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Neil Gits Shortchanged

2nd June 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

The sun-worshippers have been in their element recently, with two scorching Bank Holiday Weekends to enjoy and lots of other lovely sunny days in between. Although I try not to complain too much about the heat and hayfever and all the other negatives summer brings to my life,  personally my favourite times of year are the “in-between” seasons of Autumn and Spring. So, it has to be said that I feel hard done by this year in that we went straight from a long extended winter, with bitterly cold wet windy weather right through March, to an early summer with temperatures up in the unbearably hot high 20s – Spring seemed to last all of two days this year !! Booo !!!

However, everyone else seems to be happy, so on we go, playing smashing music for those cheeky Monday evening BBQs in the garden and hot tunes for you to pump out on the stereo in the convertable with the top down on your way across Basildon on the A127 or A13 – and let’s face it, soul music does sound exceptionally good at this time of  year ! 🙂

Get everything ready to enjoy this week’s selection when the repeat play is aired today (Saturday) at 5pm or if you have the techy know how, just head for the “Listen Again” section of our website and replay the show anytime you like over the next 30 days ! Here is this week’s playlist :

The Tunes

Change – The Glow Of Love
World Premiere – Share The Night
Kenny Thomas – Your Love (Chic-a-delic mix)
Bobby McClure – It Feels So Good To Be Back Home
L Young – Ms Supa Thick
Matthew Winchester – You Make Me Say
Colonel Abrams – Leave The Message Behind The Door
Cliff Payne – Too
Beau Williams – All Because Of You
George Benson – 20/20
Sherrick – Let’s Be Lovers Tonight
Love Unlimited – Jamaican Girl
Mather & Hannah White – Caught Up In A Whirlwind
Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love
Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
Womack & Womack – Love Wars
Dave Mascall – Sweet Feelings
Ronnie Wright – Let It Go
Freddie Jackson – You Are My Lady
Haggis Horns – Pass It On
Candi Staton – Suspicious Minds
Brian Power feat Lifford – Time After Time

The Gigs

Saturday 2nd June

Jackie Wilson Says” – LIVE !

Support from “Higher Ground”

Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea.

8pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10 – Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 8th June

Soul At The Edge”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA

The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus guest Ian Holmes

8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door

email: [email protected]

mobile: (07526) 633693

Friday 8th June

(Every Second Friday)

Funkin’ Fridays”

Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ

DJ: Paul Kidley

Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”

9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 9th June

Soul Down The Well”

The Havering Well, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0QA

DJs: Tony Treble & Gary Walden

Summer Soul Classics, Anthems & Soulful House”

7.30pm – 12.30am ; Free Entry

Saturday 9th June

(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 9th June

(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 15th June

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

Soulful Seduction”

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 15th June

(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 16th June

(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

Sunday 24th June

(Last Sunday of the month)

Over-roast Of Joy!”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL

DJ: Paul Kidley & guests

Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”

5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

Friday 29th June

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 30th June

Soul By The Jetty”

Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Latin & Afro & Soulful House”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Ian Holmes

8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –

Call / Text (07989)591399

email: [email protected]

Friday 6th July

(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 7th July

Soul Fiesta”

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club,

Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY

DJs: Ian Holmes, Jonny Layton & Bigger

8pm – 1am ; Advance Tickets £10

Available from Crazy Beat Records, Upminster

Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444

Saturday 15th September

Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”

Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN

Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”

DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden

Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door

Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am

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 !

Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association

Full details on the website :

Caister 2018 :

Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September

Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

Glitter Fridays”

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

Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”

Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”

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

Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

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.

 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !