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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
NEWSLETTER No 30 Mid-June 2004
and welcome to another attempt to persuade you to abandon your glasses of wine in the garden, the football etc etc, and come and enjoy some class live music. Fuller details of all acts are, as always, available via the website. Do log on and get the full info.
June 17 Wench All A delightful trio of unaccompanied ladies singing three-part harmonies. Their material covers all sorts of subjects; the saucy to the serious, the traditional to the contemporary, the lovestruck to the tragic. Though a fairly new grouping, they are all well experienced singers, and (as those who saw their Featured Support slot last November will know) will I am sure provide a delightful evening‚s entertainment. Unaccompanied, I should stress, refers to their music. Who knows whom they‚ll bring?
Featured Support this week is provided by Loose Covers, another relatively new band (well, five years) based in Otley. More eclectic material: traditional folk to rock and country. Guitars, mandolins, bass, percussionists and two female vocalists. Sounds like a good evening to me.
June 24 Banoffi If you have not seen this absolutely unique and brilliant band, come and see them now, as this will be one of their last concerts before they disband after (ten?) years on the circuit. This is a musical tragedy: their rhythms are obscure and catchy, their songs mysterious and thoughtful, their influences eastern European, and their musicianship superb. Ian‚s pipework is a true marvel. But if you have seen them, you‚ll know all this, and come anyway
Featured Support for Banoffi is performance poet Tony Morris, based in York, and occasional MC at the York Folk Club. Tony reads (or performs) his own poetry, and accompanies himself on percussion. It‚ll be a bit different, but that‚s good.
July 1 Roger Sutcliffe. It isn‚t actually his 40th consecutive July appearance as billed in earlier editions of this Newsletter, it is 40 years since he first appeared at the Topic on or around the first of July. And he has certainly appeared more than 40 times altogether, as a quick scan through our comprehensive and growing giglist (1970 onwards) will attest. Veteran Bluesman with a nice line in shiny noisy guitars: in the unlikely event that you haven‚t seen him bFeatured Support from Ray Padgett, who plays squeezebox and/or sings unaccompanied traditional songs, and on Mondays can be found running Barnsley Folk Club.
July 8 Touchwood All the way from Sydney just for you. Actually, they have quite a reasonable little UK tour and some festival work lined up. Their material is eclectic mostly unaccompanied (with wonderful harmony arrangements), but with some input on lute, bodhran, guitar and vihuela. Yes, that‚s right. They do a nice line in medieval songs.
Featured Support will be from Codarajo, the nearest the Topic has to a resident band, (Rahel, Joy and Ryan) with some new material I hear they have been working on.
AND ONWARDS more on all these in a later Newsletter. Or log on to the Topic Website!
July 15 Hamish Currie. Versatile singer and guitarist, and MC of the Chesham Folk Club; who was last with us a couple of years ago. This will be the tenth anniversary of the Topic relocating to the Melborn come and celebrate that!
Featured Support is Janet Wood, singer/guitarist performing mostly her own material much influenced by 60s icons Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, coming back to the folk scene.
July 22 Stony Keyboards, acoustic guitar, stunning harmonies: this duo is one of the hottest properties on the acoustic music scene (it says on their website). A heady mix of Jazz and Blues, as well as (mostly) their own material.
Featured Support from Karen and Colin Thompson, who provide delightful traditional songs (Karen) accompanied with classically-trained guitar (Colin).
July 29 Double Header: Chris Manners and Fountainhead. Chris Manners is a long-established and original singer/songwriter, mostly in the modern idiom, but with excellent guitar technique. Fountainhead are an exciting young duo: Tom Stupple on guitar, and Bethany Dowsett with a tremendous voice, doing their own highly original material. Come and round off our season in style!
AUGUST is given over entirely to Singers and Musicians evenings without even the crushing burden of imposed themes. Then see you all back in September for Gina le Faux
Of course, it isn‚t just Gina le Faux: we have Jed Grimes, Ron Trueman Border, The Hall Brothers, Vin Garbutt to name just a few of the Autumn season.
For 2005 we already have booked Tom Napper Tom Bliss, The John Wright Band, Bob Fox, Jez Lowe to name even fewer of what is already beginning to look like a packed and exciting programme. But it only really works if you come too ∑. Artists of real quality are simply queuing up to perform at the Topic. Even Featured Support slots are booked into mid-September. The least we can do is make sure they get an audience worthy of that quality.
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.