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Topic Newsletter Archive
TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No. 152 - January 2015
First of all, a Happy New Year to you all, hopefully 2015 will be a Good One all round. The Topic will endeavour to bring you something for all tastes, the best in acoustic music available on the circuit, starting with:
8th January: Nick and Sarah Smout.
Sarah has recently started to perform with her brother Nick: together they supported Nels Andrews at The Live Room, Saltaire to great acclaim, as well as appearing at this year’s Saltaire Festival. Nick is a superb guitarist/songwriter and together their harmonies and musical abilities deliver the quality normally unique to sibling performers. £6/£5
15th January: Beggar's Bridge.
Beggar’s Bridge use traditional instruments and rich vocal harmonies to create a wonderfully simple sound that is reminiscent of the best folk revivalists...wildly refreshing to listen to a group not only singing about their local past, but revelling in their own traditional folk sound. Bright Young Folk
22nd January: Jack Blackman.
Jack has toured in the US and appeared on radio shows both there and in the UK: one of his songs has been featured on a BBC Radio 4 documentary. £6/£5
"an artist about whom we shall doubtless be hearing a lot more over the next few years" – Acoustic Magazine
29th January: Sam Barrett (Serious).
The AGM passed off without incident (well, it would, wouldn't it???). Liz Narey is a welcome addition to t'committee.
Guest nights are well booked up for the year ahead, thanks to a great deal of sterling work by Sue Gaffney: it seems many artists want to appear at the Topic. Audience numbers hover around the average and the club is ticking over reasonably well.
It would be great to see a few more on a regular basis, so if you're ever wavering, come on down.
A SONG FOR THE TOPIC
There has been some preliminary discussion and a few ideas put forward concerning the Topic’s 60th anniversary next year (2016).
One idea suggested has been for a song specially written for (or lyrics of an existing well-known song adapted or rewritten) for and about the Topic Folk Club. One format could be a verse about the Topic in the past, one about the Topic today, and one for the Topic in the future, joined together by a rousing chorus. The ball has been started rolling by Into the Buttercup’s adaptation of “The Holy Ground” at the last singers night.
The songs could be sung at each monthly singers’ night, and adopted for the purpose if a song were deemed appropriate. At a suitable event to mark the anniversary they could be performed as part of the event. Perhaps even recorded?
This is a fun idea, it won't be competitive in the sense that there would just be one winner.
Anyway food for thought. The way things are going, 2016 will be here in no time.
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: email@example.com
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