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Neil Gits Two New CDs !

30th January 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

It doesn’t seem so long ago when, at the peak of my DJ career, doing the clubs, bars, parties and radio shows in the 90s, I would think nothing of spending £3,000 – £4,000 a year on records and CDs, but in recent years it had slimmed own to nearer £300 – £400. Now of course, I am a fully paid up member of “The Old Gits Club” and for the last three years I have played almost exclusively old tunes, either established hits at my gigs or favourite classic soul tunes on the radio. In fact, last year I only bought two CDs !! They were “Soul Togetherness 2014” and “Luxury Soul 2015”, both at the start of the year and were thoroughly enjoyable, encouraging me to include a little more new soul music (of the highest quality!) on my show. And when I started to get sent some fabulous promotional tracks from a new contact, via a mutual friend, it gave Monday nights a fresh new kick with their highly worthy inclusion.

So, onto 2016 – and I’ve just done the same again, purchasing “Soul Togetherness 2015” & “Luxury Soul 2016” though both are still in their shrink wrapping at present ! With the first batch of promo tracks received sounding very pleasing indeed to these Old Git ears, things are looking very promising for the months ahead…

Check out what I played on last week’s show below and tune in for the next LIVE edition at 7pm on Monday, repeated at 5pm on Saturday afternoon …

The Tunes

Womack & Womack – Love Wars
Gino Soccio – Try It Out
Emotions – Best Of My Love
Drizabone Soul Family – New York City Nights
Inner Life – I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)
Lou Courtney – I’m In Need Of Love
Loose Ends – So Where Are You
Regina Belle – So Many Tears
Billy Griffin – Be With Me
Linx – You’re Lying
Gwen McCrae – Funky Sensation
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – The Onion Song
Imagination – Music & Lights
Ingram – Smoothin’ Groovin’
Cool Million feat Eli Thompson – Sweet Soul Music
C L Blast – Lay Another Log On The Fire
Barry White – Just The Way You Are
The Carstairs – He Who Picks A Rose
Hamilton Bohannon – Foot Stompin’ Music
George Howard – Nice Place To Be

Fully Updated Gigs

Saturday 30th January
“The Kent Soul Sessions”
TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF
DJs: Tony Matthews, Pete Collins, Roni O’Brien, TimBates
8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door

Friday 5th February
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
(Every First Friday Of the Month)
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve, Bully & guest Steve Bocking
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 5th February
“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
Friday 5th February
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
Two Rooms of Tunes : “Soul Pavillion” & “Jazz Funk Lounge”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly , Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Jazzbod & Jonny Layton
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s
Tickets £15 – details from (01375) 891402 (Events Team)

Friday 5th February
“Stevenage Soul Club”
The CIU Club, High Street, Old Town, Stevenage, SG1 3AU
Guest DJ: Martin Collins
7.30pm – 12.45am ; Tickets £5 in advance

Wednesday 10th February
Alexander O’Neal – Live !
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
8pm start time
Tickets £12.50 – (01277) 632378

Saturday 13th February
“Soul By The Sea”
(Every Second Saturday)
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes & Neil Matthew
7.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry !
Friday 19th February
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Paul Kidley
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Friday 19th February
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 20th February
(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 20th February
“Soul Print Promotions present Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Mick Liste, Chris White, Gary Dennis & Birdy
“Soul Funk Jazz & Latin”
Admission £7 On the Door – 8.30pm – 1am

Saturday 5th March
“KTF Soul Club 6th Birthday Party”
Downstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Sean Pumfrett
Tickets £6 in advance (inc free CD) or £8 on the door
7.30pm – 1.00 am

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 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

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…


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March
“SFA 2016 – The Soul Family Affair !”
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BB
Two Rooms: 1) Nu Soul, Boogie, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk
2) Motown, Jazz, Northern, Reggae, Modern Classics
DJs include: Martin Collins, Tony Fernandez, Ian Reading
Brian Kelly, Chris Brown & Les Knott
More info at or :

Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March (Easter!)
“The Claremont Soul Weekend”
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, NR33 0BS
“Four Rooms of Soulful Classics, RnB, Jazz-Funk & House”
**Beggar & Co – Live Set ! **
DJs including:
Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Phil Baker & Stretch Taylor
More details from :

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”

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: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley
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 !