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Neil Gits His Groove On !

18th March 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

With a bit of luck you will be reading this in good time to catch the repeat play on Saturday 18th March at 5pm – because I really do have some splendid tunes to share with you ! Of course, the ideal scenario is that you are sitting eagerly by your speakers for the first airing each Monday at 7pm every week to catch the show “live” – then if you really enjoy it you can hear it twice ! 😉

On this episode, listen out for a stunning “Soul Soother” from the late 80s, a classic Stevie Wonder album track that I’ve never played before on the show, some classic Brit-funk for the “Old Gits Jazzy Bit” and a really nice cut from this month’s featured artist Kashif that I re-discovered – if you like that there are at least two more equally cool tracks to follow in the weeks to come !

Check out this week’s playlist and the fully-updated “Gigs List” below and tune in later for the full experience ! 🙂

The Tunes

Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
Seawind – Whatcha Doin’
West Coast Soul Stars feat Eli & Janine – Show Me Love
Garnet Mimms – What It Is
Precinct – Shining Star
Peter Symphorien – State Of Mind (Grandmaster Mix Part 3 Mix)
Stylistics – Na Na Is The Saddest Word
Ed Motta – Dondi
Kashif – Stone Love
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Slave – Watching You
Freeez – Caribbean Winter
Lee Dorsey – Holy Cow
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Archie Bell & Drells – Old People
Levert – Casanova
Tony Fountaine – Come Back To Me
James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet
Marc Staggers – Keep Those Fires Burning
Bombers – Everybody Get Dancing
Ed The Red – Summer Is The Coldest Season (Dre Soul Mix)

The Gigs

Saturday 18th March

(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


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


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


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




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


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

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