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13th September 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

It was quite a scorcher of a weekend last week, so the rarely worn Summer 2012 shorts made a surprise return from the back of the cupboard and were still being worn on Monday when temperatures dropped a little, leaving the Neil Matthew knees feeling a bit of a breeze by the time they left the Gateway studio – what do you do with the weather in this country eh ?! Anyway, as always you can count on hearing plenty of “Cool Soul” each Monday night and Saturday evening, plus this time we had an interview with The Stylistics’ Airrion Love, so if you did miss it (or enjoyed my Boris Johnson approach to speaking with soul legends so much you’d like to hear it again..) tune in at 5pm this Saturday for a listen and hear these tracks too…

The Tunes

Odyssey  – Native New Yorker

Curtis Hairston  –  I Want You All Tonight

Al Matthews  –  Fool

Frederick Knight  –  I’ve Been Lonely For So Long

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers  –  We Need Some Money

Stylistics  –  You’ll Never Get To Heaven


Stylistics  –  16 Bars

Melba Moore  –  Standing Right Here

Roy Ayers  –  Poo Poo La La 

BT Express  –  Express

Mass Production  –  Cosmic Lust

Edwin Starr  –  H.A.P.P.Y. Radio

Kleeer  –  Get Tough 

Spyro Gyra  –  Fine Time To Explain

Al B Sure  –  Nite & Day

Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band  –  Why Wait For Tomorrow

Shakatak  –  Dark Is The Night

Ray Terrace  –  You’ve Been Talking Bout Me Baby

Vickie Sue Robinson  –  Daylight

Craig Chaquico  –  Luminosa

It’s a “Soulful September” ! Check out the latest events below:

The Gigs


Friday 14th September

“Killer Soul IX”

Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh

Three rooms of tunes with the Zero DJ team

Guest PA from Georgie B (Second Image)

8pm  – 1am    –   Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door

Details: (01702) 232377


Saturday 15th September

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront

DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom G Man Edgar, Tommy Gun, John Herbert

Free Entry  –  7.30pm –  1 am



Friday 21st September

“Smooth Grooves”

Hendersons Bar, Roydon (near Harlow)

DJs: Jonny Layton, Paul Clark, Paul Crowley

“The Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door


Saturday 22nd September

“KTF Soul Club” (Northern Soul)

Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope

Guest DJs: Paul Spain & Lee Markwick

7.30pm start – Wristbands £4 inc free CD !

Details from Danny (07895) 538835



Friday 28th September

The Qube, Crouch Street, Colchester

“Soul Jazz, Funk & Disco, R’n’B, Soulful House”

DJs: Kev James & Shaft

£3 Entry   –   9pm – 2am


Friday October 5th

“Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJs : Bully & Guest

“The Very Best In Soul, Funk & Disco”

Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am


Saturday 6th October

“Soul On The Harbour – 2nd Birthday Bash!”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: Paul Spickett, Penny K, John Herbert & more…

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Friday 12th October

“Stompford 3”

Hooga Bar, Victoria Road, Chelmsford

“Two Rooms of Soulful Beats & Jazzy Vibes and everything in between plus a Caribbean Kitchen !! “

Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door

10 DJs from the Stomp Family




Saturday 13th October

“Hockley Soul Night”

Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, SS5 4XD

DJ: Geoff Grove

8pm  –  12.30 am     –    Tickets £6

Available from Secrets Hairdressing, Rayleigh High Street



Saturday 13th October

“Soul Connection All-Dayer”

Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

12 noon  –  1 am

Tickets £6 in advance, £10 on the door

More details to follow…


Saturday 13th October

“Soulbay Part 2”

The Know, 20 Beach Road, Westgate On Sea, CT8 8AD

“Soulful Funky Fun with the Knights Of The Cheesetable!”

Micky B, Jason Anderson, Paul French & Chris Bangs

4pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry



Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“The 1st Embassy Soul Weekender”

Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, CO6 1DU

“The Best Soul Funk Jazz & Latin Music”

DJs Include: Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Ash Selecter, Marky Mark

Booking details on (01206) 214808

Or for more info on prices, facilities & DJs visit…


Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“Bless The Funk Weekender” (2)

Esplanade Hotel, Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea

“Three days of soul & funk anthems”


7pm Friday, 12 Noon Saturday, 12 Noon Sunday

£20 per person, further details at


Saturday 20th October

“Soul By The Jetty – 3rd Birthday Party!”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy ? Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Ginger Tony

£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399


Saturday 27th October

“New Yorker Revisited”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre

DJs: Aitch Bee from Soul II Soul, Hugsta, Cosmic,

Stavros, Chris White & Paul Eve

“Playing the Very Best in Jazz-Funk & Soul”

9pm  –  2am    –   £10 In Advance

Saturday 27th October

“Back To The Groove”

The Wheatsheaf Pub/Hungry Horse, Northdown Park Road, Margate

DJ Lee H plays the best in classic & nu soul, jazz-funk stompers and soul weekender anthems.

More details to follow…

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