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Neil Gits Your Soul Requests In !

10th June 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

My show didn’t take quite as long as usual to prepare this week as no less than FOUR of my regular listeners all contributed ideas of selections to play last Monday ! Hardcore regular “A13 Annie” wanted to hear a rarely played Alexander On’Neal track, which inspired me to make him the new “Featured Artist” for June, Trevor & Allan from the “Olde Dog Soul Crew” both decided I should dig out “Love So Fine” by Sahara, so that was the “Vinyl Reminder” sorted and my old, DJ mate Graham Norton (no, not THAT one!) came up with two equally good ideas for “The Old Gits Jazzy Bit” – so I went with both in a state of indecision !! Also, when I posted on Facebook  that I had played a brand new track featuring Omar this week, Warren was quickly in touch to tell me he won’t be able to hear it on the repeat play from 5pm tonight … as he is going to see the man himself LIVE in London !! No worries, I’ll put him in again on the next new show this coming  Monday from 7pm  …

In the meantime here is the full playlist for my latest show (including some songs I actuially chose MYSELF !) followed by an up to date gig list – summer’s here ! Let’s get out and enjoy some super soul sets played by some fab DJs ! 🙂

The Tunes

Teddy Pendergrass – Only You
Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done
Melba Moore – Just Dance
Toney Lee – Teaser
Rene & Angela – I Love You More
Ty Causey – Hot Tonight Medley
Glenn Jones – Show Me
Alexander O’Neal – Satisfied
Sahara – Love So Fine
Gap Band – Humpin’
First Choice – Dr Love
Touch – Keep On
Olympic Runners – Do It Over
Hi Tension – Hi Tension
Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancing
Boiling Point – Let’s Get Funktified
Chubby Tavares – Can’t Knock Me Down
Lalah Hathaway – Something
Diana Ross – Theme From Mahogany
Los Charlys Orchestra feat Omar – History
Alyson Williams – Sleep Talk
Leroy Burgess – Heartbreaker

The Gigs

Saturday 10th 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

Plus guest DJ :

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Saturday 10th June

(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


Saturday 10th June

“Soulful Sessions”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJs: Nigel Watson & Greg Edwards

9.30pm  –  2.00 am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 16th June

(Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction – Back 2 Basics Soul & Club Anthems” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Boogie & House Tracks, 70s – 90s” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s

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Friday 16th 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

Johnny Pearson & Manus Doherty

7.00pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700




Saturday 17th June

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 17th June

“Soul By The Jetty”

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

“100% Soul, Funk, Jazz, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk & Boogie”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Neville

8pm – 1am  ;  Admission £7 by advance wristband only

Capacity : 175  Contact: (07989)591399

Email: [email protected]


Saturday 17th June

“The 5th Annual Soul Connexion All-Dayer”

Club 2004, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6LS

DJs: Dave Burton, Ronnie Martin, Paul Cooke,

Carlos Fandango & The Soul Connexion DJ Crew

12 Noon – 12 Midnight  ;  Advance wristbands £7 (£10 OTD)

Tel: (07584) 626972 ; email: [email protected]


Saturday 1st July

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

“Supersoul Saturday”

The Cock Tavern, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AB

“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

DJs: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

7.30pm  –  12.30 am ; Free Entry


Friday 7th 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

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 7th July

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“Soul Weekender Vibe presents Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest

“Soul, Disco, Funk, Re-Edits & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 1.30am

Friday 14th July

“Shakit !”

(Every Second Friday of the Month)

The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

“100% Soul, Funk & Jazzy Grooves plus Soulful House & Weekender Anthems”

DJs: Jonny Layton & Ian Holmes

Free Entry b4 10.30 ; Doors open 8pm  –  1am



Saturday 29th July

“Kent Soul Sessions Big Summer All-Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates, Nick Gunn,

Jonny Layton, Mark O’Brien, Mark Lee,Elliott Mount,

Steve Kite, Lee Fatbloke, Brian Kelly, Ian Holmes, Paul Kidley.





Love Supreme (Jazz Festival)

Friday 30th June  –  Sunday 2nd July

Glynde Place, East Sussex

Acts include:

The Jacksons, George Benson, Gregory Porter,

Brand New Heavies, Corinne Bailey Rae, Herbie Hancock,

Mica Paris & D-Influence

Across Five Stages, more info at :


Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*Candi Staton*

*The Blackbyrds*

*Arrested Development*

*Gerardo Frisina*

*Joe Bataan*

*DJ set from Trevor Nelson*



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


Fridays :

“Classic Soul, Jazz & Funk Night”


“Contemporary Soul & Club Classics”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

Guest DJs each night  –  8.30pm – 1.00 am

Free Entry ; Over 30s ; Tel: (01279) 427302



“Lashings Of Soul”

Lashings Sports Bar & Restaurant, Upper Stone Street,

Maidstone, Kent , ME15 6HE

DJs: Guy Unger, Abbo & Sponge, Nigel Lowis & Gary Van Den Busche

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

9pm – 2am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s





Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Second Friday: Shakit ! – The Woodmans, Thundersley

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

First Saturday: The Cock Tavern, High St, Ongar

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2017 ? 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