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Neil Gits Some Fresh Air

6th April 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

I could have spent last Saturday afternoon indoors ploughing through neglected paperwork, but after taking Nathan to his football training in Witham we decided to pig out on an all day breakfast at the local Morrisons, then enjoy the mild weather and give our support to the local football team in their crunch match with Canvey Island. It was good to stop running around like a headless chicken, as I had been all week, and relax and enjoy the game but alas our team missed a penalty with five minutes to go and then let in a killer goal with virtually the last kick of the match to lose 1-0. Ouch.

Still the fresh air was nice and I am sure did us good, but today I AM indoors all afternoon ploughing through the paperwork and even though it could go horribly wrong for the chaps again, I think I would rather be there than stuck at my PC !! As needs must … it does mean that I have updated my blog along with a the very useful “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” gigs list so take a look at the latest playlists and tune in at 5pm this Saturday to enjoy the repeat play of my show …

The Tunes – This Week
War – You Got The Power
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Kiki Kyte – Disco Chick
Hi Tension – Hi Tension
Sunfire – Shake Your Body
Patti Austin – Say You Love Me
J Blackfoot – Taxi
Glenn Jones – That Night Mood
Thelma Houston – If You Feel It
Third World – Now That We’ve Found Love
Michael Wycoff – Looking Up To You
Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama
Stone Paxton feat The Stone City Band – Feel The Groove
SOS Band – The Finest
Prince – Kiss
Alexander O’Neal – A Broken Heart
Marc Staggers – Bring Your Heart Back To Love
Usher – You Make Me Wanna
Cheri Maree – Starting Over Again
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Just Walk In My Shoes
Loose Ends – Ooh You Make Me Feel
Gerald Albright – Just Between Us

The Tunes – Last Week

(Still available on “Listen Again”)
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Earth Wind & Fire – And Love Goes On
Cheri Maree – I Want You Back
Chic – Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)
Mass Production – Come Get Some Of This
Greg Jackson – One For The Road (Uptown Mix)
Temptations – I Wonder Who She’s Seeing Now
Marc Staggers – Crazy About Your Love (Nigel Lowis Mix)
Breakwater – Splashdown Time
Steve Arrington – Dancing In the Key Of Life
Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots (Joey Negro Disco Re-blend)
The Royal Rasses – San Salavador
Wanda Ray Willis – With You I Can See
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Labelle – Lady Marmalade
George McCrae – Sing A Happy Song
Tiffany Bynoe – L.I.T.
Bob Baldwin feat Lori Williams – My Love
Darryl Perry – Inside Of Your Love
MF Robots – Sweet Harmony
Beggar & Co – Mule (Chant No:2)
Dave Mascall feat Ian Thomson – Feel The Heat

The Gigs :

Saturday 6th April
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 6th April
“Southend Soul”
The Park Inn, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
DJs: Dennis O’Brien, Mike Gee, Gary Spence, Tony Monson
Plus “The Soul Immigrants feat Ria Currie” & “Anita Carmichael (sax player)
Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door

Saturday 13th April
“80s Night”
Shelly’s Restaurant & Bar, Station lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6NA
DJ: Gary Walden
9pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 19th April
“The Long Good Friday”
The Berwick Manor, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
“Stomp’s 10th Birthday Party”
Eight hours of Stomp DJs across two rooms of Soulful Sounds
5pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10

Friday 19th April
(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 19th April
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen – Bank Holiday Special”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests :
Mike & Mo Chapman, Michael Daniel & Mandie
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 20th April
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 20th April
“Soul By The Jetty – Easter Special”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Soulful House, Boogie & More..”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent
Guests: Ian Holmes, Steve Brown, Steve George, Adam Remington
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only
email: [email protected]
Text : (07960) 217136
Buy :

Saturday 20th April
“Soul Night”
Shelly’s Restaurant & Bar, Station lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6NA
DJ: Gary Walden
9pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Sunday 21st April
“Funky Beats For Your Easter Feets”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5TQ
“New & Old Soul, Disco, Funk, Soulful House & Rare Grooves”
DJs: Tom G Edgar &Tommy Boy plus guests TBC

