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Neil Gits To 3 Countries In 3 Days !

1st June 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

Yes, this year’s birthday road trip has been and gone again and this time I ticked another box on my list of missions – to drive to Scotland !! We took the scenic route (literally!) via Snowdonia in North Wales, some spectacular sights were to be seen there and many photographs taken before an overnight stay in Chester and then continuing the journey across the border (but only just) with more breathtaking scenery on the way right down into the South West corner at Stranraer before realizing we now had to turn around and go all the way back to England and find our hotel just south of the Yorkshire Dales, catching some glorious views as the sun set in the evening. A fraction over 1,000 miles were added to the clock on the Neil-mobile by the time we returned to Essex and it took a few days to fully recover, but by Monday I was back in Studio 1, ready for Old Gits Soul business !

I am writing this as the repeat play goes out between 5 & 7pm on Saturday, but if you missed the current show due to it being on a Bank Holiday, don’t forget to head for “Listen Again” on this website and you can hear it whenever and however you like for the next 30 days or so. The playlist and list of gigs are posted below :

The Tunes

Shalamar – Make That Move
Equals – Funky Like A Train
The Soul City People – Soul City People
Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy (Funky Purrfection Version)
Gladys Knight – When You’re Far Away
Cherie Maree – Time Waits
Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – Without You
Raymond Barton/Yolanda Parke/Omari Jones-Together In Love
Melba Moore – Pick Me Up I’ll Dance
Chic – My Forbidden Lover
Luther Vandross – It’s Over Now
Walter Murphy Big Apple Band-5th Of Beethoven
Karen Linette feat Najee – Upside Of Life
Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass – Two Hearts
Quincy Jones – Ai No Carrida
Deborah Bell & Everiss – I Want Your Love
Loleatta Holloway – Casanova
Anita Baker – You Belong To Me
Fiona Yorke – Love For Me
Tymes – Ms Grace
Stone Paxton – I Don’t Think She’s Gone (Andrea Curato Remix)

The Gigs

Saturday 1st June
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 1st June
“Jackie Wilson Says Live”
The Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westliff-on-Sea
8pm start
Details at

Friday 7th June
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs
“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”
8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry…

Saturday 8th June
“KTF Soul Club Summer Sizzler”
Old Regent Ballroom (Upstairs), Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope,SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul, Motown, R’n’B and a splash of Latin”
Guest DJs: Alfie Linney & Pat Murphy
Tickets £7 in advance ; 7.30pm – 1am

Friday 14th June
“Club Classics”
The Arlington Ballroom, Leigh on Sea
DJs: Merv Griffiths & Brian Kelly
8pm – 1am
Tickets : £7 each or 4 for £20
Tel: (01702) 711350

Saturday 15th June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 15th June
“Soul By The Sea”
The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8DL
“Soul Funk Disco & Groove”
DJs: Disco Dolly, Purple Hayes, Mr Mundy & DJ Jazzman
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 21st June
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 21st June
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests TBC
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Sunday 30th June
(Last Sunday of Each Month)
“Over Roast Of Joy”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green
Special Guest : Tony Matthews
Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm

Friday 5th July
“Real Thing, Loose Ends & Shakatak”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
8pm – 11pm ; Tickets £24, £29 or £31
(01702) 351135

Saturday 6th July
“Liquid Spirit – Glitz & Glam Festival”
Fox & Hounds, Church Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, CM11 1PW
“Soulful House,Disco, Soul, R’n’B, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Ronnie Herel, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Danny T,
Marie Garaccio, Paul Kidley, Max Fernandez & DJ Coxy
Special Guest : Brandon Block
Live PA from Lifford
2pm – Midnight ; Over 21s
Tickets £15 or £12 Early Bird offer

Thursday 18th July
Alexander O’Neal – Live !
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
Tickets £15 ; 9pm start…/Alexander-O8217Neal-liv…/13547068/

Friday 19th July
“Soul Odyssey”
M & B Sports & Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0QX
DJs Gary Walden, Gary Fish & Tony Treble
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Nu Soul & Soulful House”
Tickets £6 in advance or £10 on the door

Saturday 27th July
“Kent Soul Sessions All Dayer”
Tjs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF
DJs: Roni O’Brien, Simon Van Os, Ian Holmes, Ian Gray
Paul Hamilton, James Howarth, Elliott Mount, Paul Kidley
Brian Kelly, Mark Messent, Mark O’Brien
More details to follow at :

Saturday 14th August
“The Soul Fiesta All-Dayer”
Cromwell manor, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, SS16 4UH
DJs: Aitch B, Birdy, Gordon Mac, Chris White, Brian Kelly
Lee Aldwinkle, Glen Sherry, Femi Fem, Jonny Layton,
Paul Clark, Tony Matthews, Jigs, Ian Holmes,
Mike Vitti & Victor Afro Anderson

Saturday 24th August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Soulful House, Boogie & More..”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent
Guest: Paul Clark
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only
email: [email protected]
Text : (07960) 217136

Sunday 25th August
“Overdose Of Joy All Dayer”
Top Meadow Golf Club & Hotel, Fen Lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR
DJs: Paul Kidley, Sam Green, Elliott Mount, Bully, Nick Gunn,
Steve Kite, Lee Fatloke, Danny T, James Anthony
Live PA by : Imaani
3pm – 1am ; Tickets £20
*Supporting The Indee Rose Trust & Joni’s Army Charities

Weekenders :

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 7”
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
3 Rooms Of Music including :
“Soul, Funk, Jazz, R’n’B, Soulful House, Neo Soul
Modern Soul, Rare Groove, Northern Soul & Reggae”
“3 Nights Accomodation inc Breakfast & Evening Meals & Event Pass = £199”
Tel : (02392) 460044

Margate Soul Festival 2019
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August
Including: Saturday : LIVE : Light Of The World – Incognito”
Sunday : James D Train Williams / Cool Million
Omar / Janet Kay / Steve Nichol (Loose Ends)

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The Rising Sun, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul, House, Disco, R’n’B , Club Classics”
DJ : Peter P and guests
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2019 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !