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At: Groove Pad, 48 Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HN
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Topic Newsletter Archive

Newsletter No 255 - September 2023

Hello again all, as promised a few days early this time, mainly because of the extra guest night. 

I hope you are all keeping well and have been enjoying the summer. Make the most of it now, evenings are drawing in.

Here's the programme for the coming month, but firstly a reminder that we have one guest night in August, on the very last day of the month:

31st August:  The Jigantics

The Jigantics are a band from the UK who have previously released three critically acclaimed albums on Rawtone Records. They are a four-piece unit with founder members Mark Cole and Martin Fitzgibbon being joined by Sarah Kelly on vocals and bass, plus master guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Keith Thompson. Throughout Europe this band enjoys rave reviews for their live performances The Jigantics unique eclectic sound folk, acoustic, country, rock and roll their way through a blend of musical influences melded into something that defies cliched categorisation. 

They pack a mighty musical punch. Brimming with energy, confidence, style and an ear for a melody and an eye for a lyric.

One of Roots music's "supergroups" and must see live acts - Daily Telegraph

An awesome band, genuine, easygoing and very skilled musicians - Ken Brown, Square Roots Promoter    7/6

https://thejigantics.com/

7th September:   Singers & Musicians  (1 entry)

14th September:  The Art of Simon

The Art of Simon are duo Bryan and Jeremy, performing the classic hits of Simon and Garfunkel. They faithfully recreate Paul Simon's songs from "Mrs Robinson" through "Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall" to "Homeward Bound" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

The music is timeless and audiences have thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Bryan and Jem not only perform these songs to an exceptionally high standard, they pride themselves on communicating with their audience with information and especially humour.

If you are a lover of contemporary music this is one show you should not miss. An evening of joy and memories. 7/6

21st September: Singers & musicians    (1 entry)

28th September: Sally Barker

Sally Barker has been around for decades but her voice just gets better with age. Whether she is singing to seven million on the final of TV's The Voice or to seven people in a local folk club Sally is the consummate professional. She has the ability to lift the words off the page as if you were hearing them for the first time.

Despite her flirtation with the mainstream, Sally's musical life remains firmly rooted in acoustic and folk music as a singer and songwriter with bands such as The Poozies, Fotheringay, The Sandy Denny Project, Iota and guest vocalist with Fairport Convention. Support slots have been many but highlights include tours with Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Tay Mahal and Sir Tom himself.

Sally's next as yet untitled solo release will appear during Autumn 2023 and will be supported with a number of solo concerts. 7/6

The emotion and passion in her voice, the vulnerability and fragility of her vocal is an art that not too many singers can master - Maverick Magazine

Get tickets in advance: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/585178


TOPIC ZOOM SESSIONS

Joy Leach has submitted the following:

Topic Z0ooooms Resume

On Monday September 18th , the Topic Zooms will start again in the comfort of your own home. Performers and audience members from far and near are welcome to join us. As before, doors will open at 7.30 for an 8pm start and the programme will run till 10pm.

We are also continuing with the 3rd Monday in the month for the sessions. Singers, musicians and poets can all take part. For further enquiries about performing, pass codes for each evening etc, please email joy.utistugu.49.5.8@gmail.com or text 07947 747998.
 

NON-TOPIC STUFF

On Monday September 4th at 8 pm Liz Narey's Bingley First Monday Folk has Martin Heaton and Joe Drury. 

Venue: The Ryshworth Club, Keighley Road,Crossflatts, BD16 2HB. Doors 7 pm.

Entry by donation to the hat/raffle.

OTHER NEWS FROM ROUND AND ABOUT

On Wednesday September 13th at Caroline Street Social Club, Caroline Street, Saltaire BD18 3JZ from 3pm till 9.30 pm there's an event entitled A Reet Good Yorkshire Crack, which will include a mixture of Yorkshire dialect, songs, poems, stories and history as well as some Dales tunes from some collective musicians. Admission is free (donations welcome). This forms part of the Saltaire Festival.

More details at:  A Reet Good Yorkshire Crack - Saltaire Festival (sorry I don't have a blue clicky thing for this, but you can google the italicised words).

On Saturday 30th September at Ripley Town Hall, Main Street, Ripley HG3 3AX at 7 pm there is an evening of traditional country dancing with the No Lazy Dancing dance band, callers Pete & Sue Coe celebrating dances and tunes from the Yorkshire Dales. See flyer attached for details.

Pete Coe's Ryburn 3 Step.

Some changes afoot, including a change to the folk club nights: head on over to http://www.ryburn3step.org.uk/ for full details.


TOPIC STUFF

Please note that guest nights as well as singers and musicians nights are now held in the downstairs room at Groove Pad.

For those of you wishing to partake of drinks that are only available from the upstairs bar, would you please go upstairs to purchase them, as the bar staff are not able to leave their bar area. When doing so, it would be much appreciated if you would try to leave and come back between songs, as is normal folk club etiquette.

Remember that we now accept (indeed prefer) payment by card.

MEMBERSHIP 

Membership of the Topic Folk Club - still only 5 - 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. 

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For performers who may be thinking of approaching the club for a booking, please email: info4topic@gmail.com

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. 

Covid is still very much around: please continue to take precautions when visiting the club.

Best wishes

Tony Charnock

Topic Folk Club

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