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Neil Gits Some More Vinyl On Air …

21st February 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

I’ve certainly had a busy week, yep, it was half-term time again and in between keeping my little DJ empire ticking over and entertaining young Nathan, I just about found time to slap a few of pieces of vinyl onto my USB turntable and add some nice crackles to your soulful listening!

Amongst them was a 1978 recording by Jean Carn, one of my favourite female vocalists who recorded back then for my favourite record label Philadelphia International Records and whilst playing that at home, I found at least another four terrific songs by her for airing on future shows – I can feel another featured artist month coming on !

One of the more under-rated singers of the early 80s soul & disco scene was Gayle Adams who recorded two albums for another top label, Prelude Records. Her label mates included D Train & Sharon Redd, but though she worked with the same producers and songwriters as many of the label’s hit acts, she remained an undiscovered gem to the masses – but boy do those tracks sound fresh now! Those are just two of around 20 highlights on the show this week – hear them all again this Saturday at 5pm and tune in to the next new live show on Monday at 7pm…

The Tunes

Curtis Hairston – I Want Your Loving
Donald Byrd  – Loving You
Sweet Sensation    Sad Sweet Dreamer
Sam Cooke    Bring It On Home To Me
Chi-Lites – We Are Neighbours
Jean Carn – Happy To Be With You
Randy Crawford    Almaz
Barbara Acklin    I Did It
Gayle Adams    Stretchin’ Out
Jacksons    Walk Right Now
Luther Vandross    I Wanted Your Love
Sylvester    Over & Over (Mr Moonshine Edit)
Chuck Mangione    Feels So Good
Commodores    I Feel Sanctified (Apple Scruffs Re-Edit)
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes    Don’t Leave Me This Way
Raw Stylus    Believe In Me
Ashford & Simpson    Is It Still Good To Ya
Jean Terrel    How Can You Live Without Love
Thunderbolt    Love Is So Funny
Jesse Green    Nice ‘n’ Slow

Joe Bataan  –  Aftershower Funk

The Gigs

Friday 21st February

(3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
DJs: Bully & MJ
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Funk & Disco plus RnB & Club Classics”
Free Entry   ;   8.30pm – 1am
Friday 21st February
“Soul Resurrection”
The Black Prince (Holiday Inn), Bexley, Kent, DA5 1ND
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soulful House & Caister Classics”
DJs: Steve Kite, Dave Cooper & Marie Garaccio
8pm    2am  ;  Tickets £5 in advance, £10 OTD
Saturday 22nd February
“Soul By The Jetty”  ** NEW VENUE ! **
**********S O U L E D  O U T !!!!!! *****************
The Oysterfleet, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB
“No:1 Soul Club Outside London 2013 !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messy
Special Guest: Tony Matthews
“Top Quality Jazz-Funk & Soul and more…”
Wristbands £7 In Advance Only – (07989) 591399
“Keeping The Goldmine Spirit Alive On Canvey Island”
Sunday 23rd February
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Bonnie DJ, Richard Brown, Sandra C & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  11pm – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !
Friday 28th February
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Nick Aravis
Free Entry  before 11pm –   8pm    1.30am
Friday 28th February
(Every Last Friday)
“Essex Funkers Soul Social Club”
Harlow Town FC, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
Tickets £5 : (07800) 724757  (07947) 308326
DJ: Les Knott
Saturday 1st March
(Every First Saturday)
The Buddha Lounge, Maidstone, Kent
“All Things Soulful”
DJs: Karen “Kazzie D” Ager, Andy Sharp, James Anthony
£5 On The Door ; 10pm – 3am
Friday 7th March
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJ: Bully & guest Mike Hemmings
8.30pm    1am  ;  Free Entry
“Soul Funk & Disco From The 70s Upwards”
Saturday 8th March
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom Edgar & Guests
8pm    1am   ;   Free Entry
Saturday 8th March
“Chic !” (Every Second Saturday)
The Crown, Billericay High Street
“Carwash Anthems, Soul & Disco Classics, Flare Flapping Funk…
…and Modern Soulful Sounds too”
DJs: MJ & Bully
Saturday 15th March
“The Drizabone Soul Family – Live !”
Britannia Theatre, Dickens World, Leviathan Way,
Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4LL
Tickets £10 before 1st March, £15 after
7pm    11pm    after party till 3am
Saturday 15th March
“KTF Soul Club – 4th Anniversary Bash”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
7.30 pm    1am  ;  Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 OTD
DJs: Kev Lock, Soulful Sally & Drew Orr
Saturday 15th March
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & Pete Collins & Hugsta
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry
Saturday 22nd March
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Soundchaser, Marky P,The Bushbaby
Special Guest: Greg Edwards
Tickets £10    (07947)308326


 21st – 23rd March 2014
“Clacton Soul Weekender”
The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton On Sea, CO151UU
23rd – 26th May 2014
“Bless The Funk Soul Weekender”
AZUR, Marina Pavillion, Hastings, TN38 OBU
Headline DJs: Greg Edwards, Brian Jay, Red Pepper
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk & Classic Weekender Anthems”
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 7th March
First Saturday: Soulsations, Buddha Lounge, Maidstone – next: 1st March
Second Saturday: Be Chic    The Crown, Billericay    next 8th March
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 21st Feb
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 15th March
Last Sunday: Sunday Soul Sessions, Victoria, Romford    next 23rd Feb
Last Friday: Friday Night Live, Bar Plazma, Wickford – next date TBC
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay  – next date 28th Feb
Last Friday: Essex Funkers Soul Social, Harlow  – next date 28th Feb
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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 !
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 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