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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 195 - September 2018
Hope you all had a great summer. Not quite over yet, but autumn is looming. The seasons may change but the Topic continues to bring top quality acoustic music throughout the year. Some things do change however, like the start/finish times, which will from now on be 8.00 pm till 10.30 pm. As you will surely know by now!
Apologies for not being able to produce this earlier (as promised): I had a late holiday.
Here we go with the autumn season:
6th September : Reg Meuross.
Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered - The Times
13th September: Prelude
Best-known for their world-wide success with a haunting a capella version of Neil Young’s After the Goldrush in 1974, they have toured with the likes of Ralph McTell, Joan Armatrading and Don McLean. They also recorded backing vocals on Ralph McTell’s iconic Streets of London. Now with a slightly changed line-up, Prelude are still recording performing to rave reviews. It will be a real pleasure to have the band back to the Topic.
20th September: Caffrey McGurk Madge *
This popular trio of Ed McGurk, Nick Caffrey and Robin Madge explore the delights of traditional and contemporary folksong. With their good humour and informed understanding of the song subjects, they instil their particular flair for harmony and enthusiastic performance making each song a joy to hear. Formerly a duo (Caffrey & McGurk) they were joined in 2015 by Robin Madge, singer/songwriter, Anglo Concertina player and multi instrumentalist.
The trio released their first CD Like Minds in 2017
Nick and Ed are solo singers in their own right adding variety and pleasure to each performance. True English Folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn't come much better than this - Keith Kendrick
*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE TO THE PUBLISHED PROGRAMME AS JOE TOPPING IS UNABLE TO ATTEND ON THIS DATE
27th September: Na Mara
Na-Mara brings together talented English singer songwriter and guitarist Paul McNamara and ace mandolin player Rob Garcia, who write fantastic songs and the stories grab you from the start - Folk London.
In recent years, Na-Mara have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship , performing in venues and festivals across the UK, at events in France, Spain and Germany and on BBC Radio 4 and a plethora of internet and local radio stations. They consistently deliver new and exciting material to folk audiences with their own provocative material in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; their English translations of songs from Breton, French and Quebecois traditions; and their take on traditional tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.
A PDF of the latest flyer is attached for you to print out if you so wish.
THE BRIAN LAWTON LEGACY PROJECT.
As mentioned in recent newsletters, this is an ongoing project during the next 12 months concerning photographs taken by Brian Lawton which cover much of the history of folk music and folk festivals in West Yorkshire. It’s well worth visiting the website http://www.brianlawtonproject.org.uk, to which new material is being added on a regular basis.
JOHN WALLER GIG
Our esteemed treasurer, John Waller, has a solo gig at The Castle, Grattan Road, Bradford BD1 2LU on Friday 7th September at 8.30 pm, free entry. John will be performing mostly his own material, plus a few modern Folk Classics: he would be pleased to see you there.
MEMBERSHIP: If you would like to become a member of the Topic Folk club it still only costs only £5.00 for the year. Membership runs from 1st January and 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. 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, 8.30 pm start. (Singers & Musicians nights normally start at 8.15 pm). 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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