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Neil Gits To Cool Down

9th July 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I always say that there is little point in being self-employed if you can’t just drop everything on the spur of the moment once in a while and head for a nice day out if the weather suits – no boss to grovel to, no holiday forms to fill in, no having to plan 9 months ahead and just hope the sun is shining on your chosen dates, just GO !!! 🙂  So that’s what I did last Friday, although it wasn’t because the weather was so good, it was because it was so HOT and working conditions at “Old Git Towers” were proving highly unproductive, so to hell with it, get in the car, turn up the aircon to max and enjoy a two hour trip to Hastings locked inside the frame of the Neil-mobile at a sensible relaxing temperature. But … on arrival, you get out of the car and … OUCH !!! The heat !!! Of course, it isn’t quite as bad by the coast as inland, there is a breeze here and there, but it was till SO HOT ! And then I remembered – the caves ! Just off the seafront, up the West Hill Cliff Train and down the slope a bit are St Clements caves and for some reason hardly anybody wants to visit them at 2pm on a sweltering hot Friday afternoon in July, so we had the whole place almost to ourselves and could wander around at a very leisurely pace enjoying the much reduced temperature inside – no windows, no sushine, no stress !! “Allow 45-50 minutes for your visit” it says – we strung it out to nearly two hours, only leaving when our tums told us fish n chips might be a good idea for tea … and you can’t get them in a cave !

So here I am, much more relaxed and ready to bring you this week’s LIVE two hour session of the coolest / hottest (YOU choose your preference!) soul, jazz-funk & disco from the 70s 80s and beyond from 7-9pm this evening –  I almost expect to have listeners getting in touch on the “Old Gits Soul Show” Facebook page telling me they are tuned in on the patio furniture or even lazing on the lawn, chilling with the tunes ! Feel free to be sociable and text / email / message the station for a mention. Now here is last week’s playlist and the latest gigs update :

The Tunes

Jaki Graham – Round And Round
Fred Wesley – House Party
Luther Vandross – Shine
Ernesta Dunbar – Checking Out
Crown Heights Affair – Dance Lady Dance
Earth Wind & Fire – Love’s Dance
Phyllis Hyman – Gonna Make Changes
Tyra Levone – You & You
Stephanie Mills – Top Of My List
Delegation – Where Is The Love (We Used To Know)
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Once You Get Started
Teena Marie – Lovergirl
Airto Moreira – Toque de Cuica
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Shakatak – Dark Is The Night
Terri Wells – You Make It Heaven
George Benson – Lady Love Me (One More Time)
Betty Wright – Make Me Love The Rain
K Avett – In My Life
Randy Crawford – Secret Combination
Bashiyra – Mountain
Danny Williams – Dancing Easy
Ultra High Frequency feat Ben Aiken – We’re On The Right Track

The Gigs

Friday 13th July
“KTF Soul Club – Summer Sizzler”
Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope,
“Northern Soul Night”
DJs: Mark Bale & Rob Messer
7.30pm – 1am ; £7 Entry

Friday 13th July
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 14th July
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 14th July
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 20th July
(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 20th July
(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 Steve Guarnori & Kevin Higham
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 21st July
“Fishing For Soul”
Heron Angling Society, The Red Shelter, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RP
“Soul, Funk, 80s Disco, Rare Groove, Nu Disco & Funky House”
DJs: Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Guests
8pm – Midnight

Saturday 21st July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 28th July
“KSS Summer All Dayer & Beach Party”
TJs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF
DJ: Tony Matthews & guests from ‘Kent Soul Sessions’
2pm – 1am ; Food available
Tickets £10

Sunday 29th July
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

Friday 3rd August
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

3rd 4th & 5th August
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :

Saturday 18th August
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus special guest DJ
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Saturday 18th August
“Liquid Spirit 2”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, Disco, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Brian Power, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark,
Danny T, Marie Garaccio…
8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Saturday 25th August
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Soulful House & More”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Mark Messent
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Sunday 26th August
“Omar & Full Live Band”
Boatyard Restaurant, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN
DJ support from Urban All-Stars
8pm – 1am ; Smart dress
Tickets £20 (gig only) or £50 (inc 4-course meal)
(07702) 089264

Friday 7th September
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Johnny Layton, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Sean French
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
Tickets £15 – Strictly Over 30s
(01375) 891402 –

Friday 7th September
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Saturday 8th September
“Soul By The Sea”
Zabranos, The Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1SJ
DJs: Grumpy Brown, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Michael Cooper & Chris White
“Afro, Funk, Latin, Jazz Dance & Soulful House”
8pm -1am ; £7 On The Door

Saturday 15th September
“Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”
Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN
“Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”
DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden
Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door
“Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am

Caister 2018 :
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell

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
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
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 2018 ? 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” !