TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD NEWSLETTER No 67: September 2007
Greetings: and welcome to the first Newsletter of the Autumn Season
Sept 6 ROY BAILEY
Roy has been coming to the Topic for decades, offering his refreshing and deeply committed performances of songs from many artists and sources, each with its own definite message. Having finished the summer quarter with Robb Johnson, how better to start than with Roy? No featured support booked, so there will be a greater than usual opportunity for floor singers to perform at the feet of the master. £4 / £5 to come in, MC John Waller.
Sept 13 CLOUDSTREET
It is two years since this massively-talented Australian duo appeared at the Topic, back in the Melborn days. Nicole Murray and John Thompson provide traditional ballads and songs of their own, with guitar, Irish flute, strong harmonies and considerable humour. Featured Support will be provided by John Burge, a one-man band who combines live performance with his own pre-recorded self on a variety of instruments, overlaid with simultaneously-recorded lines. Not only is this technically fascinating, but some of his violin tunes are stunningly beautiful. £5 / £6 to come in.
Sept 20 LAURA HOCKENHULL
Laura performed as half a Double Header evening earlier in the year, and impressed our Act Booker sufficiently for her to be offered her own guest slot. She is a traditional singer with a beautiful voice and mature delivery. She comes from a musical family well known to Topic members, but this self-assured performer is very much her own person. Featured Support will be provided by (some or all of) Dark Horse; an eclectic mostly traditional band containing pipes, guitar, percussion and voice. £4 / £5 to come in.
Sept 27 Singers and Musicians evening. All welcome to come and perform in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere: or just come to listen. Over the summer we’ve had some excellent evenings, with visitors from as far afield as Saltburn, Rhyll and Chester.
October 4 The Music of the Carter Family, presented by Nigel Schofield, Alan Rose, Linda Hardcastle and two more members of the Hockenhull family.
October 11 Hoover the Dog; Welsh borders trio wielding bouzouki, fiddle and accordion
October 18 Double Header with local talent Rosie Clegg and Roger Davies
October 25 Bob Fox: one of many fine singers and musicians from the North East.
November 1 Clive Gregson: Manchester singer songwriter, and one-time member of Richard Thompson’s band
November 8 Julie Felix: The one and only.
Tickets for Julie Felix concert (and Bob Fox, for that matter) will be available in advance in the near future. Reply to this Newsletter for details of how to get them. Topic Members will have priority until 14 September; then they will be available for all. Please quote your Membership Number if appropriate.
RAISE YOUR BANNERS A good long period of notice, this: but the Raise Your Banners festival of Political Music and the Campaigning Arts is coming to Bradford in November; and while it is not formally part of the Festival, Julie Felix’s gig marks the start of it.
The Main concert, on Friday 9 November, will be at St George’s Hall featuring Oysterband, Chumbawamba, Dick Gaughan and Tracey Curtis.
Saturday and Sunday 10,11 will feature a number of other concerts at the New Beehive and the Bradford Irish Club, with many worthy artists, bands and choirs; including Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Alistair Hullett and Scarlet Heights.
There’ll be more details in later Newsletters; or consult www.raiseyourbanners.org
See you all some Thursday at the C.ock and Bottle at one, all or more of the above Topic events.
8.30 start. Floor spots are available every night, even where a Featured Support artist is booked; though it helps if you arrive by 8.30. No need to say no smoking any more!
John Waller Topic Newsletter Editor
Topic Newsletter No 67: September 2007