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Neil Gits A Ringing …

5th February 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I don’t recall having a bad cold or “man-flu” recently, but to be honest I am so busy with my life that I often just carry on with stuff without even noticing that I am not 100% ! But about two weeks ago after finishing one of my quiz nights I realized I must have been deafening everybody with my volume levels all evening as when I stopped I couldn’t hear hardly anything out of my left ear and felt a bit congested, like you often get at the end of a nasty dose of the sniffles. Even worse, all that I could hear was a constant ringing noise, but thought it would just go away in time, so I did what always do … ignore it and carry on !! However, a week later, having already missed one live show due to an exceptionally busy workload, I got back in the studio and things clearly weren’t right – I could barely hear a thing properly in my headphones,  not ideal on the radio … plus like you I like to hear the soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes I’ve chosen to play on the show !!

I’m glad to say now though, that eventually it has sorted itself out, so we’ll gloss over last week’s “amateur hour” show (typically when I had a high level of feedback on Facebook too!) and look forward to tonight at 7pm when you get the first chance to hear another super selection of the good stuff !  As ever, I have posted the last playlist below and an up to date gig guide too …

The Tunes I Missed Hearing !

Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night
Darlene Davis – I Found Love
Ken Knox & Company – Reach Out
Tony Toni Tone – If I Had No Loot
Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
TC Curtis – Step By Step
Bobby Womack – Got To Be With You Tonight
Jay King – Good Kinda Lovin’
Atlantic Starr – Freak-A-Ristic
Sheila B Devotion – Spacer
O’Jays – Message In Our Music (Joey Negro Remix)
Nathan Mitchell feat Blake Aaron – Inspiration
The Invitations – Skiing In The Snow
Sly & Family Stone – Family Affair
Stevie Wonder – If You Really Love Me
Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
Freda Payne – Welcome To The Human Race
Will Downing – Send For Me
Shalamar – Help Me
Tom Glide featuring Kenya – True Fantasy
Gibson Brothers – Cuba
Tom Browne – Thighs High (Grip Your Hips & Move)
Junior – Mama Used To Say

The Gigs – Fully Updated !

Friday 9th February
“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 10th February
“Soul Lounge”
The Lounge Bar, Lakeside Business Park, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6EW
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco & Soulful House plus some Club Classics”
8pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Car park at rear
Saturday 10th February
(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 10th February
(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 16th February
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction – Bully’s Birthday Bash”
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 16th February 2018
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM6 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Sarah Jane Russell & Special Guest : Jim “The Syrup” Day.
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Tickets £15 from (01375)891402
Friday 16th February
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
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 17th February
(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 23rd February
(Every 4th Friday of the month)
“Let’s Get Funky”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“Soul Jazz Funk & Soulful House”
Free Entry ; 8pm – Midnight
Friday 23rd February
“Overdose Of Joy”
Havering Indoor Bowls Club, Harow Lodge Park, RM11 1JU
DJs: Paul “Baldy” Kidley, Bully, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Elliott M, Nick Gunn, Steve Kite & Special Guest : Les Knott
Raising funds for “Product Of A Postcode” charity
Wristbands £10 from
Saturday 24th February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Nu-Jazz & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian “Rev” Kelly
Special Guest : Ash Selector
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
Friday 2nd March
“J D The Soul Machine” – Live
Billericay Town FC, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, CM12 9SA
8.30pm start – Tickets £10
Friday 2nd March
(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
Saturday 3rd March
“Soul Odyssey”
Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club
DJs: Gary Walden,Tony Treble, Gary Fish & guest Scott James
“Jazz Funk & Soul Classics plus Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance until 1st Feb , £10 after
Saturday 10th March
“Margate Soul Festival 2018 Launch Party”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
MSF DJs & Special Guests
Also : Gavin Page & Abi Clarke in “The Dug Out”
Tickets £10
Friday 16th March
“40 Years Of Disco”
SSE Arena , Wembley
“Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,
Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”
Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start
Tickets from £56.50 …
Saturday 17th March
“Soul By The Sea”
BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
DJs: Michael Bird, Colin Jazzy Barnaby, Bill Challenger, Michael White, Chris White
8pm – 1am ; £7 OTD
Saturday 23rd March
“KTF Soul Club – 8th Anniversary Party”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul Night”
KTF DJ team & Special Guest Eddie Piller
Tickets £5 (pre-orders) £7 (walk-ups)
Capacity 160 – usually sells out !
Sunday 25th March
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & Sam Green plus guest DJ Bully
5pm -11pm ; Free Entry
Friday 30th March
“Soul Reunited – Lagoona Soul Reunion”
RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Jazzbod, Roni Brien & Elliot M
Guests: Lee Aldwinkle & Brian Kelly
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 available from 17th February
Tel (01708) 762743
Sunday 1st April
“Making Memories 5”
Gardeners & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood
“All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Little Haven Children’s Hospice”
3pm – 1am (Easter Weekend)
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 !
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 :
“Soul City”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”
DJs: Trish & Peter P
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: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay – from 23rd Feb
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch – from 25th March
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
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