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Neil Gits On A Roll

18th February 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

After a slow start to the year I am turning up cracker after cracker from the vinyl vaults at “Old Gits HQ” – this week’s show had no less than 11 slices of the supr black shiny stuff lined up for an airing, though inevitably a couple had to be put on the back burner to be first choice inclusions for the next live show on Monday at 7pm. 🙁 I hate fading tracks early, there’s always next week to play the unlucky ones, and as some of the tunes I find I haven’t played since the early 80s, it doesn’t seem fair not to play them all the way through !!

I’ve also had some potentially good ideas for future new features as sources for the “Tasty 12” and “Sounds Of The Street” are not limitless. So keep listening each week to see what I uncover from the soul, jazz-funk and disco scene of the 70s & 80s and above all … enjoy the music ! Tune in at 5pm today for a repeat of these gems:

The Tunes

Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night
Sharon Redd – You Got My Love
Detroit Spinners – Wake Up Susan
Celi Bee & Buzzy Bunch – One Love
Los Charlys Orchestra – Got That Feeling
Roy Ayers – Searching (Africa 70 Version)
Johnny Gill – My My My
Ian Martin – Treat You Right
Zushi – Surprise Surprise
SOS Band – The Finest
Gayle Adams – Stretchin’ Out
George Howard – Steppin’ Out
Shaun Escoffery – Healing Me
Tavares – The Ghost Of Love
Olympic Runners – The Bitch
Deodato feat Al Jarreau – Double Face
Colonel Abrams – Leave The Message Behind The Door
Bobby Womack – I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much
Pointer Sisters – Dare Me
Peter Symphorien – State Of Mind

The Fully Up To Date Gigs !

Friday 24th February

“Soul Reunited plus The Squire Reunion”

The RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB

DJs: Steve Kite, Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien

Jazzbod & Elliot M

9pm  – 2am  ;  Tickets £7 ; Tel: (01708) 762743


Saturday 25th February

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0AR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & Les Knott

“Soul, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Nu-Jazz, Soulful House & Funky Beats”

8pm – 1am ; Limited to 200 people ; Wristband Entry Only – £7

Email : [email protected] or text (07989) 591399


Saturday 25th February

“Soul At The Manor”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

Two Rooms of “88-89 House” and “Soul & Rare Grooves”

DJs: Mark ‘Gurcha’ Collins, Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James, Enyaw

8pm –  2am  ;  Over 25s  ;  £15 per person

Tel: (07956) 882302  ;  (07983) 731094


Saturday 25th February

“80s Soul Funk Revival”

The Queen’s Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

Regrooved Entertainment present “Coco – live !”

Plus DJ Lee Aitch

2pm  –  7pm  ;  Free Entry


Friday 3rd 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

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

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 3rd March

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“Soul Weekender Vibe presents Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest

“Soul, Disco, Funk, Re-Edits & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 1.30am


Saturday 4th March

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

“Supersoul Saturday”

The Cock Tavern, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AB

“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

DJs: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

7.30pm  –  12.30 am ; Free Entry


Saturday 4th March

“Motown Night with band Mission Blue”

Maldon & Tiptree FC, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ

“Motown & Soul Tribute Show”

Plus Compere / Female Vocalist Tina Williams & DJ Dan

7.30pm – Midnight ; Tickets £15 ; (07568) 075497


Saturday 11th March

“Soul By The Sea”

The Ship, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2EA

“Funk, Soul, Boogie, Soulful House & Jazz Dance – No Anthems!”

DJs: Birdy, Grumpy Brown, Michael Cooper & Chris White

8pm  –  1am  ; £7 on the door


Saturday 11th March

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Brown Sugar”

The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD

“Funk Soul & Disco Night”

DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry


Saturday 11th March (TBC)

(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

Plus guest DJ

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 17th March (TBC)

(Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Disco, RnB  & Old Skool Club Anthems, 70s – 90s” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s


Friday 17th March

(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

Bob Snow & Mark Mazarek

7.00pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 18th March

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

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 25th March

“The Frog March”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Soul & Funk All-Dayer In Memory Of DJ Froggy”

2pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry



Friday 31st March

“Charity Soul Night”

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY

*In aid of St Lukes Hospice, Macmillan Trust & Helping Dementia*

DJs: Fat Tel, Gavin Page, Ian Holmes, Kevin Hawkins,

Martin Lippross & other Guest DJs

7pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 ; Tel: Trevor at the golf club (01268) 548444

Email : [email protected]


Friday 7th April

“Funk Fiesta”

Langdon Hills Golf Club, Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY

“Funk, Soul & Jazz”

DJs: Ian Holmes, Mick Liste, Chris White & Les Knott

8pm  –  1am  ;  Over 35s only  ;  (07914) 115439

Early Bird Tickets £7 ; Advance Tickets £10 ; £15 on the door


Friday 14th April

“The Long Good Friday”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“8 hours of music in two rooms with the Stomp DJ team !”

5pm – 1.30 am  ;  Tickets £10


Monday 17th April (Bank Holiday)

“Bless The Funk Afloat”

DJs: Brian Jay, Nils & Onx, DJ Len, Mellow A,

Andy Jackson, Dave Marley

“Five Hours of Soul on board The Golden Jubilee on the Thames”


Saturday 27th May

“Soul Crusade Festival”

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA

Two Arenas featuring Soul II Soul, Kenny Thomas & Jocelyn Brown Live

DJs: Greg Edwards, John Leech, John Osbourne, Ronnie Herel

Fat Freddie M, Bigger & Calvin Francis

2pm start  –  11.30pm finish

Details on (07968) 779950

Tickets :





Soul Family Affair 2017

Friday March 3rd , Sat 4th & Sun 5th

Searles Five Star Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk

Two Rooms of Soul , Boogie, Jazz-Funk & Anthems


Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender

Fri 10th March, Sat 11th & Sun 12th

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, PO11 0PB

Two Rooms of Soul, Reggae & Rare Grooves

Live On Stage : Adina Howard, Don-E, Hil St Soul,

Tippa Irie & Matumbi


Bless The Funk

Friday 26th May, Sat 27th, Sun 28th

The Lemon Tree Hotel, Orwell Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PS

DJs from JFSR


Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*Tickets on sale from 8pm Tuesday 8th November !*

Price £44 to access all evening live events and club nights.



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


Fridays :

“Classic Soul, Jazz & Funk Night”


“Contemporary Soul & Club Classics”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

Guest DJs each night  –  8.30pm – 1.00 am

Free Entry ; Over 30s ; Tel: (01279) 427302



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

First Saturday: The Cock Tavern, High St, Ongar

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 2017 ? 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

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