professional Dancers !!

Over 25s ; 7pm – 1am ;

Tickets from £10 at

Saturday 7th March

“Hampton Soul By The Sea”

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

“Soul Funk 80s Groove Disco & Rare Grooves”

DJs: Disco Dolly, Purple Hayes, Mr Mundy & Guest DJ

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 14th March

“A Night Of Motown – Stevie Wonder Tribute”

Acanteen, New London Road,Chelmsford,CM2 0ND

Godfrey Gale as Stevie Wonder plus DJ

7pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10

Friday 20th March

“Soul Kitchen – 6th Anniversary”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TN

Resident DJs: Tracey Shaw & John Browne

Guest DJs: Jason Starr & Steve Guanori

“Rare 60s & 70s Soul”

7pm – 1am ; More details at :

Friday 20th March

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction – Soul & House Party”

The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA

“Soul Funk House & Old Skool Club Anthems”

DJs: Bully & Matt Jackson

Guest DJ: Mark Pendleton

8.30pm – 12.45 am ; Free Entry ; Strictly Over 25s

Saturday 21st March

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

8pm – 12.30am – Free Entry

Thursday 26th March

(Every last Thursday of the month)

“70s & 80s Soul Night”

The Chequers, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ

DJ Howie

“Soul Weekender Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s & 80s”

8pm – 11pm ; Free Entry

Saturday 28th March

“Soul Fiesta Charity Soul Night”

(St Lukes Hospice, 30th Anniversary)

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road,

Bulphan, RM14 3TY

DJs: Jigs, Aitch B, Anthony Matthews, Glen Sherry,

John Douglas, John Peters, Ian Holmes, Brian Kelly,

Jonny Layton, Simon Van Os, Colin Jazzy Barnaby,

Chris White, Lee Aldwinkle, Kevin Hawkins

8pm – 2am ;

Sunday 29th March

(Last Sunday of Each Month)

“Over Roast Of Joy”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL

“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”

DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green

Special Guest : TBC

Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm

Friday 10th April

“The Long Good Friday”

Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE

“Two rooms of music provided by Stomp DJs”

6pm – 2am ; Tickets £10

Saturday 11th April

“Basildon Over 30s Night”

Holiday Inn, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, SS14 3DG

DJs : Room 1 – Greg Edwards & John Osborne

“Jazz Funk & Soulful Anthems”

Room 2 – Phil Indulgence

“Club Classics / Urban / House”

9pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Tickets £12 on the door before 10pm ; £15 after …

Saturday 18th April

“Soul Lounge”

Players Lounge, Radford Way, Billericay, CM12 0DX

DJs: Jeff Young, Euan Bass, Jon Jules, Matthew Bigg

“Soul & House Music”

8pm – 1am ; Limited Tickets £5 ; Over 21s Only

Saturday 25th April

“Southend Soul”

Park Inn Raddison Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL

“Live Set by Light Of The World”

DJs: Dennis O’Brien, John Osborne, Tony Monson

Tosca, Collins & Mason

Tickets £22 in advance (£25 on the door)

Sunday 25th May

“Over Roast Of Joy – Bank Holiday Special”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6JL

DJs: Stretch Taylor, James Anthony, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Sam Green

“All Dayer !” Free Entry – 1pm till 1am

Smart dress, no trainers

Weekenders :

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020

“Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender”

Three Rooms of Music, 25 Soul/Reggae DJs

Featuring Marcia Griffiths Live

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020

“Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender”

Dreamland Margate

Featuring Roy Ayers & Sister Sledge Live

DJ sets from Craig Charles & Gilles Peterson*F

Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August

“Margate Soul Festival 2020”

Details to follow …

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Studio Fridays”

The Oakleigh (formerly Bellini’s), London Road, Leigh on Sea

“Soul, House, Disco”

DJ : Guests on rotation

Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am

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

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Last Thursday : 70s & 80s Soul Night, The Chequers, Billericay

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in the 2020 ? 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !

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