Neil Gits Grumpy | Gateway 97.8

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 DJs : TBC 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!

E-mail: 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


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