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Neil Gits Snowed On…

19th January 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

There wasn’t nearly as much snow as expected this week in the Basildon or east Thurrock areas, but on the one occasion we did have a heavy fall of big white flakes I just HAD to be out and about in Billericay on the school run, then trudging around the High Street, sorting stuff at the bank and shopping for mum. Luckily, looking out of the window of the restaurant where Nathan and I had our weekly meal treat, we saw that the nasty stuff wasn’t hanging around, but it did leave us slightly damp around the edges as we headed for the Gateway studios.

There were also predictions on other media outlets that caught our attention along the way of several inches to fall during the evening which would cause masive disruption to travel, but my studio being right at the heart of the Eastgate Centre a fair walk away from any view of the outside world I wasn’t to know that nothing fell AT ALL until Friday night !! It’s a good show this week but by the last 15 minutes you can hear the worry in my voice wondering if I would still be trapped in the studio when this evening’s repeat play comes around at 5pm ! As you can see, I escaped, updated the blog and am safely at home ready to listen to two hours of fabulous soul, disco & jazz-funk just like you …

The Tunes

Michael McDonald  –  Sweet Freedom

Evelyn King  –  If You Want My Loving

Detroit Spinners  –  It’s A Shame

Trammps – Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart

Narada Michael Walden  –  I Want You

Teena Marie  –  You Make Love Like Springtime

Boyz II Men  –  End Of The Road

Anita Baker  –  Soul Inspiration

Gayle Adams  –  Your Love Is A Life Saver

Cleveland Eaton  –  Bama Boogie Woogie

O’Jays  –  Livin’ For The Weekend

Mystic Merlin  –  Love Is What You Need

David Shire – Manhattan Skyline

Brothers Johnson  –  Get The Funk Out Ma Face

Shalamar  –  There It Is

Midnight Star – Operator

Everette Harp  –  We Don’t Have To Say Goodbye

Johnny Mathis feat Paulette McWilliams  –  Different Kind Of Different

Alyson Williams  –  Sleep Talk

The Ebonys  –  Do You Like The Way I Love

Steve Khan  –  Darling Darling Baby

The Gigs

Saturday 19th January

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start



Friday 25th January

“Soul Groove Night”

Visage 80s Bar, 442.Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford

DJs: John Leech & Paul Travi

Free Entry  –  9pm – 2am


Friday 25th January

“Soul & Dance Night”

The White Hart, Billericay High Street,

DJ: Geoff Grove

8pm – Midnight      Free Entry




Saturday 26th January 2013

“The KTF Soul Club”

Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford-Le-Hope

“Northern Soul & RnB”

DJs: Tom Page & James Dillard

£4 Admission    –   7.30pm  –  12.30 am



Friday 1st February 2013

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Special Guest

“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”

Free Entry    –   8pm  – 1am


Saturday 2nd February

“Soul On The Harbour ”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert, plus guests TBC

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Friday 8th February

“Soul City Grooves”

The Waterlounge, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2JZ

DJs: Les Knott & Marky P

“The finest soul, disco funk & house of the last 40 years”

9pm  –  2am    –     Free Entry


Saturday 9th February

“Hustle @ The Clubhouse”

Clubhouse,Prices Avenue, Ramsgate CT11 0AN

DJs: James Anthony & Micky B

SOUL, FUNK & DISCO Anthems with a Live performance from SOUL LEGACY

£7 Advance  £10 OTD Call 07855 770273 for info


Saturday 9th February

“Old School Soul Nite”

Charlies Bar, Warley Hill, Brentwood

DJ: Charlie Cook

9pm  –  Late        Free Entry


Saturday 16th Febuary

“Soul By The Sea”

Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront, Kent

“Soulful Funky Jazzy Vibes”

DJs Carl Hyde, Tom G Edgar, Johnny Herbert & Tommy The Gun

7.30pm – 1am     –     Free Entry


Saturday 23rd February

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly

Plus Special guest Paul Clark

£5  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) or…

email: [email protected]

“100% Jazz Funk & Soul with a sprinkling of nu jazz & soulful house – keeping the spirit of the Goldmine alive on Canvey Island”


Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)

“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark

Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times 8pm –  2am

Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757


Saturday 13th April 2013

“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”

Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent

Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”

Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee

7pm  –  Midnight

Tickets On Sale Soon…

Watch This Space…

“Soul City Grooves”

The Waterfront, Bishops Stortford


“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Grays

The Tollgate, Chadwell Heath



The Knot, Westgate-on-Sea



“Clacton Soul Weekender”

22nd – 23rd March 2013

Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea


“Bless the Funk”

6th – 8th June 2013

The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea



Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one 4th Feb

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next one 5th Feb

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Saturday : Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate  –  next one TBC


Also recommended…

Most Friday Nights At …

Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton

Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove

Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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