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Neil Gits On A Roll

26th November 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am really pleased with the way the show is sounding at the moment and I know quite a few regular listeners are too (which is the main thing!) judging by the steady stream of comments posted on my “The Old Gits Soul Show” Facebook page. Each week I try and include a good helping of major names with not just their big hits but also rarely heard album tracks too along with a plethora of features approaching the general soul scene from various different angles. The majority of the tunes come from the classic soul days of the 70s & 80s and touch on jazz-funk & disco too, but there are often tracks included from before or after those years – as long as they have “that” special soulful something about them !

If you haven’t tuned in for a while (or maybe never!) there is a brand new live show due  on Gateway this evening (Monday) from 7pm listen on FM radio or online by clicking “Listen Live” on the website. Last week’s playlist is posted below to whet your appetite along with the latest list of soul gigs you might enjoy visiting …

The Tunes

Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul
Golden Bridge – Tribal
Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
George Duke – I Love You More
Chaka Khan – Papillon (Hot Butterfly)
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One Of Us
Eugene Cole & Karyn White – Drowning In You
Geraldine Hunt – Gotta Give A Little Love
Melba Moore – Mind Up Tonight
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Crusaders – FairyTales
Velvelettes – Needle In A Haystack
Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand – No More Tears(Enough Is Enough)
Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida
Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now
Muzart – The Party After
Jaki Graham – News For You
Toni Braxton – Love Shoulda Brought You Home
Kool & The Gang – Big Fun
Rose Royce – R.R.Express

The Gigs

Friday 30th November
“Killer Soul”
Chichester Hotel, Old London Road,Wickford, SS11 8UE
“The Zero DJ Team In Attendance – Big Soul Party!”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets available now :

Friday 30th November
“Back In Time”
The Edge Bar & Restaurant, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
“Old School Disco & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: Wayne D
8pm – 1am (Free Entry before 9pm – £5 after)
Tel (01268) 280755

Saturday 1st December
“ Liquid Spirit 3”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, RnB, Soul & Old Skool Anthems”
DJs: Ronnie Herel, Stretch Taylor, Danny T
Max Fernandez & DJ Coxy
8pm – 2am ; Tickets Available soon …

Saturday 1st December
“Soul By The Sea”
The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8DL
DJs: Pete Hayes, Sarah Weller, Paul Mundy, Terry Brown
8pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Friday 7th December
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve plus guests
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 7th December
“An Evening With The Soul Ladies & The Collective”
Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Knight Street, CM21 9BD
“8 Piece Essential Live Soul, Motown & Disco Band”
Bring your own booze !
Tickets £15

Saturday 8th December
“ Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Canons Brook Golf Club, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, Gary Hawk, John Searle, Dab
7pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 (07791) 995670

Saturday 8th December
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul – The Xmas Party!”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 8th December
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ Yours Truly (Ben)
7pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 8th December
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet”
Vibe, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JG
DJs : Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Alan Champs
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry before 10pm

Saturday 8th December
“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Mick Love
7.30pm – 1.00am
Advance Tickets £10 – see Facebook page for details

Saturday 15th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special 2018”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, funk,& soul with nu-jazz, soulful house, boogie tunes & more”
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £10 – in advance only
Resident DJs : Jonny Layton, Mark Messent & Brian Kelly
Special Guests : Simon Van Os & Jazzbod
Online tickets available from
Or text (07989)591399 ; email : [email protected]

Saturday 15th December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 21st December
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Saturday 22nd December
“Xmas Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
Three Rooms Of Tunes :
1 – Soul Funk & Jazz
2 – Soulful House, R’n’B & Hip Hop
3 – Reggae, Latin, Afrobeat & Jazz Dance
DJs: Aitch B, Brian Kelly, Colin Barnaby, Ian Holmes
June Furlong, Simon Van Os, Bigger, Chris White
Garry Dennis, Jeff Young & Mick Cooper
Tickets £15 in advance ; £20 on the door

Monday 31st December
“ The Edge New Years Eve Party ”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden
“Party, Disco & Old Skool Club Classics”
8pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10 in advance

Friday 18th January
(Every 3rd Friday of the month – except December)
“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

Friday 1st February 2019
“Overdose Of Joy”
Top meadow Golf Club, Fen lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR
“Modern & Classic Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJs: Elliot M, Nick Gunn, Lee Fatbloke, Paul Kidley, Bully & Jon Jules
Special PA : “ Louise Mehan of SouLutions ”
7.30pm – 1am
Tickets £15 (from 1/11/18)

Saturday 25th May 2019
“Shalamar Plus Special Guests”
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA
“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”
2pm – 11.30pm – Other acts to be confirmed
Early Bird Tickets £20

Weekenders :

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January 2019
“Clacton Soul Weekender Reunion 2019”
Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester, CO6 1DU
“Two rooms of 70s & 80s Modern Soul, Boogie & Jazz Funk”
DJs Include : Tony Fernandez, Sara Jane Rundel, Frostie
Richard Felstead, Paul Clark & Brian Jay
2pm Friday through to 2pm Sunday

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March 2019
“Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender”
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
“Live Concert by Bitty McLean plus Winston reedy & Leroy Simmonds”
Two Rooms Of Music :
1) Reggae : Current, Revival & Bashment
2) Soul : Rare Groove, Independent & Classic 70s 80s & 90s
5pm on Friday night to 2am Monday morning
Margate Soul Festival 2019
Dates confirmed as Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August

Caister 2019 :
Dates TBC …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Feelgood Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet, Vibe, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 or 2019 ? 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !