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Neil Gits A Plumber In !

24th September 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

It started over the August Bank Holiday Weekend with a small damp patch spotted on the kitchen ceiling just over the toaster. A problem was identified within a week in the bathroom directly above in the form of a gently leaking pipe. For a fortnight, temporary measures were taken to restrict a small drip whilst a friend of a friend came back from holiday to “fix” the problem on his return. And it ended on Thursday with a small watefall running onto the kitchen unit with an exhausted pile of saturated towels in the washing machine !! Thankfully, a month of increasing stress came to a happy and unexpectedly inexpensive conclusion when the “friend of a friend” turned up to inspect the situation, leading to another “friend of a friend of a friend” arriving within the hour to work his plumbing magic and return Old Gits HQ to its previous calm state.

It had been quite tricky up til then, making sure that I wasn’t away from home for more than 7 hours at a time, so that the towels held the water till I got back, also remembering to “towel up” just before going to bed, then earlier this week, ensuring that a large enough bowl or bucket was placed at the scene of the crime once the towels could take no more ! Not the ideal scenario in which to head to the studio on a Monday night for my show, but you must have your weekly live fix of soul, jazz-funk & disco from the 70s & 80s, so I gritted my teeth and locked the door behind me, armed with my usual bag of CDs & MP3s and a tasty playlist.

Take a listen to the repeat play between 5pm & 7pm this evening and keep an ear out for signs of worry in my voice between songs ! I think it was actually a pretty good show, despite everything, but I am looking forward to a “normal” Monday night for the next live episode, confident I will return to a silent, dry house ! 😉

The Tunes

Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop
James Ingram – Yah Mo Be There
McFadden & Whitehead – I Got The Love
Lillo Thomas – I Love It
Beverley Knight – Keep This Fire Burning
Detroit Spinners – Games People Play
Isley Jasper Isley – Caravan Of Love
Sargent Tucker – I Need Your Love
Al Jarreau – Tell Me What I Got To Do
Deniece Williams – That’s What Friends Are For
D Train – Walk On By
Wanda Walden – Don’t You Want My Lovin’
Blackbyrds – Gut Level
Mark Staggers – Let Me Be The One (Mont Plonc Mix)
Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida
Real Thing – Let’s Go Disco
Incognito – Love’s Revival
Carl Carlton – This Feeling’s Rated Xtra
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On ?
Lainie Hill – Time Marches On
Little Anthony & George Benson – Electric Together
BT Express – Express

The Gigs

*Fully updated – for now !*

Saturday 24th September

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope

DJs: Gary Thurgood & John Madams & KTF team

“Northern Soul Event”

Tickets £8

7.30pm – 1am


Saturday 24th September

“Soul By The Sea”

The Ship, Leigh On Sea

DJs: Garry Dennis, Michael “Birdy” Bird

Chris White & Micky “Liste” Cooper

“Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop & Soulful House”

8pm  –  1am   ;  £7 on the door


Saturday 24th September

“Stomp Double”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs:  Sponge & Abbo plus Matt B

Free Entry  ;  10pm – 2am


Sunday 25th September

“Harbour Soul – End Of Season Party”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson, Matt B

Special Guest: Terry Matthews

4pm   –  9pm ;  Free Entry


Friday 7th October

“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 7th October

“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


Saturday 8th October

“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 8th October


The Waterfront, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

9.30pm  –  12.00 ; Free Entry

“Jazz, Latin, Afro, Boogaloo”

DJ Lee Aitch ; Free Entry

“Music For Grown Ups”

12.00  –  3.00 am

“Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Reggae”

DJ Lee Aitch


Saturday 8th October

“Gentlemen’s Relish”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT118LN

“A night of soulful sounds with a jazzy twist”

10pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry

DJs: Guy Unger & Kevin “The Bear” Cole


Saturday 15th October

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Thursday 20th October

“Magic Of Motown – 10th Anniversary Show”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Featuring songs by the Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations,

Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,

Diana Ross and more …

“Glittering costumes, dazzling dance moves, superb musicianship”

Tel: (01268) 465 465  –  Tickets £25


Friday 21st October

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes & Soulful House” DJs: Bully & MJ plus Special Guest

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 21st October

“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, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


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


Sunday 30th October

“Jackson Live In Concert”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Ben performs as Michael Jackson”

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


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 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”


Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

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

More details to follow …


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 & 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)


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