Sunday 21st April
“Soul Session Sunday”
The Hoy & Helmet, High Street, Benfleet, SS7 1NA
“New Rare & Classic Soul Funk & R’n’B”
7pm start with DJ Chickawowwow

Sunday 28th April
(Last Sunday of Each Month)
“Over Roast Of Joy”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green
Special Guest : Tony Matthews
Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm

Friday 3rd May
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs
“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”
8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry…

Saturday 4th May
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 4th May
“Soul Train Tour UK”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
Featuring live performances by :
Dina Carroll, Freda Payne, Junior,
G C Cameron (Detroit Spinners), Odyssey,
Eban Brown (The Stylistics) & The Flirtations

Saturday 25th May
“Shalamar Plus Special Guests Odyssey”
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA
“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”
Also appearing Light Of The World & Harry Cambridge as Luther Vandross,
Natasha Watts
Plus DJs: Ian Reading & John Osborne
2pm – 11.30pm
Early Bird Tickets £20

Sunday 26th May
(Last Sunday of Each Month)
“Over Roast Of Joy”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green
Special Guests : Simon Van Oz & Max Fernandez
Free Entry ; 4pm – 1am

Friday 31st May
“5 Star Soul with Tony Momrelle Live !”
The Orsett Hall, Prince Charle Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms : Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
DJs: Brian Kelly, John Ovel & Lee Alder
Plus full live band in concert
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Over 30s
Tickets £20 in advance, £25 on the door

Saturday 1st June
“Jackie Wilson Says Live”
The Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westliff-on-Sea
8pm start
Details at

Saturday 8th June
“KTF Soul Club Summer Sizzler”
Old Regent Ballroom (Upstairs), Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope,SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul, Motown, R’n’B and a splash of Latin”
Guest DJs: Alfie Linney & Pat Murphy
Tickets £7 in advance ; 7.30pm – 1am

Friday 5th July
“Real Thing, Loose Ends & Shakatak”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
8pm – 11pm ; Tickets £24, £29 or £31
(01702) 351135

Saturday 6th July
“Liquid Spirit – Glitz & Glam Festival”
Fox & Hounds, Church Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, CM11 1PW
“Soulful House,Disco, Soul, R’n’B, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Ronnie Herel, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Danny T,
Marie Garaccio, Paul Kidley, Max Fernandez & DJ Coxy
Special Guest : Brandon Block
Live PA from Lifford
2pm – Midnight ; Over 21s
Tickets £15 or £12 Early Bird offer

Saturday 27th July
“Kent Soul Sessions All Dayer”
Tjs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF
DJs: Roni O’Brien, Simon Van Os, Ian Holmes, Ian Gray
Paul Hamilton, James Howarth, Elliott Mount, Paul Kidley
Brian Kelly, Mark Messent, Mark O’Brien
More details to follow at :

Sunday 25th August
“Overdose Of Joy All Dayer”
Top Meadow Golf Club & Hotel, Fen Lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR
DJs: Paul Kidley, Sam Green, Elliott Mount, Bully, Nick Gunn,
Steve Kite, Lee Fatloke, Danny T, James Anthony
Live PA by : Imaani
3pm – 1am ; Tickets £20
*Supporting The Indee Rose Trust & Joni’s Army Charities

Weekenders :

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 7”
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
3 Rooms Of Music including :
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, R’n’B, Soulful House, Neo Soul
Modern Soul, Rare Groove, Northern Soul & Reggae”
“3 Nights Accomodation inc Breakfast & Evening Meals & Event Pass = £199”
Tel : (02392) 460044

Margate Soul Festival 2019
Dates confirmed as Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August
Including “Light Of The World – Live”

Caister 2019 :
May 3rd 4th 5th & 6th

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The Rising Sun, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul, House, Disco, R’n’B , Club Classics”
DJ : Peter P and guests
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

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
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 2019 ? 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” !