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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 173 - November 2016
Bonfire night is just once a year but there are fireworks - well, slightly more subtle lighting but great sounds - at the Topic every Thursday. See here....
3rd November: Singers & Musicians. 8.15 pm start. Free entry. A special sort of singers night, featuring the songs that Topic-goers have composed in honour of the Topic's 60 years as a club. Don't be put off if you haven't written one: come down and enjoy the offerings of those who have. And if we run out if Topic songs, you can sing whatever you like. As usual
10th November: Tom Lewis:
Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales."
With songs that have become folk standards, known and sung wherever great choruses ring out, Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again. £6 (£5 for Topic members)
Although I always knew he was good, I was not quite prepared for HOW good. 24 years in the British Royal Navy, provides him with that vitally authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song - Living Tradition.
Tom has carved a niche for himself in the annals of maritime music, his traditional idiom song writing is up there alongside Tawney and MacColl - SeŠn Laffey, Traditional & Folk Music Directory UK
Thoroughly entertaining ... brimming with robustly resonant harmonies and songs, by turns traditional and contemporary, thoughtful and whimsical - Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
17th November: Bob Pegg
As a storyteller, musician and workshop leader, Bob has worked with people of all ages, from pre-school groups upwards, and he has performed in venues as varied as a Viking farmstead in the wilds of Iceland and the Royal Festival Hall in London. £6 (£5 for Topic members).
24th November: Beggars Bridge
There should be more bands like Beggar's Bridge taking the lore and legend of their own backyard and turning up the volume on specifically local electric roots - fRoots Magazine
All in all, Beggar’s Bridge have given us an enthusiastic modern-day folk-rock album that’s strongly rooted in timeless storytelling and folk tradition, with writing the benchmark of whose craft is pitched well above the routine - The Living Tradition
Support tonight from Wilson McGladdery, a Saddleworth-based duo with strong vocals, violin and guitar, self-penned material (unavoidably postponed from Dave Burland's night).
For those who attend Pete Coe's Ryburn 3 Step club in Sowerby Bridge please note that The Works closed its doors suddenly and seems unlikely to reopen. This happened a couple of days before the club night in October - a club organiser's nightmare -but a venue was found the shortest of notice, that was The Malthouse, formerly The Royal,at Rishworth, 270 Oldham Road, Rishworth HX6 4QB which will be their home at least into the new year. The next club night will be Wednesday 30th November when Brian Peters will be the guest. It would be best to keep an eye on the club website,www.ryburn3step.org.uk or email email@example.com for up to date information about any further change.
SONGS FOR PEACE
Songs for Peace will take place at Bradford Cenotaph at 1 pm on Sunday 13th November (Remembrance
Sunday) followed by soup and a sing at Glyde House. Details and songsheets are available from me or on club nights. The Cenotaph is just down from Glyde House, by the Alhambra.
Just a note in advance that the club's AGM will be held immediately preceding the December singers and musicians night on 1st December. It would be great to see some new faces on the committee: it's not an onerous task (the more time consuming stuff like bookings, publicity and accounts are done by those who have been on the committee for some years), involving about 4 meetings per year, so if you think you would like to be involved in running the club, please consider putting your name forward; there will be a form available to do so at club nights.
For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is 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 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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