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Topic Newsletter Archive

Newsletter No 241  - July 2022

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the summer....

Here are the details of our programme for the coming month: 

7th   July:      Singers and musicians. (1 entry)

14th    July:      Roger Sutcliffe.

This is Roger's 59th year of playing at the Topic: there is very little we can say about him that his army of admirers don't already know.

But for any newcomers to the world of acoustic music, Roger stands on his own as ragtime picker extraordinaire, blues supremo, and singer of songs of those genres. 

There are invariably a number of guitarists in his audience who have learned their craft first hand from Roger, so whether you pick, play or just listen, get down early for what will probably be a busy night. 7 (6 members).

 

21st   July  :     Singers and musicians.  (1 entry)

28th   July  :    Mic & Susie Darling.

Mic and Susie are well-known and respected travellers performing songs on Romany life, with an abundance of stories to tell. Susie has recently had an excellent book published, about their life on the road together and all their musical adventures. It's an excellent read: no doubt she will have a copy or two with her to sell. 7 (6 members).

https://www.facebook.com/Mic-Susie-Darling-107761382651445

TOPIC NEWS

We were surprised and delighted to have  a visit from two founder members of the Topic: John Hockney (brother of David) and Anne on 9th June. John lives in Australia: he was visiting the UK and wanted to see how the Topic was doing all these years later. He certainly picked a good night as Jez Lowe was in fine form.

TOPIC ZOOM NEWS

The Topic is a-zooming....organised by Joy Leach, who says:

QUOTE

Topic Zooms for Singers, Musicians and Poets

Interested in joining the monthly Topic Zoom sessions? Join in with the Topic
without geographical boundaries; the Topic minus the travelling. The next
session will be on Monday July 11th – from 8pm-10pm (log-on any time after 7.30).

There will be a break in August, resuming again in September.

Throughout much of lockdown and since, the Topic has been running on-line

Zoom sessions. Jim Saville has kindly allowed us to use his Zoom Pro which

means that we are able to run them monthly from 8pm – 10.00pm on a Monday.

A regular core group has developed, made up of current and former Topic
members and others. Newcomers are welcome.

If you’d like to check us out, we will add your name and details to an email
circulation list and you’ll be notified each month, a week or so in advance of
the session. You will be asked to let us know if you plan to join that month, so
that we can draw up a programme for the evening. If you’d like to take part,
either as a performer or as an audience member, please contact Joy Leach
using joy.utistugu.49.5.8@gmail.com.

UNQUOTE

Thanks to Joy for taking this on.

TOPIC-ISH STUFF

A book has just been published entitled " 111 PLACES IN BRADFORD THAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS" by Cath Muldowney.

Each Place has a 2 page spread, including the Topic. The other 110 Places are worth reading about too: it's a very well produced book, with lots of information about these places in Bradford that may interest you. And surprise you.

The book is available from Amazon and Waterstones, and probably elsewhere, 13.99 is the list price,

 

 

NON-TOPIC STUFF

CLECKHEATON FOLK FESTIVAL is back after a two year absence: it runs from 1st - 3rd July, that's today onwards! There's a great line up, even better than usual: check out http://www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org/ for details.

 

Of particular note is an event during the festival that is sure to appeal to many: renowned folk artist Bella Hardy will be running three Folk Music Masterclasses as part of the Emerging Artists Project over the weekend. .

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For those of you interested in folk dancing, the Yorkshire Folk Dance Weekend is also this weekend 1st - 3rd July in Drax, North Yorkshire.

For details, visit http://yfdw.org.uk/

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TOPIC STUFF

Membership

A reminder that current membership will run until 31st August 2022, so there will be no need to renew until September.

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.

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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 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. 

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.

Best wishes,

Tony Charnock

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