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Topic Newsletter Archive
TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 163 - January 2016
Hello all and a very happy New Year from the Topic.
Apologies for slight tardiness of this newsletter: blame all that festive stuff. Without further ado, see how we're getting 2016 under way down at Glyde House.
7th January: Singers and musicians . 8.15 pm start. Free entry
14th January: Louise Jordan.
With her lovely voice, consummate musicianship and her ability to engage warmly with her audience, Louise will certainly bring the Topic’s first guest season of 2016 in on a perfect note.
...stirring, lilting grace... The Telegraph
Absolutely, totally and completely brilliant – Mike Harding
Haunting and unforgettable - The Sunday Express
21st January: Gerry Coooper and Phil Snell.
As a duo, Gerry and Phil concentrate on the uptempo, cheerful sounds of ragtime blues (Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller are big favourites), hokum (Tampa Red, the Hokum Boys) and jugbands (the Memphis Jug Band, Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers). There is also a strong element of old-timey in their repertoire: they love the music of such artists as Charlie Poole and the Cedar Creek Sheikh.
Gerry and Phil have played at many festivals, - including Dent, Saltaire, The Aire Do (Keighley), BAMfest (Bedale), Malton & Norton, the Hardraw Gathering, the Shuttle Shuffle Festival (Bradford), Otley Folk Festival and the Scartop Summertime Blues Festival. and even more pubs and clubs: thery have a particular liking for their ‘home club’ (Otley Folk Club) and the Topic, both of which gave them early bookings. Welcome again.
Individually, these guys are fantastic. Together they are magical. Authentic roots sounds from two master-craftsmen. An inspiration - Nick Hall
28th January: Geoff Lakeman.
Having been responsible for the unleashing of the musical talents of his sons onto the world, it’s Geoff’s turn to indulge his passion and we welcome him on this his first visit to the Topic.
At the AGM held in December the following were elected onto the committee:
Guy Killingbeck; Liz Narey; John Waller; Rob Martin; Sue Gaffney; Rahel Guzelian; Tony Charnock; Chris Hyland.
Rahel Guzelian takes over from Sue Gaffney as Bookings person. Sue has done a fantastic job, many thanks to her, and we welcome Chris Hyland as a new committee member.
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