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Neil Gits To See A Star

7th December 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

I had to pre-record this week’s show again after remembering  at short notice that Nathan’s annual Xmas school production was on a Monday evening at 6pm – an neither of us could make Tuesday’s peformance ! So I sat for an hour in the back row (I forgot my admission programme = not a good seat!!)  in the Key Stage 2 hall at Brightside trying to get a peek of my son and I do believe that, in between all the heads and shoulders of other mums and dads in front of me, I did catch a five second glipse of him shuffling across the stage in a Santa hat. He did tell me later that he was one of the 50 or so kids waving sticks with bits of coloured tinsel on in the air towards the end and that if I heard anyone cough a couple of times, that was him too…

So it wasn’t a great experience, but at least I got to hear some of me on the radio on the way home, so it wasn’t all bad ! Judge for yourself, this Saturday at 5pm …

This Week’s Playlist:

Colonel Abrams  –  Trapped (DINCD138)

Jazzy Dee  –  Get On Up  (LRST101)

Frantique  –  Strut Your Funky Stuff (VTDCD191)

Karen Young  – Hot Shot (K11180)

Level 42  –  Starchild (POLS1036)

Emotions – Flowers  (LVBAL1)

Jeffrey Osborne  – On The Wings Of Love (AM198)

R Kelly  –  Your Body’s Calling (CHIP144)

Chaka Khan  –  What Cha Gonna Do For Me (K56888)

Soul II Soul  –  Fairplay (DIX82)

Cuba Gooding  –  Happiness Is Just Around The Bend (LON41)

Shakatak  –  Brazilian Dawn (

Diana Ross  –  The Boss

Ben E King  –  Supernatural Thing

Tower Of Power  –  It Really Doesn’t Matter

Isley Brothers  –  At Your Best You Are Love

Bill Withers  –  Oh Yeah

Sister Sledge  –  Mama Never Told Me 

Change  –  On Top (for Harry in Grays)

Roy Ayers  –  Poo Poo La La

George Benson  –  Turn Your Love Around

Sly & The Family Stone – Remember Who You Are

Jim Beard  –  Gone Was, Gone Will Be

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:


“The Old Git @ The Olde Dog – Total Request Fest !”

Billericay Road, Herongate Tye, Brentwood, CM13 3SD

DJ Neil Matthew playing….

“Soul, Jazz-Funk & Disco from and inspired by the classic era of the 70s & 80s”

7pm – 10.30pm – Free Entry

Chill out with the tunes !


Saturday 10th December
Estuary Soul Xmas Special,
The Westcoast Bar, Margate
8pm – 3am – Tickets are £5 in advance
Two Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk By The East Kent Soul Connection !
DJs include: Tony Matthews, Pete Collins, Micky B, Jason Anderson, Jonny & Messy
More details at …

Sunday 11th December
“The Old Git At The Olde Dog – Part 4!”
The Olde Dog, Bilericay Road, Herongate
7pm -10.30pm
A Total Request-Fest !!

Saturday 17th December

Funkadelia Dance Decades Party

The Luxurious Marquee, Loughton

Imagination featuring Leee John – LIVE !

Plus DJ John Leech – The Essex Soul Man

Tickets £15  – 9pm – 3am

Tel (01702) 306293  –

Saturday 31st December
“Soul By The Jetty – New Years Eve Special!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
8pm – 2am
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly…
Plus: Tony Matthews & Jazzbod from Caister
“A full-on PARTY featuring quality Soul, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Nu-Jazz and Caister grooves with added feel-good flavas…”
Wristbands £8 – IN ADVANCE ONLY – Tel:07989 591399
Or for full details see:

Saturday 31st December
“Stomp-ford 2 – New Years Eve Party!”
The Squire, North Street, Romford, RM5 3AB
8pm – 5am !
“The Sweet Rhythms Of Soul Music from the Stomp Team…”
Tickets £15 available until 18th December…
…after that £20 if not already sold out !
Full details at:

Saturday 31st December
“KTF Soul Club vs Dirty John’s New Years Knees Up!”
The Railway Tavern, Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm – 1.30 am
Two rooms of tunes – tickets £5 in advance only
Details at:

Saturday 31st December
“New Years Eve Dance Party”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley.
DJ Geoff Grove playing…
“80s Soul, 90s Anthems & Today’s Dance Hits”
Family-friendly event – Tickets £10 Adults £5 Under 18s
More details to follow…
Every Friday:

“Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry – 8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister) plus various guests

Every Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am – Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one December 2nd
First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth – next date Dec 2nd
Second Sunday: The Old Git At The Olde Dog – Herongate – see above ! Next: 11th December
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next one TBC
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one New Years Eve !
Further details above as each night comes around.
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
***Tickets & Accomodation Selling Fast ! Hurry! ***
More info at and

And don’t forget…

Live Jazz @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every First Sunday of the month

Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm

Next date : Resumes in March 2012

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Admission is FREE ! Hope to add more details here soon…

Also recommended…

Friday nights at…

Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton

Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove

Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2011 ? 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