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NEWSLETTER No 25 February 2004
A good, packed eclectic Topic programme for February. Some great Headline Guests, and also some interesting Featured Support acts. Fuller details of all acts via the website.
Featured support for Phil is York-based Susie Fox. Susie plays 6/12 string guitars, clarinet, recorders and bodhran; and sings a variety of traditional songs plus her own traditional-style compositions and arrangements. She has a love of medieval music, and has taught classical music for over 30 years. (Hunting ... Hare and Fox ... Geddit????)
Featured support tonight is Dave Speight. Dave started playing blues back in the mid 60s after sitting at the feet of Rev Gary Davis whilst he (RGD) smoked all his (DS's) cigarettes. His biggest influence has been Big Bill Broonzy. He has shared the stage with notables such as Juke Boy Bonner, Steve Phillips, Brendan Croker and (many years ago) Mark Knopfler. Dave has been playing gigs in Yorkshire since 1965-6, and last played the Topic sometime in the Eighties, in the Star years.
Featured support for Geoff is Bruce Baillie. Bruce has been performing in clubs, pubs and festivals for 30 years, and was a resident singer at the Topic in the 70's, playing in a duo with Martin Allcock (who went on to Fairport Convention et al). Since then he‚s played with various bands, but is now mostly solo. He performs an eclectic mix of songs, and monologues; contemporary and traditional, accompanied and not, including his own material. He plays Guitar, Harmonica, Mandola and Mandolin. If his demo CD is anything to go by, he is bound to entertain and amuse ...
Feb 26 Singers and Musicians: Theme: The countryside, agriculture, cows . .
March 4 Barry Smith and Tom Stupple. Barry writes his own material, and plays guitar, flute and whistle. Tom provides very interesting accompaniment. Support slot available.
March 11 John Conolly. The real writer of Fiddler's Green. Plays guitar, whistles and squeezebox, and sings songs of Lincolnshire. Plus Dave Kidman, local singer of (mostly) traditional songs.
March 18 Steve and Kristi Nebel. A powerhouse duo / peace activists from the USA on tour, performing their own material on guitar and bass. Don't Miss. Support slot available.
March 25 Singers and Musicians. Theme: Colours: reds, yellows, greens, browns, pinks, blacks
April 1 Mundy-Turner. Anglo-Australian duo: our biggest booking of the year. Guitar, violin, harmony and powerful lyrics. Plus Shaun T Hunter, a spirited young singer/songwriter.
April 8 Keith Kendrick. Good traditional material with voice and squeezebox. Completing the three-sheets-to-the wind trilogy of Gifford and Higginbottom. Support slot available
April 15 Singers and Musicians. Theme: happy, uplifting, or cheerful songs. There must be some.
April 22 Duncan McFarlane. A welcome return for this energetic, enthusiastic and distinctive guitarist and singer/songwriter in the traditional idiom. Support slot available
April 29 Roy Bailey. Performer and activist for over 30 years. The Master. Support slot available
FEATURED SUPPORT You'll notice we do still have some Featured Support (FS) slots available in March and April. The FS idea has been very successful; and for a year now very few guest nights have passed without someone taking the opportunity to play two floor spot sets in exchange for £10 expenses. Especially pleasing is the fact that seven of the FS acts booked in 2004 are new to the Topic (or long-term returnees!) Preference will be given to those performers we don't often see; but if you'd like a little of the limelight, and you have the ability to sustain a performance for two 15-minute slots, let me know.
AND WHAT YOU MISSED: Despite the weather, we had a good turnout for the Scottish evening. Particular thanks to Gloria Dallas for providing us all with a serving of steaming hot Haggis, and Joy Leach for Tartan Shortbread. And to Ian Hill for actually knowing some real Scottish songs.
See you all some Thursday at the Melborn at one of the above events. 8.30 start. Be there by then if you want to perform a floor spot, which are still available every night even where there is a Featured Support artist booked. No smoking.