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Neil Gits Half A Show On The Air

3rd April 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

I sometimes forget just how many knobs, wires, faders and buttons there are in my studio – and a lot of them are hidden out of sight behind & under the desk ! So it was not really surprising that I didn’t notice a crucial lead had been left disconnected after some routine maintenance last Monday, meaning no sound was making its way from the studio PC to the mixer.

That meant that I was unable to play any tracks off MP3, which was a shame because they are usually the most interesting ones, taken off my vinyl records at home and brought in specially  for some of the regular features. Mind you, a couple of listeners got in touch to say how much they were enjoying the show, despite me playing pretty much most of my tunes off mainstream compilation CDs !

You can judge for yourself by tuning in to the repeat play this Saturday at 5pm and then on Monday at 7pm I should be able to unleash the other half of the playlist that never got heard last week !

The Tunes

Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Four Tops – Don’t Walk Away
Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy
Lee Dorsey – Ride Your Pony
Slave – Just A Touch Of Love
Shirley Jones – Because You Love Me
Patti Labelle – If Only You Knew
Adriana Evans – Midnight
Shalamar – Right In The Socket
Chic – Everybody Dance
Sweet Thunder – Everybody’s Singing Love Songs
Barbara Mason & The Futures – Make It Last
Ronnie Laws – Friends & Strangers
Strutt – Front Row Romeo
Odyssey – Use It Up & Wear It Out
Stylistics – I Can’t Give You Anything But My Love
Sass – Much Too Much
Chapter 8 – We Need Love
Patti Austin & James Ingram – Baby Come To Me
Linda Jones – You Hit Me Like TNT
Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After
Fattburger – Love Is Like A River

Easter Gigs

Saturday 4th April
“Twisted Soul”
Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN
“An evening of jazz-funk & soulful house”
DJs: Micky B, Jasper, Unkle Funk, Twisted Fish
9pm start, 2.30 am finish

Sunday 5th April
“Zero 6 Soul Reunion”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJs: Ian Reading, Pete Ferrant, David Williams, Merv Griffiths
Free Entry – “First come, first served !”
Sunday 5th April
“Easter Sunday Bank Holiday After Party”
Olivers Bar, Hornchurch High Street, RM12 4UW
“Soulful House”
DJ: Sandra Cee, Doc Felix, Peter P & guests
10pm – 2am ; Admission £5
Friday 10th April
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Soul & Club Anthems Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul RnB & Old School Club Anthems from the 80s – 90s”
DJ: Bully (other top DJs on rotation on other Fridays)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
Over 25s – Smart Casual Dress

Friday 10th April
“Harlow Over 30s Night”
Park Inn Hotel, Southern Way, Harlow, CM18 7BA
Two Rooms Of Music:
1 – RnB & Club Classics with Neal Deejay
2 – Soul Jazz-Funk & Motown with John Osborne
8.30pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 Online at
Tel/Text : (07875) 949565

Saturday 11th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, DJ Dab
8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10
Tel: (07800) 724757 / (07791) 995670

Saturday 11th April
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde
Free Admission – 8pm – Late

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul Funk Disco & Classic Anthems from the 70s 80s & 90s”
DJ: Frostie & Peter Poyton plus guests
Admission £5 ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco, 80s & 90s House Classics”
DJ: Soul-DJ Essex
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
(Venue also has an “80s & 90s soul party” night on Saturdays)

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 1st May
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 10th Apr
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 17th April
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 11th April
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 18th April
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 24th April

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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