At: Groove Pad, 48 Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HN
Topic Newsletter Archive
Newsletter No 236 - February 2022
I hope you are all keeping well: that light at the end of the tunnel seems a little closer now.
Here's the programme for the coming month
3rd February: Singers and musicians. (£1 entry)
10th February: Bella Gaffney . A real Topic favourite, Bradford-born Bella has been entertaining audiences at the Topic and other venues in the locality for many years with her carefully crafted songs, choice covers and her own take on traditional material. She has played at a great many folk and music festivals over the last few years, including Celtic Connections, Beverley, HebCelt, ButeFest, Dent, Shrewsbury, Otley, Southwell, BAAFest, & Filey. 2017 saw the release of her solo album Heaven Knows with Folkstock, to great reviews. Now living in York, Bella is a member of the highly successful and much sought after band The Magpies. £7/£6
17th February: Singers and musicians. (£1 entry)
24th February: Dan Webster & Emily Lawler. Dan is a road-seasoned English singer-songwriter and guitarist, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of Americana, which he uniquely melds with an honest Northern English perspective in his songwriting. Emily Lawler is the regular violinist in Dan’s band, as well as a respected performer in her own right. £7/£6
NON TOPIC STUFF- BOOK RECOMMENDATION:
The Road is Home by Susie Darling
As many of you will know, Mic and Susie Darling have been performing on the local acoustic music scene and beyond for many years, to great acclaim. Susie has recently published a book, The Road is Home, the story of their lives as members of the travelling community. It provides a fascinating insight into their way of life, relating with poignancy and humour the joys and hardships of a life spent living on the road: it's very readable and very difficult to put down. Anecdotes about some of their amazing experiences, together with an abundance of old photographs, and a few myths debunked along the way, almost put the book into the category of a social history, good enough for any bookshelf, especially for anyone interested in alternative lifestyles.
To obtain a copy, look for Mic and Susie Darling on Facebook and message Susie: if you have a problem with that, email me and I'll liaise with Susie (commission -free, of course!). The book will also be on sale at any of their gigs.
TOPIC ZOOMS AGAIN?
There has been a suggestion that we reinstate some singers and musicians sessions via Zoom, which were so successful during the lockdown period. This would help those erstwhile Topic supporters who have moved away to re-engage with the club, albeit from a distance. It would of course be on a different night from our normal Thursday events. We will have more news on this in our March newsletter, so watch this space....
A reminder that current membership will run until 31st August 2022, as stated in the November newsletter, so there will be no need to renew from 1st January as in "normal" years.
Membership 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 Groove Pad, 48 Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HN, 7.30 pm start with a target time of 10pm to finish.
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 are hoping we can count on you for your continued support.
Floor singers are always welcome (though may be limited when we have a booked support act - please check). Please arrive by 7.15 pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening. Would-be floor singers please note that for the time being we may change the format of the evening slightly and have all the floor singers at the beginning of the first half to start the night.
It's not set in stone, we'll see how things develop as we go along, but it may help the evening run smoothly and ensure that the finish time is strictly adhered to.
Although covid restrictions have now been lifted, the virus is still out there and people are still getting infected, so we respectfully ask you to continue to take sensible precautions when visiting the club.
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