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Neil Gits On The Mic

21st April 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

It is a fair assumption that having been a “DJ” most of my working life, I would be comfortable speaking in public in any situation – not so !! I remember when I was chairman of Billericay Town FC Supporters Club I would dread the AGMs as my hands would shake like a jelly in a hurricane, trying to read my notes as I had no microphone to hold and no disco decks to “hide” behind ! Singing is another matter altogether and as one of the venues I run my quiz nights at was holding a karaoke evening last Saturday, A13 Annie & I  thought it would be a good idea to go along and support it, maybe doing a song or two to help things along if people were too shy. Well, firstly it was quite busy and secondly, nobody was shy, but all the same we got press-ganged into doing a duet or two by the regulars. I then remembered that very few songs are in the right key for me, and even those that start off OK seem to change for no reason halfway through !! You would think that loving soul music I would want to sing something by Luther Vandross or Stevie Wonder or such like, but having hosted karaoke nights many years ago when they were a new fad, I learnt very quickly that I cannot sing soul, much as I’d love to !! Confession time – my best bet is an Elton John or Billy Joel song … or anything country !!! It was a fun evening though and I even met up with one of my regular listeners “Sammy B” who had read about it on Facebook and who could sing much better than me !

To hear top quality music as it should be heard, tune in to the repeat of my show at 5pm today (Saturday) or “listen again” any time in the next 30 days via the facility on this website. There is no live show on Monday as I have a St Georges Day event to oversee, but I have pre-recorded a two hour slot full of fab tunes and great names in soul for you to enjoy and get your fix ! See below to catch up with the latest tunes and gigs  …

This Week’s Show

Chi Lites – Changing For You
Intruders – (Win Place Or Show) She’s A Winner
Incognito – Love Be The Messenger
Yasuka Agawa – L.A. Night
Lou Rawls – Let Me Be Good To You
Big Brooklyn Red – Taking It Too Far
Joanna Gardner – Pick Up The Pieces
K.Avett – The Matter
Freeway – Help Yourself
Will King – Backed Up Against The Wall
Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot
Atlantic Starr – Circles (John Morales M & M Mix)
Doggett Brothers – Sin Fin
SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
Pointer Sisters – Automatic
Break Machine – Street Dance
Ronnie Wright – Consumed
Mather – Love Won’t Let Me Wait
Luther Vandross – Forever For Always For Love
Regina Belle – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
Silver Convention – Save Me
Herbie Hancock – Rockit

Last Week’s Show

George Benson – Love X Love
Al Jarreau – Easy
Los Charly’s Orchestra – All Around The World
Freddie Jackson – Jam Tonight
Moments – Nine Times
Ronnie Wright – For Always
Paris – I Choose You
Fernando Harkless – Light Up Your Love
Phylis St James – Candlelight Afternoon
Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
Roy Ayers – Can’t You See Me
Webster Lewis – Barbara Ann
Sam Dees – Lonely For You Baby
Chairmen Of The Board – Everything’s Tuesday
Fantastics – Something Old Something New
Diana Ross – Remember Me
EmKaybe Ft. Ann Nesby – Jam (REELSOUL Throwback Mix)
L Young – Rest Of My Life
Lowrell – Mellow Mellow Right On
Doggett Brothers – Reminds Me Of You
Cameo – Word Up
Dan Hartman – Vertigo
Pasadenas – Tribute

Upcoming Gigs

Saturday 21st April
“Soul By The Jetty – Caister Warm Up!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Latin & Afro & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian “Rev” Kelly
Special Guest : Aitch B
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Saturday 21st April
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 27th April
(Every 4th Friday of the month)
“Getting Funky At The Inn”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“Soul, Jazz Funk, Soulful House & Disco”
Free Entry ; 8pm – Midnight

Saturday 28th April
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, The Rev Brian Kelly & Jeff Young
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the door
Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444

Saturday 28th April
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road South, Grays RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden,
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Club Classics & Soulful House”
Tel : (01375) 372418 for details

Sunday 29th April
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & Sam Green
5pm -11pm ; Free Entry

Friday 4th May
(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
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 11th May
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 12th 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
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 12th May
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 18th May
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian The Rev Kelly, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Selwyn
Special Guest: Stretch Taylor
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Basement”
Tickets £15 – (01375)891402
email: [email protected]
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Over 30s only

Friday 18th May
(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

Friday 18th May
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen – 4th Anniversary”
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 2nd June
“Jackie Wilson Says” – LIVE !
Support from “Higher Ground”
Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea.
8pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10 – Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 8th June
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus guest Ian Holmes
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Saturday 9th June
“Soul Down The Well”
The Havering Well, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0QA
DJs: Tony Treble & Gary Walden
“Summer Soul Classics, Anthems & Soulful House”
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Free Entry

Friday 29th June
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Saturday 8th September
“Soul By The Sea”
BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
8pm – 1am ; £7 OTD

25th 26th & 27th May 2018
“Bless The Funk Weekender 2018”
The Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
JFSR DJs … plus a bowling competition !
Full details via :

29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
More details to follow …

3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :

Caister 2018 :
Friday 4th May – Mon 7th May
“Caister Goes Brexit”
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays” (Starts 20th April 2018)
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
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

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: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Fourth Friday: Getting Funky At The Inn, Inn On The Green, Billericay
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? 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 !