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Neil Gits Up North

22nd October 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Have you ever had a “bacon barm” ? A barm cake is a speciality of Bury in Lancashire where my late mum was born and brought up and I always made sure I brought her some back to Essex if I was ever anywhere near Manchester on my travels. It is a bit like a cross between a muffin and a big soft bap, but has its own unique texture and taste, so when we revisited the old town this week to visit distant relatives and elderly friends of my mum to pass on the news of her recent passing, I just HAD to go into Bury’s Famous Market and buy  some !

So my Saturday got off to a great start with my “bacon barm” for breakfast and now it is time to remind you about the repeat play of last Monday’s show which seems a long time ago now, what with everything that has been happening since then – I put 852 miles on the car’s clock on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday alone !! But back to business now – soul business ! and here are the top tunes you can hear from 5pm :

The Tunes

Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
Cameo – On The One
Positive Force – We Got The Funk
Instant Funk – (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine
Ryle feat Gregers – Busy Dreamin'(Rob Hardt Rework)
Dee Dee Wilde – I Found You
Dionne Warwick – Don’t Make Me Over
Misty Oldland – Got Me A Feeling
Leon Haywood – I’m Out To Catch (feat Karen Roberts)
D Train – Music
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Do You Love What You Feel
Thelma Houston – I’m Here Again
Incognito – Echoes Of Utopia
Michael Jackson – Baby Be Mine
Jellybean feat Steven Dante – The Real Thing
Charlie Wilson – I Still Have You
Teena Marie – My Dear Mr Gaye
Average White Band – Walk On By
Gwen Davis – My Man Don’t Think I Know
Johnny Mathis – Gone Gone Gone
George Benson – Electric Together

The Gigs

Saturday 22nd October

“Soul Splash!”

The Knot, Beach Road,Westgate-on-Sea, Margate, CT8 8AD

DJs: Ash Selector, Jon Jules, Bully, Nigel Watson,

Steve Humphrey … and more TBC !

8pm – 2am  ;


Sunday 23rd October

“80s Soul Funk Revival”

The Queen’s Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

“Live Music From ‘Coco’ plus DJ Lee Aitch”

2pm  –  7pm   ;  Free Entry


Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 26th October

“Sean Escoffery  –  Live”

Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea

8pm start

Tickets £19.50 – £23.50  –  Tel: (01702) 351135


Friday 28th October

“Old Skool”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, RnB, Hip Hop, Club Anthems”

DJ: Matt Jackson

(Weekly Event, other DJs on rotation)



Saturday 29th October

“Soul @ The Manor meets House Legends 4”

The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“A bewitching night of house and soul music featuring 10 DJs in 2 rooms”

Soul Room: Mark Gurcha Collins, Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James, Enyaw

9pm  –  3am  ;  Tickets £15 in advance



Sunday 30th October

“Jackson Live In Concert”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Ben performs as Michael Jackson”

Tickets £20 (children £16) – Tel: (01268) 465465


Sunday 30th October

“Sunday Soul Sessions – 4th Birthday !”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Steve Wren, DJ Looney & Mr C

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry + Free CD for all !

Chicken & roast potato buffet at 7.30pm – free too !


Friday 4th November

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

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 4th November

“Essex Soul Sessions”

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

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Monday 7th November

“The Stylistics – All The Hits Tour”

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

8pm start  ;  Tickets £28 – £32

Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 9th November

“Leee John from Imagination – Live!”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

8pn start  ;  Tickets £15

Tel (01277) 632378


Saturday 12th November

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy plus guests

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 18th November

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs: Greg Edwards (Special Guest)

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

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Steve Abbs, Simon Croft

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15  ;  Tel: (01375) 891402


Saturday 19th November

“Funkin’ For Dementia II”

The Greenhouse, Belfairs Woods, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR

“Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society”

5pm  –  2am  ;  Wristbands £10


Thursday 24th November

“Kenny Thomas – Live!”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

Tickets £10   –  Tel : (01277) 656581


Saturday 3rd December

“Soul Nation Xmas Ball”

Colchester Town Hall

DJs: Simon Van Os, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,

John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Les Broughton

“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soulful House and Swing”

8pm – 1am ; £15 – Tel (07775) 764363

“Black tie for guys, cocktail dress for girls”


Saturday 10th December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash – 6th Year!”

Harlow Town FC, CM19 5BE

DJs: Jonny Layton, Les Knott, Pete Collins

Danny Peters & Dab

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07791) 995670 or (07500) 481192




Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

The Chichester, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE

“3 Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House,

Club Anthems, Disco, Jazz and more !”

Full Zero DJ line-up including :

Ian Reading, Merve The Swerve, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Matt Jackson & Mark Lee

8pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets £7.50 until 31st October

Thereafter or on the door £12.50



Friday 7th January

“Breakwater & The Pockets – Live !”

The Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2, London

Plus DJs: Greg Edwards, Gordon Mac & Jeff Young

Doors: 7pm   Show: 8pm

Tickets £25  –  Tel (01207) 412 8778




Margate Soul Festival 2017

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

Details to follow ….



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B Hip Hop & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Gef Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

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

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


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

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

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

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 2016 ? 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