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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 205 - July 2019
Hello all, hope you're having/will have a good summer...
Here's what's coming up in July at t'Topic - a full month indeed.
4th July Roger Sutcliffe.
11th July : Cath & Phil Tyler.
Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’.
They have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle.
Folk balladry has rarely been performed with such commitment and intensity – Record Collector
Beautiful songs, sung with care and love by two people who collect and cherish the history and impoortance of folk song – Folk Radio UK
18th July: Stables.
Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew and Daniel in London. Matthew was working on a new project idea at the time and, after playing through what was to become their first single, 'Steam', at 5 am, the duo was born, and quickly went public four months later.
'Beyond Brushes' (their debut album) was released to critical acclaim just nine months after, in August 2016, and was championed by the likes of BBC's Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and BBC6 Recommends amongst others, soon establishing them firmly on the circuit, with a growing fan base.
Just a month after the release Matthew and Daniel embarked on their first UK headline tour, followed by a small French headline. Stables put emphasis on 'energy' when playing live; switching instruments and producing the sound of a full band, with big harmonies and varied styles. Matthew says; 'I always wanted to create a simple sound that could then be taken further when needed, from a small folk club, to a large festival stage'. Stables have gone on to tour the UK further, performing at major festivals including Glastonbury Festival and five European headline tours in just over a year.
Stables' second album, 'Reverie', was released at the end of February 2018.
Cracking Stuff!' Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music
Personal favourite- Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
25th July: Double Header: Tom & Manny McKenzie; Chris Elliott & Caitlin Jones.
Tom records, mixes and masters all of his own music and has been doing so since the age of 15. His songs range from acoustic folk to indie. His newest album Tom McKenzie, is folkier than earlier material with a focus on acoustic instrumentation and live arrangements – the double bass, mandolin and fiddle taking larger roles.
Tom has performed in many venues including York Racecourse, Leeds University Union and Bradford Centenary Square, with radio play on a wide range of local radio stations.
Go and check out Tom McKenzie, it is rare to find such talent – Success Circuit
Making waves across Yorkshire with his delightful style of acoustic folk – York Calling
A breakout artist with real potential for a swift upwards climb – Mad Alice Records
Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones are a Staffordshire-based duo playing traditional and original music inspired by the English folk tradition. Well-known locally as part of the successful Bric-a-Brac, who gave the Topic a great night and also wowed audiences in other local venues such as The Castle and Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue, we are looking forward to what is sure to be a great evening’s entertainment.
I've been asked to mention what sounds a very interesting folk-related event taking place in Leeds City Centre on Tuesday 16th July.
Its a double bill of folk gig/performance lecture by Chloe Bezer, cellist and theatre-maker who presents a mix of theatre story-telling and live music, called Women and Other Exhibits and Lucy Lill's epic wonder tale The Flaming Queen.
More details can be found here: https://chloebezer.bandcamp.com/merch/double-bill-women-and-other-exhibits-and-the-flaming-queen
The venue is Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street LS2 7EQ, Tuesday 16th July 7.30 pm, tickets are £7.
The sale of Vegan Burgers in the bistro area has become a feature of club nights for those who get that hungry feeling during the evening, thanks to the culinary skills of Phil McCowen.
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, 8.00 pm start. 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 7.45 pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening.
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