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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ

Newsletter No 183 September 2017

Hello all,

Well, autumn's looming, I hope you've had a good summer whatever you've been doing, despite the sometimes indifferent weather. Thanks to all those who have been coming to the August singarounds, there's been something different every week. This newsletter is a bit earlier than usual to give you a foretaste of what's in store at Glyde House on Thursdays in September. A copy of our autumn flyer is attached for your convenience.

7th September: Enda Kenny.
Enda Kenny is a Dublin-born songwriter who has made his home in Melbourne, Australia, since the late 1980's. His thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive homeland have struck a chord with festival audiences all over Australia and are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. Proud to sing of where he lives rather than where he left, he continues to grow his international audience with recent trips to Germany, UK, New Zealand and Canada.

A multi-award winning songwriter and twice winner of the Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting award, Enda's recent compositions highlight his quirky sense of humour and add to an already impressive catalogue of songs which led Colum Sands to describe him as the finest Irish songwriter living overseas.

On small stages to intimate audiences or large stages to festival audiences he always holds the crowd in the palm of his hand. Witty and intelligent songwriting and a brilliant night's entertainment. Eleanor McEvoy.

14th September: Sam Barrett.
Originally from Yorkshire, Sam has travelled extensively throughout the United States. His influences are mainly Americana and blues, but he has never strayed far from his Yorkshire roots. With several CDs, solo and in various collaborations to his credit, Sam has been making a name for himself, not only known as a musician but as a compulsive skateboarder. He has been playing the guitar for as long as he can remember, skateboarding for, perhaps, a little less.

21st September: Róisín Bán
A predominantly Irish night with Róisín Bán, a band formed in the early months of 2013, now working as a 4 piece with the line up of Chris Dyson on fiddle, octave mandola & vocals, Steve Lacey on guitar, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhran & vocals, Paddy Heffron on melodeon, vocals & sean nos dancing , Gordon Tyrrall on flute, guitar, vocals. Bound to be good craic!

28th Sepetmber: Hicks & Goulbourn.
Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Steve Hicks and singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn met at a gig in 2007. With a mutual love of folk, roots and acoustic genres, their musical partnership has flourished and taken them to all corners of the UK, to Germany and the USA with their mesmeric arrangements of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs and music.

Whilst Lynn has had no formal training, singing has been a passion throughout her life and more recently she has enjoyed attending vocal and challenging harmony workshops in Cumbria and Shropshire, led and inspired by Maddy Prior and Abbie Lathe.

Steve has played in a number of musical environments including folk groups, guitar duos, and ceilidh bands. He has given guitar playing workshops and masterclasses at venues including the Stamford International Guitar Festival and the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago. As a solo artist Steve records for Acoustic Music Records. He is also a qualified luthier specialising in early and modern fretted instruments. Hicks and Goulbourn perform and record with guitars built by Steve.

The music that Steve and Lynn make as the duo ‘Hicks and Goulbourn’ is characterised by pure acoustic tones, reflective lyrics, well crafted arrangements and intricate, complex guitar work. Whilst the genres in their typical sets are wide ranging there is no compromise in quality and their live performances are interspersed with engaging anecdotes and humour.

Steve’s fingerstyle guitar work is brilliant, immensely assured and versatile yet driven by a sensitivity that’s matched by fun in execution rather than a desire to show off at all costs; and he made all his own guitars too! Lynn’s equally assured and ever-stylish vocal technique can handle almost any kind of song, from blues and spirituals to traditional numbers and her own compositions. Acoustic Nights concert series

OTHER STUFF

NEW PUBLICATION: FOLK SONG IN ENGLAND, a major new book by Steve Roud. As many of you will know Steve Roud was co-editor of The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. Now he has published a more analytical work, described in the blurb as “a new look at the folk music tradition in England, a hugely readable social history”.

The book was published last week by Faber & Faber, as a £25 / 784pp hardback, ISBN 9780571309719.

I have been sent a promotional pack by the publishers, which includes a contents list and chapter sample, a series of discussion points related to different aspects of traditional folk song, also a quiz, which might be of interest to some of you (answers are provided separately). These will be available to peruse on club nights, or contact me if you would like further details. There is no doubt that this is a book that will be of major importance to folk enthusiasts.

NO PETTICOATS IN SETTLE! Those of you living in the north of our region (and perhaps not so north) might be interested in this excellent production which comes to Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DZ on Friday 8th September. No Petticoats Here by Louise Jordan is a theatre concert exploring the lives of inspirational women of WWI and their remarkable achievements through self-penned songs, stories, images, costume and an audio soundscape. Louise mentioned this project which was still in its embryonic stage at the time on her last visit to the Topic and gave us a taster by singing a couple of songs from the material she was preparing. Since then she has toured with it as a one-woman show, produced a CD of the songs and gained the backing of the Arts Council to develop the production and make another tour. It's a unique presentation, not to be missed: visit the dedicated website http://www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk/ for more information and let the amazing reviews speak for themselves, and check with www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/ or phone 01729 825718 for ticket details.

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.

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Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor 

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