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Neil Gits Halfway To A Hundred !

24th May 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Well, since the last show I put over 850 miles on the clock of the car and had a smashing time celebrating my 50th birthday – as only I know how ! I was wondering if I should now change the name of the show to “The Really Old Gits Show” but to be honest I don’t feel much different, so just “Old” will do for now ! I also only got halfway through the box of soul CD compilations I took with me for company but discovered enough new tracks to play to keep us going til the 60th birthday celebrations when it becomes “The Really REALLY Old Gits Souls Show” …

Now here’s what’s on this weekend’s second airing :

The Tunes:

Barry White  –  Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe
Donald Byrd  – Loving You
Quincy Jones  –  Razzamatazz
Tom Browne   –  Funkin’ For Jamaica
Change  –  The Very Best In You
Atlantic Starr  – Perfect Love
Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Way We Were
Fourplay  –  After The Dance
Firefly  –  Love Is Gonna Be On Your Side
Colonel Abrams  –  I’m Not Gonna Let You Go
Jones Girls  –  Keep It Coming
GQ  –  Shake
Freeez  –  Caribbean Winter
Sister Sledge  –  Lost In Music
Vivienne McKone  –  Fly
Smokey Robinson  –  Cruisin’
David Ruffin  –  I Wanna Be With You
Sam & Dave  – Soul Man
Joe Tex  –  Show Me
Kleeer  – Winners
Patrick Juvet  –  I Love America
Michele  –  Can’t You Feel It
Vibraphonic  –  The Bounce

The Gigs:

I have put EVERYTHING I know of going on this summer below, but in future will only be adding new events that come to my attention plus those in the immediate future, with the occasional full listing  –  it’s getting mighty busy out there for us soul fans !


Saturday 26th May (last Saturday every month)


Soul At The Pavillion,


Pavillion Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend


DJs: Gary Turner, Snowboy & Bob Jones


“Rare Groove, Soul & Jazz-Funk”


£10 on the door   –   9pm  –  2am




Sunday 27th May


“Soul Town Weekend”


Old Town Soul-Alldayer


The Westcoast Bar, King Street Margate


1pm – 11pm


£8 OTD  –  DJs include:


Jo Wallace, Dean Chalkey, Chris Bangs, Lee Pacey


Tony Jackson & Simon Penfold




Friday 1st June (next one July 6th)


“Zero Soul Night”


Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh


DJs : Bully & Guests


“Caister  Anthems, Gold Mine Favourites & Zero 6 Classics”


Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am




Friday 1st June


“Soul Resurrection”


The Black Prince, Holiday Inn, Bexley (A2), Kent


Room 1: “80s Soul/Funk/Boogie/Rare Groove/Caister Classics”


Room 2: “Modern Soul / Soulful House”


DJs: Pete Collins, Steve Kite, Dave Cooper, Paul Evans,


Mark The Cabbie, Richard Brown


8pm – 1am    –   £5 In Advance / £10 On The Door


(07826)843521  (07787)547636




Saturday 2nd June & Sunday 3rd June


“Soul On The Harbour – Weekend Special!”


Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS


The East Kent Soul Connection Present…


“Two Days Of Upfront & Classic Soul/Jazz-Funk!”


Sat: 1pm  –  1am   Sun: 12 Noon  –  1am


Admission Free  –  More Details (01843) 592550


[email protected]




Sunday 3rd June


“The New Yorker Reunion”


The Edge, 6-8 High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1EA


DJs: Cosmic, Stavros, Hugsta, Chris White & Paul Eve


“The very best in jazz, funk & soul”


Tickets £10 in advance  –  see link below for details


9pm  –  3am    –    Free car parking at Level 10






Friday 15th June


“Hockley Soul Night”


Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, SS54XD


“DJ: Geoff Grove spinning 80s Soul & Caister Tunes”


8  –  12.30am   –  Tickets On Sale Now £6 visit:




Friday 22nd June


“Killer Soul – 8”


Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh


“Jazz Funk, Soul & Dancefloor Anthems”


DJs: Ian Reading, Jon Jules, Mikey Porter & more…


8pm  –   1am    –  Three Rooms Of Tunes !


