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Neil Gits His Bits & Bobs Out !

2nd March 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Ooo-er Missus ! It was time to give an airing to a few tracks I had put aside for the right time to play them – and this week was that week, being an exceptionally busy one for my quiz nights when a minimum of radio prep was required ! Whatever the state of my other activities, or lack of them you can always be sure that the tunes that make it onto the show will be at the very least interesting, bringing back a few nearly forgotten memories maybe and occasionally letting you hear something soulfully wonderful that may have passed you by back in the day. Here is what you can look forward to hearing on tomorrow’s repeat play at 5pm …

The Tunes:

Kool & The Gang  –  Fresh
Jimmy Young  –  Times Are Tight
Leon Haywood  –  Don’t Push It Don’t Force It
Various Artists – Calibre Cuts
Tata Vega  –  Get It Up For Love
Willie Clayton  –  Your Sweetness
Chi- Lites  –  Oh Girl
Grover Washington Jr & Jean Carne  –  The Look Of Love
Gary’s Gang – Knock Me Out
Mai Tai  –  History
Jocko  –  Rhythm Talk
Francine McGee   –  Delirium
Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch  –  Hold Your Horses Babe
Miracles  – Love Machine
702  –  Steelo
Peabo Bryson  –  Can You Stop The Rain
Eugene Wilde  –  Gotta Get You Home With Me Tonight
Billy Paul  –  One Man’s Junk
People’s Choice  –  Do It Anyway You Wanna
Frankie Valli  –  You’re Ready Now
Jimmy Ruffin  –  Hold On To My Love
Chic  –  Savoir Faire

The Gigs:

Saturday 3rd March
“ Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate, Kent
DJs: “The East Kent Soul Connection”
8pm – 1am    –   Free Entry

Saturday 3rd March
*** SOLD OUT ! SOLD OUT ! ***
“Soul By The Jetty”
“Soul Funk & Jazz Grooves – Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive!”

Saturday 10th March
*** SOLD OUT ! SOLD OUT ! ***
“KTF Soul Club – 2nd Anniversary Bash”

Friday 16th March
“Killer Soul VII”
Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9QS
8pm -1am    –     Tickets £7 in advance,  £10 on the door
Top tunes with the Zero Radio DJ Team !

Friday 23rd March (& 25th May)
“ Hooga Soul “
16. Victoria Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1NZ
8pm  –  2am
Admission Free
DJs: Mick Love, Gavin Page, Brian Kelly & Guests
“Modern Soul, Jazz-Funk & Club Clasics”

Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
(Extra function room now available)
More info at and …

Friday 6th April
“The Zero Soul Night”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
8.30pm   –  1.00 am
Admission Free
DJ Bully & Special Guests
Playing Soul Jazz Funk & Disco Anthems

Saturday 7th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Paul Clark, Jonny Layton
8pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £8 in advance, £12 on the door
Tel: (07800)724757 / (07989) 591399 / (01273) 413800

Saturday 7th April
“Soul Connexion All-Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1JE
DJs Dave Palmer & Dave Burton plus guests
Three rooms of music playing …
“Soul, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems”
12 pm  –  3 am    –    £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Tickets available from Dave Burton: [email protected] 07584626972       and Dave Palmer: [email protected] 07961101746

Saturday 14th  April
“Soulful Seduction”
The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA
DJs: Bully & Stevie B
“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”
8pm – Late     –    Free Admission
Telephone Tracey (07816)831702 for more info

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

Every Friday:
“Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry – 8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister) plus various guests

Every Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am – Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
***Singing Live This Sat 3rd March – Georgie B!***
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”

Monthly Events:

First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one March 2nd
First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next 24th Feb
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 3rd March
2012 Dates: 28th April, 23rd June, 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 : 4th March
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 early 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 !


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