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Neil Gits His Finger Out

14th March 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

Do you listen to some of our other shows on Gateway 97.8FM ? If you enjoy my show and find yourself at home on a Friday evening then here are three shows in succession that may well appeal to you, whilst Wednesday evening has long been a “second port of call” for soul fans with the regular jazz and blues shows. And the other week my old school mate Jon discovered Tahra Malik’s programme via Facebook and promptly won himself a £50 voucher ! But of course if you are reading this, it will be Monday night at 7pm or Saturday evening at 5pm that you will be most likely be tuning in to the station to hear my latest epic “Old Gits Soul Show”. However, should you listen to Gateway at other times, listen out for a brand new promo for my show, recorded recently after I simply could take no more of hearing myself saying “I’m an Old Git…” whilst driving around Basildon !!! Which ever way you discover my wonderful world of 70s & 80s soul, disco & jazz-funk, I do hope you enjoy the tunes and offer some feedback via e-mail, text or the social networks…

The Tunes:

Gibson Brothers  –  Que Sera Mi Vida 
Bobby Womack  –  Gypsy Woman
Hot Streak  –  Body Work
Evelyn Thomas  –  Weak Spot 
Blue Feather  –  Let’s Funk Tonight 
Gene Chandler  –  Let Me Make Love To You 
Luther Vandross  –  Promise Me
Billy Paul  –  I Trust You 
Sherrick  –  Let’s Be Lovers Tonight 
Viola Wills  –  Gonna Get Along Without You Now
George Duke  –  Got To Get Back To Love 
Jean Carn  –  I Bet She Won’t Love You Like I Do
Maceo & The Macks  –  Soul Power 74
Sweet Charles  –   Yes It’s You
Jacksons  –  Can You Feel It 
Ashford & Simpson  –  Get Up & Do Something
Whispers  –  Rock Steady
Ann Nesby  –  Thrill Me
Womack & Womack  –  Woman
Al Green  –  I’m Glad You’re Mine
Staple Singers  –  I’ll Take You There
Brecker Brothers  –  East River
Convertion  –  Let’s Do It 

The Gigs :

Saturday 16th March (Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start   –  Free Entry


Saturday 16th March

“KTF Soul Club 3rd Anniversary Do”

Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays

DJs: Rob Messer & Ian “The Don” Donaldson

“Northern Soul/Real RnB/Motown Sounds”

7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 Advance Tickets inc Free CD !


Saturday 16th March

“Soul Night”

Bar Blue (Next to Tots), Lucy Road, Southend-on-Sea

DJ Geoff Grove

£6 On The Door


Saturday 16th March

“Disco Inferno”

Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJ Bully “Begin To Boogie From 8pm!”

Fancy Dress   –  Free Admission


Friday 22nd March

“Dance Decades Night”

“80s Soul Grooves”

Visage Bar, Gants Hill, Ilford

DJ: John Leech

Free Entry  –  9pm – Late


Saturday 23rd March


The Knot, 20 Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, Kent, CT8 8AD

DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson

Guests: Penny K & Tom Glide

8pm – 1am  ;  Free Entry ;  Tel:(01843) 833907


Friday 29th March (last Friday of the month)

“The Return Of Shaft”

Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester

DJs:  Chazz J, Jimmy Dixon, Kev James

“Soul Jazz & Funk”

9pm  –  2.30am    –    Free Entry


Friday 29th March

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

Vetro Bar, Billericay (corner of Western Road & High Street)

“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves From The 70s & 80s”

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus Guest DJ Pete Collins

Free Entry   –   8pm  –  1am


Friday 29th March

“Destiny Michelle”

The Inn On The Green, Billericay

Beyonce / Destinys Child Tribute

8.30 pm start  –  Free Admission


Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)

“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark

Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times 8pm –  2am

Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757


Saturday 30th March

“Soul Birthday Party”

Caffe Alma, (formerly The Westcoast Bar), Margate

“Upfront, Modern & Classic Soul Grooves”




Saturday 30th March

“The 3rd Soul Connexion All Dayer”

The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE

12 Noon – Late

Tickets £4 In Advance from (07584)626972 (£5 OTD)

More info at


Saturday 30th March (Every Last Saturday)

“Disco Stomp”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert plus guests

70s & 80s Disco Classics

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Friday 5th April 2013

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Guest DJ Uncle Swerve

“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”

Free Entry    –   8.00pm  – 1am



Saturday 6th April (Every First Saturday)

“Soul On The Harbour ”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert, plus guests TBC

“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Saturday 13th April 2013

“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”

Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent

Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”

Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee

7pm  –  Midnight

Tickets Now Available @


Saturday 13th April

“Hustle 2 !”

The Clubhouse, Princes Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN

DJs: James Anthony, Marky Mark & Penny K

“Soul Funk & Disco”

9pm  – 2am   ;    £5 On The Door

Details from (07855) 770273


Saturday 20th April

“An Evening Of Soul & Motown”

The Green Man, A128, Herongate

DJ : JB (Jon Barrall)

Pub Hours – Free Entry


Saturday 20th April

“Essex Soul Party”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA

DJs: Frostie Original, Tony Fernandez, Marky Mark,

Jim The Syrup, John Soul-Power Wayne.

“Tunes from the Goldmine/Zero 6/Lacy Lady Era”


Saturday 27th April

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly

Plus Special guest Nick Aravis

£5  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) or…

email: [email protected]

“100% Jazz Funk & Soul with a sprinkling of nu jazz & soulful house – keeping the spirit of the Goldmine alive on Canvey Island”

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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