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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD NEWSLETTER No 70 - DECEMBER 2007
Greetings one and all: and a reminder of the December programme.
Dec 6 PHIL HARE
Dec 20 SCARLET HEIGHTS: The Original Duo.
Dec 27 Singers and Musicians
Jan 3 Singers and Musicians
Coming later in the new year:
Jan 10 Kimber’s Men: Superb four-part harmony and songs of the sea. FS VoiceMale
Jan 17 Double Header: Dark Horse and Chris Milner
Jan 24 David Moss with Masha Kaestner: FS OTRA; our own Tony and Rahel
Jan 31 Elbow Jane Band: all the way from Merseyside.
Feb 7 Singers and Musicians: We are going to have more of these evenings in 2008.
Feb 14 Jon Harvison: the Heavy Horse himself: with FS Geoff Watson
Feb 21 Double Header: Gareth Davies-Jones and Katriona Gilmore / Jamie Roberts
Feb 28 Emily Smith and Jamie McLellan (this will be a big one, honest!)
Mar 6 Singers and Musicians:
POINTS FROM THE AGM
Your hardworking Committee was re-elected unopposed: so no lessons needed from Comrade Putin. The last year was undoubtedly one of the most successful of all time in terms of sheer financial turnover; which is now running well over double what it was four years ago. But like many local clubs (see below), we struggle for audiences, especially given our very busy programme with a full guest artist almost every week. There were a number of nights recently when door-take fell well short of the artists’ minimum guarantees, even for apparently bankable names: and this is unsustainable over the longer term. Just three more paying people per night would, like Mr Micawber’s sixpence, make all the difference. Could you be one of the prodigal three?
Members who attend other local clubs report similar problems; and readers of Tykes News will no doubt have noticed the imminent demise of two such: General Ludd and Polaris. Very sad: and let’s hope that their organisers and regulars will resurface in other guises: or even feel moved to open their doors again. But there does seem to be a drift towards (and even a preference for) more informal gatherings of amateur performers rather than the regular opportunity to see the best in the business that (we hope) the Topic offers: which inevitably involves paying and sitting and listening, rather than performing.
Topic membership is at an all-time high (well, in recent years at least) and we shall shortly be circulating members with a questionnaire to elicit views on what we should do to improve attendance by members and others. But if any reader of this newsletter has any observations, whether you are a member or not, do feel free to respond to this.
Keep coming to support the oldest Folk Club in the World; and help to keep music live, (and professional musicians alive)! It is only by, with, from and because of your support that we and they keep going.
Enjoy your Festive Season, and make sure that part of your celebration includes at least one visit to a Folk Club.
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!
Topic Newsletter No 70: December 2007