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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 189 March 2018
Spring is just around the corner, though you wouldn’t think so. Rain, snow or shine, the Topic soldiers on with some great music coming up this month.
An unlikely hypothesis I know, but if this is overlong and your eyes start to glaze over would you at least scroll down to the paragraph headed "Important - Earlier Start/Finish". It's,er, important.
1st March: Singers and Musicians - cancelled.
8th March : Duncan Mcfarlane & Anne Brivonese.
Local favourite Duncan, of many collaborations, brings his trusty fiddle player Anne for a night of guaranteed quality. £6/£5
15th March : Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins.
Karin is a singer/songwriter with some 30 years experience in the Jazz/Blues field and has also worked as a session singer with various studios. Now teamed with Karl Robins (singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist) she devotes her time solely to writing and performing within the folk genre. She has performed at several of the Costa Del Folk Festivals in Spain, Portugal and Mallorca, as well as a number of folk festivals and folk clubs in the UK.
Karl Robins is originally from Leeds but now lives in Northumberland in Spittal, near Berwick Upon Tweed. He has been playing for many years in a variety of bands with many different line ups, playing music in the acoustic folk/ folk rock genre. £6/£5
22nd March : Mike Silver.
Mike Silver’s songs are of longing, love and loss, perceptive and thoughtful, with haunting melodies and heart stopping lyrics. This most accomplished acoustic artist sings and records a series of thoughts and feelings that are special and magical, yet his music addresses every day issues without being trite, reaching out to a wide audience. Recommended to all who thrive on the sensitivity of our existence; all in all he’s a wonderful musician. £6/£5
29th March: Janet Russell.
Janet first made a name for herself on the folk circuit in the 80’s as a young singer songwriter writing with hard-edged humour about issues affecting women. She has now worked on the folk scene professionally for more than 30 years, starting in Edinburgh pubs, in 1980/81, and has experience of folk clubs, arts centres, concert halls, church halls and village halls of all sorts and sizes in the UK, Europe, and the USA.
Janet leads three community choirs, in Silsden, Burnley, and Settle and continues to perform and to facilitate voice and harmony workshops. £6/£5
3 ACRES AND A COW
Details of an event to be held at Caroline Street Social Club are attached to this newsletter. Entitled “3 Acres and a Cow",it is a history of land rights and protest in story and song. Date: Friday 16th March, 7 pm. Looks interesting.
THE BRIAN LAWSON LEGACY PROJECT.
This is an ongoing project during the next 12 months concerning photographs taken by Brian Lawson which cover much of the history of folk music and folk festivals in West Yorkshire.
It's a hugely important work and will be of interest to many of those involved in today's folk music scene. The overview is however quite long and detailed, too much so for the regular newsletter, so I intend to send it out separately over the next few days: it will be easier to focus on as a separate item.
IMPORTANT - EARLIER START/FINISH
Having considered the response to the proposal for earlier start/finish times, the committee has decided to implement a starting time for guest nights of 8 pm to finish at 10.30 pm.
This will start in SEPTEMBER 2018 and will be closely monitored. Comments about the new arrangement will always be welcomed. I shall be reminding Topic- goers relentlessly in future newsletters, it will also be mentioned on club nights.
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.
For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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".
A PDF of the Spring flyer is attached, some of you might find it useful.
Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor