Neil Gits A Bit Stiff

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Don’t tell anybody else, but I think this “Old Git” must be getting older ! After a couple of weeks with a dodgy ear irritating me, this Monday I woke up with a bit of a backache that slowed me down considerably all day and didn’t go away till Wednesday. What’s in store next I wonder – they say these things often come in threes ! As long as it is not something that affects my ability to bring you two hours of super soul jazz-funk & disco music on a Monday evening I can deal with it …

I have some terrific feedback on the show lately and “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook has been buzzing with banter whilst I play the tunes. Knowing that a good number of people are not only listening to it but enjoying it too judging by all the “emojis” and “gifs” being pasted, not least the kind comments, however brief, makes it all worthwhile. I have filled most of the slots already with ideas and suggestions picked up during the week, so roll on next Monday when I am back live in the studio at Gateway … and now get ready to enjoy the repeat play at 5pm this Saturday evening !

The Tunes

Alexander O’Neal – What’s Missing
Trammps – Disco Inferno
Richard Burton – Bad Luck
Sleeque – One For The Money
Phyllis Hyman – I Ain’t Asking
Mather – Invisible
Dennis Edwards – Coolin’Out
Richard Elliott – This Could Be Real
Starpoint – It’s All Yours
George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair
Kinky Foxx – So Different
Keni Burke – Can’t Get Enough (Do It All Night)
Jimmy Gallagher & Soul City Orchestra – Are You Ready For This
Aurra – Like I Like It
George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing
Richard “Dimples” Fields – I’ve Got To Learn To Say No
Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough
Heatwave – This Night We Fell
Temptations – Since I Lost My Baby
Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida
Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It (JKrivs Razor-N-Tape Dub)

The Gigs

Saturday 24th February
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road South, Grays, RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & A Few Club Classics”
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry ; Children allowed till 9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/175700249711331/
Saturday 24th February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Nu-Jazz & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian “Rev” Kelly
Special Guest : Ash Selector
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
https://www.facebook.com/events/139483906722369/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1516464693589322
Friday 2nd March
“J D The Soul Machine” – Live
Billericay Town FC, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, CM12 9SA
8.30pm start – Tickets £10
https://www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/jd-soul-machine/
Friday 2nd March
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100
https://www.facebook.com/groups/116110315208484/?hc_ref=ARRb586cE4MEIv8bO0bT-q6pvlZuU_ZY9byeQ5iLMb2wMKCKmpxH_JgZnEoT_HsCpDI
Saturday 3rd March
“Soul Odyssey”
Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club
DJs: Gary Walden,Tony Treble, Gary Fish & guest Scott James
“Jazz Funk & Soul Classics plus Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance until 1st Feb , £10 after
www.jumblebee.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/1118932688241639/
Saturday 10th March
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy
Plus Guest J J Williams from Boogie Bunker Radio
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
https://www.facebook.com/events/554753724877250/
Saturday 10th March
“Margate Soul Festival 2018 Launch Party”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
MSF DJs & Special Guests
Also : Gavin Page & Abi Clarke in “The Dug Out”
Tickets £10 www.margatesoulfestival.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/268627017001991/
Saturday 10th March
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodSpreadEagle/?fref=ts
Friday 16th March
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
http://www.soulfulseduction.co.uk/
Friday 16th March
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1899756650064329&set=gm.1319929414801132&type=3&theater&ifg=1
https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesoulkitchentw/
Friday 16th March
“40 Years Of Disco”
SSE Arena , Wembley
“Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,
Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”
Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start
Tickets from £56.50 …
www.ssearena.co.uk
Saturday 17th March
“Soul By The Sea”
BARRU, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
DJs: Michael Bird, Colin Jazzy Barnaby, Bill Challenger, Michael White, Chris White
8pm – 1am ; £7 OTD
https://www.facebook.com/events/556339771385201/
Saturday 17th March
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry
https://www.facebook.com/soulatthecricks/
Saturday 23rd March
“KTF Soul Club – 8th Anniversary Party”
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul Night”
KTF DJ team & Special Guests Eddie Piller & Mark Sherlock
Tickets £5 (pre-orders) £7 (walk-ups)
Capacity 160 – usually sells out !
https://www.facebook.com/events/1993985260641763/
Friday 23rd March
(Every 4th Friday of the month)
“Let’s Get Funky”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“Soul Jazz Funk & Soulful House”
Free Entry ; 8pm – Midnight
Sunday 25th March
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & Sam Green plus guest DJ Bully
5pm -11pm ; Free Entry
www.overdoseofjoy.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/897307163760813/
Friday 30th March
“Soul Reunited – Lagoona Soul Reunion”
RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Jazzbod, Roni Brien & Elliot M
Guests: Lee Aldwinkle & Brian Kelly
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 available from 17th February
Tel (01708) 762743
https://www.facebook.com/events/159039318060493/
Sunday 1st April
“Making Memories 5”
Gardeners & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood
“All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Little Haven Children’s Hospice”
3pm – 1am (Easter Weekend)
https://www.facebook.com/events/312415412610833/
Saturday 7th April
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus guest TBA
9pm – 2am ; Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door (guest list only)
mobile: (07526) 633693
https://www.facebook.com/events/157977464858644/
Friday 29th June
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door
Weekenders:
25th 26th & 27th May 2018
“Bless The Funk Weekender 2018”
The Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
JFSR DJs … plus a bowling competition !
Full details via : www.blessthefunk.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/2023415814600652/
29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
More details to follow …
https://www.facebook.com/events/1890528194546287/
3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Full details on the website :
https://margatesoulfestival.co.uk/
Caister 2018 :
Friday 4th May – Mon 7th May
“Caister Goes Brexit”
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”
www.caistersoul.co.uk
Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”
DJs: Trish & Peter P
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;
https://www.facebook.com/thegeorgeIIhornchurch/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheGeorgehornchurch/
Fridays:
“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell
www.bar-zero.co.uk
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Fourth Friday: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay – from 23rd Feb
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch – from 25th March
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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 www.gateway978.com from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm !

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