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Neil Gits Stuffed

19th June 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s been part of our Monday evening tradition for quite a while now that we go out for a nice big meal at one of the local pubs or restaurants (and there are a lot to choose from!) on our way to the studio, so with nearly half the year gone I’d thought I’d check through my diary and see which ones we’d frequented the most. The Toby Carvery has benefitted from our custom a few times, as has the KFC of course (great for a quick fix when in a rush!) but the top two turned out to be Frankie & Bennies, with their “Monday Discount” offer always appealing and with EIGHT visits in 2013 the two local Harvesters came out in first place ! So I asked Nathan which one of the dozen or so on our list he’d most like to revisit one more time and inevitably we ended up at … The Harvester !!! Usually we prefer the Langdon Hills one, but for at least a little change we tried the Five Bells restaurant – but the food was just as yummy and we managed to fill our little tums to the brim within our weekly budget ! 🙂

You can almost hear my contented smile during the repeat play of the show on Saturday at 5pm and like me enjoy a terrific selection of tunes from the 70s & 80s soul, jazz-funk & disco world, but I’ve got to wait to Monday before another fab feed up ! Maybe we’ll try somewhere new this time …

The Tunes

Change    Searching
Collage    Romeo Where’s Juliet
Labelle    Lady Marmalade
Rufus Thomas    Do The Funky Chicken 
Three Degrees    I Didn’t Know
Terri Wells    Who’s That Stranger
Whitney Houston – Where You Are 
Betty Wright    Make Me Love The Rain
La Toya Jackson    If You Feel The Funk
Brass Construction    Shakit 
Unlimited Touch    Searching For The One (Re-Edit)
Paulinho Da Costa    Love Till The End Of Time
Instant Funk    It Ain’t Reggae But It’s Funky
Maze    Too Many Games
War    Low Rider
Teddy Pendergrass    Believe In Love
Larry Graham    One In A Million
Dexter Wansel    Holdin’ On
The Quickest Way Out    Beware She’s Pulling My Strings
Kid Creole & The Coconuts    I’m A Wonderful Thing

Love Unlimited    Love’s Theme

The Gigs

Friday 21st June
“Woodmans Soul Night”
The Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Rayleigh Road, SS7 3TA
“Soul Anthems, Classic 80s Funk, Disco & Soulful House”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8pm    1am  ;  Free Admission
Saturday 22nd June
“Soul By The Jetty – The Big June Bash!”
The Lobster Smack Inn, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Johnny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly
Plus Guests: Paul Clark & Jeff Young
Entry by advance wristband only – always a sell out !
£7 from (07989) 591399 or [email protected]
Saturday 22nd June
“Soul & Motown Night”
The Green Man, Herongate, A128, Brentwood
DJ Jon Barrall
“Soul Motown Disco & Funk”
7.30 pm start    Free Entry
Saturday 22nd June
“Soul ladies – Live!”
The Strawbery Fayre, Shenfield Common, Brentwood
On stage around 2pm
Friday 28th June
“80s Beach Party”
Visage, Gants Hill, Ilford
“All Things 80s” with DJ Endso plus
“80s Summer Soul Set” from John Leech
Saturday 29th June (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
Saturday 29th June
“The Motown Girls”
The Inn On The Green, Bilericay
8.30 pm start    Free Admission
Sunday 30th June (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Peter P, Richard Brown, Sandra C
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jaff-Funk, Reggae”
3pm    Midnight – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !
Friday 5th July 2013
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guests
“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”
Free Entry       8.30pm  – 1am
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 6th July
“Treacle Mine Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR
DJs: Bully & MJ playing:
“Soul Anthems, Classic & Modern, Soulful House…
…and The Grooves That Make You Move !”
Free Entry     8pm Start
Saturday 6th July (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour ”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission      8pm – 1am
Saturday 6th July
“Top Tunes Night!”
Charlies Bar, Warley Hill, Brentwood
DJ Charlie Cook
“Soul, Disco & Dance Anthems”
Free Entry    8.30pm Start
Saturday 13th July
“The Essex Soul Party”
Rendezvous Bar & Restaurant, High Road, Chadwell Heath
“70s 80s 90s & New Soul Classics & Anthems”
DJs: Frostie, Ian Holmes, Scott James, Jim The Syrup
John “Soul Power” Wayne, DJ Ricky & DJ Freckles
9pm    3am  (Arrive before 11.30) –  £10 On The Door
Saturday 13th July
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
DJ: Geoff Grove
Tickets Available Soon !
Saturday 13th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde
Details to follow …
Friday 19th July (Every 3rd Friday Of The Month)
“Soul At The Curlew”
The Curlew Pub, Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers
DJ: Ricky Oatham
9pm start      Admission Free
Saturday 20th July
(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 27th July
“The KTF Soul Club”
Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Road, Grays
“Northern Soul & More!”
DJs: Johnny Valatone & Rob Messer
Tickets £5      7.30pm Start
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th August
“Margate Soul Weekend 2013”
Three nights & two days of fabulous music !
Full details at:

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 !

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