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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 171 - September 2016
A little earlier than usual so you will get this before the new season starts on 1st September (there won't be a singers night to start off the month as we've had them during the whole of August).
During the Autumn season we will be bringing you some of the bigger names in the folk world for your delectation and delight as we celebrate or 60th anniversary. Here's what's coming up this month:
1st September : Michael Chapman
This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. With his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style he deserves wider recognition. £6/£5
This is the sound of a real songwriter who’s lived a real life and all that entails – Q Magazine
For this, the opening event of our autumn season, we have a support act, popular local duo Keystone, with their mix of original and well-chosen covers. Plus a visit from the Deputy Mayor of Bradford, who, it is whispered, is a bit of a folkie, a song writer even, himself. Who knows, there may be a floorspot from a man in chains. Another first for the Topic...
8th September: Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”.
The duo come from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI became All Ireland Champion, and All Britain Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Russell had begun a career as a solo musician supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others. £6/£5
The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so - R2 Magazine
15th September: Bob Fox
The sound we hear in live performance, that astonishing guitar technique coupled with one of England's finest voices - Ralph McTell
22nd September: Dana & Susan Robinson (USA)
With a excellent new CD The Angel’s Share recently released, this tour promises to be their best yet.
The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. £6/£5
Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music – Dirty Linen
29th September: Joe Topping
Joe toured with The John Wright Band after the late John Wright heard and covered one of his songs, The Flame Danced Flamenco. He has also been a member of the successful Elbow Jane, Ashley Hutchings’ Rainbow Chasers and more latterly The Vagrant Kings. £6/£5
… heartfelt vocal backed by intricate, intensely accomplished guitar work - fRoot magazine
has a gift to write songs that will last and that others will want to sing – the late John Wright
IMPORTANT ITEM...voting in the Grassroots Music Awards run by the Yorkshire Gig Guide website 2016 is still open and will be so until 31st August. There are 13 categories covering many aspects of the local acoustic music scene in which you can cast a vote should you wish to do so, including artists/bands, venues, clubs etc etc. For the full nomination lists visit:
http://yorkshiregigguide.co.uk/grass-roots-awards-2015.html (yes that does say 2015!)
For those who are interested there was a programme on BCB radio on 22nd August devoted to the Topic's 60th anniversary, featuring reminiscences by some of those who have been involved in running the club over the years, interspersed with music from people who have appeared on our stage. The programme Into the Buttercup was presented by Rob Martin and Molly Kenyon and you can listen again (for a while) by following this link:
It's the first item at the top of the page titled "Specialist Music Monday 22 August"
The final date for the Topic Song (see previous newsletters) is approaching: bring it on down on 3rd November when you will be able to perform it to an eager and breathless audience.
Don't forget the Topic song project for this year's anniversary - see recent newsletters for details. You can contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like any further information.
For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is Rahel Guzelian, 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 normally 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, though may be limited when we have a booked support act - please check. 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
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