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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 175- January 2017
Happy New Year one and all!
Uncertainties abound in this world of multiple changes, but the Topic is as constant as a Northern star, in fact it is a Northern star...
New Year, new programme, some new faces, some not so new. See here, or better still, see, hear
5th January: Singers and musicians night.
12th January: Yan Tan Tether.
Their music has been played on the Mike Harding Folk Show a number of times, and Mike describes them as “one of the best a capella groups going”. They have also appeared on BBC Radio Leeds and won the hiring fair at Cleckheaton Folk festival in July 2016, and have played a number festivals and clubs in Yorkshire, with bookings coming in for 2017.
The trio did an impressive support slot at the Topic early in 2016 and from that are back for a full evening, not a moment too soon. £6/£5
Yan Tan Tether gave us a great performance at Kirkgate Irregular Roots with a perfect combination of sublime harmonies and varied, interesting repertoire. Highly recommended! Joe Grint (Irregular Roots)
Great band ..... three girls singing with terrific harmonies. If you have a chance to see them, do go because they're wonderful. Mike Harding
19th January: Stuart Douglas.
26th January: Ray Hearne.
An organiser and tutor for many years with the Workers Educational Association, Ray was a pioneer of the writers' workshop movement helping people of all ages across South Yorkshire's communities and beyond to find their voices, in story, verse or song. He also works with community groups and partnerships, and campaigning groups, helping them to tell their stories and to affirm themselves through poem and song. His latest CD Umpteen was released in May 2016.
More recently Ray has worked as a member of the team writing BBC Radio Two's Radio Ballad series. Ray's song Curtains' sung by Kate Rusby featured in the first programme Song of Steel. £6/£5
As mentioned in the last newsletter, Tom Bliss is making a short reappearance on the acoustic music scene, a series of three gigs to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society,as his daughter has sadly been diagnosed with this debilitating condition.
A reminder that the gigs are as follows: (please note the change of time for the Inkwell Arts concert on 7th January, 6.30 pm not 8.30 pm)
All gigs are pay-as-you-feel for the Multiple Sclerosis Society: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/
At the AGM held on 1st December the following were elected onto the committee: Rahel Guzelian; Sue Gaffney; John Waller; Guy Killingbeck; Liz Narey; Chris Hyland; Henry Parker; Tony Charnock. A warm welcome and thanks to Henry Parker who by agreeing to stand has at a stroke probably halved the average age of the committee membership.
Reports presented to the meeting show a reasonably healthy financial position and bookings stretching ahead into the coming year and beyond, with the majority of guest nights filled by performers who have approached the club for a booking rather than the other way round.
It has been suggested that the offerings for the Topic song night in November be posted up on the website, probably on a dedicated page. If you would like your contribution to be included please send in the lyrics, preferably to myself (see below for my email address). Also Rob Martin who presents a programme Into the Buttercup on BCB Radio has offered to play recordings of the songs on the programme. If you have a recording of your song that you would like to submit for consideration please contact Rob (via my email address firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
Topic Folk Club