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Neil Gits A Tummy Ache

16th April 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Something wasn’t quite right “down below” last weekend – for a couple of days my food wasn’t settling quite as comfortably as usual in my stomach ! Maybe I’d just pushed myself a bit harder than normal with my workload, which has increased nicely this year, and left myself vulnerable to a bug … or maybe it was those new sausages I tried for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday that needed cooking slightly longer !!! Either way, no big deal, but I wanted to be fully fit again for Monday and my traditional weekly evening routine, which starts with a bit of tasty fast food from a local main name outlet and ends up with me chilling on the sofa drinking Pepsi and stuffing my face with chocolate till I can’t take no more … 😉

In between, of course, there is the small matter of my two self-indulgent hours playing soul, jazz-funk and disco goodies on the radio which thankfully plenty of other people seems to enjoy hearing and I am glad to report all was well again by last Monday, with both food & drink and tunes going down well in equal measure ! If you missed this week’s selection, check out the playlist below and have a listen to the repeat play from 5-7pm this Saturday evening, I think I might even do the same myself !! 🙂

This Week’s Tunes

Archie Bell & The Drells  –  Let’s Groove

D Train  –  You’re The One For Me

Temptations  –  Do You Really Love Your Baby

Dunn & Bruce Street  –  Shout For Joy

Mr Bird  feat Greg Blackman  –  Over Again (Tom Moulton Remix)

Leon Haywood  –  I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You

Shalamar  –  This Is For The Lover In You

Blaze  –  One World

Robert White  –  Hold Me Tight

Third World  –  Now That We’ve Found Love

Aretha Franklin  –  Jump To It

George Benson  – In Search Of A Dream

Booker Newbury III – Love Town

Rick James  –  You Turn Me On

Johnnie Taylor  –  Disco Lady

Regina Belle  –  You Saw The Good In Me

Detroit Spinners & Dionne Warwick – Then Came You

Jerry Fuller  –  Double Life

Lipps Inc  –  Funky Town

Players Association  –  More Than A Little Bit

The Soul Gigs

Saturday 16th April

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Mick Jackson “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 16th April

“The Ultimate Motown Night”

Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea

“Four Tops Tribute Act”

DJ John Watson

Finger Buffet  –   18 + age group

Tickets £17.50 (no booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 16th April

(also 7th May/4th June)

“Movers & Shakers”

The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“Two Rooms Of Music: Club Classics, Funk & Soul, old & new”

DJs: Steve G & Robbie Collins plus guests

Tickets £5  ;  Over 30s  ;  8pm – 1.30am



Saturday 23rd April

“The Madness Of St Georges Day”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

12 DJs including :

Jeff Young, Gary Dennis, Tony Fernandez

Paul Clark, Bob Masters & Grumpy Brown

Tickets: £10 between 1st Feb & 8th Feb – more afterwards


Saturday 23rd April


The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Saturday 30th April

“Motown Stax Atlantic”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJ Double Experience

Free Admission ; 9pm – 1am


Sunday 1st May

“May Day Shuffle !!”

Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG

“Funk, Jazz, Latin, Afro & Samba Vibes”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

DJ Lee Aitch


Sunday 1st May

“Harbour Soul 2”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJs : Emmet Keane & Dean Thatcher

“Reggae & Soul & All Things In Between”

Free Admission ; 8pm – 1am


Friday 6th May

“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 ; Over 25s

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 6th May

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 7th May

“Movers & Shakers”

The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL

“Two Rooms Of Music: Club Classics, Funk & Soul, old & new”

DJs: Steve G & Robbie Collins plus guests

Tickets £5  ;  Over 30s  ;  8pm – 1.30am



Saturday 7th May

“The Soulbeat Sessions”

(Every first Saturday of the month)

The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent

DJs: Terry Brown & guests

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am


Tuesday 10th May

“Roy Ayers Live”

The Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Tickets £23.50 – £26.50

Tel: (01702) 351135


Thursday 12th May

“Mica Paris In Concert”

The Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Tickets £20 – £24

Tel (01702) 351135


Saturday 14th May

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs: Jon Drake & Robin Quartermain plus the KTF team

7.30pm  –  1am

Tickets £6 in advance


Saturday 14th May

“Soul By The Sea – 5th Anniversary Party !”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 14th May

“Harbour  Soul”

The True Briton, Folkestone Harbour, CT20 IQN

DJs: James O’Reilly, The Pax & guests

“Soul, Funk, Motown, Rare-Groove, Disco & Jazz-Funk”

£3 OTD ; 9pm – 3am


Friday 20th May

(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 20th May

“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, Tracey Shaw plus guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 21st May

(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


Saturday 21st May

“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”

Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !

Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT

DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters

Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door


Saturday 28th May

“Soul At The Wharf”

The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road, South Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

“Soul, Funk & Disco Anthems & Club Classics”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Beer Garden, Large Car Park, Food Till 10pm…


Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465


Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)

“Killer Soul All-Dayer”

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE

Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics

Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…


Saturday 18th June

“The Magic Of Motown”

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“10th Anniversary Show”

Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.

Tickets from £22 – £29 ;  8pm start

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:




Friday 27th – Monday 30th May

“Bless The Funk”

Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU

Strictly for the Over 30s

“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul

2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”


Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



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)



DJ Devon at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay 2pm – 6pm



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