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Neil Gits In Amongst The Banter !

28th November 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

My 12 year old son has made it quite clear that I am just NOT allowed to use the word “banter” at my age – God knows why !! But that’s what’s been going on during my show over the last few weeks with a few keen listeners “chatting away” and posting little animated characters on our Facebook page to express their feelings & reactions – I think they are called “emojos” (??) but I don’t really know what I am talking about as I am out of my comfort zone here and I am an “Old Git” after all !!

If you want to take a look one Monday, head for “The Old Gits Soul Show” page and you may well be able to join up and share the fun, but of course really it is all about the music, and you can hear my latest selection of top tunes from the 70s 80s & beyond repeated this Saturday from 5pm  – 7pm here on Gateway. Enjoy ! 🙂

The Tunes

Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove
O’Jays – Livin’ For The Weekend
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Platters – With This Ring
Perri – I’m The One
Stevie Wonder – Too High
Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever
Bob Baldwin – Too Late
Harold Melvin – Today’s Your Lucky Day
George Benson – Lady Love Me (One More Time)
Trammps – That’s Where The Happy People Go
Love Committee – Just As Long As I Got You
Major Lance – You Don’t Want Me No More
Touch – Keep On
David Joseph – You Can’t Hide Your Love
Brass Construction – I Do Love You
Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On (original)
Mystic Merlin – Your Love
Winans feat Anita Baker – Ain’t No Need To Worry
Beverley Shaffer – Even The Score
Retta Young – Sending Out An SOS
McCrei – Take My Hand (Nigel Lowis Extended Mix)

The Gigs (Update due soon !)

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out
Saturday 28th November
“Soulbeat Presents … Steppin’ Out”
Dickens World, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4LL
“Two rooms of music : Soulful Vibes & Aspects Of Soul”
9pm – 3am ; Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door

Saturday 28th November
“Soul Night Special – Soul Weekender Vibe”
(Last Saturday of each month)
Liquid Lounge, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5TQ
DJs: Simon Whistles Ford & Steve Kite
8.30pm – 1.00 am
Tickets on sale from the venue…

Saturday 28th November
“Soulgate On Sea”
Dreamland (Ballroom & Roller Room) Margate
“Motown, Northern, Disco, Crossover, Modern & Classic Soul”
*All money raised goes to MacMillan Cancer Support*
Tickets £5 ; 1pm – 2am
Saturday 28th November
“Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh on Sea
DJs: Micky Liste Cooper, Gary Dennis, Birdy & Simon West
“Funk, Soul, Latin & Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; £7 On The Door

Friday 4th December
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: MJ & Bully & Guest DJ
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Weekender anthems, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, r’n’b tunes from the 70’s through to the 90’s and offering you a sprinkle of soulful house”

Friday 4th December
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, EN8 8RU
DJs: Richard Lobban, James Anthony
9pm – 2am ; £7 on the door
“The best in soul, r’n’b, reggae, 80s disco & soulful house”

Thursday 10th December
“Kenny Thomas – Live !”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
Tickets £10 in advance
Tel: (01277) 656581 for more details

Saturday 12th December
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & guests …
Tony Matthews & Jazzbod
“100% Soul, Funk & Jazzy Grooves”
Wristband entry only – £7 ;
Text (07989) 591399 ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 12th December
“Stomp’s Big Xmas Party!”
Essex Sports Village, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM15 4DT
8pm – Late ; Tickets £10 in advance, more on the door…

Saturday 12th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Harlow Town Football Club
DJs: Les Knott, Frostie, Chris Brown
DJ Dab & John Searle
Wristbands £10 in advance or £12 on the door
Tel: (07800) 724757 / (07791) 995670

Saturday 12th December
“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up!”
Downstairs at The Old Regent, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul plus 60s RnB / Motown”
7.30pm – 1.00am
DJs: Mick Love & Jim Hill
Advance tickets £6 – including a free CD ! £10 OTD …
Tel: Danny (07895) 538835

Saturday 12th December
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Peter Hayes plus Carl Hyde
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late

Friday 18th December
“The Signatures Northern Soul Xmas Party!”
The Blue Beat Room, Billericay Town FC,
Blunts Wall Road, CM12 9SA
8pm start ; Tickets £10 in advance

Friday 18th December
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Funk Soul Boogie House & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!

Friday 18th December
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Paul Bain, Tracey Shaw plus guests
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 19th December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 19th December
“Ultimate Xmas Party”
Live In Concert : Cheryl Lynn & Evelyn Champagne King
Indigo O2, London, SE10 0AX
Doors 7pm ; Show 9pm
Tickets from £33.60

Thursday 31st December
“New Years Eve at SoulCity”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
DJs: Trish & Peter P plus guests
8pm – 3am ; Tickets £5 from the bar or DJs


Friday 27th – Monday 30th May 2016
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”
DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week
Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

“Back To The Old Skool”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & Club Anthems of the 80s & 90s”
DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Dress

Saturdays :
“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“The Best In Soul, Disco, Funk, RnB & Caister Classics”
8.00pm – 12.45am ; Free Entry

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 4th Dec
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 18th Dec
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells – next 18th Dec
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 12th Dec
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 19th Dec

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? 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