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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 166 - April 2016
Summer time is here, if not summer itself....the seasons may be changing but the Topic continues to bring excellent acoustic music to our little corner of the world. As you'll see.
7th April: Singers and musicians . 8.15 pm start. Free entry
14th April: Red Hippo.
Consisting of Peadar Long- (Kitsyke Will, Celestial Echoes), Daz Jones (The Real Macaws, Skavolution, The Skiband), Simon Chantler- (Whisky Priests, Shinjig, A Rookery), Red Hippo is a stunning mix of sousaphone, Irish whistles, saxophones and strings, exploring a musical world influenced by traditional folk music with jazz influenced arrangements. Coming from previous incarnations in jazz, ska and folk bands these three excellent musicians create an exciting clash of sound that appeals across the board - their style means they are not restricted by genre. They have successfully integrated a melange of styles, and are masters of all: folk/roots, jazz and steam hammer, bass-heavy brass delivered via a thumping, rhythmic sousaphone. The differing styles are inter-woven into a unique musical form, deceptively intelligent, yet utterly accessible, delivered with wit and humour.
The band’s stated mission is to explore the world musically and create a sound that mixes their version of traditional tunes with originals: wonderful melodies underpinned by a few “posh chords.”
Memorable in sound, appearance and enthusiasm they have already been seen and heard at Towersey Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, Beverley Folk Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival and Whitby's Musicport Festival. £6/£5
Red Hippo engage an audience and with a unique combination of instruments & personalities and come up with a sound that is both captivating and thoroughly inventive - Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival
21st April: Lynn Heraud & Pat Turner.
Individually, and in combination with a variety of well-known singers and bands, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner have both served long apprenticeships on the shop-floor of folk music. Lynne sang in a duo with Sue Ashby; performed with John Lambert and Frank Lee as Tom, Dick and Harriet; and has made a CD, Stars in My Crown with Keith Kendrick. She was, for many years, the organiser and MC for the Hoddesdon Folk Club.Pat toured for six years with the folk band Filigree, making an album and also releasing a single! She was co-founder and MC of the City Folk Club in London.Together they later joined Pete Cunningham (ex-English Tapestry and Heritage) to form Brandis, making several radio appearances. They finally settled into a permanent duo and made their first CD, Parallel, in 2003, and have since made three more on the Wildgoose label.
Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony!"
In addition to appearing at folk clubs and festivals, Lynne and Pat also organise and perform themed shows and workshops, music hall evenings (awash with sauce and innuendo), and a special show called A Birds' Eye View, which presents songs particularly from a woman's perspective (but which men are invited to attend as well — and learn from!) Audiences need to be robust as their humour has been known to cause side-splitting injuries. They both, however, include emergency first aid amongst their many qualifications. £6/£5
28th April: Caffrey /McGurk/Madge (Nick Caffrey, Ed McGurk, Robin Madge)
This popular trio explores the delights of traditional and contemporary folksong. With their good humour and informed understanding of the song subjects they instil their particular flair for harmony and enthusiastic performance, making each song a joy to hear.
Having previously appeared at the Topic as a duo, Caffrey and McGurk were joined in 2015 by Robin Madge, singer/songwriter, anglo concertina payer and multi-instrumentalist. £6/£5
True English folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn't come much better than this - Keith Kendrick
This newsletter doesn't usually refer to past events, it's mainly to let you all know what's coming up. Neither do we normally single out individual acts for comment. However, here's an exception to that rule: on 24th March we had a double cancellation, (both for genuine reasons), a club organiser's nightmare. The originally booked artist had to pull out just after all the publicity had been printed and Tykes News had gone to press, his replacement cancelled through illness the day before the gig. Bit of a flurry: we managed to get Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne to stand in at 24 hours notice, from Birmingham where he was staying. Our grateful thanks to this exceptionally talented young performer who was a revelation. Superlatives aside, for they are mere words, if you like really top quality singing and playing of concertina and melodeon and you see that he's performing anywhere near you, put everything on one side and go to see him.
A reminder that Skipton Folk Unplugged is suspended for two weeks while the pub (The Narrow Boat Inn) is being refurbished. This means that there will be no club night on 4th April (Pete Coe) and 11th April (a singers night featuring Kath Reade and Phil Snell to mark the release of their new CD Where The Good Hearts Dwell). These events will be rearranged at a later date.
The Topic will once again have its own stage at this year's Bradford Festival which runs from 8th-10th July. We have provisionally been given the Sunday 10th July, 2 pm to 5 pm when The Phil Cockerham Trio, Gerry Copper & Phil Snell, and Paula Ryan will be entertaining the crowds on our behalf. Watch this space for further details.
Don't forget the Topic song project for this year's anniversary - see recent newsletters for details. They are starting to trickle in, hopefully the trickle will become a flood. You can contact anyone at the club if you would like more information.
For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is, as mentioned above, now Rahel Guzelian, 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 8.15 pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening.
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Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor