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Topic Newsletter Archive

TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ

Newsletter No. 159 -September 2015

Hello all,

Here we are again after our summer break - hope you have all had a good summer and are ready for the top quality folk acts awaiting your delectation and delight during the coming month. See here....

3rd September:  Damien Barber and Mike Wilson
Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues.

Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.

Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.

Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson. 6/5

10th September: Roger Davies
As anyone now knows, Roger has become one of West Yorkshire’s  best-known performers on the local acoustic music scene, a firm favourite wherever he goes. With several critically acclaimed CD’s to his credit, Roger goes from strength to strength, performing at larger venues as well as the more intimate small clubs. Now a regular guest at the Topic, he will be singing his trademark songs about Yorkshire places and Yorkshire people to his usual receptive audience.

Roger will be recording a 'live' CD during this performance.He has booked Glyde House independently for the evening of 11th September to complete the project, and tickets will be on sale for this event.

Hot news is that Roger has been invited to tour as support act with Fairport Convention next year, a well-deserved feather in his cap. If by any chance you haven’t seen Roger perform live, don’t miss this opportunity.6/5 for the Thursday night.

A celebration of life: expertly crafted songs  -  Rock N’ Reel Magazine

Like a modern day musical L.S. Lowry – The Brighouse Echo

17th September: Becky Mills
Becky stood in as a late substitute for Patsy Matheson last year and gave us a stunning night: her rebooking at the club hasn’t come soon enough. Superbly talented in every department, her singing, guitar playing and above all the strength of her songs mark Becky out as a very special performer. Her album, Dandelion, deservedly received rave reviews from all sides.

This is a very welcome return for a consummate artist not seen too often in these parts as a solo performer. It will most certainly be an evening not to be missed. 6/5

Becky Mills deserves far wider recognition for the unique talent she clearly is – Nick Dent-Robinson

24th September: Jez Lowe
Another superb performer who really needs very little introduction, Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognised musical ambassador for his native North East England, with almost twenty albums and countless live performances around the world over the last thirty years.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs, are Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, Tom McConville, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy, Bob Fox and literally hundreds of others. Songs like Back in Durham gaol, the Bergen, Greek Lightning and These Coal Town Days have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.

He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, both solo and with the Bad Pennies, including the main stages at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tonder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian (US), Port Fairy and Byron Bay Festivals (Australia) and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain

Another welcome back to the Topic for another unmissable evening. 6/5

One of the folk scene’s great unsung heroes – Mike Harding BBC Radio 2

The best songwriter to come out of England in a long time – Richard Thompson
 

TOPIC NEWS

A song for the Topic
As you will know from previous newsletters, THE TOPIC SONG is a chance for fun and creativity, a cost free way of celebrating our 60th anniversary and would be a valuable shared experience for Topic members and others who patronise the club. We could include poems as well, short stories perhaps. So all you creative people out there, keep them coming.

It is our intention to have some "big names" as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations. If there is anyone you would like us to try to book please let us know. Autumn 2016 is as long way off, but bear in mind that artists get booked up a long time in advance and we will have to start making enquiries fairly soon.

Other news
Topic stalwart John Waller has recently released his fourth CD of original songs. Entitled Memorial, it contains all the songs he has written over the past five years. Some will be familiar to regular attendees at guest nights, others maybe less so. The CD is available at 5, and can be obtained from the box office as you come in.Usual stuff

For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is Sue Gaffney, email address : sue.gaffney@btinternet.com

If you would like to become a member of the Topic Folk Club, it costs just 5.00 per year, running from 1st January. Being a member entitles you to the lower ticket prices shown in this newsletter, as well as the chance to become more involved in the workings of the club if you would like to.

If you’re visiting the club for the first time, be sure to come and say hello, and if anyone has any suggestions for the club, for example if you would like us to try to book a particular artist, we’d like to hear them.

The Topic runs on Thursdays at Glyde House, Glydegate, Little Horton Lane, BD5 0BQ  8.30pm start. (Singers & Musicians nights start at 8.15pm). Like all the clubs in the area, our aim is to provide good quality live entertainment to suit all tastes of those interested in folk music, and we thank you for your continued support.

Floor singers are always welcome, especially in the first half. Please try to get there by 8.15 pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening.

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Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor  
Topic Folk Club

tocharn@gmail.co.uk 

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