TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No. 150 - November 2014
Well, the clocks have gone back, so winter is well and truly looming. Brighten up your Thursday evenings with a visit to the Topic. Read on to see why:
6th November: Singers and Musicians. 8.15 pm start. Free entry
13th November: Beck Sian
This will be Beck’s second visit to the Topic, though she is a fairly frequent visitor to West Yorkshire, Folk at the Wuthering Heights in particular, where she has built up quite a following. In fact her third CD, Ye Olde Silent Inn, was inspired and set in the moors of West Yorkshire and Pendle, with original tracks such as Wycoller Hall and Top Withens: how much more Bronte-esque can you get than that? Originally from Australia, Beck’s first UK tour was in 2006, and she’s still here, now living in West Sussex. With a fairly high percentage of Celtic blood – Welsh and Irish – it’s not surprising that this tends to be reflected in her music. Her creative inspiration came from being related to Kate Bush, though she most definitely ploughs her own furrow. Her original music is often influenced by the natural environment and folklore surrounding her, as well as the darker side of things –tales of ghosts and the supernatural are a common lyrical theme. Expect something different: you won’t be disappointed. £6/£5
A multi-layered unique artiste with a vocal gift to carry her anywhere – Judith Durham (The Seekers)
20th November: Ewan McLennan
A return to the Topic for this fine singer and musician. Winner of several awards including the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, Ewan McLennan has been making headlines as a folk artist. His music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of his native Scotland as well as his own self-penned songs that are receiving critical acclaim in their own right. His guitar playing, which has been described as “stunning” is influenced by the rigour and technique from his years studying classical guitar, while retaining a unique and compelling sound in which his immersion in folk music is evident.
...sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he’s terrific! –Mike Harding
Quite possibly destined to become the UK’s finest folk singer - Maverick
27th November: The Hall Brothers
Yorkshire born Nick and Duncan Hall have been playing music together for as long as they can remember. They first performed as the Hall Brothers in 1991: in 1994 they were joined by long-term fiddle player, multi instrumentalist and producer John Carey. Since then they has played clubs, concerts and festivals throughout the UK, Ireland and Holland, and supported such folk-rock icons as Fairport Convention. Nick has played in many other collaborations and is of course now well-known on the local acoustic music scene as one half of the duo Plumhall, together with his wife Michelle. This has inevitably meant that an appearance by the Hall Brothers as such has become more of a rare event, so we are delighted to welcome them back to the Topic for an evening not to be missed. £6/£5
There was a huge turnout for Mick's funeral, including many who reflected his association with the Topic.
As many of you will know, his ashes will be interred on 24th November at 11 am at St Mary's Church at Masham for a short service and afterwards at the White Bear, Masham. Everyone welcome.
The AGM of the club will be held on Thursday 4th December 2014 at the singers and musicians night. Further details regarding committee nominations, agenda items etc will be sent out nearer the time in accordance with the club's constitution.
Usual Other Stuff
For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is now Sue Gaffney, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Glyde House, Glydegate, Little Horton Lane, BD5 0BQ 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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Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor