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Neil Gits Stuck At The Checkout…

12th April 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

I am afraid its another tale of a “senior moment” to share with you this week. There I was in Asda today stocking up on food essentials for the next couple of weeks using my little plastic friend instead of trying to squeeze blood out of another sad little £20 note when suddenly it dawned on me, standing at the till packing my bags, that I just could not remember my PIN number. We’ve all done it, old or young, but us old gits are more prone to such an occurence than others ! I had all the right digits in my head (well nearly!) but could I get them in the right order ? Could I thump ! So after much head scratching, emergency plans B & C were wheeled out before I was eventually allowed to leave the store with my goodies…

It’s days like these that you really need to fall back on your favourite old soul & disco tunes for stress relief in these modern hi-tech days and luckily I have plenty to fall back on, which I share with you week by week on my show each Monday & Saturday evenings. If you can relate to my sorry supermarket story, make yourself comfortable and join me for the latest selection of musical massage for poor over-PIN filled minds !

The Tunes


Archie Bell & The Drells  –  Soul City Walking
Conway & Temple – You Can Lay Your Head On My Shoulder
Shalamar  –  Friends
Evelyn “Champagne” King  –  Shame
Mtume  –  Juicy Fruit
Marvin Gaye  –  You’re A Wonderful One
Aretha Franklin – See Saw
Anthony White  –  Yes You Need Love
Gladys Knight & The Pips  –  Help Me Make It Through The Night
Raphael Saadiq & Stevie Wonder  –  Never Give You Up
Cashmere  –  Do It Anyway You Wanna
Loose Ends  –  Slow Down
Atmosphere  –  Dancing In Outer Space
Chad Jackson  –  Hear The Drummer Get Wicked
Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band – Express Yourself
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds  –  Now Is The Time
Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything
LTD  –  Back In Love Again
D-Influence presents D-Vaz feat Shola Ama – This I Promise You
Tevin Campbell  –  Can We Talk
Minnie Ripperton  –  Here We Go
Sylvester  –  Do Ya Wanna Funk
Janet Jackson  –  Nasty
Cameo  –  Rigor Mortis

The Gigs

Saturday 13th April 2013
“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”
Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent
Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”
Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee
7pm  –  Midnight
Tickets Now Available @
Saturday 13th April
“Hustle 2 !”
The Clubhouse, Princes Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN
DJs: James Anthony, Marky Mark & Penny K
“Soul Funk & Disco”
9pm  – 2am   ;    £5 On The Door
Details from (07855) 770273
Saturday 13th April
“One Flew Over The Kuku’s Nest”
The Kuku’s Nest, 69-71 Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes, Essex,IG3 9UD
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Rare Groove, Soulful & Uplifting House”
DJs: Bob Masters, Scott James, Birdy & Ricky Oatham
9pm    –     3am     Tickets £10
Saturday 13th April
“JD Soul Machine Live!”
Love Canvey Soul, Bar Monico, Canvey Island
8pm  –   Free Entry
Friday 19th April
“Soul & Club Classics Night”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
“A Night of old skool club classics, soul, funk, RnB,
disco and dance….”
DJs: Bully & MJ Mac
8pm  –  Late    –    Free Entry
Saturday 20th April
“An Evening Of Soul & Motown”
The Green Man, A128, Herongate
DJ : JB (Jon Barrall)
Pub Hours – Free Entry
Saturday 20th April
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Saturday 20th April
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront,
DJs: Tom G Edgar & Carl Hyde plus guests
Free Entry   –  7.30pm – 1am
Saturday 20th April
“Essex Soul Party”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Frostie Original, Tony Fernandez, Marky Mark,
Jim The Syrup, John Soul-Power Wayne.
“Tunes from the Goldmine/Zero 6/Lacy Lady Era”
Friday 26th April
The Golden Lion, Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA68BE
DJs: Terry Brown & Tony Norris
“Classic Disco Jazz-Funk & Soul”
8pm   –  11pm
Friday 26th April
“Disco Divas”
Unit 4 Wine Bar, Chafford Hundred, Thurrock
DJ: Matt Jackson
“Modern & Classic Soulful Sounds”
8pm  –   Late
Saturday 27th April
“Soul By The Jetty”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
 Plus Special guest Nick Aravis
£5  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) or…
email: [email protected]
“100% Jazz Funk & Soul with a sprinkling of nu jazz & soulful house – keeping the spirit of the Goldmine alive on Canvey Island”
Saturday 27th April (Every Last Saturday of the month)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert plus guests
70s & 80s Disco Classics
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Tuesday 30th April
Billy Ocean – Live !
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm  –   Tickets £25
(01268) 465465
Friday 3rd May 2013
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
Guest DJs : The Bish & Uncle Swerve
“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am
Saturday 4th May (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour ”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guest:
“International Super Soul DJ – Jo Wallace”
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Friday 17th May
“Killer Soul – 2013”
Rayleigh Club Golf Resort (formerly Lords)
The Zero DJ Team playing …
“The Very best In Soul Funk Disco & Old School Dance”
More details soon
Saturday 1st June
“Soul Carnival All Dayer”
The Cromwell Manor, Basildon
“8 Hours Of Soul, Funk, Rare Groove & Soulful House”
DJs: Aitch B, Gordon Mac, Gary Dennis, James Anthony and more
5pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £15 In Advance
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Saturday 29th June
“The Motown Girls”
The Inn On The Green, Bilericay
8.30 pm start  –  Free Admission
Saturday 6th July
“Essex Funkers Summer Bash”
Harlow Town FC
“Two rooms of jazz-funk & soul inc the “Funk Bunker” featuring new & old school soul, funk & r’n’b”
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,
DJ Isis & Terry Munro & Paul Crowley
Tickets £10   –   more details to follow…
Saturday 13th July
“Hockley Soul Night”
Details To Follow…
Sunday 22nd September
“Superstars Of Soul”
Ben & King plus Jimmy James & The Vagabonds live !
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm  –  £20   –  (01268)465465
6th – 8th June 2013 (Weekender)
“Bless the Funk”
The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 3rd May
First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 4th May
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th April
Last Friday: Shaft, Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester – next TBC
Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 27th April
Last Saturday: We Love 80s, The Edge, Basildon  –  next: 27th April
Also recommended…
Most Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood
These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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
 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