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Newsletter No 243 - September 2022
Hello everyone. Well, with the holiday season nearly over and schools about to restart, could we be witnessing a return to normal?
Whatever is happening in the outside world, here are the details of our programme for the coming month:
1st September: Singers and musicians. (£1 entry)
8th September: The Hayes Sisters
The Hayes Sisters – Cathryn, Angela and Jennifer – who hail from the South Manchester area have been singing together from a very young age. As teenagers they were making a name for themselves in local pubs and clubs, before setting out on their individual careers. Later in life they got back together and decided to get back to the music scene, which they did, and were soon appearing at festivals and gigs across the North West. Nashville-based Clive Gregson was so impressed by the sisters that he took them under his wing and produced their debut album Another Man’s Shoes and featured on the album himself along with other luminaries.
The Hayes Sisters excel at 3 part harmony singing: their songwriting reflects their personal experiences and emotions, and history, politics, art and literature, influenced by the traditional music of England and Ireland. £7/£6
15th September: Singers and musicians. (£1 entry)
22nd September: Painted Sky.
Siblings George Brandon (guitar/vocal) and Holly Brandon (fiddle/vocal) have been playing together for as long as they can remember. Recently, both have worked on independent projects, with George performing solo and Holly perhaps best known for being one third of transatlantic folk band, The Magpies. But the siblings are always drawn back to each other’s playing and their lifelong musical history is reflected in tight-knit instrumentals and harmonies.
Their songs are characterised by honest vocals and timeless storytelling, underpinned by driving rhythms: their exquisite instrumentals weave delicate finger-picking guitar and soaring fiddle with a dynamic energy. They seamlessly blend traditional and original tunes as well as those from further afield, such as the complex rhythms of Eastern Europe to the fiddle stomping tunes of Quebec, to create a distinct and borderless synthesis of contemporary folk. £7/£6
29th September: Roisin Ban.
Roisin Ban are a Celtic folk trio from Yorkshire playing songs & tunes primarily from Ireland & Scotland.
The band consists of Gordon Tyrrall on guitar, main vocals & flute + Paddy Heffron on button accordion, vocals & sean nos dance + Chris Dyson on fiddle, vocals & mandola plus soundman Barry Evans.
Roisin Ban are fixtures at Whitby Folk Week where they play for the Irish set dance night `The Hoolie`.
The band also work as a Ceili band as well as doing Irish events & Burns Nights. £7/£6
Paula Ryan, well-known to Topic audiences, is appearing at Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue this coming Sunday as a support slot for an icon of Irish music, Liam O Maonlai (a superb solo artist in his own right and also lead singer of Hothouse Flowers). .
It's a Sunday afternoon gig and takes place on Sunday 4th September 2022 at 4 pm.
Here is a link to further info about the concert and to buy tickets.
The new issue of TykesStirrings is just out: the magazine is back to publication every three months. Look out for a copy in your folky wanderings, better still subscribe for a regular copy: it helps the production team. See https://tykesstirrings.org.uk/ for details.
A reminder that current membership, which has been on hold since 2020, expired on 31st August, so we will be collecting subscriptions at club nights from now on.
Membership - still only £5 - 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. Good news is that subs paid this year will last until the end of December 2023, so it's even more of a bargain!
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 if 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.
Although covid appears to be on the retreat just now, please continue to take precautions when visiting the club.
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