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Neil Gits Jubilated!

2nd June 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

So here we are – the much anticipated “Diamond Jubilee Four Day Weekend” and it is certainly not going to pass by unnoticed by me ! So many shops and businesses are swimming in Union Flags, with all sorts of associated special offers and commemorative products it is quite mind-boggling – and of course it has meant a busy time for me, with a Jubilee Warm-Up party to do last night, an all-day music session to oversee on Monday followed by special themed quiz nights  on Monday & Tuesday evenings.  If you  feel like you are drowning in “Royal Fever” maybe my two shows this weekend might provide a small welcome distraction – on Monday at 7pm it’s another Bank Holiday Special featuring two hours of classic all-male soul vocal groups including the O’Jays, Stylistics, Chi-Lites, Tavares and many more. This evening at 5pm there’s a second chance to hear my regular weekly show, including tributes to both Donna Summer & Robin Gibb and two very special new tracks by one of the major soul men of the early 80s. Check the playlist below, sit back, relax and toast the Queen with a cool chilled drink !

The Tracks:

Bill Withers  –  Lovely Day
Rufus & Chaka Khan  –  Any Love
Womack & Womack  –  Life’s Just A Ball Game
Yarbrough & Peoples  –  Don’t Stop The Music
Dynasty  –  Love In The Fast Lane
Luther Vandross  –  Treat You Right
Marvin Gaye  –  Let’s Get It On
Howard Johnson  –  Next To You
Whispers  –  Tonight
Donna Summer  –  Bad Girls
Trammps  –  Stop & Think
Light Of The World  –  Painted Lady
Powerline  –  Journey To…Double Journey
Cool Notes  –  I Forgot
Alexander O’Neal  –  Never Knew Love Like This
Howard Johnson  –  Bring It On
Brian McKnight  –  Is The Feeling Gone
Al Jarreau  –  Morning
Bee Gees  –  You Should Be Dancing
George Benson  –  Supership
Charade  –  Gimme The Funk
Danny Jung  –  Can’t Get Enough

Events Coming Soon…

Saturday 2nd June & Sunday 3rd June
“Soul On The Harbour – Weekend Special!”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS
The East Kent Soul Connection Present…
“Two Days Of Upfront & Classic Soul/Jazz-Funk!”
Sat: 1pm  –  1am   Sun: 12 Noon  –  1am
Admission Free  –  More Details (01843) 592550
[email protected]

Sunday 3rd June
“The New Yorker Reunion”
The Edge, 6-8 High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1EA
DJs: Cosmic, Stavros, Hugsta, Chris White & Paul Eve
“The very best in jazz, funk & soul”
Tickets £10 in advance  –  see link below for details
9pm  –  3am    –    Free car parking at Level 10

Friday 15th June
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, SS54XD
“DJ: Geoff Grove spinning 80s Soul & Caister Tunes”
8  –  12.30am   –  Tickets On Sale Now £6 visit:

Friday 22nd June
“Killer Soul – 8”
Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh
“Jazz Funk, Soul & Dancefloor Anthems”
DJs: Ian Reading, Jon Jules, Mikey Porter & more…
8pm  –   1am    –  Three Rooms Of Tunes !
More details at:

Saturday 23rd June
“Soulful Seduction”
The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA
DJs: Bully & Stevie B
“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”
8pm – Late     –    Free Admission

Saturday 23rd June (next one 25th Aug)
“Soul By The Jetty – June Special”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly
Special Guest: Paul Clark
£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399

Saturday 23rd June
“Folk With Soul”
The Ship, Leigh-on-Sea
Fund raiser for Bosom Pals Breast Cancer Charity
Part of the Old Leigh Folk Festival Weekend !
Outside from 12 Noon – 6pm
Inside Upstairs  6pm   –  1am
DJs: include Gavin Page, Grumpy Brown & Stavros

Saturday 23rd June
“Four Seasons Of Soul”
The Britainnia, Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HH
DJs: Chris Bangs, Pete Collins, Micky B, Jason Anderson
Paul French & Jasper
8pm  –  1am

Saturday 23rd June
“Street Soul”
Henrys Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB
9 – 2 am   –   £5 On The Door  –  (01708) 864042
DJs: Andy Davies, Steve Kite, Ginger Tony
Special Guest: Bob Jeffries

New In The Diary !
Friday 6th July
“Sounds Of Soul”
The R.U.S.S.C., 28 Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod
“New & Old Soul, Disco, Funk, Boogie & Caister Anthems”
8.30pm – 1 am    –   £5 OTD , £1 Members Tel: (07729)497939

Saturday 7th July
“Soul At The Ship”
The Ship Pub, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea,SS9 2EA
8pm  –  1am  ;   £5 on the door
DJ: Gary Turner  & Tom Toher (Upstairs)
“The Best Jazz-Funk, Soul, Nu-Jazz, Rare Groove & Latin”
“From the days of the Goldmine, Caister, Hadleigh Suite & Lacy Lady”

Saturday 29th July
“KTF Soul Club”
The Railway Tavern , Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm  –  12.30 am
Special Guest DJ: Tom Page
“Northern Soul Event”
£4 – Wristbands reserved for payment on the night

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August
“The Official Margate Soul Weekend”
Sat Night 4th Aug –   Headline Acts:
With the Baltic Soul Orchestra plus support from
The West Coast Soul Stars
PA by Ingrid Allman (Freeez)
DJs across the weekend include:
Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Roni O’Brien, Chris Bangs
Micky B, Jonny Layton, Jason Anderson & Pete Collins
The Venues involved are:
The Westcoast Bar, The Brittannia, Milo, Rokka, The Lighthouse  and of course…
The Piazza – the outside arena !
Kick – off : 8pm Friday, Final Whistle: 2am Monday morning !
For more info visit

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…

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one July 6th
Last Friday: The Qube, Crouch St, Colchester  – next one 29th June
Last Saturday: Soul At The Pavillion, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea – 30th June
Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next 30th June

Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 23rd June
2012 Dates:  25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec

And don’t forget…
Live Jazz at The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay
Every 1st Sunday Of The Month
1pm – 4pm   –  Free Admission
Next Date : 3rd June
If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Also recommended…
Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !

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