Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 8:30 Entry: £6 (£5 members)
Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland
Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland have been part of the Northern Irish folk scene since the early 90s. With the combination of vocals, guitar and percussion they have gained a loyal following for their fun approach to both new and old songs.
Together Fil and Tom play and sing a mix of original, traditional and contemporary Irish songs with occasional nods back to the popular Irish folk songs they grew up with. Their set is full of fun and banter and Fil’s passion is to get everyone singing so there are always lots of choruses: be prepared!
With several solo CDs to date, and other project recordings over the past few years, Fil’s repertoire is varied and eclectic. She is particularly known for a large body of work for RTE TV entitled Songbirds that profiled the women singers of the past, which she researched and presented herself; some of these songs still feature in their set.
Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, Fil has been gigging regularly since she was a teenager and together with Tom, who hails from Belfast, they have performed all over Europe, Ireland, the USA and UK, at festivals and folk clubs, on radio and TV.
Tom has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as David Knopfler (ex Dire Straits), Finbar Furey and Ben Sands and has his own recording studio and film editing suite specialising in acoustic and spoken word recordings.
A great mix of traditional and contemporary Irish songs with the expert percussion skills of Tom perfectly complementing Fil’s exquisite vocals - Falkirk Folk Club
Rhythm and voice, the perfect combination - Zitty Mag, Berlin
Topic Historic Photo Gallery Last year The Topic had its 60th anniversary. Each week during that autumn we posted a different historic photo taken in or relevant to the club during the 60s, 70s, 60s and even 90s, with some historical context. Many photos were by Eddie Saxton and Brian Lawton, and others centred on the 21st and 25th anniversaries. Finally they are 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 - insteadJohn 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 60th Song Lyrics Club members and attenders were invited to write a song to mark our 60th birthday. Those who did were able to sing them at a special Singers' and Musicians' Night on the 3rd of November 2016. The lyrics of the various songs performed are now available on the website here.
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.
PS: CASTLE HOTEL Plenty of Topic regulars play and listen at the Castle Hotel in Bradford on Fridays - why not join them? November: Nov 17 Philip Cockerham Trio; Nov 24 Voicemail Harmony
Bandersnatch perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk, roots and acoustic songs from the UK, North America and beyond.
The band has created its own distinctive style within the folk, roots and acoustic genre with a blend of great harmonies and wonderful musical arrangements. The band has the ability to move seamlessly from traditional to contemporary and self-penned material with a repertoire ranging from gentle ballads to driving, rhythmical folk rock, blues and gospel.
Whilst often giving a refreshing edge to established favourites, the band also endeavours to introduce contrasting material from the less frequently explored corners of this particular musical landscape. The warmth and humour that allows them to connect with their audience is not compromised by the discipline that they bring to their performance. The band’s current line-up is: Dennis Dodds, mandolin, guitar, banjo, & vocals; Ian Kell, acoustic/electric guitar, piano & vocals; Ed McGurk, guitar, cittern, whistles & vocals; Norman Raw, bass & vocals; Rebecca Raw, violin/viola & vocals; Alan Roscoe, guitar & vocals.
A great evening in the company of the excellent Bandersnatch. A superb repetoire and brilliant musicianship what more could anyone want!- Maghull Folk Club
(Note - Luc McNally & Eddie Seaman were originally booked for tonight but have had to cancel.)
Singers and Musicians
A chance to sing a song or play a tune or just listen. Entry free.
The Strid & Den Miller Trio
The Strid & Den Miller Trio is a fusion of two popular acts, Strid (Jennie Kiff and Simon Allan) and Den Miller, who appear regularly on the local acoustic music scene. A few years ago, Strid (Jennie and Simon) and Den regularly seemed to sing at the same pubs, open mic nights and folk clubs and got to know each other's set fairly well. Den would put an extra harmony here and there, a bit of keyboard maybe. Then Strid started playing a couple of Den's songs as part of their set now and again. When they discovered they were going to be sharing a double-bill booking, they thought they may as well make an official trio for a good part of it: they’ve been together ever since.
The mix of Simon's virtuoso guitar playing, Den's piano proficiency and three voices in harmony, adds a different dimension to the material, bringing the songs to life more than when they were performing as separate entities. The repertoire consists of Den's songs, and an eclectic mix of tasteful covers, something for everyone.
Crickmore: Crewe is a four piece band who, each December, perform a programme of Gallery Carols and Christmas Curios.
The line up consists of ex-Wenchall members Emma Crickmore & Virginia Crewe with husbands Pete Crewe (ex Brillig) and David Crickmore (The Durbervilles). The programme of festive songs they perform are drawn from different sources, many familiar, some not so, but all designed to conjure a rustic atmosphere. Their four part seasonal vocals are complemented by a selection of instruments including vintage harmonium, mandolin, guitar, whistle and percussion.
In Wenchall, as well as countless live performance up and down the country, Emma and Virginia put out three albums, did two live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and sang the theme music to a BBC Radio 4 play.