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Neil Gits Invaded By Aliens !

21st September 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

It was one of  THOSE  days on Monday. The sort of day when everything you touch turns to cubic zirconia. So after struggling uphill to make my way to the studio, following a very mediocre underwhelming meal en route, I was hoping that at least ONE thing would go to plan – namely my soul show ! But what happens ? First track in, strange noises start appearing in my headphones (which soon afterwards fell apart…) second track in, it sounds like strange beings from another planet have hijacked all the vocals and taken over control of the keyboards, horns and drumkit too. Luckily, from watching too much kids TV with Nathan when he was a bit younger, I rememberred the “Daddy Pig Method” of fixing technical problems – turn it off then turn it on again and BINGO ! Issues resolved ! Tune in at 5pm this Saturday to hear this catastrophic start, followed by the best part of two hours of fabulous soul, jaz-funk & disco from the 70s & 80s …

The Tunes:

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Come Back & Finish What You Started

Thelma Houston  –  Don’t Leave Me This Way

Edwin Starr  –  25 Miles

Jeffrey Osborne  –  Plane Love

Maze  –  Running Away 

Switch  –  Keeping Secrets

R Kelly  –  Down Low

Mica Paris & Will Downing  –  Where Is The Love

Stylistics  –  Love Is The Answer

Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band  –  Take It To The Top

Gibson Brothers  –  Ooh What A Life

Dynasty  –  Your Piece Of The Rock

Ray Barretto  –  Pastime Paradise

Larry Young’s Fuel  –  Turn Off The Lights

Players Association  –  Turn The Music Up

Bridge  –  Baby Don’t Hold Your Love Back

By All Means  –  Slow Jam (Can I Have This Dance With You)

Jean Carn  –  Start The Fire

Howard Johnson  –  Say You Wanna 

Silver Convention  –  Get Up And Boogie

Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers  –  Right On

Johnny Guitar Watson  –  I Need It

Roy Ayers  –  Evolution

The Gigs:

November dates are coming through now ! Here’s late September & all of October:

**Friday 16th November – WATCH THIS SPACE !!**

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


Saturday 13th October

“Soul Resurrection”

The Black Prince (Holiday Inn), Bexley, Kent

DJs: Steve Kite, Paul Evans, Dave Cooper,

Mark Sherlock & mark Garaccio

Room 1 : Philly, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems

Room 2 : Soulful House & Modern Soul

8pm  –  1 am     –    Tickets £5 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (07826) 843521  or  (07787) 547636




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.

8pm to Late  –  Free Entry




Saturday 3rd November

“Joey Negro Plays Margate!”

The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate

(in the Old Town opposite Turner Art Gallery)

Support from DJs: Micky B, Jason Andeson,

Jasper, Paul French & Derrick Patterson

8pm – Late

Tickets £12.50 available now from …


Saturday 3rd November

The Stylistics – Live !

The Towngate Theatre, Basildon, SS14 1DL

Plus Special Guest: Pete Kennedy

7.30 pm start  –  show lasts approx 2 hours

Tickets £25  –  (01268) 465465


Saturday 10th November


Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB

DJs: Andy Davies, Gary Dennis, Steve Kite,

Ginger Tony & Grumpy Brown

9pm  –  2am   –    £5 On The Door

Tel: (01708) 864042



Saturday 24th November

“Shakatak Live in Bishops Stortford!”

The Rhodes Centre, South Road, CM23 3JG

8pm start  –   11pm  finish

Tickets £19.50   –  Tel: (01279) 651746



Saturday 24th November

“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays

DJs: Bully, Axel F, Stevie B

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”

8pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry


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: stu[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