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Thursday 23rd February 2017jonpalmeracband at 8:30
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Jon Palmer Acoustic Band

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. The line-up is Jon Palmer – guitar; Nick Settle – guitar; Wendy Ross – violin; Roy Whyke – drums; Ricky Silvers – double bass; Matt Nelson – mandolin; and everyone sings!

Describing the band as "a cross between The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band – with a bit of Waterboys and Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure", Leeds Music Scene said the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band left them "spellbound and desperate for more!" Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony.

A blur of hedonistic delight – Fatea Showcases

Jon Palmer is a very fine songwriter… if the band were a heavy electric group they’d be The Levellers, but that would lose the subtlety of the acoustic performance. - 2 Magazine (Rock n Reel)

I never tire of this band, soaring songs, sing-along choruses… and passion. Perfect! Do yourself a favour and acquire Live at Otley Courthouse. Do yourself a second favour: go see them at their live best” 5 Stars – R2 Magazine.


5 a year from 1st January. That gives you 1 off concert tickets, and you can get more involved with running the club too if you are interested Obviously, now is the best time of the year to become a member!

Plenty of Topic regulars play and listen at the Castle Hotel in Bradford on Fridays - why not join them? February nights are: Feb 17 Chris Scarlett; Feb 24 Bella Gaffney

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Mar 02

Singers and musicians

A chance for you to sing a song or play a tune or just come along and listen. Entry free.


Mar 09

Stanley Accrington

Stanley Accrington emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since.

He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast range of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything.

Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further. He has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. The pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is "miscellaneous-ish"

At the time of the setting up of the long-overdue web-site, Stanley had done over 1500 gigs including over 200 Folk Festivals, and many radio appearances. He has performed at weddings, a black-pudding cookery demonstration, an anti-motorway demonstration, a theme night on “bees”, and a moorland restaurant’s Septic Tank Opening Night, to name but a few of the odd places he has ended up in.

He continues to write material in a range of styles. Some of his songs have been picked up and sung, and recorded, by other artists. What keeps him going is the compulsive urge to write songs, to incorporate new styles and, mainly, to have fun.

He also does anagrams... big time.


Mar 16

Ribbon Road

Ribbon Road are Brenda Heslop (vocals, guitar), Jill Heslop (vocals, keyboards), Geoff Heslop (vocals, guitar).

Ribbon Road sing beautifully crafted songs drawing from folk music's long tradition yet relevant to our ever-changing modern times. Based on tight harmonies and simple instrumental arrangements which accentuate the words, their sound has a powerful directness often missing in contemporary song.

'No Redemption Songs' is absolutely beautiful..a really, really moving album - Brenda has a way of spinning a song out of the truth' - Mike Harding- Folk Show - September 2014

... a rare and relatively unknown giant of songwriting and Ribbon Road’s album “Roadside Dreams” is an absolute gem – Mike Harding.

They sing in perfect balance and gentle close harmony on Brenda’s acutely personal songs. - froots




Mar 23

Roy Bailey

For more than 50 years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk & Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers. From his early days performing skiffle in student union bars, to his love of traditional songs and the stories they tell, onto developing a unique repertoire of songs of dissent and hope, he has performed on stages, TV and radio all over the world. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Folk Music – an Award he later returned in protest at the Government’s Foreign Policy. In 1990 Roy and Tony Benn first presented their show 'The Writing on the Wall' for which the duo won Best Live Act at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2003. The show has been performed to enthusiastic audiences the length and breadth of the UK, from 300 people in Working Men's Clubs, to an estimated 9000 people at Cambridge Folk Festival in 2000. Roy's association with Tony began in 1976 and they worked together on various programmes up to Tony's sad death in 2014.

Now after more than 50 years as a performer, Roy is as compelling, entertaining, thought provoking and moving as ever before. Approaching 80 years of age, Roy remains committed to his life-long principles of Equality, Liberty, Justice and Internationalism. He is a member of the current Anti-Capitalist Roadshow along with many of this country's leading and respected socialist folk singers and song writers.

