Neil Gits Into Top Gear

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No, it’s nothing to do with that “petrolheads” TV show – I love driving around the country, but have no interest in what goes on under the bonnet !  I was just pleased with how the show went this week, everything flowed just right and as you can see from the playlist below, it included some fabulous soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes , so make sure if you didn’t hear it live on Monday, you are near your speakers at 5pm today for the repeat play !

I’ve also updated the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list which had got a bit of a mess over the summer – there’s still work to do on it, as I am sure I have left out (accidentally!) one or two excellent regular soul events, so if you spot an omission, please do get in touch with the details and I will include it ASAP…

The Tunes

Tom Browne   –  Funkin’ For Jamaica

Keith Sweat  –  Something Just Ain’t Right

New York City  –  I’m Doing Fine Now

Maze  –  Right On Time

Marc Staggers – Let Me Be The One

El Chicano  –  Do You Want Me

PP Arnold  –  First Cut Is The Deepest

Sargent Tucker  – I Need Your Love

Detroit Spinners  –  Body Language

Whispers  –  And The Beat Goes On

Johnny Bristol  –  Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me

Mena Keys  –  Dizzy’s Delight

Larry Williams & Johnny Watson  –  Too Late

Prince – 1999

Funkadelic  –  (Not Just) Knee Deep

Matthew Winchester-This Thing Called Love (Nigel Lowis Mix)

Howard Johnson  –  Forever Falling In Love

Al B Sure  –  Nite & Day

Emanuel Laskey  –  I’d Rather Leave On My Feet

Gibson Brothers  –  Ooh What A Life

The Brothers  –  Are You Ready For This

The Gigs

Friday 19th August

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 19th August

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 20th August

(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


Sunday 21st August

“A Taste Of Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

6pm  –  10pm  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 27th August

“Soul By The Jetty – Summer Beach Party”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly &

Special Guest James Anthony (Jetty Debut !)

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Saturday 27th August

“Music For Grown Ups”

The Waterfront, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

DJ: Lee Aitch

“Classic Soul, Disco, Funk, Boogie, Motown, Reggae

& Jazz Funk from the 60s 70s & 80s”

10pm  –  3am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August

“Atlantis 40th Anniversay Reunion”

The Westcoast, King Street, Margate

DJs: Rossiter & Dexter, Clive Saffery, Paul French

Penny Webb, David Cooper

“Soul & Jazz-Funk”

£10 tickets in advance only


Sunday 28th August

“Making Memories – Soul All-Dayer”

*In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care*

Gardeners Arms & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX

DJs : Kevin Hawkins, Gary Walden, Pete Collins

Simon Whistles Ford, Tricia Butler, Glen Nudd & Neville

3pm  –  12.30am  ;  Entry £10 donation


Sunday 28th August / Monday 29th August

“The Havering Show”

Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch

Sun: Jocelyn Brown

Mon: Real Thing

Two days of family events with varied music acts.

Soul stars headline !

11am –  6pm  ;  Free Entry


Friday 2nd September

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 2nd September

“Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Saturday 3rd September

“Soul Special”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

DJs: Jeff Young, Micky B & Gavin Page

10pm – 2am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 9th September

“5 Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Ian Johns & Special Guest: Mick Jackson

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz-Funk Lounge

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tel: (01375) 891402 for more details or go to:


Saturday 10th September

“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 24th September

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope

DJs: Gary Thurgood & John Madams & KTF team

“Northern Soul Event”

First 100 tickets priced at £6

7.30pm – 1am


Saturday 24th September

“Soul By The Sea”

The Ship, Leigh On Sea

DJs: Garry Dennis, Michael “Birdy” Bird

Chris White & Micky “Liste” Cooper

“Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop & Soulful House”

8pm  –  1am   ;  £7 on the door


Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135




TBC – watch this space !



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: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

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

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