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Neil Gits To Catch Up With The Stylistics

6th September 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Around this time last year I spoke to Airrion Love, one of the surviving founding members of The Stylistics, in anticipation of their concert at the Towngate Theatre – and guess what ? They’re coming back for more ! The vintage 70s soul group will be returning to the venue on Saturday 3rd November as part of a 21 date countrywide tour, so if you heard how good they were but missed them last year or maybe went to the show and loved it so much you want to go again – here’s your chance ! And of course, I’ll be speaking to Airrion live on the “Old Gits Soul Show” to find out what’s been happening with the fellas over thelast twelve months, so tune in this coming Monday at 7.30pm to hear it … and don’t forget there’s a repeat of last Monday’s show on Saturday at 5pm with the following playlist to enjoy :

The Tunes


Kool & The Gang  –  Big Fun

Side Effect  –  Always There

Alton Edwards  –  I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You)

The Tams  –  Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me

Kenny Williams  –  You’re Fabulous Babe

Shakatak  –  Emotionally Blue

Luther Vandross & Dionne Warwick – How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye

Kenny Latimore  –  Days Like These

Lonnie Liston Smith  –  Expansions

Quincy Jones  –  Stuff Like That

Bobby Thurston  –  Very Last Drop

Rodney Franklin  –  The Groove

Jocelyn Brown  –  I Wish You Would

Brass Construction  –  Movin’ On

Freddie Jackson  –  Love Is Just A Touch Away

Maxwell  –  Matrimony:Maybe You

Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band  –  The Secret Life Of Us

Shakatak  –  Bitch To The Boys

Jackie & Roy  –  Don’t Be Blue

Kenny G  –  Sade

The Gigs


Friday 7th September

“Soulful Caister Sounds”

Henry’s , Romford Road, Aveley

DJs: Pete Collins & Steve Kite

8.30pm  –  1am   –   Free Entry

“Soul Disco Funk & Caister Classics”



Friday 7th September

“Soul Reunited”

The RUSSC, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien & Jazzbod (Caister)

“Old Skool Disco, Funk, Boogie & Caister Anthems”

9pm   –  Late   –   £5 On The Door


Friday September 7th

“Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJs : Bully & Guest Johnny Famous

“The Very Best In Soul, Funk & Disco”

Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am



Saturday 8th September


Saks Bar, Clifftown Road, Southend On Sea, SS1 1AB

DJs: Bob Jones, Paul Housden, Chris Powell

Special Guests: The Urban All Stars

“Funkiest Flavours, Juiciest Jazz, Biggest Beats!”

9pm  –  3am


Friday 14th September

“Killer Soul IX”

Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh

Three rooms of tunes with the Zero DJ team

Guest PA from Georgie B (Second Image)

8pm  – 1am    –   Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door

Details: (01702) 232377


Saturday 15th September

“Dance Decades Soul Night”


The All New Club Ciroc, South Street,Romford

DJs: John Leech & Paul Travi

Special Guest Performance by Glen Goldsmith

Details on (01708) 732211


Saturday 15th September

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront

DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom G Man Edgar, Tommy Gun, John Herbert

Free Entry  –  7.30pm –  1 am



Friday 21st September

“Smooth Grooves”

Hendersons Bar, Roydon (near Harlow)

DJs: Jonny Layton, Paul Clark, Mark Messent

“The Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door


Saturday 22nd September

“KTF Soul Club” (Northern Soul)

Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope

Guest DJs: Paul Spain & Lee Markwick

7.30pm start – Wristbands £4 inc free CD !

Details from Danny (07895) 538835



Friday 28th September

The Qube, Crouch Street, Colchester

“Soul Jazz, Funk & Disco, R’n’B, Soulful House”

DJs: Kev James & Shaft

£3 Entry   –   9pm – 2am


Saturday 6th October

“Soul On The Harbour – 2nd Birthday Bash!”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: Paul Spickett, Penny K, John Herbert & more…

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Friday 12th October

“Stompford 3”

Hooga Bar, Victoria Road, Chelmsford

“Two Rooms of Soulful Beats & Jazzy Vibes and everything in between plus a Caribbean Kitchen !! “

Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door

10 DJs from the Stomp Family




Saturday 13th October

“Hockley Soul Night”

Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive

DJ: Geoff Grove

Details to follow…


Saturday 13th October

“Soul Connection All-Dayer”

Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

12 noon  –  1 am

Tickets £6 in advance, £10 on the door

More details to follow…


Saturday 13th October

“Soulbay Part 2”

The Know, 20 Beach Road, Westgate On Sea, CT8 8AD

“Soulful Funky Fun with the Knights Of The Cheesetable!”

Micky B, Jason Anderson, Paul French & Chris Bangs

4pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry



Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“The 1st Embassy Soul Weekender”

Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, CO6 1DU

“The Best Soul Funk Jazz & Latin Music”

DJs Include: Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Ash Selecter, Marky Mark

Booking details on (01206) 214808

Or for more info on prices, facilities & DJs visit…


Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“Bless The Funk Weekender” (2)

Esplanade Hotel, Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea

“Three days of soul & funk anthems”


7pm Friday, 12 Noon Saturday, 12 Noon Sunday

£20 per person, further details at


Saturday 20th October

“Soul By The Jetty – 3rd Birthday Party!”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Ginger Tony

£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399


Saturday 27th October

“New Yorker Revisited”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre

DJs: Aitch Bee from Soul II Soul, Hugsta, Cosmic,

Stavros, Chris White & Paul Eve

“Playing the Very Best in Jazz-Funk & Soul”

9pm  –  2am    –   £10 In Advance

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2012 ? 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 voice/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