Roy has also pursued a distinguished academic career. He has lectured in Universities and Colleges in Britain, Germany, Belgium, the USA, Canada and Australia. N retired from academic life he is an Emeritus Professor of Sheffield Hallam University. In 1989 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Roy represents “the very soul of folk’s working class ideals… a triumphal homage to the grass roots folk scene as a radical alternative to the mainstream music industry - MOJO

Roy Bailey is one of the great folksingers of the world - Bill Hauritz, Director, Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland, Australia.

...the greatest socialist folksinger of his generation – Tony Benn


Mar 30

Phil Cockerham Trio

Philip Cockerham is a singer, performer and songwriter based in West Yorkshire, but plays nationally on the folk and acoustic music scene.

His songs contain a range of sometimes humorous but always thought-provoking themes, with memorable hooks and irresistible choruses. There are also some familiar traditional songs, but delivered in a refreshingly different way. It's not surprising then, that Phil has been gaining a deserved reputation with his original material and his entertaining performances.

Supported with his collection of acoustic instruments, Phil Cockerham captivates audiences with his music in a range of styles. His relaxed and confident personality instantly engages and puts people at their ease. Whether he is performing solo, or as most often is the case when he is accompanied by ace double bass player, Dave Bowie and percussionist/harmonist Dickie Dixon, an enjoyable night is promised.

Since his emergence in recent years, many people have discovered Phil and his songs, and other musicians are now covering songs he has written and recorded.

His music is charismatic and powerful...totally traverses the old and new, yet Philip has his own style and take on things too... Jumbo Records

...he is an impressive performer and songwriter... with engaging songs ranging from topical and catchy tunes to thoughtful ballads -Craven Herald and Pioneer

Amazing voice, tells it like it is, one not to miss.... - Cleethorpes Folk and Cider Festival


Apr 06

Singers and musicians

A chance for you to sing a song or play a tune or just come along and listen. Entry free.


Apr 13

Iain Thomson & Marc Duff

Iain Thomson and Marc Duff are realtively new as a duo, but both have had extensive musical careers apart.

Iain Thomson has been described as a man who writes contemporary songs with a traditional twist. He was brought up in Dumfries and started learning the piano at 7. By age of 15 he moved on from the discipline of classical piano to take up the guitar and singing.

Iain moved to Mull in 1986 to run a large hill farm and became known as the "Singing Shepherd" after producing two successful tapes of self penned songs.

In 1996 he left Mull spending 7 restless years driving trucks and playing in bars.Due to changing circumstances and an almost magnetic draw he returned to Mull and his rural roots and within a short time produced the successful CD The Long Road Home which was played extensively on local and national radio.

In 2010 he brought out the His album Fields of Dreams consisting of 12 tracks of self-penned songs and tunes received critical acclaim. His sensitive songs and tunes of the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience.

Iain is at present concentrating on developing the duo he has formed with the wonderfully talented Marc Duff, known primarily for co-founding the notable Celtic band Capercaillie with whom he has toured extensively and made many successful recordings. Iain and Marc’s style and sound complement one another, definitely contemporary but with that traditional twist.

Since leaving Capercaillie in 1995 to pursue his own career, Marc has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki ,wind synthesizer and latterly uilleann pipes. His distinctive style of playing has kept him in demand as a session musician and a teacher.

Marc has performed and recorded with an eclectic array of artists from many different musical genres including Def Shepherd, Fish, Iain Morrison, Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Wolfstone and as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing music for the BBC series A History of Scotland.


Apr 20


Previously two-thirds of established folk act ‘The Queensberry Rules’, Gary Wilcox and Phil Hulse have over 17 years’ experience of playing music together, releasing seven albums - three of these on the legendary Fellside record label.

Laden with strong harmonies and social conscience, the new songs on the First Born and follow-up Second Chance EP’s have been winning praise on the pairs’ exciting musical journey.

The Queensberry Rules gave us some great evenings in the past, and we welcome Gary and Phil back as the successful duo they are.


Apr 27

The Rubber Wellies

The Rubber Wellies are a travelling folk band, who over the last seven years have cheered audiences all over from Galway in Ireland to Gisborne in New Zealand. After the success of Long Way to Be Free (2009) and The Bones on Black (2012), their third studio album, Bricks and Feather, was released in May 2015 with the help of the usual crew of far flung welly misfits.

