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Topic Newsletter Archive

TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ

Newsletter No 164 - February 2016

Hello all,

Well, we're into the shortest month, though it's a bit longer than usual this year: Topic nights at Glyde House will help make it shorter, then Spring will be just around the corner. Read on, see what we mean...

4th February:    Singers and musicians . 8.15 pm start. Free entry

11th February:  Niamh Boadle.
Niamh is a multi-instrumentalist, traditional singer and Irish step dancer from St. Annes, Lancashire. With a background in Irish music from her father’s side, Niamh also explores English song as well as writing her own original songs and tunes.

Niamh started out at a young age when she joined Mary Whelan’s School of Irish Dance before developing an interest in music and learnt tin whistle and bodhrán at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Preston. Today her main instruments tend to be her beloved Fylde guitar and her Tim Phillips fiddle.

Over the years Niamh has taken part in many competitions, winning medals at the All Britain and All Ireland Fléadhanna (CCÉ Irish music competitions). In 2008 she was a solo finalist in the New Roots competition in St Albans. Her unaccompanied singing won the 2009 Fred Jordan Memorial Singing competition, whilst at Wath Folk Festival she was awarded first place in the Young Acoustic Roots competition. A highlight of 2010 was competing in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards finals at the BBC Radio Theatre in London, and for a semester studied abroad on the Irish Music and Dance BA at Limerick University.

 A multi-instrumentalist and singer who delivers music across a diverse range of material, from traditional folk to her own self-penned compositions, in a variety of styles, while still maintaining a continuity to her sound.   -   Folk Radio UK

A great talent and a fabulous singer,  -   Mike Harding

Support for Niamh tonight are Yan Tan Tether, an excellent  female vocal trio from Otley.

18th February:  Phil Langran Band.
Nottingham songwriter Phil Langran’s songs are engaging, literate and accessible. His talented and versatile band – Phil (vocals and acoustic guitar), Steve Benford (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals), Mark Walker (bass, vocals), Frank McCarthy (electric guitar, vocals) and Pippa Marland (sax, whistle, vocals) – creates a unique sound firmly rooted in folk, while interweaving elements of American, Celtic, blues and jazz traditions. Like all the best songwriters, Phil has created his own genre: in recent years Phil has extended his range to include adaptations of works by some twentieth century poets for example Langston Hughes.

The band’s latest recording is a four-song EP of Phil Langran originals, “Still the Heart”, released in October 2014 on the Folkwit label. Since its formation in 2010 the band has gained a reputation for its musicality, the warmth and wit of its live performances, and its versatility in both acoustic and amplified contexts.

A smooth engaging listen for the folk music lover who likes it straight and true – Folkworld

25th February:  Joe Solo. 
Joe Solo hails from Scarborough: he gigs mainly in East Yorkshire, where he is well-known and popular. In his time he has been a busker, a barman, a kerb counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer and has been writing and recording original songs since 1987. He plays guitar, harmonica, ukulele, one-fingered keyboard, melodica, and a range of percussion instruments that range from the empty coffee jar with a biro to the old oven with a lump hammer. Probably not the latter tonight.

Live he has an ever growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath.

Joe has several excellent hard-hitting CD’s to his credit, but it is as a live performer that he really comes in to his own. This evening will be very different and very unforgettable.

NEWS

Sad to relate the passing of a local musician from our area, John Honiwell who will be known to some Topic followers. A mutual friend passed the news on with these words:

"Sadly, it’s that last Monday 25 January John became another cancer loss among our region’s musicians. Being born in 1952 made him one of the youngsters of the folk-revival years but he seemed to retain a firm preference for the authentic character of Folk rather than the ‘general acoustic’ of the last couple of decades. He was a skilled guitarist and fine distinctive tenor vocalist, having been well trained as a church chorister by Norman Walker of St Peter’s Bramley. That home area, along with Pudsey and Tong, was an important locality during John Honiwell’s years of renown in the duo with Steve Ingham. John later stepped back from the professional scene, but audiences particularly round Cleckheaton are familiar with his appearances up to last year, often again in a duo, performing with Bruce Baillie."

John’s funeral is at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 Feb, in Bramley, at the town’s principal landmark St Peter’s Church on Hough Lane, LS13 3JF"  

TOPIC STUFF

Don't forget the Topic song project for this year's anniversary - see recent newsletters for details.

For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is, as mentioned above, now Rahel Guzelian, email address : rahel@guzelian.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.

To find the Topic on Facebook search for "Topic Fc"

Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor  
Topic Folk Club

tocharn@gmail.co.uk 

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