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Neil Gits Seasonal Stress Early !

26th November 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Good grief ! It seems to get earlier every year – mince pies in the supermarket, decorations in the high street, ridiculous adverts on TV … and stress !!! I try and avoid it as much as humanly possible, but always end up getting caught up in other people’s problems and issues to resolve that surely could wait till January or February or have been brought up back in the Autmun. GRRRRR !!!!!

And so here we are, still virtually in mid-November, and it has begun ! I’ve had a seriously up and down week and if things continue like this for the next five weeks, I’ll be having a nervous breakdown 🙁  I will spare you the details, but thank heavens for my Monday soul show to enjoy and share with you, a reral oasis of calm and quality in the silly season. I was back “live” this Monday after a break and below are the songs I played that you can hear again this afternoon from 5pm in the repeat airing. More of the same on Monday, I think we are all going to need it – don’t even start me on “Black Friday” whatever that’s all about !! 🙁

The Tunes

Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
Lew Kirton – Just Can’t Get Enough
Cool Runners – Play The Game
Diana Ross – Getting’ Ready For Love
Da Paul – The Way I Do
Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
Alexander O’Neal – You Don’t Know Me
Isley Brothers – Footsteps In The Dark
Detroit Spinners – Can’t Shake This Feelin’
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
Temptations – Standing On The Top
High Fashion – Hold On
Kingdon – Free Your Mind
Shirley Ellis – Soul Time
Real Thing – Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)
Maze – Too Many Games
Barry White – It’s Only Love Doing It’s Thing
R Kelly – Backyard Party
Beverley Knight – I Won’t Be Looking Back
Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt (Mike Maurro Mix)
Clif Payne & Freda Payne – No Pain No Gain (Uptown Mix)
Stretch – Why Did You Do It
Emotions – I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love (Rev P Re-edit)

The Gigs

Saturday 26th November

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Garry Dennis, Garry Cattle, Mick Liste

Chris White and Colin “Jazzy” Barnby

“The best in new and old soul, funk, latin,

Soulful house & boogie tunes !”

8pm – 1am  ;  Tickets £7 on the door


Sunday 27th November

“Sunday Soul Sessions”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Mike Shade, John Walcott

& Special Guest DJ: Roy Medallion

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry


Wednesday 30th November

“Omar & The QCBA Quartet Live!”

Jazz Mix Club, Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion. Westcliff-on-Sea

Doors 8pm, Music from 8.45pm, Finish 11pm

Tickets £18


Friday 2nd December

“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 2nd December

“Essex Soul Sessions”

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

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest Pete Collins

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Friday 2nd December

“Stevie Wonder Tribute Show”

The Royal Tiger, Rettendon, CM3 8EE

Reception with champagne, cocktails and canapés 6.30pm

Dinner with luxury set menu 7.30pm

Live show followed by disco 9pm

Tickets £25 per person

(01245) 403030


Saturday 3rd December

“Miles Of Soul”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Gavin Page & Terry Jones

10pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry


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



Saturday 10th December

“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”

Downstairs at the Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,

Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0AQ

Guest DJs: Dick Coombes & Mick Love

“Northern Soul, 60s RnB, Rare Motown & A Little Latin”

Tickets £6 in advance, £10 on the door if available !

7.30pm  –  1am  –  Contact : Danny (07895) 538835


Saturday 10th December

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy plus guests

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 16th December

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction – Xmas Special” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Anthems” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 16th December (TBC)

“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 17th December (TBC)

(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


Saturday 17th December

“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Party On Tour !”

Capones Nightclub, above La Quinta Restaurant,

Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1QB

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly

Plus: Tony Matthews, Simon Van Os, Ian Holmes

Wristband entry only , £10 … Text (07989)591399

“Keeping The Goldmine Spirit Alive Since 2009!”


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 23rd December

“Stomp Xmas Party”

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

8pm  –  1.30am  ;  Tickets £5

DJs from Stomp Radio


Tuesday 27th December

“Xmas Soul Party”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

9pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry

DJs: Jay Anderson, Micky B, Paul French


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


Friday 3rd February

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs inc Tony Matthews (Special Guest)

7.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15 advance  ;  £20 on the door  Tel: (01375) 891402




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.


**More 2017 Weekender / All-Dayer Events Coming Soon !**



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 Hip Hop & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Gef Lawrence, 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


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