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Neil Gits Waylaid…

9th March 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

I had a difficult choice to make last Monday daytime – either finish preparing my Tuesday night quiz for The Inn On The Green in Billericay and avoid the stress of the previous two weeks caused by waiting till the actual day of the event … OR … spend my time putting together a really good “Old Gits Soul Show” recording some extra special vinyl tracks onto MP3 instead of throwing a few tunes in a box of CDs and hoping it all turned out alright ! Luckily for you dear listener, I opted for the latter and of course I spent FAR too long choosing every song and fine tuning every small detail, so much so that I nearly didn’t have time for my traditional Monday lunchtime  bacon sarnie ! If I say so myself, I think it was one of the best live shows I’ve done with one superb song after another – check the playlist below to see for yourself, then make sure you tune in at 5p today (Saturday) to hear it in all its glory … 🙂

The Tunes

Steve Arrington  –  Feel So RealGarfield Fleming  –  Please Don’t Send Me Away

Real Thing  –  You To Me Are Everything

Sam Cooke  – Wonderful World

David Joseph  –  You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)

Webster Lewis  –  Give Me Some Emotion

Diana Ross  –  If We Hold On Together

Four Tops  –  Ain’t No Woman Like The One I Got

Raydio  –  More Than One Way To Love A Woman

Oran Juice Jones – The Rain

Gloria Scott  –  Too Much Love Making

Yellow Sunshine  –  Yellow Sunshine

Izit  –  Stories

James Brown  –  Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn

Crown Heights Affair  –  You Gave Me Love

Trammps  –  That’s Where The Happy People Go

Loose Ends  –  Don’t Be A Fool

Amy Keys  –  Every Time I Close My Eyes

Cody Chesnutt  –  What Kind Of Cool

Temptations – I’ll Keep My Light In My Window

Karyn White  –  Secret Rendez Vous

Steve Oliver – High Noon


The Gigs

Saturday 9th March“Disco Divas”

Unit 4 Wine Bar, Chafford Hundred, near Lakeside

“Soulful Classics”  with DJ MJ

8pm  –  4am   –   Free Entry

Saturday 16th March

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start   –  Free Entry

Saturday 16th March

“KTF Soul Club 3rd Anniversary Do”

Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays

DJs: Rob Messer & Ian “The Don” Donaldson

“Northern Soul/Real RnB/Motown Sounds”

7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 Advance Tickets inc Free CD !

Saturday 16th March

“Soul Night”

Bar Blue (Next to Tots), Lucy Road, Southend-on-Sea

DJ Geoff Grove

£6 On The Door

Saturday 16th March

“Disco Inferno”

Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJ Bully “Begin To Boogie From 8pm!”

Fancy Dress   –  Free Admission

Friday 22nd March

“80s Groove Night”

Visage Bar, Gants Hill, Ilford

DJ: John Leech

Free Entry  –  9pm – Late

More details to follow

Saturday 23rd March


The Knot, 20 Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, Kent, CT8 8AD

DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson

Guests: Penny K & Tom Glide

8pm – 1am  ;  Free Entry ;  Tel:(01843) 833907

Friday 29th March (last Friday of the month)

“The Return Of Shaft”

Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester

DJs:  Chazz J, Jimmy Dixon, Kev James

“Soul Jazz & Funk”

9pm  –  2.30am    –    Free Entry

Friday 29th March

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

Vetro Bar, Billericay (corner of Western Road & High Street)

“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves From The 70s & 80s”

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus Guest DJ Pete Collins

Free Entry   –   8pm  –  1am

Friday 29th March

“Destiny Michelle”

The Inn On The Green, Billericay

Beyonce / Destinys Child Tribute

8.30 pm start  –  Free Admission

Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)

“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark

Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times 8pm –  2am

Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757

Saturday 30th March

“Soul Birthday Party”

Caffe Alma, (formerly The Westcoast Bar), Margate

“Upfront, Modern & Classic Soul Grooves”


Saturday 30th March

“The 3rd Soul Connexion All Dayer”

The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE

12 Noon – Late

Tickets £4 In Advance from (07584)626972 (£5 OTD)

More info at

Saturday 30th March (Every Last Saturday)

“Disco Stomp”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert plus guests

70s & 80s Disco Classics

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am

Friday 5th April 2013

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Guest DJ Uncle Swerve

“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”

Free Entry    –   8.00pm  – 1am

Saturday 6th April (Every First Saturday)

“Soul On The Harbour ”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert, plus guests TBC

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

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am

Saturday 13th April 2013

“Massive Waves Of Britfunk…With A Splash Of Stateside Soul”

Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, CT20 2DZ Folkestone, Kent

Live ! “Atmosfear” “Beggar & Co” “Big Brooklyn Red”

Plus:  Guest DJ “Jeff Young” supported by Stumps & Lee

7pm  –  Midnight

Tickets Now Available @

Saturday 13th April

“Hustle 2 !”

The Clubhouse, Princes Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN

DJs: James Anthony, Marky Mark & Penny K

“Soul Funk & Disco”

9pm  – 2am   ;    £5 On The Door

Details from (07855) 770273

Saturday 20th April

“An Evening Of Soul & Motown”

The Green Man, A128, Herongate

DJ : JB (Jon Barrall)

Pub Hours – Free Entry

Saturday 20th April

“Essex Soul Party”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA

DJs: Frostie Original, Tony Fernandez, Marky Mark,

Jim The Syrup, John Soul-Power Wayne.

“Tunes from the Goldmine/Zero 6/Lacy Lady Era”

Saturday 27th April

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly

 Plus Special guest Nick Aravis

£5  – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) or…

email: [email protected]

“100% Jazz Funk & Soul with a sprinkling of nu jazz & soulful house – keeping the spirit of the Goldmine alive on Canvey Island”

Friday 17th May

“Killer Soul – 2013”

Rayleigh Club Golf Resort (formerly Lords)

The Zero DJ Team playing …

“The Very best In Soul Funk Disco & Old School Dance”

More details soon

Saturday 1st June

“Soul Carnival All Dayer”

The Cromwell Manor, Basildon

“8 Hours Of Soul, Funk, Rare Groove & Soulful House”

DJs: Aitch B, Gordon Mac, Gary Dennis, James Anthony and more

5pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £15 In Advance

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Saturday 29th June

“The Motown Girls”

The Inn On The Green, Bilericay

8.30 pm start  –  Free Admission

Saturday 13th July

“Hockley Soul Night”

Details To Follow…

Watch This Space…

“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Grays

The Tollgate, Chadwell Heath


“Clacton Soul Weekender”

22nd – 23rd March 2013

Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea

“Bless the Funk”

6th – 8th June 2013

The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 5th April

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 6th April

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 16th March

Last Friday: Shaft, Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester – next 29th March

Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 30th March

Last Saturday: We Love 80s, The Edge, Basildon  –  next: 30th March

Also recommended…

Most Friday Nights At …

Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton

Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove

Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood

These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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