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Neil Gits Quizzy !

20th February 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

If I tell you I’ve been busy this week, it won’t be the first time you’ve read that here in my weekly blog ! This year has been incredible so far, with my “Retro Quiz” nights really taking off and a few new projects / venues in the pipeline. On Thursday I started a new one at a smashing pub in a lovely location right out on the Blackwater Estuary in Mid Essex. It wasn’t the busiest first night ever to be honest, but once spring and summer arrive and the evenings get lighter,  it could be a lovely place to drive out for a change of scenery. Come and have a look for yourself – it’s at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay and we start just after 7.30pm, 8pm latest …

Of course, this has nothing to do with my soul show, although occasionally I do play an artist or song on Monday that will crop up in a question later in the week ! But most of my attention this week went into setting up my debut there and the playlist for the radio was a little bit “thrown together” – however, as you can see (and hear again tonight at 5pm!) my trusty long lists of standby ideas always come up trumps and it wasn’t too shabby at all !

Take a listen via the “Listen Live” button here at the website or if you are out and about in the Basildon area, you can tune in at Gateway 97.8 FM …

This Week’s Tunes:

O’Jays – Used Ta Be My Girl
Central Line – You Know You Can Do It
Shannon – Let The Music Play
Earth Wind & Fire – Magic Mind
Paul Johnson – The Road
William Bell – Headline News
Marc Staggers – So Amazing
Stevie Wonder – Superwoman
Candela – Love You Madly
Tavares – Whodunnit
Thelma Houston – You Used To Hold Me So Tight
Lamont Dozier – You Oughta Be In Pictures
Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd
The Valentines – Breakaway
Rene & Angela – I’ll Be Good (12″Club Mix)
James Brown – Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
D-Influence pres D-Vaz feat Romina Johnson – Taste Of Bitter Love
Victor Willis – Yes I Can
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
Steven Dante – Love Follows
Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk
Jeff Lorber – Kickin’ It

Upcoming Gigs:

Saturday 20th February
(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 20th February
“Soul Print Promotions present Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Mick Liste, Chris White, Gary Dennis & Birdy
“Soul Funk Jazz & Latin”
Admission £7 On the Door – 8.30pm – 1am

Friday 4th March
“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 & guest DJ
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 4th March
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
(Every 1st Friday of the month)
Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry All Night
8.30pm – 2.00 am

Saturday 5th March
“KTF Soul Club 6th Birthday Party”
Downstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Sean Pumfrett
Tickets £6 in advance (inc free CD) or £8 on the door
7.30pm – 1.00 am

Saturday 5th March
(also 16th April/7th May/4th June)
“Movers & Shakers”
The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
“Two Rooms Of Music: Club Classics, Funk & Soul, old & new”
DJs: Steve G & Robbie Collins plus guests
Tickets £5 ; Over 30s ; 8pm – 1.30am
(07910)758621 –

Saturday 12th March
“Canvey Island Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, SS8 7DN
Original Goldmine DJs: Jeff Young, Snowboy, Bob Jones & Grumpy Brown
“Jazz-Funk, Soul, Rare Grooves – Genuine pre-1984 Goldmine Music!”
9pm – 3am

Saturday 12th March
“Shuffle !!”
Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG
“Steaming Funk, Cool Jazz, Crossover Fusion,
Latin Rhythms, Afro Beats & Samba Kandi”
9pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
DJ Lee Aitch

Saturday 12th March
“Soul By The Sea”
(Every Second Saturday)
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes , Tommy Boy
Guest DJ: James JJ Williams
7.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry !

Friday 18th March
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Friday 18th March
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

Friday 25th March
“The Long Good Friday – Part 3”
Essex Sports Village, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM15 4DT
“Two Rooms Of Soul & More…”
6pm – 2am ;
Tickets £10
Stomp DJ Team


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March
“SFA 2016 – The Soul Family Affair !”
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BB
Two Rooms: 1) Nu Soul, Boogie, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk
2) Motown, Jazz, Northern, Reggae, Modern Classics
DJs include: Martin Collins, Tony Fernandez, Ian Reading
Brian Kelly, Chris Brown & Les Knott
More info at or :

Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March (Easter!)
“The Claremont Soul Weekend”
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, NR33 0BS
“Four Rooms of Soulful Classics, RnB, Jazz-Funk & House”
**Beggar & Co – Live Set ! **
DJs including:
Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Phil Baker & Stretch Taylor
More details from :

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”

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: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley
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