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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 164 - February 2016
Well, we're into the shortest month, though it's a bit longer than usual this year: Topic nights at Glyde House will help make it shorter, then Spring will be just around the corner. Read on, see what we mean...
4th February: Singers and musicians . 8.15 pm start. Free entry
11th February: Niamh Boadle.
Niamh started out at a young age when she joined Mary Whelan’s School of Irish Dance before developing an interest in music and learnt tin whistle and bodhrán at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Preston. Today her main instruments tend to be her beloved Fylde guitar and her Tim Phillips fiddle.
Over the years Niamh has taken part in many competitions, winning medals at the All Britain and All Ireland Fléadhanna (CCÉ Irish music competitions). In 2008 she was a solo finalist in the New Roots competition in St Albans. Her unaccompanied singing won the 2009 Fred Jordan Memorial Singing competition, whilst at Wath Folk Festival she was awarded first place in the Young Acoustic Roots competition. A highlight of 2010 was competing in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards finals at the BBC Radio Theatre in London, and for a semester studied abroad on the Irish Music and Dance BA at Limerick University.
A multi-instrumentalist and singer who delivers music across a diverse range of material, from traditional folk to her own self-penned compositions, in a variety of styles, while still maintaining a continuity to her sound. - Folk Radio UK
A great talent and a fabulous singer, - Mike Harding
Support for Niamh tonight are Yan Tan Tether, an excellent female vocal trio from Otley.
18th February: Phil Langran Band.
The band’s latest recording is a four-song EP of Phil Langran originals, “Still the Heart”, released in October 2014 on the Folkwit label. Since its formation in 2010 the band has gained a reputation for its musicality, the warmth and wit of its live performances, and its versatility in both acoustic and amplified contexts.
A smooth engaging listen for the folk music lover who likes it straight and true – Folkworld
25th February: Joe Solo.
Live he has an ever growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath.
Joe has several excellent hard-hitting CD’s to his credit, but it is as a live performer that he really comes in to his own. This evening will be very different and very unforgettable.
Sad to relate the passing of a local musician from our area, John Honiwell who will be known to some Topic followers. A mutual friend passed the news on with these words:
"Sadly, it’s that last Monday 25 January John became another cancer loss among our region’s musicians. Being born in 1952 made him one of the youngsters of the folk-revival years but he seemed to retain a firm preference for the authentic character of Folk rather than the ‘general acoustic’ of the last couple of decades. He was a skilled guitarist and fine distinctive tenor vocalist, having been well trained as a church chorister by Norman Walker of St Peter’s Bramley. That home area, along with Pudsey and Tong, was an important locality during John Honiwell’s years of renown in the duo with Steve Ingham. John later stepped back from the professional scene, but audiences particularly round Cleckheaton are familiar with his appearances up to last year, often again in a duo, performing with Bruce Baillie."
John’s funeral is at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 Feb, in Bramley, at the town’s principal landmark St Peter’s Church on Hough Lane, LS13 3JF"
Don't forget the Topic song project for this year's anniversary - see recent newsletters for details.
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