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At: The Merchant Bar, 25 Peckover Street,
Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5BD Tel: 01274 721100

Est: 1956



Coronavirus/ Covid-19: Club Suspension


Due to the novel coronavirus/ Covid-19 pandemic, The Topic has been closed since the 12th of March until further notice. 

See the Newsletters for information about various online folk-related activities instead.


No 219
Aug 2020

Newsletter No 219  - September 2020    

Hello all, a couple of days early again this month: once again I hope you're all keeping well and safe. 

Nothing much new to report, we're still in limbo as regards a future programme.

There's the usual stuff going on online, with a few changes, I'll list them at the end of this email, see particularly THE LIVE ROOM and HEART at the end of this newsletter

The Topic in cyberspace 

We have had a couple of virtual singarounds via Zoom, which seem to have gone ok, just a few teething troubles, hopefully sorted. We will continue for the moment on a fortnightly basis, so the dates covered by this newsletter will be 3rd and 17th September and 1st October

For anyone new coming along it's important to note that when you apply to come to the meeting, either as a performer or just to listen, I will need to pass your email address on to the host, so implicit in your application to attend will be your agreement for me to share your email address. This is because of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

So newcomers, please email me at the latest one week before the event indicating whether you would like to perform or just be part of the audience. We can have a maximum of 50 people attending altogether. Please let me know if you will be needing guidance in respect of the procedures to be followed in setting up/using Zoom etc.

(Those already on the list need only tell me if they wish to perform, or if they wish to have their name removed, as I already informed you by separate email).

You will be informed of the meeting ID and password on the day.

Other online happenings:

Kath Reade, singer songwriter, has been using lockdown as an opportunity to broadcast her songs live on Facebook and they have been getting thousands of views. To watch the song videos go to her timeline on Facebook or to her website

Her music can also be listened to at

Skinner & T'witch, a Leeds-based duo who have been to the Topic on a singers and musicians night, have a facebook page which is well worth visiting, they have different stuff going on regularly, eg "Pick & Mix" sessions with some well-known performers, and what they call "Garden Sessions", plus lots of other stuff.

The Grove Folk Club is running sessions every Friday on their group Facebook page at folkatthegrove. The club has contacted me to say anybody is welcome to send in a video to take part, see the fb page for details.

Karen Pfeiffer & Paul Walker continue to do a regular afternoon spot on  Fridays at 4pm

Honey & The Bear bring their excellent music every Sunday evening at 7.30 pm

Winter Wilson's "Live from the Lounge" everyThursday, 8.15 pm, see their facebook page. 

Eddie Lawler emailed me to say he has put a selection of his stuff on Youtube

Remember John Howson’s Veteran Virtual CD stall:

THE LIVE ROOM SALTAIRE has been streaming concerts throughout the lockdown from performers' home space: on Wednesday 2nd September they are streaming the first performance from their concert room at Caroline Street with none other than Bradford's own PLUMHALL,  who are using the event to launch their latest album. Go to for tickets and info.  

HEART -Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre, Bennett Road Leeds LS6 3HN have started presenting live music - outside - on a weekly basis. They publish their programme at the beginning of each month, so go to their website for more information. Some of the acts that have appeared recently have also appeared at the Topic over the years. Numbers are of course limited, so check it out early.

Well that's it for another month, hope I've covered everything.

Take care all, be safe and well,

Best wishes,

Tony Charnock

Topic Folk Club


A History of The Topic
An outline of
the History of The Topic from 1956

Topic Historic Photo Gallery
Pictures from the 50s, 60s, 70s and more on the website
in a single gallery here.

The Topic at 60
The view from 2016, by John Waller. This is not a comprehensive history - instead John has put together a snapshot of the Topic as it is now, telling the story of how those currently responsible for the club's running came to be involved.

Topic Club Membership
5 a year from 1st January. That gives you 1 off concert tickets, and you can get more involved with running the club too if you are interested.

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