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Neil Gits Sucked Into The Stress…

18th December 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

Up until now I have done quite well to avoid all the chaos and carnage that surrounds the build up to Xmas. I had purchased the major presents I needed online and received them, I was enjoying the first batch of Xmas parties I had to DJ at and I was on schedule with all my Xmas quiz night preparations. Then midway through printing out all the paperwork for them the printer conked out !! AAARGH !! Luckily, I was able to combine a trip into Basildon to pick up the few remaining festive bits with a divertion to spend a few more quid on the credit card picking up a replacement – but the damage was done, THAT stressful feeling had planted itself deep inside me, the one that you KNOW won’t be leaving you till you are back on the sofa Xmas night stuffed full of grub, watching the Dr Who Xmas Special forcing down another unnecessary portion of chocolate ! 🙁

It’s at times like this you really remind yourself of the wonderful healing powers of music, and though listening to a nice bit of soul won’t totally cure the problem, it certainly eases the worst bits ! If you feel the same, why not take a little time out to tune in to my repeat play of the “Old Gits Soul Show” this Saturday at 5pm and let  these wonderful tunes work their magic … 🙂

Maze – Too Many Games
Slave – Watching You
Total Contrast – Takes A Little Time
The Tams – Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy
Deniece Williams – How’d I Know That Love Would Slip Away
Stevie Wonder – Superstition(REENO Mix)
Chaka Khan – My Funny Valentine
Patti Austin – Say You Love Me
Mercy Mercy – What Are We Gonna Do About It
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Wake Up Everybody
Alexander O’Neal – What’s Missing
Marvin Gaye – Grapevine (Pied Piper Mix)
BB & Q Band – Dreamer
Johnny Kemp – Just Got Paid
R Kelly – Share My Love
Bobby Bland – Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
Keni Burke – Paintings Of Love
The Admirations – Don’t Leave Me
Linx – So This Is Romance
Willie Hutch – Sure Know How To Love Your Man

And one last chance to get in a pre-Xmas soul night ! :

Friday 19th December
“Soulful Seduction – The Xmas Big One ! ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Jazz-Funk & Club Anthems from the 70s upwards !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus Guest DJ Tony Matthews (Caister)
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 25s – Smart Dress
Tel: (01268) 755799 to book a meal

Saturday 20th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special”
Back at the original venue !!!
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly plus special guest
“New & Classic Jazz, Funk, Soul, Nu-Jazz, Soulful House & more…”
8.00pm – 1.00 am ;
Entry by wristband only – £7 from
Or call/text (07989)591399 ; e-mail [email protected]

Saturday 20th December
“Soulbay @ Xmas”
The Black Cat Club, Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HD
DJs: Paul French, Micky B, Jason Anderson
“Playing Soul, Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, House & all things related & relevant”
9pm – 2am ;

Saturday 20th December
(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

Friday 26th December
(Every Last Friday)
“Boxing Day 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

I’ve also heard of a couple of events that sound good on Sat Dec 27th if you need your post-Xmas fix ! Plus the January ones are filtering through now too – watch this space …

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 !

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