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Neil Gits His Eyes Stretched !

3rd March 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

First of all I apologize if I mention the s**w too much in this week’s show – last Monday was when it all started to happen, just as I turned up at the radio station car park, but since then we’ve all had four more much worse days of stress and inconvenience over it and now enough is enough !! Let the thaw begin !! Hopefully, my moaning (I am an “Old Git” after all!) won’t spoil your enjoyment of today’s repeat play at 5pm …

One rather more minor issue that caused me a few head scratching moments was the fact that four large new monitors had appeared in my studio for all the websites, Mp3s, emails and automated programming, etc that needs them in there. First step was to try and find the tiny little button that turned each one on ! Five minutes later, I located it cunningly hidden away in the bottom right hand corner (I am putting this in the blog so I can refer back to it in case I forget by next Monday …) . Then there was the size and shape of them – much less “square” than the old ones, so any photos I looked at or text I read came out severely stretched and I wasted a few more minutes trying to adjust the viewing settings, so that it wasn’t like being at the cinema !! I’ve stopped going to modern cinemas because the screens are so huge now that I get a stiff neck moving my head from side to side to see everything !

Anyway, the new monitors are actually jolly nice now I’ve got used to them, so let’s stop being a miserable old beggar and point you in the direction of some great soul, jazz-funk and disco – now available in widescreen !!! 😉

The Tunes

Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Arthur Prysock – When Love Is New
Mather – Invisible
Chaka Khan – What You Did
Phylliss Bailey – Focus
Maze – We Are One
Zapp – Computer Love
Keni Burke – One Minute More
High Fashion – Feeling Lucky Lately
Detroit Emeralds – Feel The Need In Me
Kool & The Gang – Funky Stuff
Temptations – Happy People
Randy Roberts & Richard Burton – Stairway To Heaven
Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is
Womack & Womack – Celebrate The World
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Luther Vandross – The Second Time Around
Earth Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World
Simon Law feat Lain Gray – Outrageous
Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You
Ashford & Simpson – Solid

The Gigs

So many gigs in my diary at the moment, that having spent a good while sorting them all out for the show and the website, it seems only fair to share them all with you here – if even it will take up half the internet !!! lol

Saturday 3rd March
“Soul Odyssey”
Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club
DJs: Gary Walden,Tony Treble, Gary Fish & guest Scott James
“Jazz Funk & Soul Classics plus Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance until 1st Feb , £10 after

Saturday 10th March
(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 J J Williams from Boogie Bunker Radio
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 10th March
“Margate Soul Festival 2018 Launch Party”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
MSF DJs & Special Guests
Also : Gavin Page & Abi Clarke in “The Dug Out”
Tickets £10

Saturday 10th March
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 10th March
“Soul Down The Well”
The Havering Well, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0QA
DJs: Tony Treble & Gary Walden
“70s & 80s Disco Special”
7.30pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 16th March
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 16th March
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen – 4th Anniversary”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
Del Robinson, Jason Starr & Dave Milne
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Friday 16th March
“40 Years Of Disco”
SSE Arena , Wembley
“Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce,Boney M,
Odyssey , George McCrae & Eban Brown (Stylistics) – live!”
Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start
Tickets from £56.50 …

Saturday 17th March
“Soul By The Sea”
BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
DJs: Michael Bird, Colin Jazzy Barnaby, Bill Challenger, Michael White, Chris White
8pm – 1am ; £7 OTD

Saturday 17th March
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 23rd March
“KTF Soul Club – 8th Anniversary Party”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul Night”
KTF DJ team & Special Guests Eddie Piller & Mark Sherlock
Tickets £7 (pre-orders) £10 (walk-ups)
Capacity 160 – usually sells out !

Friday 23rd March
(Every 4th Friday of the month)
“Getting Funky At The Inn”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“Soul, Jazz Funk, Soulful House & Disco”
Free Entry ; 8pm – Midnight

Saturday 24th March
“10th Anniversary Frog March”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Two Rooms of DJs paying homage to the legendary Froggy
Inc: Frostie, Scott James, John Wayne & Peter Poyton
1pm – 2am ; Free Entry

Sunday 25th March
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & Sam Green plus guest DJ Bully
5pm -11pm ; Free Entry

Friday 30th March
“Soul Reunited – Lagoona Soul Reunion”
RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Jazzbod, Roni Brien & Elliot M
Guests: Lee Aldwinkle & Brian Kelly
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 available from 17th February
Tel (01708) 762743

Friday 30th March
“The Long Good Friday”
Hendersons Sports & Social Club, Kenilworth Ave, Harold Park, RM3 9NE
Stomp DJ Team
7pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10

Saturday 31st March
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road South, Grays, RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & A Few Club Classics”
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry ; Children allowed till 9pm

Sunday 1st April
“Making Memories 5”
Gardeners & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood
“All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Little Haven Children’s Hospice”
3pm – 1am (Easter Weekend)

Friday 6th 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
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 6th April
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 7th April
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus guest Nick Gunn
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door (guest list only)
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Thursday 12th April
“Keni Burke – Live!”
Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2EJ
“35th Anniversary Tour”
DJ; Aadil Rasheed
7pm start ; Tickets £16.50 / £24.75

Friday 13th April
“Soul Night – In Aid Of St Luke’s Hospice”
Club Kingswood, Clayhill Road, Basildon, SS16 5JP
DJs: Andy Cooper, Darren Allix & Neil Charles
8pm – Midnight ; Tickets in advance only from reception
£5 Members ; £7 Guests

Saturday 21st April
“Soul By The Jetty – Caister Warm Up!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Latin & Afro & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian “Rev” Kelly
Special Guest : Aitch B
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Saturday 28th April
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, The Rev Brian Kelly & Jeff Young
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the door
Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444

Friday 18th May
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian The Rev Kelly, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Selwyn
Special Guest: Stretch Taylor
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Basement”
Tickets £15 – (01375)891402
email: [email protected]
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Over 30s only

Friday 29th June
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

25th 26th & 27th May 2018
“Bless The Funk Weekender 2018”
The Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
JFSR DJs … plus a bowling competition !
Full details via :

29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
More details to follow …

3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Full details on the website :

Caister 2018 :
Friday 4th May – Mon 7th May
“Caister Goes Brexit”
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

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

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Fourth Friday: Getting Funky At The Inn, Inn On The Green, Billericay
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? 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.
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 !