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6th May 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

It was quite ironic that this week’s show was probably the most hurriedly put together one I’ve done for ages, due to Bank Holiday weekend commitments and time restrictions, and yet I had a number of really positive comments about it !! I always try and put together a good varied selection of soul tunes from across the 70s & 80s and beyond, with some funkier and jazzy touches thrown in for good measure, but luckily this time they all fell into place nicely, despite being prepared in a rush !

If you’ve not tuned in for a while (maybe even never!) why not take a listen to the repeat play this Saturday at 5pm and hear for yourself what people were getting enthusiastic about – the show’s playlist is posted below. Also, talking of repeats, I am unable to be live in the studio this Monday, so the next show on 8th May will be a pre-recorded one featuring the likes of  Chic, Gwen McCrae, D Train and Aretha Franklin. Enjoy the tunes !!

This Week’s Playlist:

Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up
Pasadenas – Tribute (Right On)
Marc Staggers – Keep Those Fires Burning
Al Jarreau – Trouble In Paradise
Rose Royce – Magic Touch
Fatback – She’s My Shining Star
Shola Ama – Who’s Loving My Baby
Silhouette Brown – Just A Little More
Crown Heights Affair – You’ve Been Gone
Brass Construction – Movin’ On
Earth Wind & Fire – Can’t Let Go
Eddie Henderson – Prance On
Diana Ross – Love Hangover
Trammps – That’s Where The Happy People Go
Stylistics – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Ashanti Munir – So Smooth
Ramsey Lewis – That’s The Way Of The World
Michael Jackson – Girlfriend
The Casualeers – Dance Dance Dance
Linx – So This Is Romance
Jimmy Gallagher – Philly Nights

Latest Gigs Update !

Saturday 6th May

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

“Supersoul Saturday”

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

“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

Guest DJ: David Perkins

7.30pm  –  12.30 am ; Free Entry


Saturday 6th May

“Soul Ascension”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Jay Anderson, Matt B & special guest Stretch Taylor

“The Very Best In Soul, RnB & Jazz-Funk”

Free Entry  –  9.30pm  –  2.00am


Saturday 6th May

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom,

Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

Guest DJs: “Soul Collective”

Advance Tickets £7

7.30pm  –  1am


Friday 12th May

“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 plus guest Steve Kite

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


Saturday 13th May

“The Main Event !”

‘Soul By The Jetty v Soul By The Sea’

Capones Nightclub, above La Quinta Restaurant, Hadleigh, SS7 1QB

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly

Garry Dennis, Mick Liste, Chris White

“Funk, Soul, Latin, Boogie, Jazz-dance, Soulful House”

Wristband entry only – £10  ;  8pm – 2am



Saturday 13th May

(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 13th May

(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


Saturday 13th May

“Jackie Wilson Says – 20th Birthday Show!”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

“13 piece soul band playing classic Motown & Stax hits”

8pm  –  Midnight ; Tickets £10


Friday 19th May

(Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Disco, RnB  & Old Skool Club Anthems, 70s – 90s” DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ : Frostie

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


Friday 19th May

(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

Johnny Pearson & Manus Doherty

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


Friday 19th May

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms : “Soul Pavillion Suite” “Jazz Funk Lounge”

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,

Mark “Jazzbod” O’Brien, Mark Lee, Jon Ovel

Special Guest : Les Knott

7.30pm  –  1 am  –  Tickets £15 in advance

Tel: (01375)891402 –


Saturday 20th May

(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


Friday 26th May

“Soul & Motown Night”

Ye Olde Plough House, Monks Barn, Brentwood Road (A128)

Bulphan, RM14 3SR

Featuring Alton Edwards

8.30pm – 1.00 am

£10 per person (pre-booked) or £15 on the door

Over 25s  ;  Tel (01375) 891592


Saturday 27th May

“Soul Crusade Festival”

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA

Two Arenas featuring Soul II Soul, Kenny Thomas & Jocelyn Brown Live

DJs: Greg Edwards, John Leech, John Osbourne, Ronnie Herel

Fat Freddie M, Bigger & Calvin Francis

2pm start  –  11.30pm finish

Details on (07968) 779950

Tickets :


Saturday 27th May

“Soul On The Creek”

The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NZ

Tel: (01795)594460 for tickets or got to:


Friday 2nd June

(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 2nd June

(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 3rd June

(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





Bless The Funk

Friday 26th May, Sat 27th, Sun 28th

The Lemon Tree Hotel, Orwell Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PS

DJs from JFSR


Love Supreme (Jazz Festival)

Friday 30th June  –  Sunday 2nd July

Glynde Place, East Sussex

Acts include:

The Jacksons, George Benson, Gregory Porter,

Brand New Heavies, Corinne Bailey Rae, Herbie Hancock,

Mica Paris & D-Influence

Across Five Stages, more info at :


Margate Soul Festival 2017

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

*Candi Staton*

*The Blackbyrds*

*Arrested Development*

*Gerardo Frisina*

*Joe Bataan*

*DJ set from Trevor Nelson*



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



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

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