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Neil Gits Sad

8th October 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

There was no live show last Monday following the death of my elderly mother at the weekend. Obviously it’s been a sad week, but she was 91 years old and was virtually just “exisiting” in a care home, having developed dementia on top of the health issues which come with old age, so at least she is at peace now.

If you tune in at 5pm today (Saturday) you will hear the “previously enjoyed show” that was repeated at short notice five days ago, but normal service will be resumed at 7pm on Monday with another tasty selection of soul, jazz-funk and disco from the70s 80s & beyond.

To keep things up to date and my records straight, below is the latest list of gigs to check out – some interesting new additions feature between now and the end of the year . I’ve also posted the last playlist, just for the sake of it because I always do !

The Gigs

Saturday 8th October

“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 8th October


The Waterfront, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

9.30pm  –  12.00 ; Free Entry

“Jazz, Latin, Afro, Boogaloo”

DJ Lee Aitch ; Free Entry

“Music For Grown Ups”

12.00  –  3.00 am

“Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Reggae”

DJ Lee Aitch


Saturday 8th October

“Gentlemen’s Relish”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT118LN

“A night of soulful sounds with a jazzy twist”

10pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry

DJs: Guy Unger & Kevin “The Bear” Cole


Saturday 15th October

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

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Thursday 20th October

“Magic Of Motown – 10th Anniversary Show”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Featuring songs by the Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations,

Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,

Diana Ross and more …

“Glittering costumes, dazzling dance moves, superb musicianship”

Tel: (01268) 465 465  –  Tickets £25


Friday 21st October

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes & Soulful House” DJs: Bully & MJ plus Special Guest

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 21st October

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 22nd October

“Soul Splash!”

The Knot, Beach Road,Westgate-on-Sea, Margate, CT8 8AD

DJs: Ash Selector, Jon Jules, Bully, Nigel Watson,

Steve Humphrey … and more TBC !

8pm – 2am  ;


Sunday 23rd October

“80s Soul Funk Revival”

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

“Live Music From ‘Coco’ plus DJ Lee Aitch”

2pm  –  7pm   ;  Free Entry


Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135


Sunday 30th October

“Jackson Live In Concert”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Ben performs as Michael Jackson”

Tickets £20 (children £16) – Tel: (01268) 465465


Sunday 30th October

“Sunday Soul Sessions – 4th Birthday !”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Steve Wren, DJ Looney & Mr C

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry + Free CD for all !

Chicken & roast potato buffet at 7.30pm – free too !


Friday 4th November

“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 plus guest

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

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 4th November

“Essex Soul Sessions”

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

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Monday 7th November

“The Stylistics – All The Hits Tour”

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

8pm start  ;  Tickets £28 – £32

Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 9th November

“Leee John from Imagination – Live!”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

8pn start  ;  Tickets £15

Tel (01277) 632378


Friday 18th November

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs: Greg Edwards (Special Guest)

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

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Steve Abbs, Simon Croft

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15  ;  Tel: (01375) 891402


Saturday 3rd December

“Soul Nation Xmas Ball”

Colchester Town Hall

DJs: Simon Van Os, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,

John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Les Broughton

“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soulful House and Swing”

8pm – 1am ; £15 – Tel (07775) 764363

“Black tie for guys, cocktail dress for girls”


Saturday 10th December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash – 6th Year!”

Harlow Town FC, CM19 5BE

DJs: Jonny Layton, Les Knott, Pete Collins

Danny Peters & Dab

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07791) 995670 or (07500) 481192




Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

The Chichester, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE

“3 Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House,

Club Anthems, Disco, Jazz and more !”

Full Zero DJ line-up including :

Ian Reading, Merve The Swerve, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Matt Jackson & Mark Lee

8pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets £7.50 until 31st October

Thereafter or on the door £12.50



Friday 7th January

“Breakwater & The Pockets – Live !”

The Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2, London

Plus DJs: Greg Edwards, Gordon Mac & Jeff Young

Doors: 7pm   Show: 8pm

Tickets £25  –  Tel (01207) 412 8778




Margate Soul Festival 2017

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

Details to follow ….



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: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

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

Last Playlist

Loose Ends – Hanging On A String
Patrick Boothe – Never Knew Love Like This Before
Joe Tex – Ain’t Gonna Bump No More…
Billy Griffin – Respect
Detroit Spinners – Two Of A Kind
Incognito – Love Be The Messenger (Vanessa Haynes)
Natalie Cole – Love Is Here To Stay
Dee Dee Wilde – Lap Of Luxury
Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby
James Brown – Rapp Payback
Lenny Williams – Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh
Manzel – Space Funk (1977 Jazz Funk Purrfection Mix)
Ryle feat Gregers – Busy Dreamin’
Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night (Special 1983Remix)
Jerome – If You Walk Out That Door
Beverley Knight – Made It Back
New York Skyy – Now That We’ve Found Our Love Again
Jeffrey Osborne – On The Wings Of Love
Rick Sheppard – Can We Share It
Heatwave – Slip Your Disc To This
Leroy Burgess – Barely Breaking Even

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