Topic Folk Club, Bradford
Newsletter 76, April 2008
Greetings: and a warm welcome to the Spring Season at the Topic:
We seem now to be fairly well bedded in at the Bradford Irish Club. If you haven’t been yet, do come to one of the following great planned evenings and check it out. For one last time: Bradford Irish Club, on Rebecca Street BD1 2RX (just behind the New Beehive). See www.topic-folk-club.org.uk <http://www.topic-folk-club.org.uk/> for details of how to get there.
10 April Debra Cowan and Pete Smith
American folk singer of UK ballads teams up with possibly one of the best guitarists on the UK circuit. They’ve both been seen at the Topic and elsewhere recently; but never before in the current line up. It will be fascinating to see how their styles combine. Featured Support from a duo from over the Pennines: Peter and Barbara Snape, who provide classical traditional British songs backed by classical traditional squeezebox. £4 / £5 to come in: MC Tony Levy.
17 April Bernard Carney
If you haven’t seen Bernard before, do come and enjoy a masterclass in musical entertainment. If you have seen Bernard before, you’ll know what I mean. Very witty songs, effortless guitar, and a sense of humour that has made him a top artist in the corporate entertainment business in his native Australia. He accepts specialised song-writing commissions, but the results transcend their immediate audience, as evidenced by the Bronchiodilated Blues, and a homage to Continuing Education (courses in glove-making a speciality ...). Top stuff. Featured Support from Leeds-based singer songwriter Troy Faid, who provides strong guitar virtuosity behind lyrics well worth listening to. £4 / £5 to come in: MC Neil Etherington.
24 April A Double Header evening
Chris and Siobhan Nelson impressed us with their Featured Support slot last year: a mixture of English and other songs, traditional and contemporary, voice (occasionally harmonised) backed by fiddle, guitar or mandola. Danyluk and Card also appeared last year as a Featured Support act. They provide a fusion of folk and rock styles with emotive songs hewn from the traditions of their native Canada. £4 / £5 to come in: MC. Simon Alexander.
Stop Press: there may be a programme change in respect of Danyluk and Card: check the Topic website
1 May Tom Bliss
It will be an absolute delight to see Tom play a full solo set. Brilliant though his pairing with Tom Napper is, Tom’s songwriting skills and musical dexterity on a whole variety of instruments can best be seen unadorned and solo. Expect songs of the sea; and probably of ghosts and inexplicable happenings as well. Tom is one of the gentlest and most cheerful artists on the local circuit. This is a treat for all the cognoscenti of the singer/songwriter’s art. No Featured Support: but all you songwriters (and we have many in our lists), do come down and parade your own material at the feet of the master (he won’t bite). £4 / £5 to come in: MC tbc.
8 May Fil Campbell
Irish singer of jazz, folk, and traditional songs, accompanied by guitar and flute and (probably) her percussionist spouse. But there will be further details in the May Newsletter: or tap now into www.topic-folk-club.org.uk <http://www.topic-folk-club.org.uk/>
AND ONWARDS (as it stands at present)
May 15 Cockersdale
May 22 Ember FS The Tupenny Celidh Band
May 29 DH: Kate Bramley / Pamela Ward and Paul Cherrington
June 5 Singers and Musicians
June 12 Soundsphere
June 19 John Conolly
June 26 Singers and Musicians
July 3 Roger Sutcliffe
July 10 Ruth Notman
July 17 The Hall Brothers + John Carey
July 24 Triple Whammy: Ed McGurk / Mixing up the Medicine / Friendly Visit
July 31 Eddy O’Dwyer (tbc)
August Singers and Musicians throughout
Sept 4 Roger Davies
Sept 11 tbc
Sept 18 Heather Dale
Sept 25 DH: Notts Alliance / Ylem tbc
Oct 2 Singers and Musicians
But there’ll be another newsletter along before the April Guests arrive, let alone all this superb September stuff.
See you all some Thursday at the BRADFORD IR.ISH CLUB. 8.30 start. Floor singers always welcome, especially in the first half: get down prompt and early if you’d like a slot. Some Featured Support slots available in June and July, primarily for acts we don’t yet know who’d like to showcase their material.
Topic Newsletter Editor
Topic Newsletter No 76 April 2008