Cool Soul on Gateway 97.8: Our Local Radio

Ads help us keep this site online

Neil Gits A Few Things Sorted…

23rd January 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

There is ALWAYS something that needs doing at my house – the list is endless and knowing where to start is an impossible task ! But this week I took care of some of the irritations that had cropped up in recent weeks and were making life and work at “Old Git Towers” more difficult. Number one job was to get the light fitting changed in the front room (my office !) – an old bulb exploded a few days ago and took some of the plastic socket with it ! Trying to work at my PC with a small desk lamp was not the solution …

Next was to get my IT expert round to restore Firefox to my PC, which had stubbornly refused to connect to the internet after updating itself. Google Chrome is great, but all my favourite websites and silly usernames and passwords for trivial but much used sites were on Firefox and life was getting slow ! 🙁  At the same time, she changed the router after the old one had died just before Xmas and been replaced with a temporary one which Nathan was moaning constantly was “too sloooooow!” making his XBox not run properly. The new replacement was connected and P & Q was returned to his bedroom…

So while in a “Get Things Done” mood, I then got stuck into the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list which needed serious maintenance for 2016 and you can see the results below, with every new soul event I know about added in and all the regular weekly / monthly ones updated with DJ/Venue/Music/Running Time changes – that was a job and a half I tell you !!

And finally the music ! This week’s show was the second “normal” one of the New Year and we have definitely hit the ground running with some great old vinyl revived and some excellent requests received. Take a look at last Monday’s playlist below and enjoy hearing the tunes  from 5 – 7pm today when the repeat play gets an airing …

The Tunes

Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Average White Band – Work To Do
Shalamar – There It Is
Olga Makovetskaya feat Incognito – Got To Keep Moving On
Earth Wind & Fire – Sparkle
Velvelettes – These Things Will Keep Me Loving You
Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father
Garcia feat Vince Durrell – Praying For Rain
Yarbrough & Peoples – Guilty
Quincy Jones – Stuff Like That
The DIG Band starring Dina Carroll – We Bring The Party
Carrie Lucas – Show Me Where You’re Coming From
Ingram – DJ’s Delight
Instant Funk – Philly Jump
Crusaders – Street Life (Disco Purrfection Remix)
Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher & Higher)
Zo! Feat Eric Roberson – We Are On The Move
Gerald Albright feat Billy Griffin – You Don’t Even Know
Commodores – Easy
The Rivingtons – I Love You Always
Deep Tenor City – Oba (Olopo Remix)

The Gigs

Wednesday 27th January
“Soul Explosion”
Palace Theatre, Westcliff-On-Sea
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Clem Curtis of The Foundations
Ernestine Pearce of The Flirtations
Tickets from £18 – Tel (01702) 351135

Friday 29th January
“Underground Soul @ Ground Zero”
The Lamb & Lion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7SD
DJs: Ian Holmes & Colin “Jazzy” Barnby with guest Jonny Layton
“All things soulful, funky & jazzy”
9pm – 2am ; £3 on the door

Friday 29th January
“Soul At The Mayne”
The Castlemayne, The Knares, Basildon, SS16 5RZ
DJs: Ricky Oatham & Danny Felix
“Soulful House, Old School Classics, R’n’B, Jazz Funk & Soul”
8pm – 1am ; £5 on the door ;
Over 21s – ID may be required
Casual smart dresss – no hoodies !

Friday 29th January
“Bully’s Birthday Bash!”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Matt Jackson
7.30pm start

Friday 5th February
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
(Every First Friday Of the Month)
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve, Bully & guest Steve Bocking
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Tel: (01268) 775100
Friday 5th February
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
Two Rooms of Tunes : “Soul Pavillion” & “Jazz Funk Lounge”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly , Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Jazzbod & Jonny Layton
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s
Tickets £15 – details from (01375) 891402 (Events Team)

Friday 5th February
“Stevenage Soul Club”
The CIU Club, High Street, Old Town, Stevenage, SG1 3AU
Guest DJ: Martin Collins
7.30pm – 12.45am ; Tickets £5 in advance

Wednesday 10th February
Alexander O’Neal – Live !
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
Tickets £12.50 – (01277) 632378

Saturday 13th February
“Soul By The Sea”
(Every Second Saturday)
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes & Neil Matthew
7.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry !
Friday 19th February
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Paul Kidley
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Friday 19th February
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
Saturday 20th February
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 20th February
“Soul Print Promotions present Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Mick Liste, Chris White, Gary Dennis & Birdy
“Soul Funk Jazz & Latin”
Admission £7 On the Door – 8.30pm – 1am

Saturday 5th March
“KTF Soul Club 6th Birthday Party”
Downstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Sean Pumfrett
Tickets £6 in advance (inc free CD) or £8 on the door
7.30pm – 1.00 am

Saturday 21st May
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !
Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT
DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters
Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door


Friday 27th – Monday 30th May 2016
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”
DJs: Peter P & Trish
Free Entry ; 8pm – 2am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Dress

Fridays :
“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 30s
(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
First Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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