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Thursday 6 January [sic] - Just a quick one to remind you that Gordon Tyrrall will be with us this week. As it says on our Website www.topic-folk-club.org.uk :
Gordon Tyrrall: An original guitar player who stands comparison with the greatest singer/guitarists of the folk scene, and also a fine flute player equally at home with Irish reels or old English dance music (which he played on camera in BBC TV's "Pride and Prejudice").
From the Newsletter: "The engaging and unorthodox Gordon Tyrrall is a multi-instrumentalist with a fine voice, a marvellous ear for an odd tune, and a penchant for songs in 5/4 time - worth the door money for that alone",
Find more about him and his wide range of influences and acitivities on the website he shares with sometime partner Brian Peters. OK, so he doesn't have the stage Presence of Robb Johnson or the History of Roy Bailey, but he knows his music.
Featured support comes from local singer David Kidman, with a rich fund of traditional and modern songs.Plus anagrams, verse and wit. I expect.
PS it isn't too late to send your letter of concern at the effects of the Public Entertainments Licence bill to your MP. I see pressure from church organisations has got the equivalent conditions on the use of Church Halls removed. And protest has caused the ban on the use of Hyde Park on 15 February to be lifted. A large number of small actions can sometimes work, and inaction will be invariably interpreted as consent.
If you really don't know what to say, I'll email you a few ideas - but individual letters work better than standard copies.
Act Now to Preserve Live Music !
11 February 2003
Greetings one and all. Three very quick messages:
First - it's a singaround this week. No specific theme (or if you like, an anti-theme - try to avoid any connection with the song before). Dissident splinter groups are suggesting the proximity of Valentine's Day means a theme of Massacres would be appropriate. But as with all themes, they are there if you want and can be ignored if not. Though last (Scottish theme) singaround drew one recipient of this email newsletter, Kerr Kennedy, out of retirement; and he has been rewarded with a Featured Support slot on March 13th.
Second, the week after (20 February) it is Geoff Higginbottom. Big booming voice like the crash of the sea on hollow rocks. Some guitar and Bodhran work, but mostly rousing chorussy sea songs, shanties and the like. There was a good turnout for Gordon Tyrrall last week - let's keep it up for Geoff.
Finally, Tomorrow (as I write) Wednesday 12 February, there is a benefit gig for long-time Topic supporter and activist Karl Dallas. As some will know, Karl is going to Baghdad at the end of the week, to put his body where his mouth is, and act as a voluntary Human Shield in an attempt, even at this late stage, to help avert a war in which the major sufferers will be the already long-suffering Iraqi people. On Wednesday (at the Melborn, of course) there will be opportunities for anyone to sing, read poetry, play music - from 8.30 onwards, and help raise money to fund Karl's trip. Only £4 in, but donations welcome)
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