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Neil Gits A New PC

24th July 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

What a headache the last seven days have been ! My poor old trusty computer that had faithfully served me all day, every day for the best part of the last ten years, finally said “it’s time to go – farewell old friend” and a shiny modern new super duper machine arrived to take its place. But nobody told me that in those last 10 years Windows had changed the way you do EVERYTHING and what used to be a quick five minute job became a two hour process of trying to work out how to get the thing to do what I wanted it to ! I knew I was an “Old Git”, set in my ways, but good grief – call the nurse now !!

I have said this before but, boy, do I need to get in the studio this evening and enjoy two hours of relaxing and groovy soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes with you –  and at this moment in time there’s still a chance I will make it on time too ! But time is against me, so I must get cracking and hope no other brick wall needs to be demolished with my forehead between now and 7pm ….

To catch up after being unable to post blogs as regularly as usual recently, here is last week’s playlist followed by an up to date list of “Recommended Old Gits Soul Nighst” :

The Tunes

Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
Live Band – A Chance For Hope
Los Charly’s Orchestra – Sunshine
Skool Boyz – Superfine (From Behind)
Brass Construction – Can You See The Light
Silk – I Can’t Stop Turning You On
Bobby Womack – Got To Be With You Tonight
Louis Price – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Freddie Jackson – I Wanna Say I Love You
George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
Candi Staton – Run To Me
Starpoint – I Want You Closer
George Howard – Asphalt Gardens
Billy Butler – Right Track
Steve Arrington – Dancing In the Key Of Life
9.9 – All Of Me Loves All Of You
Five Star – Let Me Be The One (Philadelphia Remix)
Rahsaan Paterson – Where You Are
Lalah Hathaway – I’m Coming Back
Jean Carn – We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do
Chairmen Of The Board – Finders Keepers
Najee – What You Do To Me

The Gigs

Saturday 29th July

Kent Soul Sessions Big Summer All-Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates, Nick Gunn,

Jonny Layton, Mark O’Brien, Mark Lee,Elliott Mount,

Steve Kite, Lee Fatbloke, Brian Kelly, Ian Holmes, Paul Kidley.

Sunday 30th July

The Sunday Soul Sessions”

Ilford Sports Club, Cricklefield Place, High Road, Ilford, IG1 1FY

(opposite The Cauliflower Pub, behind Sir Isaac Newton School)

DJs: John Walcott, Mr C & Sandra Citizen Soul.

Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves, Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics”

Free Entry ; 5pm – 10pm

Friday 3rd August

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest

70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 3rd August

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

Soul Weekender Vibe presents Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest

Soul, Disco, Funk, Re-Edits & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1.30am

Saturday 5th August

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

Supersoul Saturday”

The Cock Tavern, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AB

The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

DJs: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

7.30pm – 12.30 am ; Free Entry

Friday 11th August

Shakit !”

(Every Second Friday of the Month)

The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

100% Soul, Funk & Jazzy Grooves plus Soulful House & Weekender Anthems”

DJs: Jonny Layton & Ian Holmes

Free Entry b4 10.30 ; Doors open 8pm – 1am

Saturday 12th August

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

Plus guest DJ :

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 12th August

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Brown Sugar”

The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD

Funk Soul & Disco Night”

DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 18th August

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

Soulful Seduction – Back 2 Basics Soul & Club Anthems”

The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA

Soul, Funk, Boogie & House Tracks, 70s – 90s”

DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm – 12.45am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 18th August

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 19th August

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 26th August

Soul By The Jetty – Annual Beach Party”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly and ..

Special Guest: Jeff Young

Top quality jazz, funk,& soul with nu-jazz, soulful house, boogie tunes & more”

8pm – 1am ; Entry by wristband only ; Capacity 175

Contact : [email protected] / 07989 591399

Saturday 2nd September

Soul By The Park”

The Flying Horse, Park Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9TJ

DJ: Lee Aitch plus guests

Classic & Modern Soul, Jazz-Funk & House”

9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Friday 8th September

5 Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS

DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel,

Mark Lee and special guest Jon Jules

Soul Pavillion” / “Jazz Funk Lounge”

Strictly Over 30’s ; Tickets £15

Tel: (01375) 891402


Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*The Blackbyrds*

*Gwen Dickey (ex-Rose Royce)*

*Arrested Development*

*Marc Evans*

*Joe Bataan*

*Tom Glide*

*MF Robots feat Jay Kinkaid from Brand New Heavies*

*DJ sets from Trevor Nelson & Gerardo Frisina*

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

Soul City”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”

DJs: Trish & Peter P

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;


Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

Soul, Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;

Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress

Tel: (01277) 656581

(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell

Fridays :

Classic Soul, Jazz & Funk Night”


Contemporary Soul & Club Classics”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

Guest DJs each night – 8.30pm – 1.00 am

Free Entry ; Over 30s ; Tel: (01279) 427302


Lashings Of Soul”

Lashings Sports Bar & Restaurant, Upper Stone Street,

Maidstone, Kent , ME15 6HE

DJs: Guy Unger, Abbo & Sponge, Nigel Lowis & Gary Van Den Busche

The Very Best In Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & Jazz”

9pm – 2am ; Free Entry ; Over 30s

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Second Friday: Shakit ! – The Woodmans, Thundersley

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

First Saturday: The Cock Tavern, High St, Ongar

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2017 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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

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