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Neil Gits Rusty

18th January 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Goodness, I am slack ! I have only just cleared out all the details of the one off December dates from my “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” folder, but I am pleased to say I have found a whole bunch of tempting gigs for you to consider in late January / early February – see the updated selection below …

Last week, I was a bit worried that I might be a bit “off-form” after three weeks away from doing a “normal” ‘Old Gits Soul Show’ but I am glad to report that feedback was excellent and it turned out rather well with some cracking tunes dug out from the boxes – and I have dug out some more crackers for today’s LIVE show from 7pm here at Gateway ! To whet your appetite, here is last week’s play list – expect a similar sizzling two hours worth this evening 😉

Last Week’s Tunes

Windjammer   –  Tossing & Turning

Whispers  –  Can You Do The Boogie

Natalie Cole  –  This Will Be

Otis Clay  –  I Testify

Jones Girls  –  Dance Turned Into A Romance

Angie Stone  –  2 Bad Habits (Davy D Roller Skate Remix)

Dina Carroll  – Perfect Year

Ola Onabule – Invincible

Ingram –  Would You Like To Fly

Odyssey  –  Going Back To My Roots

Jimmy Young – Times Are Tight

Dee Dee Sharp Gamble  –  Breaking & Entering

David Bowie  –  Young Americans

Young Holt Trio  –  Wack Wack

Light Of The World  –  Time

Gap Band – Party Lights

The DIG Band starring Dina Carroll  –  We Bring The Party (Nigel Lowis Mix)

Kindred The Family Soul  –  Sticking With You

Sade – Your Love Is King

Otis Blackwell  – It’s All Over Me

Detroit Emeralds – Feel The Need In Me

Lenny Williams  – Hooked On You (Nigel Lowis Remix)

Lionel Hampton  –  Them Changes

January/February Gigs

Friday 29th January

“Underground Soul @ Ground Zero”

The Lamb & Lion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7SD

DJs: Ian Holmes & Colin “Jazzy” Barnby with guest Jonny Layton

“All things soulful, funky & jazzy”

9pm  –  2am  ;   £3 on the door


Friday 29th January

“Soul At The Mayne”

The Castlemayne, The Knares, Basildon, SS16 5RZ

DJs: Ricky Oatham & Danny Felix

“Soulful House, Old School Classics, R’n’B, Jazz Funk & Soul”

8pm  –  1am  ;  £5 on the door ;

Over 21s – ID may be required

Casual smart dresss – no hoodies !


Friday 29th January

“Bully’s Birthday Bash!”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

DJ: Matt Jackson

7.30pm start



Friday 5th February

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms of Tunes : “Soul Pavillion” & “Jazz Funk Lounge”

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly , Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Jazzbod & Jonny Layton

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s

Tickets £15 – details from (01375) 891402 (Events Team)


Friday 5th February

“Stevenage Soul Club”

The CIU Club, High Street, Old Town, Stevenage, SG1 3AU

Guest DJ: Martin Collins

7.30pm  –  12.45am  ;  Tickets £5 in advance


Wednesday 10th February

Alexander O’Neal – Live !

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

Tickets £12.50  –  (01277) 632378


Saturday 13th February

“Soul By The Sea”

(Every Second Saturday)

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes & Neil Matthew

7.00pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry !



Friday 19th February

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !” DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Paul Kidley

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry



Friday 19th February

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



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




Friday 27th – Monday 30th May 2016

“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 Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”

DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week

Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm  –  2am;


“Marco’s Soul Family”

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

DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …


“Back To The Old Skool”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & Club Anthems of the 80s & 90s”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Saturdays :

“Soul Night”

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

“The Best In Soul, Disco, Funk, RnB & Caister Classics”

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, 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