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Neil Gits His First Xmas Card !

5th December 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

We were not even into double figures in December on Nathan’s advent calender and – PLOP! – it landed on the doormat, the first card of the season ! Well, that was someone a lot more organize than me , that’s for sure…

However, it did remind me that I have two special end of year shows I am in the middle of pre-recording for broadcast somewhere around the Mondays of the 24th & 31st December when i will obviously NOT be live on air, being someone who makes most of his living as a full-time party DJ !!

The first one is the “Dead Good Soul Show” , a tribute to 25 of the many big names in soul that have left us in recent years, plus one or two other legends who went too soon and have now been dead longer than they were alive ! Think Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, James Brown, Luther Vandross … you get the picture…

Show two is “The Old Gits Best Bits” and should air on or around New Years Eve, with an other chance to hear some of the gems I pulled off the shelf in 2012 for the first time in over 20 years – and yes, it’s an ALL VINYL selection ! I can see you drooling already …

Check the schedules nearer the time, but you WILL be reminded when I know exactly when they will be aired ! In the meantime here’s this week’s line-up:

The Tunes

Michael Jackson  –  Wanna Be Startin’ Something

K C & The Sunshine Band  –  Keep It Coming Love

Mac Band  –  Roses Are Red

Diana Ross & The Supremes  –  Reflection

Lionel Richie  – Serves You Right

Mystic Merlin  –  Perfect

Anita Baker  –  It’s Been You

Chaka Khan  –  Sweet Thing

Stone  –  Time

Average White Band  –  Queen Of My Soul

D Train  –  Don’t You Wanna Ride The D Train

Eddie Drennon …  – Let’s Do The Latin Hustle

Teddy Pendergrass  –  When Somebody Loves You Back

Lowrell  –  Mellow Mellow Right On

Splendour  –  Special Lady

Mary J Blige  –  No More

Barry White  –  I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby

Tom Scott  – Don’t Get Any Better 

By All Means  –  I Think I Fell In Love

Real Thing  –  Let’s Go Disco

Michael O’Neill  –  Never Too Late

The Gigs

Saturday 8th December

“KTF Soul Club End Of Year Knees Up!”

Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Road, Grays, RM16 2AP

DJs: Eddie Piller, Gavin Page, Lee Markwick & The KTF Team

“Northern Soul”   –  8pm  – 1am   –  £5 Entry


Saturday 8th December

“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays

DJs: Bully & MJ

“Soul, Funk, Disco & Dance Anthems”

8pm – Midnight     Free Entry


Friday 14th & 28th December

“Soul City Grooves”

The Waterfront, Bishops Stortford.

DJs: Les Knott, Marky P, DJ Dubz,

Stacey B, Neil SoulCouncil & DJ Isis

9pm   –  2am   –   Free Admission


Saturday 15th December

“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Bash!” –  SOLD OUT !!!!

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly

Special Guests: Tony Matthews & Jazzbod

£8  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399

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


Saturday 15th December

“Saturday Soul”

Roberts Live Lounge, Vineyard Street, Colchester, CO2 7TG

DJ: Nick Gunn

“Soul Funk & Disco plus Old Skool Anthems”

9pm   –   2am


Saturday 15th December

“Xmas Soul Night”

Charlies Bar, Warley Hill, Brentwood

DJ: Charlie Cook

9pm –  Late    –     Free Entry


Friday 21st December

“80s Soul Groove Night”

Visage bar, Gants Hill, Ilford

DJs: John Leech & Paul Travi

Free Entry  –  9pm – 2am


Wednesday 26th December

“The Real Thing – Live”

Plus support from EK1 &and 80s Disco DJ

Broadstairs Pavillion

Tickets £15 (07805)955057

8pm start   –   Over 18s only


Saturday 29th December

Soulbay Xmas Party

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

8pm –  1am      –       Free Entry

DJs: Frostie, Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson, Chris Bangs


Saturday 29th December

“Guilty Pleasures”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate, Kent

Free Entry     –    8pm – 1am

DJs: “The Soul On The Harbour/Disco Stomp” Team !


Monday 31st December (New Years Eve!)

“Family Affair New Years Eve Party”

The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate

8pm  –  3am    –    £5 Entry

DJs: Tony Matthews, Pete Collins, Roni O’Brien

Jonny Layton & Penny K

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