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Topic Newsletter Archive

TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD

At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ

Newsletter No 188 February 2018 

Hello all,

New Year, new computer, which seems to behave a little differently to my old one. If this comes to you in a format difficult to read please let me know.

This comes from my sick bed so please excuse any glaring errors or omissions

1st February: Singers and Musicians. 8.15 start. Free entry. 

8th February : Ninebarrow.
NINEBARROW are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.

The duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist and also for ‘Best Duo’ in both the Fatea Magazine Awards 2016 and the Folking.com awards of 2017.  6/5

...two halves of one voice - Mark Radcliffe

Immaculate - EFDSS Magazine

Stunning - Maverick Magazine.

Constantly compelling...undeniably impressive - Northern Sky Magazine

15th February : Hayes Sisters
Take three girls. Name them Cathryn, Angela and Jennifer. Bring them up in a home where someone is always singing. Listen to them start to sing in harmony from a very young age. Realise that nature has blessed them with rather beautiful voices. Give them a guitar. Discover that they have a natural musical ability. Mix together; and you have a promising musical trio – “The Hayes Sisters”.

Three young teenagers start to make a name for themselves in local pubs and clubs; reality intervenes… They go off to University, start families – do the serious grown up stuff! They pursue careers in different cities, in different fields; in teaching, nursing, and acting (you may have seen Jen (Stage name – Jennifer Hennessy) in The Office, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, and lots more; in fact, she appears soon as Mrs Cratchit in the BBC’s new epic serial, “Dickensian”)

They decide to “have another go” at the music…And then they’re back together on stage; appearing at festivals and gigs across the North West.

They are spotted by Nashville–based, Clive Gregson; one of the most-respected names in the music industry. And things go from there…The Hayes Sisters soon have a producer; and an album in the making.

Another Man’s Shoes is produced by Clive Gregson and John Wood, and features the awesome musical talents of Andy Dinan, Andy Seward, Fiona Lander, Simon Whitbread, and Clive Gregson himself. The album is a collection of songs borne from personal experiences and emotions; by history, politics, art, literature, the traditional music of England and Ireland, always influenced by groups or songs where vocals and harmonies dominate: as kids they were brought up singing in harmony because “ that was just what you did. It was natural”  6/5

22nd February : Steve Turner.
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally known stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005.   6/5

Steve’s 7th album “ Spirit of the Game” was released in January 2016.

...total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire – Nancy Kerr

A shining example of the music the British folk scene is capable of producing - Folk Roots

SAD NEWS 

We have just learned that Brian Senior has passed away. Brian was a stalwart of the Holbeck Moor Mummers, in fact the last visit to the club by the Mummers in December 2017 was the first one he'd missed since their formation as he had not been well for some time. We don't have any further details, eg funeral arrangements, at the moment.

 

SOME NON-TOPIC EVENTS.

DALES BUS GIG

On this Saturday 3rd February Muppet has organised what seems to have become an annual fundraiser for the Dales Bus service. This will be held at Coopers Bar & Brasserie, 4-6 Otley Road Guiseley LS20 8AH , which is on the main street a bit down from Morrisons, on the opposite side. The concert starts at 7.30 pm (doors 7 pm) and features Muppet himself, The Hall Brothers with John Carey; Keepers Wood and Rum Doodle. Tickets are 8 on the door (or you can ring 07914601980 or email muppett@cabad.org.uk to reserve in advance) and all proceeds are in aid of the Dales bus operations fund.

CND 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Yorkshire CND are holding an event to celebrate 60 years of CND. This will take place on 17th February (the actual date in 1958 that the movement was launched) and will be held at Kala Sangam, St Peter's House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY (between Bradford Cathedral and the Broadway Shopping Centre) from 11 am to 3 pm. If you would like to go you need to book online asap through https://yorkshirecnd.org.uk/cnd-60th-anniversary/ as places are limited. If you have any old banners or anything of interest relevant to CND you can take it along for display on a stall which will be there for that purpose, it's a sort of 'bring your own museum'.

 

MEMBERSHIP
A reminder that membership renewal is now due. Still only 5.00 for the year, membership of the Topic entitles you 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. Now is a good time to join if you haven't been a member before,  but you can join or renew your membership on any club night.

 

EARLIER START/FINISH? 

As mentioned previously there has been a proposal to start guest nights at 8.00 pm and finish at 10.30 pm and asking for your ideas. Thank you to those who responded: we want to allow plenty of time for anyone who feels strongly one way or the other to express their views, so email me (tocharn@gmail.com) if you would like to make your point. Nothing has been decided and any change would take a while to implement for logistical reasons. For your information I would just say that of the feedback I have so far received the vast majority are in favour of the earlier start.

 

USUAL STUFF

For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please email: info4topic@gmail.com

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.

To find the Topic on Facebook search for "Topic Fc".

Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor 

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