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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 217
July 2020

Newsletter No 217  - July 2020  

Hello all, once again I sincerely hope you're all keeping well and safe. 

Although there may be changes afoot in society in general, we don't yet know what these might mean for the club, so there's still nothing much to report or say about future Topic happenings for the moment, but, as has become the norm, plenty going on online:

Some new items in cyberspace that may be of interest:

Firstly, 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 Also on Youtube at Kath Reade. Here is ’Warm Like Mine’  which has 3.7k Views on Facebook:

Her music can also be listened to at

Secondly:  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"

Also The Grove Folk Club is running sessions every Friday on their group Facebook page at folkatthegrove

Now I'll remind you about the ones that I've been reminding you about previously, still going strong:   

Zbig continues to provide an opportunity for anyone to make a video and put it up as a sort of virtual performance slot on his Queensbury Unplugged site which is supporting unplugged music and poetry replacing live music events in Bradford. You can contact him on

Karen Pfeiffer & Paul Walker continue to do a regular afternoon spot on Tuesdays and 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.

The Topic in cyberspace:

Following last month's test run there will be a second virtual singers & musicians night on Thursday 2nd July. 8 - 9ish. It will be by way of another limited dry run as we get to grips with the sound and format. Many thanks to those who have been generous with their advice - particularly Jim Ellison at Bacca Pipes and Ben Ashton for his clear and concise technical input. Thanks too to Joy Leach who has been, ahem, instrumental in organising these sessions for us.

Hopefully in August we'll be able to go world-wide: keep watching this space.

That's all really....

Best wishes to everyone, continue to take care of yourselves, stay safe and well.

Tony Charnock

Topic Folk Club


Topic Folk Club - newsletter sequel 3rd July 2020

Hello again all,

As seems to be usual, the newsletter sent a couple of days ago has prompted some requests for me to share info regarding live streaming etc, so here are a couple of items I have received since:

Firstly, Louise Jordan's one woman show "The Hard Way" about the life of Hannah Mitchell was live streamed a few days ago but will be available to watch until this Sunday (5th July)). Highly recommended, especially for anyone with an interest in social history and the history of the  Women's Movement. It tells, in narrative - some original and some of Hannah's own words - and songs written by Louise how this extraordinary woman about whom little is generally known overcame all obstacles to really make a difference.

It's best if I copy and paste the relevant part of Louise's email to give you the links you need:

"Following feedback that some people were not able to watch the live stream of The Hard Way which was filmed at Riverhouse Barn last Friday, we have decided to make the recorded live stream available until this Sunday 5th July. Watch here."

Secondly Ninebarrow, are streaming their third concert from their living room on Saturday 11th July at 7pm BST. They have set up a little "trailer" page on their website to give people a flavour of what their concerts are all about. Their first two were most enjoyable.

Here's the link:  

Best wishes, as always

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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