More details at:




Saturday 23rd June
“Soulful Seduction”
The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA
DJs: Bully & Stevie B
“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”
8pm – Late     –    Free Admission




Saturday 23rd June (next one 25th Aug)


“Soul By The Jetty – June Special”


The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island


DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly


Special Guest: Paul Clark


£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399





Saturday 23rd June


“Folk With Soul”


The Ship, Leigh-on-Sea


Fund raiser for Bosom Pals Breast Cancer Charity


Part of the Old Leigh Folk Festival Weekend !


Outside from 12 Noon – 6pm


Inside Upstairs  6pm   –  1am


DJs: include Gavin Page, Grumpy Brown & Stavros




Saturday 23rd June


“Four Seasons Of Soul”


The Britainnia, Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HH


DJs: Chris Bangs, Pete Collins, Micky B, Jason Anderson


Paul French & Jasper


8pm  –  1am




Saturday 23rd June


“Street Soul”


Henrys Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB


9 – 2 am   –   £5 On The Door  –  (01708) 864042


DJs: Andy Davies, Steve Kite, Ginger Tony


Special Guest: Bob Jeffries




Friday 6th July


“Sounds Of Soul”


The R.U.S.S.C., 28 Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB


DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod


“New & Old Soul, Disco, Funk, Boogie & Caister Anthems”


8.30pm – 1 am    –   £5 OTD , £1 Members Tel: (07729)497939




Saturday 7th July


“Soul At The Ship”


The Ship Pub, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea,SS9 2EA


8pm  –  1am  ;   £5 on the door


DJ: Gary Turner  & Tom Toher (Upstairs)


“The Best Jazz-Funk, Soul, Nu-Jazz, Rare Groove & Latin”


“From the days of the Goldmine, Caister, Hadleigh Suite & Lacy Lady”






Saturday 28th July


“Soul On The Sands – The Atlantis Reunion”


Bar Lola, Margate Seafront, CT9 1XJ


DJs: Jasper, Paul Abbott, Paul French, Jason Anderson & Micky B


Pete Collins & Tony Matthews


3pm   –  3am     –    Tickets £5




Saturday 29th July


“KTF Soul Club”


The Railway Tavern , Stanford Le Hope


7.30pm  –  12.30 am


Special Guest DJ: Tom Page


“Northern Soul Event”


£4 – Wristbands reserved for payment on the night






Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August


“The Official Margate Soul Weekend”


Sat Night 4th Aug –   Headline Acts:




With the Baltic Soul Orchestra plus support from


The West Coast Soul Stars


PA by Ingrid Allman (Freeez)


DJs across the weekend include:


Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Roni O’Brien, Chris Bangs


Micky B, Jonny Layton, Jason Anderson & Pete Collins


The Venues involved are:


The Westcoast Bar, The Brittannia, Milo, Rokka, The Lighthouse  and of course…


The Piazza – the outside arena !


Kick – off : 8pm Friday, Final Whistle: 2am Monday morning !


For more info visit






Friday 3rd August


“Hitsville – The Sound Of Motown”


The Welcome Club, Victoria Road, Stanford Le Hope


“Top Motown Tribute Band – Hitsville”


Plus support from the KTF Soul Club DJs


7.30 pm – 1am   –   Tickets £10


Telephone Danny (07895) 538835




Saturday 11th August


“Essex Funkers Summer Soul Bash”


Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE


DJs: Les Knott & guests Louis Martin & Terry Munro


8   –  2am   –  Tickets £8 in advance, £12 OTD


Tel: (07800)724757  or  (07795)243385






Saturday 1st September (and Saturday 24th November)


“Soulful Seduction”


The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays


DJs: Matt J & Bully


Free Admission   –   8pm – 12 Midnight


“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 90s Club Classics”






Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October


“The 1st Embassy Soul Weekender”


Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, CO6 1DU


“The Best Soul Funk Jazz & Latin Music”


DJs Include: Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Ash Selecter, Marky Mark


Booking details on (01206) 214808


Or for more info on prices, facilities & DJs visit…




Every Other Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am – Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”


Saturday 26th May  –  Roy Carter


**Check with the venue for dates (01268) 683026**




Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one June 1st


Last Friday: The Qube, Crouch St, Colchester  – next one 29th June


Last Saturday: Soul At The Pavillion, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea – 26th May


Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next 26th May


Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 23rd June
2012 Dates:  25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec


And don’t forget…


Live Jazz at The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay


Every 1st Sunday Of The Month


1pm – 4pm   –  Free Admission


Next Date : 3rd June




If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo




Also recommended…


Friday Nights At …


Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton


Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove


Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !



Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2012 ? 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 voice/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