Drawing on narratives from curious everyday occurances, global politics and folk legends, the Rubber Wellies' multi-lingual performances are a mix of musical story-telling and good-time sing-alongs that flip between poignant introspection and carefree raucousness. Their musical style is an international mash-up of sea shanties, mexican rancheras, bossa nova, reggae, old time and swing. Similarly their approach to writing and performance attempts to build bridges – between their own stories and those of others and between the band and the audience – in a sonic/emotional conversation that creates plenty of opportunities for thoughtfullness and laughter.

As the name might possibly suggest, this will almost certainly be something of a different evening.

One of my favourite bands of recent years - Mike Harding

Try and listen to… the Rubber Wellies and be anything but happy, it’s impossible! – BBC Radio Sheffield



May 04

May 4 Singers and musicians

A chance for you to sing a song or play a tune or just come along and listen. Entry free.



May 11

Jess & Richard Arrowsmith

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are traditional musicians and singers who specialise in English music and song. They perform as a duo using voices, melodeon and fiddle, and also play with ceilidh band Hekety and concert band Melrose Quartet (with James Fagan and Nancy Kerr). Powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments and a broad spectrum of predominantly English traditional material are the hallmarks of this Sheffield-based duo.

Their latest project Off We Go Again!, released in November 2014, is a follow up to popular nursery rhyme & lullaby CD Off We Go! (2010); and in addition, Customs & Exercise, a full length studio album of songs and tunes (for grown ups!) was released in July 2012.



May 18

Susan Herndon (USA)

Playing around 200 gigs a year for more than a decade, Susan Herndon has retained that true troubadour’s ethos, sharing her passion for song and stirring thousands of kindred spirits throughout Oklahoma, Texas, the American heartland, and in Europe.

Born in St Louis, raised in Tulsa and bred in Oklahoma, she earned several degrees including one in French. Herndon’s youthful wanderlust took her to the south of France for many years, and while in that Gallic state of mind, she began her musical odyssey in the most humble – and purest – of ways: busking for francs on the busy streets of Pau deep within the Pyrenees.

It was there and on other thoroughfares throughout Europe that Herndon honed the skills and presence needed of a dedicated working musician and an immediately engaging entertainer. “Music really is our universal language,” says Herndon today. “And I do believe that good songs – in any language – can truly touch souls. I know they have saved my life on numerous occasions."

With an engaging smile and graceful charm, she touches upon themes both universal and deeply personal, from longing and loneliness, to home, family, faded memories and hopeful dreams. And she connects with her listeners in a voice that conveys equal parts innocence and knowing savoir-faire.

Susan Herndon is one of the best singer/songwriters in Oklahoma and her artful music is getting better and her best she is as good as anyone around - Greg Johnson, Blue Door Digest

Susan Herndon sings the kind of songs that make you feel like hopping in your car, taking a long and leisurely drive, taking stock in the important things in life. There's something mystical about the voice, the stories and the music, almost as if Herndon successfully captures a world of experience into a brief moment in musical time....Maria Gus - Bartlesville Monthly



May 25

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the big pond produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Both hail from folk-singing families in the flatlands of East Anglia. Hannah spent much of her formative years touring Europe with her family band in a converted school bus, singing folk songs a capella in the street in order to make enough money to move to the next city. However, a sea change and relocation to the US saw her soak up the influences from the American North East and take up the dulcimer. Meanwhile Ben was writing and touring with celebrated UK folk band The Willows whose albums Beneath Our Humble Soil and Amidst Fiery Skies were championed by the likes of the BBC’s Bob Harris and Mike Harding.

Within weeks of moving back the UK, Hannah braved her first time out solo at The Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge and as fate would have it, Ben had just returned from tour. Ben went on to produce Hannah’s solo debut Charms Against Sorrow, released in early 2015 to critical acclaim

Nurturing an intuitive musical understanding and a love of the duet whilst touring Charms Against Sorrow the pair caught the attention of award‐winning Canadian producer David Travers‐Smith (Ruth Moody, Wailin’ Jennys, Jason & Pharis Romero), with whom they made their latest album Before the Sun in 2016

"Spellbinding… Hannah & Ben were born to play & sing together." fRoots

They have created an exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy… R2 Magazine



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