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Topic Newsletter Archive

TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At the Bradford Irish Club, Rebecca Street, BD1 2RX                    an accessible venue

Newsletter No. 117 - January 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope you all had a great Xmas and are looking forward to a 2012 full of great music. As always we'll do our best in this respect and, as you will see below, the year gets off to a cracking start at the Topic. There is also a great concert in Ilkley by Lady Maisery on 13 January in support of the wonderful Manor House Museum which may be of interest - see attached leaflet for more information.

On a sad note though, I should let those of you who haven't yet heard know that Alex Eaton - founder of the Topic - died on 7 December, at the age of 88. Alex's contribution to the Topic was commemorated by a minute's silence at the club and his legacy will, we are sure, continue long into the future. We will be discussing how we should celebrate Alex's life and legacy to folk music at the Topic AGM this month.

The AGM will be at the Irish Club on 16 January at 8pm and all members are most welcome to attend - be great to see lots of you there! If you are not already a member why not join? Membership is only 5 and if you join now you only have to come down to the club 5 times in 2012 to recoup your fee then you are in pocket all the way for the rest of the year!

So now for the line up!

Jan 05
Singers & Musicians - Entry Free

Jan 12
The Sail Pattern - Entry: 6 (5 members)
The Sail Pattern <http://www.facebook.com/thesailpattern> are a dynamic young 4-piece band who offer a raucous broadside of folk, encompassing original songs, plus their own arrangements of shanties and other traditional songs. They love playing live, and breathing new life into near forgotten songs! A recent unforgettable appearance at the Keighley 'Aire Do' led to them being snapped up for the Scarborough Fair and Musicport festivals.

They are Joe Alderson (Guitars and Vocal), Alex Haydock (Guitars and Vocals), James Bentham (Percussion and Vocals), and Bob Alderson (Bass and Vocals). Although having played together for years The Sail Pattern was formally established in the summer of 2010. With a shared passion for playing folk music they have gigged relentlessly and won a reputation for energetic and memorable live performances. Their home spun melodies and powerful arrangements of traditional songs will guarantee a night to remember at the Topic.

Jan 19
Dave Vermond - Entry: 6 (5 members)
Dave Vermond <http://www.myspace.com/davevermond> is a singer-songwriter who defies the usual profile. His skills and experience avoid the pitfalls of self-absorption, and he has a deserved reputation as a witty and dynamic performer. His songs such as The Plains Of Molineux, I Married Myself and The Old 333 are unlike anyone else’s, and are all delivered with wry humour, energy and great vocals. Plugged or unplugged, Dave gives it his all.

His musical style is a fine risotto of folk, blues, country and rock, but it’s his way with lyrics that have made Dave a well-respected wordsmith in the Wharfedale Valley area, where he lives. He has fronted such quasi-legendary bands as The Upsiders, Coaltrain and The Recidivists, as well as undertaking extensive solo work. He has also recently appeared at the Ilkley Literature Festival, at a 70th birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, who has promised to return the favour in due course.

Dave has appeared at various folk festivals over the years, and allowed several CDs of his songs to escape into the public domain on their way to Oxfam, but its in live performance that he is at his best, drawing on his wide repertoire of songs and taking the audience through the full range of emotions. Dave tends to be a bit of a well-kept secret on the folk scene and his visit to the Topic is way overdue; check him out and see his unique blend of talents in their ideal setting – live and unforgettable!

Jan 26
Pilgrim's Way - Entry: 6 (5 members)
Refreshingly different, reassuringly traditional, Pilgrims' Way <http://www.pilgrims-way.net/> are a 3-piece band with a big personality and big sound. They are Edwin Beasant (melodeon, guitar, bass), Lucy Wright (vocals, jews harp, second fiddle) and Tom Kitching (fiddle, mandolin, vocals). Tom Kitching has been to The Topic before, most recently as a duo with Gren Bartley.

Playing their own particular brand of folk music, they were brought together by a series of chance meetings at sessions around the North West of England, bonding over red hair and a shared love of traditional music, they have been shaking up assorted kitchens, public houses and folk venues ever since.

Their influences individually are many and varied but they share a deep respect for the tradition and take as their inspiration some of the most influential bands from the 60s/70s revival. Named for the Rudyard Kipling poem, set to music by the great Peter Bellamy, their aim is to present gimmick-free English folk of the finest kind.

Their visit to the Topic follows on from triumphant appearances at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, where the audiences were delighted by their musicality and sense of fun.

Feb 02
Singers & Musicians - Entry Free

Feb 09
The Durbervilles - Entry: 6 (5 members)
Direct from the Batley delta of West Yorkshire, the Durbervilles bring a meld of originally penned tunes which blend folk, roots and alt country music. They feature four part harmonies, thoughtful (sometimes fun) lyrics and tasteful measures of music-like twiddling.

The Durbervilles have existed for around a decade with a fist full of critically acclaimed albums to their name. When they formed they found themselves being categorized as a part of the burgeoning UK “Alt Country” scene (and were probably the first band of that kind to emerge in Yorkshire).

Their sound has been described by R2 magazine as like the “rootsy edge of Steve Earle & Lindisfarne and with a folkie's grasp of the instrumentals.” while Maverick magazine says “the Durbervilles do not stick to the English Folk route but throw country and Cajun into the mix to make a glorious sound”.

The Durbervilles line up is Lee Walsh – vocals, 12 string guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, mouth organ; Mark Boyce – drums, vocals; David P Crickmore – lead guitar, mandola, banjo, slide guitars, backing vocals; Gus Taylor – accordion, vocals; Ruth Wilde – double bass.

Long time friends of the Topic, and with their folk and roots programme a mainstay of Sunday night listening on Radio Leeds, we welcome them to the club for a long overdue return visit.

Best Wishes

Joe Grint

 



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