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Topic Newsletter Archive

TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ

Newsletter No 173 - November 2016 

Hello all,

Bonfire night is just once a year but there are fireworks - well, slightly more subtle lighting but great sounds - at the Topic every Thursday. See here....

3rd November: Singers & Musicians. 8.15 pm start. Free entry. A special sort of singers night, featuring the songs that Topic-goers have composed in honour of the Topic's 60 years as a club. Don't be put off if you haven't written one: come down and enjoy the offerings of those who have. And if we run out if Topic songs, you can sing whatever you like. As usual

10th November: Tom Lewis:
Widely acknowledged as “North America's finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs” (Canadian Society for Traditional Music), Tom Lewis brings to the stage wry humour, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years bridging the sea-going and folk-singing communities.

Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales."

With songs that have become folk standards, known and sung wherever great choruses ring out, Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again. £6 (£5 for Topic members)

Although I always knew he was good, I was not quite prepared for HOW good. 24 years in the British Royal Navy, provides him with that vitally authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song - Living Tradition.

Tom has carved a niche for himself in the annals of maritime music, his traditional idiom song writing is up there alongside Tawney and MacColl - SeŠn Laffey, Traditional & Folk Music Directory UK

Thoroughly entertaining ... brimming with robustly resonant harmonies and songs, by turns traditional and contemporary, thoughtful and whimsical - Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

17th November: Bob Pegg
Musician and bandleader Bob Pegg was one of the hotter talents in the British folk-rock boom of the late 1960's and early 1970's. He had previously cut a pair of albums on Transatlantic Records with his wife Carole, who sang and played the fiddle. They organized Mr. Fox, a moderately successful folk-rock band of the turn of the decade, which lasted together for two years and a pair of albums. The Peggs' marriage split up in 1971 (after which she billed herself as Carolanne Pegg), around the same time that Mr. Fox ceased to exist, but they both continued to record for a time for Transatlantic. Since then, Pegg has remained active as a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. He cut one duet album with his former bandmate Nick Strutt, who also worked with Pegg on his second album, a solo Pegg effort, and has seen his material covered by other artists, including Tom Lewis. Bob Pegg's recordings in the 1990's and beyond appear on the Rhiannon Records label.

As a storyteller, musician and workshop leader, Bob has worked with people of all ages, from pre-school groups upwards, and he has performed in venues as varied as a Viking farmstead in the wilds of Iceland and the Royal Festival Hall in London. £6 (£5 for Topic members).

24th November: Beggars Bridge
Beggar’s Bridge are a six-piece band from Hull who write tuneful and engaging song-stories in the best folk traditions, often based upon tales of people, places and events from their home county of East Yorkshire. Their sound has a timeless quality to it, feeling at once traditional, yet contemporary. It’s not just the music which makes a Beggar’s Bridge gig memorable, though; the song-stories are explained with a good helping of earthy humour, making for an experience which is not only musically satisfying, but amusing and informative too…

There should be more bands like Beggar's Bridge taking the lore and legend of their own backyard and turning up the volume on specifically local electric roots - fRoots Magazine

All in all, Beggar’s Bridge have given us an enthusiastic modern-day folk-rock album that’s strongly rooted in timeless storytelling and folk tradition, with writing the benchmark of whose craft is pitched well above the routine - The Living Tradition

Support tonight from Wilson McGladdery, a Saddleworth-based duo with strong vocals, violin and guitar, self-penned material (unavoidably postponed from Dave Burland's night).

OTHER STUFF

For those who attend Pete Coe's Ryburn 3 Step club in Sowerby Bridge please note that The Works closed its doors suddenly and seems unlikely to reopen. This happened a couple of days before the club night in October - a club organiser's nightmare -but a venue was found the shortest of notice, that was The Malthouse, formerly The Royal,at Rishworth, 270 Oldham Road, Rishworth HX6 4QB which will be their home at least into the new year. The next club night will be Wednesday 30th November when Brian Peters will be the guest. It would be best to keep an eye on the club website,www.ryburn3step.org.uk or email ryburn3step@backshift.demon.co.uk for up to date information about any further change.

SONGS FOR PEACE

Songs for Peace will take place at Bradford Cenotaph at 1 pm on Sunday 13th November (Remembrance

Sunday) followed by soup and a sing at Glyde House. Details and songsheets are available from me or on club nights. The Cenotaph is just down from Glyde House, by the Alhambra.

TOPIC STUFF

Just a note in advance that the club's AGM will be held immediately preceding the December singers and musicians night on 1st December. It would be great to see some new faces on the committee: it's not an onerous task (the more time consuming stuff like bookings, publicity and accounts are done by those who have been on the committee for some years), involving about 4 meetings per year, so if you think you would like to be involved in running the club, please consider putting your name forward; there will be a form available to do so at club nights.

Usual stuff

For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is 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 normally 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, though may be limited when we have a booked support act - please check. 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

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