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Neil Gits Slushy

16th December 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

Another amusing week of British weather ! This time last week we were blissfully unaware of what was to follow (unless you religiously follow the weather forecast in the media) then on Sunday morning we woke up to – snow !! Lots of it !! That always presents an issue for me getting to work, but once again I managed like the experienced pro that I am ( 😉 ) then by Tuesday it seemed like it was all gone. Except that Billericay appears to have its own micro-climate and was still like the North Pole !! I had totally the wrong footwear on – boots were definitely needed to negotiate the car park I dumped my car in (actually “parking” properly was a non-starter !) but after an evening of rain, it was flippers I needed to get through the lake that had appeared during the evening –  a slushy sea of melted ice ! Oh well, it did the trick and all is back to normal now …

Parts of my show today are also very slushy !! I have two superb “Soul Soothers” back to back in the first hour and plenty of “Mellow Moments” alongside all the jazz-funk, soul & disco classic rhythms elsewhere in the two hours of top tunes. Of course, if you were able to listen last Monday, you will already have heard them, but if not head for Gateway at 5pm today (Saturday) for the repeat play and check out the full list of songs and recommended gigs below …

The Tunes

Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots
David Morales & Janice Robinson – There Must Be Love
Viola Wills – Dare To Dream (Special Edit London Remix)
Maze – Working Together
Soul Fusion Seven – Funk It Up
Luther Vandross – For You To Love
Marc Staggers – This Old Heart Of Mine
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Don’t Give Me Up
Detroit Spinners – Body Language
K C & The Sunshine Band – Keep It Coming Love
Mantus – Boogie To The Bop
George Benson – Dinorah Dinorah
Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind
Chic – Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)
Boz Scaggs – Hollywood
Kevin Leo – Blown Away
Corinne Bailey Rae – Like A Star
Odyssey – If You’re Looking For A Way Out
Moments – Nine Times
Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’ (There’s No Stopping Us)
Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya
Willie Bradley – Bring Your A Game

The Gigs

Saturday 16th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special 2017!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Funk, Jazz … and more !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly
Special Guests: Tony Matthews & Jazzbod
8pm – 1am ; Wristband ONLY Event
£10 from or 07989 591399
Saturday 16th December
“Stomp Christmas Party 2017”
The Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL
“Two rooms of music with Stomp DJs playing great tunes !”
8pm – 1.30am – Tickets from
Friday 22nd December
“Let’s Get Funky”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs : Wayne D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk % Soulful House”
8pm – 12.00 ; Free Entry
Saturday 23rd December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry
Saturday 23rd December
“Xmas Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, Les Knott, Garry Dennis
8pm – 1am ; Over 30s Only
Tickets £10 in advance / £15 on the door
Tel : (07914) 115439
Saturday 23rd December
“KTF Soul Club – Xmas Party”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ
7.30pm – 1am ; Over 18s
Special Guests: Dick Coombes & Mick Love
Tickets £10 in advance, more on the door …
Saturday 23rd December
“Soulbay – A Xmas Special”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Paul French & Jason Anderson
“Soul, Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House & more!”
9pm – 2am ; Free Entry
Saturday 30th December
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Grays, RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco & Soulful House Classics”
8pm start – food served till 10pm
Free Entry, huge car park
Sunday 31st December
“Sunday Soul Sessions – NYE Party!”
Ilford Sports Club, Cricklefield Place, IG1 1FYFriday
“Soul, Jazz, Soulful House, Reggae, Lovers Rock & Funk”
Resident DJs Plus Live PA from “Everis”
“Family Friendly Event ; 7pm – 1am”
Tickets £12 (adults) £5 (Children under 18)
Sunday 31st December
“Let’s Get Funky – New Year’s Eve!”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Gary Walden
“The Very Best in Disco, Party & Club Classics”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
Sunday 31st December
“Soul At The Manor”
The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Mark Gurcha Collins, Enyaw & Scott James
“Soul, Rare Groove & Funk Classics” (House room with house DJs too…)
Tickets from :
£25 ; 8pm – 2am
Friday 5th January
(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 13th January
(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 13th January
(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
Friday 19th January
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction – Back 2 Basics Soul & Club Anthems”
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 19th January
(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
Friday 16th February 2018
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM6 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Sarah Jane Russell & Special Guest : Jim “The Syrup” Day.
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Tickets £15 from (01375)891402
Saturday 3rd March
“Soul Odyssey”
Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club
DJs: Gary Walden,Tony Treble, Gary Fish & guest Scott James
“Jazz Funk & Soul Classics plus Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance until 1st Feb , £10 after
Friday 16th March 2018
“40 Years Of Disco”
SSE Arena , Wembley
“Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,
Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”
Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start
Tickets from £56.50 …
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 !
Full details on the website :
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
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 Friday: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay
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 !
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 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