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Neil Gits It Spot On

28th June 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

I might have mentioned that I’ve been watching a little bit (!) of the World Cup in Brazil on TV, but one of the side effects of the tournament is that my son Nathan has started taking a greater interest in football – which has added a bit of extra spice to our regular FIFA 14 matches on his X-Box ! Normally, he stuffs me six or seven nil and if I’m lucky he will “let me” score an unmissable goal – but this week having finally got my head round all the controls and what they do and being well tuned in to the intricacies of the “Beautiful Game” having watched a lot of it on the telly, things were different ! I actually took a one goal lead and held it till late in the game when he scrambled in a jammy equalizer, sending the match into penalties – his face was priceless !! Then I scored my first EVER spot-kick, although being English, I inevitably lost the shoot-out …

Meanwhile, Monday was a good evening too. I am not prone to being immodest and bigging myself up too much, but everything just about went to plan on the show which was particularly nice as I had some cracking tunes pulled out of the vinyl archives to share with my listener, so hopefully if you didn’t hear it live you will be able to tune into the repeat airing this evening at 5pm and enjoy two hours of smashing soul, jazz-funk & disco from the 70s & 80s…

The Tunes

Gladys Knight & Pips-Taste Of Bitter Love
Crown Heights Affair – I’m Gonna Love You Forever
Gap Band – Someday
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp
Jones Girls – Life Goes On
Randy Crawford – Rio De Janeiro Blues
Temptations – I Wonder Who She’s Seeing Now
Gary Taylor – Don’t Be So Distant
Garfield Fleming – Please Don’t Send Me Away
Jacksons – Going Places
Curtis Hairston – I Want You All Tonight
Sadao Watanabe – No Problem
Chi-Lites – Love Uprising
Change – The Glow Of Love
Gilberto Gil – Toda Menina Baina
Soul II Sou l(with Kym Mazelle) – Missing You
Phylis Hyman – Why Did You Turn Me On
Ann Peebles – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
TheThompsons – Message
Pointer Sisters – Automatic
Eddie Kendricks – It’s Not What You Got (Jski Edit)
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – Easy Money
Brand New Heavies – Once Is Twice Enough

The Gigs

Sunday 29th June
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Ricky Oatham,
Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton & guest Gary Spence
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm– soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 4th Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 2
Featuring Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls
Plus Carol Thompson – live !
Full details at:

Friday 4th July
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh,SS6 7JQ
DJ: Bully & guest Brian “The Rev” Kelly
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Old school funk, soul & disco from the 70s & 80s, club anthems & soulful house from the 90s”

Saturday 5th July
“Soul Galore 1”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9RS
“Across The Board Soul All-Dayer featuring…
Northern, Modern, 70s Groovers & more”
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; Tickets £5 In Advance, £8 OTD
Tel: (07562) 003699 or (07557) 761151
DJs: Tommy Gunn, John Herbert, Simon Lynch,
Mark Anderson, Gary O’Neil & Chilly
*No bar ! Bring your own food & drink ! *

Friday 11th July
(Every Second Friday)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Bully
“Soul Funk Disco, Old Skool, Club Anthems, 70s – 90s”
Over 25s Only ; Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 12th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
7pm – 1am – Free Entry

Saturday 12th July
“Soul Ascension”
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Jay Anderson & Stretch Taylor
“Soul, Boogie, RnB, Rare Grooves”
9pm – 2am ; Free Before 10pm, £3 after
Friday 18th July
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Soulful Seduction”
(also on 27th Sept / 29th Nov)
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays
“Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm – Late ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Free Soul Event”
Neuvo Bar & Restaurant (ex-Regency Suite),
Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM64AT
DJs: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Richard Lobban
Ricky Oatham, Tricia Butler, Steve Soultrain & John Wayne
“70s 80s & 90s Modern Soul with an hour of 70s & 80s
Revival Lovers Rock & Reggae”
8pm – 3am ; Free Entry

Sunday 20th July
“Let Your Heart Dance”
The Wine Bar & Pizzeria, South Court, Deal, Kent
“First of a regular monthly evening set of Northern Soul
LHYD DJs – inc resident DJ Peter A Crascall
6pm – 9pm
Saturday 20th July
“The Summer All-Dayer”
A Universal Soul Music Event…
RS Lounge, Woodford New Road, London E17 3PR
1pm — 11pm ; Tickets from £10 – £20 ; BBQ & other food all day
Formation & Salsa Dancing with Diesel & Dolton !
DJs include: Steve Kite, Frostie , Scott James, James Anthony

Thursday 24th July
“Lonnie Liston Smith & The New Cosmic Echoes LIVE !”
The Mercury Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6AE
Tickets from £25 – £30 ; 7pm start time ; Tel (01303) 267441
Golf, Spa, Meal, Hotel Room or just the concert options available

Friday 25th July
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry before 11pm – 8pm – 1.30am

Saturday 26th July
“KTF Soul Club Summer Social”
Downstairs at The Old Regency Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 on the door
More info at :

Margate Soul Weekend 2014
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August
DJs & Live acts indoors & outdoors in the cultural quarter
8pm – 2am Friday, 12 pm – 2am Sat & Sun.
Wristband purchase advised for access to events
Live Acts: Cool Million, Natasha Watts, Laura Jackson,
Westcoast Soulstars, Baltic Soul Band & more …
Special New Closing Party on Sunday !!
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate
Omar & Band Live plus DJs: Grumpy Brown, Frostie,
Tony Fernandez & guests
More details & wristbands from

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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 !

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