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Neil Gits Hayfever

30th June 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Ugh. It happens every year. As soon as Wimbledon gets underway my defences start to get weak, the eyes start to itch and the nose explodes at regular intervals – hayfever hits back ! Doing stuff like playing golf, strolling in the park, eating al fresco in the garden or even driving with the window open when people are mowing their lawns nearby are all big “No-No’s”  – so sitting in our lovely studio at Gateway playing super soul music is a wonderful sanctuary away from it all. But don’t worry, it’s usually all over by the time Andy Murray gets knocked out, so I should be back to normal before next week’s show …

The Tunes: 

Chic – My Forbidden Lover
Gwen McCrae – Doin’ It
Curtis Hairston – I Want Your Loving
Diana Ross – Surrender
Harold Melvin – Today’s Your Lucky Day
Lillo Thomas – You’re A Good Girl
Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald – On My Own
Sheree Brown – It’s A Pleasure
Arthur Miles – Helping Hand
Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)
Rose Royce – R.R.Express
Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot
Eddie Russ – Zaius
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul
Boz Scaggs – What Can I Say
O’Jays – Backstabbers (Tom Moulton Remix)
Angela Bofill – This Time I’ll Be Sweeter
Howard Johnson – Next To You
Billy Paul – Don’t Give Up On Us Baby
C-Brand – Wired For Games
General Caine – Shake

The Gigs:

Tonight & July – Several New Events Added !

Saturday 30th June  (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
Friday 6th July
“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 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 7th July (and every 1st Saturday of the month)
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
“Upfront & Classic Soul & Jazz-Funk”
Free Entry    –   8pm – 1am
Guest DJs: Steve Humphrys & Tommy Gun
Saturday 7th July
“Saturday Soul”
Roberts Live Lounge, Vineyard Street, Colchester
DJs: Barry Stockwell & Nick Gunn plus guests
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove, 2-Step,
Funk, Rare-Groove & Soulful House and more !”
8pm – 2am   –  Free Entry Before 10.30pm, £5 after
Saturday 14th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent (on seafront)
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom G Man Edgar plus guests
7.30 pm  –  1 am
More details to follow …
Saturday 14th July
“Kent Soul Club –  2012 Edition”
Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1XB
DJs: Lee Pacey & Lee Bunstone
Guests: Peter A Craskell & Simon Penfold
8pm – 2am    –    All tunes on vinyl !!!
Saturday 28th July
“Back To The Groove”
The Wheatsheaf, Margate
DJ Lee H presents a night of…
“Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk Stompers and Caister Anthems”
Free Entry  –  8pm – Midnight
More details at
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 28th 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
Saturday 28th July (Also 1st Sept & 24th Nov)
“Summer Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Grays
Free Entry – 8pm til late
DJs: Bully & MJ
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”
Saturday 28th July
“Soul Power”
Rendezvous, 1149 High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4AT
DJs: Frostie, Marky Mark, Tony Fernandez, Steven Reeder, John Wayne
“100% 70s 80s & 90s Soul Classics & Anthems”
£7 before midnight, £12 afterwards

Coming Soon !


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

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