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30th April 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

You might possibly have noticed me mentioning in these blogs once or twice just how busy I am and how I struggle to get things done. Well, I surpassed myself last week … and completely forgot to load a blog up !! 🙁  So below will be two playlists to check out and your regular “Recommended Old Gits Soul Nights Out” listing. I am having a Big Catch Up day today with lots of little jobs on a long list to cross off, but the blog is right at the top !

You’ll see from the photo attached that I paid tribute to Billy Paul on my show last Monday, one of the many great singers to have recorded for my favourite label Philadelphia International, and posting that on here brought back a conversation I had with my 12 year old Nathan a couple of weeks back whilst listening to “Three Times A Lady” by The Commodores on the car radio.  It went like this :

“That can’t be soul” he said. “Why not ? Lionel Richie sung it, he’s a big soul star!” I replied. His reasoning ? “It’s got no saxophones or trumpets on it and I bet the singer isn’t even wearing a hat – ALL Soul Men wear hats !!”

Well, as you can see Billy Paul IS wearing a hat above – and if you google images of him on the internet, in nearly EVERY photo he is wearing a hat ! So maybe Nathan knows more than I thought …

Now down to business…

This Week’s Playlist

Bobby Womack – Tell Me Why

Detroit Spinners  –  Working My Way Back To You

Change  –  Hold Tight

Diana Ross & Supremes – Some Things You Never Get Used To

Kejam  –  Diamonds

Controllers  –  My Secret Fantasy

Regina Belle  –  Imperfect Love

Deborah Cox  – Givin’ It Up

Evelyn “Champagne” King – Music Box

Raydio – Jack & Jill

Billy Paul  –  Bring The Family Back

Ashford & Simpson  –  Over & Over

Rose Royce  –  Pazazz

Pleasure  –  Glide

Narada Michael Walden  –  I Shoulda Loved Ya

The Senstionelles  –  Crystal Clear To Me

Shakatak  –  Living In The UK

Leon Haywood  –  I Know What Love Is

Teddy Pendergrass  –  You’re My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)

Liz Lands  –  One Man’s Poison

Julia & Company  –  Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba)

George Duke  –  Party Down

Playlist For The Week Before !

Barry White  –  You See The Trouble With Me

Crown Heights Affair  –  Use Your Body & Soul

Taste Of Honey  –  Boogie Oogie Oogie

North End – Tee’s Happy

Regina Belle  –  Open Our Eyes

Joe Sample feat Al Jarreau – Somehow Our Love Survives

Jaki Graham  –  Heaven Knows

Marcia Mitchell  –  For Love

Goldie Alexander  –  Go Back

Hi Gloss  –  You’ll Never Know

O’Jays  –  This Time Baby

Scandal feat Lee Genesis  –  I Wanna Do It

Chequers  –  Rock On Brother

100 Proof Aged In Soul  –  Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed

Nu Shooz  –  I Can’t Wait

Keni Burke  –  So Real

Sympli Whitney  –  Work It Out

Bobby Wilson  –  I Can’t Love You Anymore

Billy Paul  –  Me & Mrs Jones

Symbol 8  – Call Me

K C & The Sunshine Band  –  Boogie Shoes

Ryle feat Seest  –  Never Gonna Let You Go (Dub Mix)

This Month’s Gigs … Beyond

Saturday 30th April

“Motown Stax Atlantic”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJ Double Experience

Free Admission ; 9pm – 1am


Sunday 1st May

“May Day Shuffle !!”

Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG

“Funk, Jazz, Latin, Afro & Samba Vibes”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

DJ Lee Aitch


Sunday 1st May

“Harbour Soul 2”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJs : Emmet Keane & Dean Thatcher

“Reggae & Soul & All Things In Between”

Free Admission ; 8pm – 1am


Friday 6th May

“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

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

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 6th May

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am



Saturday 7th May

“Soul At The Manor”

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

DJs: Mike Gee, Brian Jay, Stretch Taylor, Scott James & Mark Gurcha Collins

Tickets £7 in advance (£10 OTD)  ;  Over 30s  ;  8pm – 2am

Saturday 7th May

“The Soulbeat Sessions”

(Every first Saturday of the month)

The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent

DJs: Terry Brown & guests

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am


Tuesday 10th May

“Roy Ayers Live”

The Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Tickets £23.50 – £26.50

Tel: (01702) 351135


Thursday 12th May

“Mica Paris In Concert”

The Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Tickets £20 – £24

Tel (01702) 351135


Saturday 14th May

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs: Jon Drake & Robin Quartermain plus the KTF team

7.30pm  –  1am

Tickets £6 in advance


Saturday 14th May

“Soul By The Sea – 5th Anniversary Party !”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 14th May

“Harbour  Soul”

The True Briton, Folkestone Harbour, CT20 IQN

DJs: James O’Reilly, The Pax & guests

“Soul, Funk, Motown, Rare-Groove, Disco & Jazz-Funk”

£3 OTD ; 9pm – 3am


Friday 20th May

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 20th May

“Soul Kitchen”

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

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 21st May

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 21st May

“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”

Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !

Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT

DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters

Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door


Saturday 28th May

“Soul At The Wharf”

The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road, South Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

“Soul, Funk & Disco Anthems & Club Classics”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Beer Garden, Large Car Park, Food Till 10pm…


Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465


Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)

“Killer Soul All-Dayer”

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE

Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics

Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…


Saturday 18th June

“The Magic Of Motown”

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“10th Anniversary Show”

Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.

Tickets from £22 – £29 ;  8pm start

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465


Saturday 16th July


The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

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

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

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:




Friday 27th – Monday 30th May

“Bless The Funk”

Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU

Strictly for the Over 30s

“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul

2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”


Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



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 & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, 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)



DJ Devon at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay 2pm – 6pm



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

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