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Neil Has A Night Out In Ramsgit

7th February 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

It was time to get out of the house and back on the road last weekend, so I decided to take in my first soul gig of the year and re-visit old chums on the Kent side at “Soul On The Harbour” in Ramsgate. You may be thinking that’s quite a way to drive just to see a bunch of DJs playing their old vinyl tracks, but I met people there from Bracknell & Cockfosters who’d made the trip – us soul fans all always prepared to travel to hear top tunes ! And top tunes they were, five glorious hours of non-stop nostalgia from the days of the 70s & 80s, so good in fact that I just couldn’t help myself and found myself “grooving” on the dancefloor with a few mates – first time that’s happened since 1998 I reckon !

If you listen in to the show any week, apart from a mere two hours of fab music, you can hear me promoting all manner of gigs that should appeal to you right across Essex and Kent, all within reasonable reach for Basildon or East Thurrock and all well worth the effort and the petrol. From next week, keep your ears open for an advert on the show for a really ambitious and exciting project lined up for April, in the meantime, check out my latest repeat play on Saturday at 5pm with these soul jazz-funk and disco gems included:

Bob Marley  –  Jammin’
The Affair  feat Alyson – Please Don’t Break My Heart
Tony Ettoria  –  I Can Prove It
Don Covay  –  It’s Better To Have
Lew Kirton  –  Talk To Me
Freda Payne  –  Unhooked Generation
Luther Vandross  –  If Only For One Night/Creepin’
Jacksons  –  Even Though You’re Gone
Archie Bell & Drells  – We Got ‘Em Dancing
Stevie Wonder  –  Boogie On Reggae Woman
World Premiere  –  Share The Night
Tyrone Brunson  –  The Smurf
Sheila B Devotion  –  Spacer
Hi Gloss  –  You’ll Never Know
George Duke  –  I Want You For Myself
Groove Association feat Georgie B  –  Something’s Changed 
Maze  –  Never Let You Down
Mark Dorsey  –  People Make The World Go Round
Womack & Womack  –  Life’s Just A Ball Game 
Shalamar  –  Full Of Fire
Kool & The Gang – NT
Caroline Crawford  –  If You Move, You Lose
Carl Douglas  –  Run Back

And the latest gigs:

Friday 8th February

“Soul City Grooves”

The Waterlounge, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2JZ

DJs: Les Knott & Marky P

“The finest soul, disco funk & house of the last 40 years”

9pm  –  2am    –     Free Entry


Saturday 9th February

“Hustle @ The Clubhouse”

Clubhouse,Prices Avenue, Ramsgate CT11 0AN

DJs: James Anthony & Micky B

SOUL, FUNK & DISCO Anthems with a Live performance from SOUL LEGACY

£7 Advance  £10 OTD Call 07855 770273 for info


Saturday 9th February

“Old School Soul Nite”

Charlies Bar, Warley Hill, Brentwood

DJ: Charlie Cook

9pm  –  Late        Free Entry


Saturday 9th February

“All You Need Is – Love Fest”

Kuku’s Nest, Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes, IG3 9UB

DJs: Bob Masters & Scott James

9pm  –  3am

£10 Advance Tickets from Tracy (07956) 855794




Saturday 15th February

“Soul & Club Classics Night”

The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

DJs: MJ Mac & Bully

“A Night Of 80s & 90s Soul Classics”

8pm  –  Late     –    Free Entry



Saturday 16th Febuary

“Soul By The Sea”

Divers Arms, Herne Bay Seafront, Kent

“Soulful Funky Jazzy Vibes”

DJs Carl Hyde, Tom G Edgar, Johnny Herbert & Tommy The Gun

7.30pm – 1am     –     Free Entry


Saturday 16th February

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start


Friday 22nd February

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Nick Aravis

Free Entry     –    8pm – 1.30am

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


Friday 22nd February

“Caister Top-Up”

Frankies, 29 Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM 12 6JL

“Soul Funk Disco Boogie” with DJ Steve Kite

Over 25s   –    Free Entry

Tel: (01708) 469311


Friday 22nd February

“Motown & Soul Night”

The Westcliff Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

Tributes to Diana Ross & The Blues Brothers

DJ: John Watson

Tickets £12  –  Tel (01702)345247 for more details


Saturday 23rd February

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly

Plus Special guest Paul Clark

£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”


Saturday 23rd February (Every Last Saturday)

“Disco Stomp”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert plus guests

70s & 80s Disco Classics

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am

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