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Neil Gits Stuck In !

17th January 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

OK, we’ve now got to that lovely stage of the New Year when all last year’s remaining bits and pieces have all been sorted and filed away and it’s time to look forward and see what we can do with 2015 ! I’ve been doing some minor tinkering with my show over the last week, nothing major, just smoothing out a couple of rough edges. The “Short Trousered Soul Track” is getting a minor “re-boot” – I’ve usually picked a chart hit from the 60s or early 70s that I normally remember from childhood, but I’ve broken that “rule” more and more in recent months so now it will be any song from that era that I got to know and love long after its original release, whether it made the Top 40 or not – got a few belters that fit the new “category” lined up already for the coming weeks !

At the other end of the scale, I’ve made a late New Year’s Resolution to consistently call the part of the show where I play a track that’s more recent than the 70s or 80s “The Not So Old Gits Bit” ! It’s been called all sorts of variations on that title over the years, but I can’t think of anything better so there you go ! And for the next few months there will be an extra “NSOGB” as I’ve been stocking up on recent compilations after checking out other DJs on other stations who play some amazing new soul music that I never knew was out there, so now you will hear one tune from at least 10 years ago as usual, plus one from the last two or three years, either by a new artist or someone from the old days making an impressive comeback – believe me, you are in for some treats !

There are two new features this month, I’ve been busy with my treasured USB turntable and recorded some wonderful unplayed Lou Rawls songs as January’s “Featured Artist” and of course while I was at it added a good few 7″ and 12″ singles from my collection to add to the “waiting list”. And with the “Motown Joints Remixed” project finally completed, I’ve started sifting through another large folder of Mp3s sent to me last year of equally exciting remixes & re-edits on work by another major soul, jazz-funk & disco name of the 70s & 80s – first one can be heard this Monday on the new LIVE show at 7pm, but for now get ready to enjoy the repeat play of this week’s show between 5 & 7pm today !

This Week’s Tunes

Melba Moore – Love’s Comin’ At Ya
Chic – Chic Cheer
Impressions – First Impressions
Junior Walker & The Allstars – What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
Temptations – Happy People (Jski Extended Mix)
Sheree Brown – Bein’ In Love With You
Detroit Spinners – How Could I Let You Get Away
Windy City – Fool Or Your Man
Lou Rawls – Sit Down & Talk To Me
Manhattan Transfer – Spice Of Life
Class Action feat Christine Wiltshire – Weekend
Bobby Humphrey – New York Times
Diana Ross & The Supremes-Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
Odyssey – Native New Yorker
Undisputed Truth – Im A Fool For You – Monster Mix
Imaani – Found My Light
Whispers – Small Talkin’
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
The Poets – She Blew A Good Thing
Donna Summer – I Love You
Willie Hutch – Slick – Seegweed Edit
Ramsey Lewis – Brazilica

The Latest Gigs

Saturday 17th January
“KTF Soul Club 2015”
The Old Regent Ballroom (Upstiars), Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0AQ
Special Guest DJ : Drew Orr
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £6 – going fast !!
“Northern Soul Night”
Tel: Danny (07895)538835

Saturday 17th January – TBC
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Sunday 25th January
“The Winter Warmer”
The Horse & Groom, Charlotte Court, York St, Ramsgate
“Soul Funk Boogie & Disco”
Free Entry ; 4pm – 7pm
DJ Lee Aitch

Friday 30th January – TBC
(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
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after
Arrive before 10pm to avoid disappointment – Over 25s only

Friday 30th January
“Overdose Of Joy” ***SOLD OUT ***
Chevaliers Suite, Havering Bowls Club, Harrow Lodge, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU
**Charity Soul Night for “Save The Children” **
“Weekender Anthems, Soulful Grooves, Jazz-Funk & Dance Anthems”
DJs: Paul Kidley, Elliot Mount, Lee Fatbloke,
Bully, MJ, Nick Gunn & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 in advance ; Smart Casual Dress

Saturday 31st January
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Rooms,Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-On-Sea
DJ: John Watson plus singer Harry Cambridge
Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 6th February
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & Merv The Swerve & Jonny Layton
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s ;
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Jazz Funk Disco & Club Anthems”

Friday 13th February
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul Funk Disco & Old School Club Anthems from the 70s – 90s”
DJ: Bully (other top DJs on rotation on other Fridays)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
Over 25s – Smart Casual Dress

Saturday 14th February
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde
Free Admission – 7pm – Late

Saturday 14th February
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, RM14 3TY
“Soul Funk Jazz & Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Two Rooms Of Tunes; Tickets £10
DJs include : Stavros, Gary Dennis, Cosmic, Birdy
Chris White, Mick Liste & special guest Aitch B (Soul II Soul)

Friday 20th February
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Jazz-Funk & Club Anthems from the 70s upwards !”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 25s – Smart Dress

Friday 27th February
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk Soul Boogie Disco & Motown, 60s to date”
“Street Food on sale on the night”
Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 28th February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Soul Funk Jazz & More !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly
Plus Special Guest : Paul Clark
Wristbands Only Event : £7 at
8pm – 1am

Hayling Island Reggae, Rare Groove & Independent Soul Weekender
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
Three Rooms Of Music Plus…
…Maxi Priest Live In Concert !
Tel (02392)460044

Family Affair Soul Weekend
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk
“Jazz Funk & Soul Anthems from the past & today!”

Clacton Soul Weekender
Friday 20th March – Sunday 22nd March
Esplanade Hotel , Clacton-On-Sea, Essex
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz, 70s, 80s & Modern,
Jazz-Funk, Brit-Funk, Boogie and much more !”

Bless The Funk 2015
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th
The Azur, Hastings
“Soul Anthems,Jazz-Funk & Boogie, Classic Soul & Motown,
Northern, 2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House Classics,etc”
Weekly Events:
Fridays :

“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJs: Paul Kidley, Bully, Mikey Porter & guests on rotation

“Soul City Over 30s Night”
Olivers Retro Bar, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
DJ: Frostie plus guests
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 7th Feb
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 20th Feb
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 14th Feb
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 17th Jan
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 31st Jan

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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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