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Neil Gits Grumpy

28th November 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

I could not believe it (cue Victor Meldrew voice !) when I heard a Xmas song being played on another radio station last Monday – I mean, you grudgingly accept hearing those awful sickly sweet cheesy crimbo tunes in the shops from mid November at the latest as you can’t exactly turn them off. But on the radio? NO!!! I instantly made two executive decisions: 1) Any station heard playing Xmas songs from now on will be banned from airing in my house or car till at least January 1st (hope I don’t have to ban Gateway!!!) 2) There will be absolutely no Xmas tunes on my show this December, not even Luther Vandross!  I now have a nice big pile of CDs I’ve not heard for a while to listen to whilst driving and am sure I will rediscover a few old favourite soul, jazz-funk & disco cuts to share with you on my show over the next month. So if you too need an escape from the OTT excesses of this dreadful time of year, make sure you listen in on Mondays at 7pm and Saturdays at 5pm for “The Xmas Free Old Gits Soul Show!”  Bah humbug…

This Week’s Tunes

George Benson  – Love Ballad 
Stone City Band    Ladies Choice
Shakatak    Dark Is The Night
Al Green  – Sha La La La
Intruders    A Nice Girl Like You
Michael Wycoff    Do You Really Love Me
Gladys Knight & The Pips – So Sad The Song
Phylis Hyman    Hottest Love Around
Jeff Perry    Love Don’t Come No Stronger
Chequers    Rock On Brother
Aretha Franklin    Get It Right
Miracles  – Love Machine
Leo Sayer    Thunder In My Heart
Satisfaction Unlimited  – Seeing You Through The Eyes Of A Blind Man
Evelyn King    I’m In Love
Sergio Mendes & The New Brazil 77    I’ll Tell You
Candi Staton    Suspicious Minds
Escofferys    Unobtainable (Standing In Need)  
Jones Girls    Children Of The Night
Patti Drew    Beggar For The Blues
Lillo Thomas    Sexy Girl
Rippingtons  –  Snowbound

The Latest Gigs:

Friday 29th November (Every Last Friday)
“Friday Night Live!”
Bar Plazma, Wickford High Street, SS12 9AT
“Soul, funk, disco & club classics”
DJs: Bully & Merve The Swerve
Over 25s only ; Free Entry ; 8.30  – 2am
Friday 29th November (Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Dave Bishop, Frostie
Free Entry     8pm    1am
Friday 29th November
“70s & 80s Disco Night!”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJ Neil Matthew plays Soul, Disco, Pop & Party Hits
Free Admission        7.30pm to 11pm
Friday 29th November
“Soul In The Sun”
The Sun Pub, London Road, Romford, RM7 9QA
DJs Steve Kite, Ian Holmes & Richard Brown play
“Jazz Funk Soul & Boogie”
Free Entry    8.30pm  til  1am
Saturday 30th November (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun
“70s & 80s Disco Classics”
8pm    1am  ;  Free Entry
Friday 6th December
“Northern Soul Night”
The Curlew Pub, Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WS
DJ: Ricky Oatham
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB & A Few Soul Classics”
8.30    11.30pm  ;  Free Entry
Friday 6th December  (Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guest Brian Kelly
“Old School Soul, Funk & Disco plus a sprinkling of Nu Soul &
Soulful House From The 70s Upwards”
“Weekender Anthems All The Way!”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am
Friday 6th December
“Westcoast Soulstars with Digi Soul & Laura Jackson”
Westcoast Bar, Margate
DJ: Fitzroy The Buzzboy
Tickets £10
Saturdau 7th December
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive
“70s & 80s Soul Anthems plus a great atmosphere!”
DJ: Geoff Grove
8pm – 1am   ;   Tickets £6 in advance, £7 On The Door
Saturday 7th December
“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”
The Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Gavin Page, Mark Gurcha Collins & Tom Page
“Northern Soul Event”
Tickets £5 In Advance including free CD ! (£8 OTD = no CD)
7.30pm    1am
Saturday 7th December (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour  – 3rd Anniversary Special !”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Friday 13th December
“Xmas Killer Soul – With Kenny Thomas!”
Rayleigh Club Golf Resort
8.30pm    Ticket Info to follow…
Saturday 14th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special!”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly & Mr Messy plus
Special Guest … Paul Clark
“Top Quality Jazz Funk & Soul …
…Keeping The Spirit Of the Goldmine Alive!”
Wristbands £5 each in advance only (07989) 591399
9pm    1am     See below for more details:
Saturday 14th December
“Handbags & Gladrags 2”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford, SS12 9AT
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Brian Jay, Euan Bass, Gayle Lawless
9pm    2am
More Info to follow…
Saturday 14th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Harlow Town FC
Two rooms of funky soulful music provided by:
DJs: Les Knott, Marky Mark, Frostie, Terry Munro…
…and Scott Savill, Marky P, DJ Bushbaby
8pm –  1am   ;  Tickets £10
Saturday 14th December (Every 2nd Saturday Of the Month)
“Be Chic!”
The Crown, High Street, Billericay
Soulful Seduction DJs MJ & Bully present…
“Old Skool Soul, RnB, Carwash & Soulful Club Anthems”
8.30    12.30          Free Entry
Saturday 14th December
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Carl Hyde & guests
8pm –  1am  ;  Free Entry
Friday 20th December
“The Woodmans Xmas Soul Special”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh, Thundersely, SS7 3TA
DJs: Bully & MJ
“Nu Soul, Street Sounds, Soul & Funk Anthems, Soulful House & Ibiza Classics”
For ticket details visit:
Saturday 21ST December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & DJ Hugsta
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Saturday 21st December
“The Soul Factory – Live !”
Six piece old school jazz-funk & soul band
The Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ
With guest DJ : Matt Jackson
7.30pm  – 1am  ;   Tickets £12
Contact : Shawnee Young (07884)496361
Tuesday 24th December
“Xmas Eve – Soul At The Manor”
The Berwick Manor, Rainham, RM13 9EL
DJs: Chris Alexander, Pete Collins, Scott James,
Mark Gurcha Collins , Sandra C & Richard Brown
“All Things Soulful & Funky”
8pm    1.30am  ;   £10 in advance, £15 OTD
Friday 27th December (Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Nick Aravis
Free Entry     8pm    1am      Smart Dress Code
Friday 27th December (Every Last Friday)
“Friday Night Live!”
Bar Plazma, Wickford High Street, SS12 9AT
“Soul, funk, disco & club classics”
DJs: Bully & Merve The Swerve
Over 25s only ; Free Entry ; 8.30  – 2am
Saturday 28th December
“Xmas @ Soulbay”
The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate-On-Sea, CT88AD
DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson, Penny K & Theresa B
“Quality Upfront & Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Soulful House & more…”
Sunday 29th December (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 !
Tuesday 31st December
“New Years Eve Soul Family Affair”
The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
8pm    2am             Tickets £5
Friday 7th February 2014
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Pavillion Suite, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Jazz Funk & Soul  from the 70s & 80s”
7.30pm    2.00am
Tel: (01375) 891402

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!

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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