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Topic Newsletter Archive

TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ

Newsletter No 184 October 2017 

Hello all,

Nights drawing in, the end of BST in sight, but plenty to attract you down to Glyde House on Thursdays. Winter's not here yet...

5th October: Singers and Musicians. 
8.15 start. Free entry.

12th October: James Hickman & Dan Cassidy.
A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain, Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

James (from Shrewsbury) has been performing folk music from the age of 13. In later years, he formed the duo Hickman and Quinn which has featured as support act at Saltaire Live concerts at Victoria Hall. He also played in the popular folk group Uiscedwr for two years. Dan, brother  of the late Eva Cassidy, hails from Maryland USA, and has been playing the fiddle from the age of 10. A meeting with Aly Bain sparked an interest in Celtic music and the UK folk scene in general. He has his own band, The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet which performs regularly in the UK. He played on several of his late sister’s recordings.

19th October:  The Mile Roses.
The Mile Roses is a touring collaboration for three respected solo songwriters Edwina Hayes, Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth playing contemporary British folk music with a nod to Nashville.

Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and americana, this trio are fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene with their original songs and close harmonies, accompanied by guitars, bass, cittern, mandola, mandolin and fiddle.

From toe-tapping folk to haunting ballads this trio have toured worldwide as independent musicians but obviously have an infectious enjoyment for this new collaboration that is guaranteed to leave audiences with a smile on their faces.

 Kate Bramley is a fine singer and instrumentalist, best known as fiddler and vocalist for the North-east’and the American band, Sweetgrass.

Edwina Hayes’ beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has played everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall and opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison. Nanci Griffith described her as having “the sweetest voice in England”

Guitarist and singer  Simon Howarth played bass with Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies from July 1998 until March 2004 touring in Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, USA and Canada as well as extensively across the UK.

26th October: Chloe Jones.
Chloe Jones is a young singer-songwriter from Dukinfield in Cheshire - just 7 miles out of Manchester city centre.  With her rich tones and unique vocal quality, Chloe has a voice beyond her years and has been likened to artists such as Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman and Karen Carpenter. Chloe’s style falls into the genres of folk, country and americana with storytelling, love and life being at the heart of her music.

In 2014 Chloe became a Global Semi-Finalist in the worldwide singing competition, The Voice of McDonalds, after being crowned as the winner of The Voice of McDonalds UK in 2013 and as one of four winners in The Voice of McDonalds Europe.  The competition took Chloe to perform in London, Amsterdam, Portugal and the USA, where she performed at The McDonalds Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida, sharing the stage with the likes of Daughtry, Neyo, Adam Levine and Sting.

Amazing. Great lyrics and foot-tapping music, love it."-  iTunes Meet You There EP Review

Chloe's got such a unique voice, young artists should listen to people like her. - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester

IMPORTANT STUFF (in fact very important) -  THE AGM!

Yep it's that time again: the AGM will be held on 2nd November at 8 pm at Glyde House, preceding the monthly singers and musicians night. Further details will be formally circulated later, in accordance with the requirements of the constitution. Speaking of which,the committee will be proposing some revisions to the constitution: these will be made available for perusal prior to the AGM. A reminder that the AGM business will be for Topic members only: Non-members coming to the singers night will be welcome to observe, but will not be able  to vote on any matters, as is normal.

Forms for the election of committee members will be available on club nights prior to the date of the AGM. Nomination forms must include a proposer, seconder and the nominee's agreement to stand for election.

Please consider putting your name forward for the committee: it's not too onerous a task, 4 meetings a year and it's always helpful to have new people being involved, new ideas and so forth, it keeps the club moving forward.

AGM's and matters of constitution are tedious but necessary:  they give members a chance to let the committee know what they want, and the committee members to explain the whys and wherefores of their running of the club if necessary. Above all they make for transparency in terms of financial matters, providing a proper record of the accounts of the club. So hopefully we will get enough people along and deal with the business efficiently so we can get on with the singers night.

OTHER STUFF

A reminder about the recently published book: FOLK SONG IN ENGLAND, a major new work by Steve Roud who was co-editor of The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. Information about the book, and some discussion notes are available on club nights, displayed with all the various flyers. It's certain to be of value to those interested in the history of folk songs.

USUAL STUFF

For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please note that the bookings organiser is Rahel Guzelian, email address : rahel@guzelian.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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