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Topic Newsletter Archive
TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At the Bradford Irish Club, Rebecca Street, BD1 2RX
Newsletter No. 130 – March 2013
Hello again everyone,
With Spring just around the corner - we hope - the Topic has sunshine for you, even in the evenings! Only three guest nights, though: make the most of them!
An organiser and tutor for many years with the Workers Educational Association, Ray was a pioneer of the writers' workshop movement helping people of all ages across South Yorkshire's communities and beyond to find their voices, in story, verse or song. He also works with community groups and partnerships, and campaigning groups, helping them to tell their stories and to affirm themselves through poem and song.
Most recently Ray has worked as a member of the team writing BBC Radio Two's Radio Ballad series. Ray's song 'Curtains' sung by Kate Rusby featured in the first programme 'Song of Steel.' £5/£6
Michael has also supported Ewan Mc Lennan, Luke Hirst and Sarah Smout, as well as 2012 Folk Award winner Lucy Ward and more recently the Albion Band at their Sheffield gig. £5/£6
Tom Kitching (already known to Topic audiences through his appearances at the club with Gren Bartley and Pilgrims Way) is one of the busiest musicians on the folk scene today. Playing a huge variety of music in almost every imaginable location he has racked up over 700 performances in 5 years since turning professional. £5/£6
Coming in April: Winter Wilson; Miriam Backhouse-Erasmus; Duncan McFarlane with Anne Brivonese
More details in the next newsletter or see http://www.topic-folk-club.org.uk
Special Notice: The Soundsphere singing workshop and concert which had been arranged for Saturday 18th May at the Irish Club has had to be rescheduled to 15th June, unfortunately after the main publicity had gone out. So please make a note of the new date, 15th June, should you see this event advertised as taking place on the original date.
Non - Topic Items
Acoustic Routes. We have been asked to publicise this Bafta-nominated Film which is a celebration of the life and music of Bert Jansch, and includes such folk luminaries as Davey Graham, Ralph McTell, Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, John Rebnbourne, Wizz Jones, Al Stewart among others. The film is going out nationwide: it will be in our area on the following dates at the following locations:
4th March at York Picturehouse
The DVD and CD soundtrack will be available for sale to the general public from 25th March. Details of the film can be found at www.visibility.net
If you would like to become a member of the Topic Folk Club, it costs just £5.00 per year, running from 1st January. Being a member entitles you to the lower ticket prices shown in this newsletter, as well as the chance to become more involved in the workings of the club if you would like to.
If you’re visiting the club for the first time, be sure to come and say hello, and if anyone has any suggestions for the club, for example if you would like us to try to book a particular artist, we’d like to hear them.
The Topic runs on Thursdays at the BRADFORD IRISH CLUB. 8.30pm start. (Singers & Musicians nights start at 8.15pm). Like all the clubs in the area, our aim is to provide good quality live entertainment to suit all tastes of those interested in folk music, and we thank you for your continued support.
Floor singers are always welcome, especially in the first half. Please try to get there by 8.15pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening.
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It only remains for me to wish everybody a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor