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Neil Gits Reflective…

22nd May 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

I was thinking during a quiet moment on my recent Cornwall how I would briefly summarize my musical journey to my latest birthday, should anyone ever need to know ! Like most 51 year olds, I watched “Top Of The Pops” religiously and listened to the Radio 1 Top 40 EVERY week without fail as a nipper and liked all sorts of music that made the charts, but do recall lots of mid-70s hits by Barry White and The Stylistics making a big impression. By the latter part of the decade, I was sucked into the disco era from loving the tunes played at our school discos by the likes of Earth Wind & Fire and Chic – then it was time to get a job !

In the early 80s I was making money faster than I knew how to spend it, but gave it a good go going to plenty of “discotheques” (or nightclubs as we now call them – I think!) and dashing off in my lunch hour to buy the best tracks I’d danced to by artists like D Train and Sharon Redd. As the “dance decade” evolved I followed every trend going from electro to hip hop to house to rave music, but a mellower side of me was growing and none of it compared to the smooth soul of Luther Vandross and Anita Baker. Next stop, the 90s ! By now I was a full-time DJ and had to keep up with more of those five minute fads – hardcore, speed garage, trance or UK garage, whatever, I bought it and played it, but only when the latest Brand New Heavies or Jamiroquai cut arrived did I get anything like the warm feeling of discovering those old 70s & 80s gems.

And so here we are in the 00s – the irony of that being that the new century brought us all the wonders of the worldwide web and the opportunity to re-discover old friends and classic tunes  that had almost been forgotten, as well as superb new music by groups such as Cool Million & The Sunburst Band through social networking and internet radio, not forgetting Gateway 97.8 !! Welcome to Neil’s World of Nostalgia – it’s the Old Gits Soul Show , every Monday at 7pm and repeated this Saturday at 5pm ! 🙂

The Tunes:

James Brown    Get Up Offa That Thing
Tata Vega    Get It Up For Love 
Conway Brothers    Turn It Up
Tammi Lynn    I’m Gonna Run Away From You
Billy Paul    Sooner Or Later
Alexander O’Neal    A Broken Heart
Luther Vandross & Beyonce    Closer I Get To You
Lou Rawls    Not The Staying Kind
Xavier    Work That Sucker To Death
Soul II Soul    Keep On Movin’  
Glenn Jones    I Am Somebody
Carl Davis & The Chi Sound Orchestra    Windy City Theme 
The Perfect Circle    The Hand Of Time
Teena Marie    I Need Your Loving
Linda Hopkins    It’s In The Blood
KC & The Sunshine Band – Queen Of Clubs
Dawn Robinson    Set It Off
Amy Keys    Has It Come To This 
Angela Johnson    I Still Care
Lalomie Washburn    Man Power 
Donna Summer    MacArthur Park

Bruce Johnston    Pipeline

The Gigs:

Friday 24th May
“The Woodmans Soul Night”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
soul anthems, classic 80s, funk, disco & modern soulful house”
Brought to you by the Soulful Seduction Team:
DJs: MJ & Bully – playing grooves to make you move !
8.30 pm start   – Free Entry
Friday 24th May
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
The Loop, Tindall Street/Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1ER
“Rare Grooves, Funk & Soul Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry    9pm    4am !
Saturday 25th May
“KTF Soul Club”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Lee Markwick, Tony Burman & The KTF Team
“Northern Soul & then some !”
Wristbands £5 In Advance Only – usually sells out – hurry !
7.30pm    1am      (07895) 538835 Danny
Saturday 25th May (Every Last Saturday of the month)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert plus guests
70s & 80s Disco Classics
Free Admission      8pm – 1am
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May
“May Bank Holiday Spring Affair”
Sat: The Knot. Beach Road,Westgate On Sea and
Sun: The Coast Bar, Kings Street, Margate
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House
DJs: Paul French, Micky B, Jason Anderson plus…
Terry Matthews, Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Tony Matthews,
Roni O’Brien, Lee Aitch & John Oliver
Saturday 25th May
“Fishing For Soul”
Heron Angling Club, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay
“Soul Funk Boogie & Jazz … On The Beach !!!”
Free Entry        7.30pm    Midnight
DJs: Carl Hyde, Phil Baker, Tom G Edgar, Robert Burr, Rex Smith
Sunday 26th May (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Peter P, Richard Brown, Sandra C
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jaff-Funk, Reggae”
3pm    Midnight – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !
Saturday 1st June
“Soul Carnival All Dayer”
The Cromwell Manor, Basildon
“8 Hours Of Soul, Funk, Rare Groove & Soulful House”
DJs: Aitch B, Gordon Mac, Gary Dennis, James Anthony and more
5pm    1am       Tickets £15 In Advance
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Saturday 1st June (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour ”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission      8pm – 1am
Friday 7th June 2013
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guests
“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”
Free Entry       8.30pm  – 1am
Saturday 8th June
“Soul At The Cherry”
The Cherry Tree, Queen Street, Warley, Brentwood, CM14 5JZ
“Modern & Classic Soul Grooves & Dancefloor Classics”
DJ: Stevie B plus guests Dave Bishop & Frostie Original
8pm    1am   ;   Free Entry
Saturday 8th June
The Ink Bar, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BA
DJs: Nick Aravis & James Anthony
£5 On The Door
Saturday 15th June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start     Free Entry
Saturday 22nd June
“Soul By The Jetty – The Big June Bash!”
The Lobster Smack Inn, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Johnny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly
Plus Guests: Paul Clark & Jeff Young
Entry by advance wristband only – always a sell out !
£7 from (07989) 591399 or [email protected]
Saturday 22nd June
“Soul ladies – Live!”
The Strawbery Fayre, Shenfield Common, Brentwood
On stage around 2pm
Saturday 29th June
“The Motown Girls”
The Inn On The Green, Bilericay
8.30 pm start    Free Admission
Saturday 6th July
“Essex Funkers Summer Bash”
Harlow Town FC
“Two rooms of jazz-funk & soul inc the “Funk Bunker” featuring new & old school soul, funk & r’n’b”
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,
DJ Isis & Terry Munro & Paul Crowley
Tickets £10      more details to follow…
Saturday 6th July
“Treacle Mine Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR
DJs: Bully & MJ playing:
“Soul Anthems, Classic & Modern, Soulful House…
…and The Grooves That Make You Move !”
Free Entry     8pm Start
Saturday 13th July
“Hockley Soul Night”
Details To Follow…
Sunday 22nd September
“Superstars Of Soul”
Ben & King plus Jimmy James & The Vagabonds live !
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm    £20     (01268)465465

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 7th June
First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 1st June
Third Friday: Soul Night at The Curlew, South Woodham Ferrers – next 17th May
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 18th May
Last Friday: Shaft, Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester – next TBC
Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 25th May
Also recommended…
Most Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood
These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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