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Neil Gits A Sniffle

20th November 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

My, that was a busy week ! I’ve just had Friday night off since the last show on Monday and every other evening I’ve been out with my popular “Retro Quiz Nights”, which work rather nicely in my work portfolio with the “Old Gits Soul Show” 😉 . On top of being flat out, I’ve been almost “flat out” on the sofa as the first “man cold” of winter hit me simultaneously – not convenient at all ! – but the show must go on…

This week is looking equally busy with the mobile disco getting a rare work out at an 80s themed party for a friend of a friend and another four quizzes to prep – plus of course tonight it’s the LIVE first airing of my radio show on Gateway. At least this time I won’t be dipping into a box of tissues as frequently as dipping into my box of CDs !! Below is last week’splaylist to whet your appetite – more of the same between 7pm & 9pm this evening …

The Tunes

Miracles – Love Machine
Trussel – Love Injection
Simon Law – Fire On Fire (Nigel Lowis Mix)
Colonel Abrams – Music Is The Answer
Golden Bridge – Tribal
Matt Bianco – Half A Minute
Teddy Pendergrass – Easy, Easy, Got To Take It Easy
Clear feat Lee Edwards – Equal Love Opportunity
Howard Johnson – So Glad That You’re My Lady
Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – The Crown
Sharon Redd – Love Is Gonna Get You
Ronnie Laws – OTBA Law
Jackie Lee – The Duck
Ray Parker Jr – I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone
Whispers – No Pain No Gain
Glen Goldsmith – I Won’t Cry
Willie Bradley feat Gerald Alston – In The Meantime
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – I Believe In Love
Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand
Joey Negro – Must Be The Music
Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
Ola Onabule – Soul Town (DSG LP mix)
Lalo Schifrin – Theme From King Kong

The Gigs

Friday 24th November
“Killer Soul – DJ Legends!”
The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE
DJs: Ian Reading, Greg Edwards & Tony Matthews
Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door
Tel: (01268) 560555
Saturday 25th November
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Pub, Wharf Road, Grays, RM17 6SZ
“Four Hours Of Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & Club Classics”
DJ: Gary Walden
Tel (01375) 372418
Tuesday 28th November
“Shalamar Friends’ 35th Anniversary Tour”
Live In Southend at the Cliffs Pavillion
8pm – 11pm
Tickets £30 – £34
Friday 1st December
(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
Friday 8th December
“An Evening With The Soul Ladies & The Collective”
Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Knight Street, CM21 9BD
“Motown & Soul Classics”
8pm – 1pm ; Over 18s ; Tickets £15
Bring your own drinks & nibbles !
Saturday 9th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
The Sun Inn, Nazeing, EN9 2DE
DJs: Les Knott, Chris Brown, Grumpy Brown, John Searl & Dab
8.30pm – 1.00 am ; Wristbands £10
Tel: (07791)995670 / (07500)481192
Saturday 9th December
(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 December
(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 15th December
(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 15th December
(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 Maxine Woon & Gavin Page
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
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
“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
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)
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 ”
First Earlybird tickets on sale from 23rd November !
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 the rest of 2017 or early 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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm