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TOPIC INFORMAL NEWSLETTER No 13, 14 January 2003
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Greetings one and all. FIRST, NEWS OF WHAT’S COMING UP
Thursday 16 January and we welcome regular and popular friend Robb Johnson, appearing this evening with Miranda Sykes and Saskia Tomkins, on double bass and violin respectively. Robb is acknowledged as one of the finest writers and singers of contemporary songs; often, but not always, with a political edge. He’s also one of the most robust performers in the business. See his website: http://www.robbjohnson.co.uk/ . Featured support is provided by Emily Weygang and Ben Harker. Based in York, they perform traditional, self-written and contemporary songs with voice, guitar, fiddle and whistles. Over the past couple of years they have consolidated a strong reputation in the region, and now have their debut CD on release.
Thursday 23 January: Risky Business. Playing guitars, mandolins and providing luxurious vocal harmonies; this threesome perform mostly self-penned material. They are: Ruth Fuga (vocals) Dave Wilmsley (guitar/madolin/vocals) and Ken Powell (guitar/vocals). An eclectic background, including Manchester, Derbyshire, Corsica and Zimbabwe. (Zimbabwe) Dave's songs perfectly illustrate life, and are all performed with excellent musicianship.
Thursday 30 January Singers and Musicians theme Scotland, Scottish, Burns ….
Thursday 6 February: The engaging and unorthodox Gordon Tyrrall: 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. http://www.harbourtownrecords.com/peters-tyrrall.html. Featured support will be provided by local singer David Kidman, with a rich fund of traditional and modern songs.
Feb 13 Singers and Musicians. No theme. No song must relate to the one before it. Ha.
Feb 20 Geoff Higginbottom Large voice; sometimes accompanied by guitar and/or bodhran, singing mostly sea-shanty or sea-related songs with booming choruses
Feb 27 Steve Tilston Ex-Fairport guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. You’ll have heard someone trying to cover his “Slipjigs and Reels” so now come and hear it as the writer intended. Featured support from Darren Poyzer, a quirky, individual entertainer, songwriter and musician from Manchester. This’ll be interesting . . .
March 6 Singers and Musicians
March 13 Tim Moon local radio broadcaster and folk-musician playing his own material
March 20 Jon Harvison well known local singer/songwriter, with another big voice. Featured support from Karl Dallas: singer, writer, performer and activist now in his 50th year of live performance
March 27 Singers and Musicians
April 3 Paul Tiernan. Featured support from Martin Sumpton (the Hot Bread Brothers)
Hey, just look at that line-up April/May Vin Garbutt, Bill Jones, Jez Lowe . . . We’ll need extra chairs for all that lot. Do come and help create the atmosphere that these big names appreciate.
More details of all of these to follow nearer the time, but you can always check out their websites now. All are accessible via the Topic website: www.topic-folk-club.org.uk
FEATURED SUPPORT notice. As you will see from the above, this idea is beginning to take off, with a Featured Support artist about once a month. Any performers who feel they meet the required standard are welcome to apply for Featured Support slots on any of the unsnaffled evenings above (apart from Vin Garbutt). If you contact me before (18 January) I may even be able to include your details in the next Tykes’ News.
And Finally this is a Folk Club newsletter, not a political tract; but you may just like to know that (I understand) there will be live music available in Centenary Square at about 3.00pm on Saturday 18 January 2003. If you choose to access this open-air concert via Lister Park (12.00 for 1.00 departure), then you can join in the anti-war demo down Manningham Lane, to which the Centenary Square event provides a climax.
See you all soon! John Waller firstname.lastname@example.org
THE TOPIC FOLK CLUB - The oldest Folk Club in the World - Founded 1956, still going strong. Meets every Thursday at the Melborn Hotel, White Abbey Road, Bradford, 8.30pm.The Melborn is a Real Ale pub, and the Club is proud to be a no-smoking venue. Floor singers welcome, but please arrive and sign up by 8.30pm if you want to perform on Guest Nights.
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Other upcoming artistes' websites include:
Vin Garbutt http://www.vingarbutt.com/