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Neil Gits South Of The River

20th April 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

Since the last blog, I’ve been out and about with my camera again, making use of a rare window of opportunity to get out of the office and explore a couple of parts of Southern England that had evaded me over the years … and tick off new football grounds in the process of course ! My number one destination was Premier League Crystal Palace which despite being much nearer to my home than many stadiums I’ve been to, had somehow steered clear of my photographic skills. Whilst “on the south side” I checked the map and worked out that visits to East Grinstead & Haywards Heath were both do-able and after a bare minimum of traffic stress, my idea of a good day out was successfully enjoyed !

That all took place a week last Friday, but Monday is my favourite day of the week, pure indulgence each time, selecting some fabulous soul songs for you to enjoy, treating myself to some tasty fast food en route to the studio, then relaxing in the studio presenting my show before popping round to the g/f on the way home for a couple of hours of chill out time & telly. This Monday may be a Bank Holiday, but nothing changes for me so tune in at 7pm for another two hours of the good stuff LIVE on Gateway … and if you get to read this blog soon after I post it, you can still enjoy last week’s show repeated at 5pm on Saturday, or visit “Listen Again” on here.

Full playlists and gigs below :

Last Week’s Tunes
Odyssey – Native New Yorker
Second Image – What’s Happening?
Marc Staggers – All I Need & Want Is You
Edwin Starr – Contact
Detroit Spinners – Can’t Shake This Feelin’
Stylistics – Change Is Good Sometime
Wanda Ray Willis & Felton Pilate – I Got To Be Strong
Kejam ft Juanita Wynn – Let It Go
Roy Ayers – I’m The One For Your Love Tonight
Light Of The World – Time
Willie Collins – Where You Gonna Be Tonight
Ronnie Laws – Goodtime Ride
Paul Anka – I Can’t Help Lovin’ You
Bob & Marcia – Young Gifted & Black
Stevie Wonder – Never Had A Dream Come True
Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Chicken
Ed The Red – If You Feel It (Funk It Up Mix)
Millie Jackson – Hurt So Good
Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing
Patti Austin – I Can’t Stop
Krisp – Sunlight
Full Force – Alice, I Want You Just For Me
LTD – Love To The World

This Week’s Tunes :
Manhattans – Crazy
Earth Wind & Fire – Saturday Nite
Down To The Bone feat Katie Leonne-Put A Different Spin On It
Gene Chandler – Get Down
George Duke – Shine On
Patti Austin – Love Me To Death
Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever
Marqueal Jordan – It’s All Up To You
Grey & Hanks – You Fooled Me
War – Galaxy
Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up
MFSB – Love Is The Message
Marcia Mitchell – Who Said Love Would Last Forever
Sunfire – Young Free & Single
I Level – Minefield
Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight To Mention
Millie Jackson – I Feel Like Walking In The Rain
Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
Marc Staggers – Let Me Love You Tonight
Esther Phillips – What A Difference A Day Makes

Upcoming Gigs :

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 21st April
“Making Memories 7”
Charity Soul Night,
The Gardeners Arms, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX
3pm – 1am ;
Tickets for a minimum £10 donation to St Francis Hospice
Use link at :

Saturday 27th April
“Soul & Funk Night”
The Spread Eagle, Queen’s Road, Brentwood,CM14 4HD
DJ : Daniel Moss
7.30pm start, free entry

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

Friday 19th July
“Soul Odyssey”
M & B Sports & Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0QX
DJs Gary Walden, Gary Fish & Tony Treble
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Nu Soul & Soulful House”
Tickets £6 in advance or £10 on the door

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” !