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Neil Gits Spicy !

6th February 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

I’ve not been eating properly lately it’s fair to say. Unusually for me I’ve skipped the odd meal as time runs away from me trying to get all my various jobs done and meet all my many commitments. So on Wednesday and Thursday I made up for it – big time !

Wednesday is almost a sacred night off when I rarely work, then after taking Nathan to football training, we indulge in a “Boys Night In” with the telly, some X-Box and LOTS of lovely food. Pizza was on the menu this week and the four toppings he chose were pepperoni, chili beef, spicy chicken and meatballs – yum !

Thursday saw me fulfill a promise to take  my new lady friend to her local Indian curry house and we went the whole hog ! Poppadoms, kebab starters, rice, chicken , Bombay aloo, nans – with ice cream dessert afterwards too ! Phew, I was stuffed …

Suffice to say after those two meals, I’ve been keeping a low profile since – doesn’t it get windy at this time of the year ?! – but it won’t affect your enjoyment of this week’s repeat play one jot. A two hour  treat strictly for your ears only is on from 5pm this evening and the playlist is attached below :

The Tunes

Stevie Wonder – Another Star
Brothers Johnson – The Real Thing
Shakatak – Invitations
Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel Feat Chennez Mckenzie – Groove On
Ujima – I’m Gettin’ Hip (To Your Ways & Actions)
Marc Staggers – Bring It HomeTo Me (NL Mix)
Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
David Morris Jr – Midnight Lady
George Benson – Love Will Come Again
Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’
Frank Hooker & Positive People -This Feelin’
Ingram – We Like To Do It
George Howard – Asphalt Gardens
Heatwave – Boogie Nights (long LP version)
Freddie Hubbard feat Jeanie Tracy – You’re Gonna Lose Me
War – Low Rider
Mr Cotton – Get On The Dance Floor
Peggi Blu – Feels Good To Me
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – You Are Everything
Donnell Pitman – Love Explosion
Colin Hudd – Strings Of Love (Club Mix)

The Gigs

Wednesday 10th February
Alexander O’Neal – Live !
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
8pm start time
Tickets £12.50 – (01277) 632378

Friday 12th February
“Funky Friday – Soul Power”
The Anchor, High Street, Great Wakering, SS3 0EF
DJs: From Caister – Jonny Layton & Ian Holmes
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk
Plus 70s & 80s Club Classics”
Free Admission ; 8pm – Late

Saturday 13th February
“Soul By The Sea”
(Every Second Saturday)
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes & Neil Matthew
7.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry !

Friday 19th February
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Paul Kidley
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Friday 19th February
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
Saturday 20th February
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 20th February
“Soul Print Promotions present Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Mick Liste, Chris White, Gary Dennis & Birdy
“Soul Funk Jazz & Latin”
Admission £7 On the Door – 8.30pm – 1am

Friday 4th March
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
(Every First Friday Of the Month)
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve, Brian Kelly & guest DJ
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 4th March
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
(Every 1st Friday of the month)
Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry All Night
8.30pm – 2.00 am

Saturday 5th March
“KTF Soul Club 6th Birthday Party”
Downstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Sean Pumfrett
Tickets £6 in advance (inc free CD) or £8 on the door
7.30pm – 1.00 am

Saturday 12th March
“Canvey Island Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, SS8 7DN
Original Goldmine DJs: Jeff Young, Snowboy, Bob Jones & Grumpy Brown
“Jazz-Funk, Soul, Rare Grooves – Genuine pre-1984 Goldmine Music!”
9pm – 3am
Saturday 9th April
“The Kent Soul Sessions – Spring Affair”
TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF
DJs: Tony Matthews plus guests TBC
8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door

Saturday 23rd April
“The Madness Of St Georges Day”
Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL
12 DJs including :
Jeff Young, Gary Dennis, Tony Fernandez
Paul Clark, Bob Masters & Grumpy Brown
Tickets: £10 between 1st Feb & 8th Feb – more afterwards

Saturday 21st May
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !
Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT
DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters
Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door

Saturday 28th May
“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston
7.30pm ; Tickets £20 / £22
(01268) 465 465

Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)
“Killer Soul All-Dayer”
The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE
Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics
Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…

Friday 15th July
“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”
7.30pm ; Tickets £23
(01268) 465 465


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March
“SFA 2016 – The Soul Family Affair !”
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BB
Two Rooms: 1) Nu Soul, Boogie, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk
2) Motown, Jazz, Northern, Reggae, Modern Classics
DJs include: Martin Collins, Tony Fernandez, Ian Reading
Brian Kelly, Chris Brown & Les Knott
More info at or :

Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March (Easter!)
“The Claremont Soul Weekend”
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, NR33 0BS
“Four Rooms of Soulful Classics, RnB, Jazz-Funk & House”
**Beggar & Co – Live Set ! **
DJs including:
Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Phil Baker & Stretch Taylor
More details from :

Friday 27th – Monday 30th May
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”
DJs: Peter P & Trish
Free Entry ; 8pm – 2am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Dress

Fridays :
“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 30s
(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
First Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
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 2016 ? 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
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