Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 185 November 2017
Mellow fruitfulness, dark evenings, and some great music coming up at the Topic. Again.
Please note the change to the programme on 30th November: Luc McNally and Eddie Seaman have had to cancel their visit.
2nd November: Singers and Musicians.
9th November: Brian Peters.
Brian Peters is, according to the UK’s Living Tradition magazine “a top-notch singer and player, also one of the best-researched performers currently doing the rounds, and master of several crafts” while the US folk music magazine Dirty Linen described him as “one of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music".
Brian is a true all-rounder, on the one hand a passionate singer able to tackle big songs, and on the other a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the anglo concertina and melodeon (button accordion) and a skilled guitarist as well. Having begun his career in the folk clubs of England, he’s taken his music to stages all over the world, touring regularly in America, Europe and Australia, but always retaining a deep commitment to the musical traditions of his native country.
Brian believes strongly in the power and relevance of the old songs, specializing particularly in the great ballads of the British Isles, though in performance he’s not a traditional diehard, and includes songs from unexpected sources, never forgetting that folk music is meant to be accessible, and fun. On the instrumental side, Brian has for many years played and researched old Northern English country dance music, unearthing tunes from centuries-old manuscripts, at the same time composing new tunes in traditional style, many of which were published in his book Rattle and Roll. He’s also known for forays into ragtime, blues and rock’n’roll on his squeezeboxes, making for a repertoire of sometimes startling variety.
A singer, guitarist and melodeon player of rare ability... one of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music - Steve Winick, Dirty Linen (USA)
One of the best English singers and musicians on the club and festival scene - English Dance and Song.
16th November: Kimber's Men.
Following successful tours which have brought them incredibly enthusiastic receptions from audiences in Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Denmark and of course Great Britain people everywhere, including members of Fishermen’s Friends, are still raving over the harmonies of Kimber’s Men.
Having featured in the BBC2 and BBC4 TV productions of Sea Songs, they have performed at festivals in Gosport, Rhyl, Swanage, Deal, Banbury, Port Magee in Ireland, Portsoy and Arbroath in Scotland, and Appingedam in Holland. They made a prestigious appearance at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich with Roy Palmer.
In John Bromley Kimber’s Men possess the finest bass singer on the British folk scene today. John is the rock upon which the group is built, arguably the finest bass singer since Paul Robeson. Indeed it is likely you will get a rendition of 'Old Man River' at some point during a concert.
23rd November Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland.
Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland have been part of the Northern Irish folk scene since the early 90s. With the combination of vocals, guitar and percussion they have gained a loyal following for their fun approach to both new and old songs.
Together Fil and Tom play and sing a mix of original, traditional and contemporary Irish songs with occasional nods back to the popular Irish folk songs they grew up with. Their set is full of fun and banter and Fil’s passion is to get everyone singing so there are always lots of choruses: be prepared!
With several solo CDs to date, and other project recordings over the past few years, Fil’s repertoire is varied and eclectic. She is particularly known for a large body of work for RTE TV entitled Songbirds that profiled the women singers of the past, which she researched and presented herself and some of these songs still feature in their set.
Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, Fil has been gigging regularly since she was a teenager and together with Tom who hails from Belfast, they have performed all over Europe, Ireland, the USA and UK, at festivals and folk clubs, on radio and TV.
Tom has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as David Knopfler (ex Dire Straits), Finbar Furey and Ben Sands and has his own recording studio and film editing suite specialising in acoustic and spoken word recordings.
A great mix of traditional and contemporary Irish songs with the expert percussion skills of Tom perfectly complementing Fil’s exquisite vocals - Falkirk Folk Club
Rhythm and voice, the perfect combination - Zitty Mag, Berlin
30th November Bandersnatch - CHANGE TO PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED PROGRAMME
Bandersnatch perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk, roots and acoustic songs from the UK, North America and beyond.
The band has created its own distinctive style within the folk, roots and acoustic genre with a blend of great harmonies and wonderful musical arrangements. The band has the ability to move seamlessly from traditional to contemporary and self-penned material with a repertoire ranging from gentle ballads to driving, rhythmical folk rock, blues and gospel.
Whilst often giving a refreshing edge to established favourites, the band also endeavours to introduce contrasting material from the less frequently explored corners of this particular musical landscape. The warmth and humour that allows them to connect with their audience is not compromised by the discipline that they bring to their performance. The band’s current line-up is: Dennis Dodds, mandolin, guitar, banjo, & vocals; Ian Kell, acoustic/electric guitar, piano & vocals; Ed McGurk, guitar, cittern, whistles & vocals; Norman Raw, bass & vocals; Rebecca Raw, violin/viola & vocals; Alan Roscoe, guitar & vocals.
A great evening in the company of the excellent Bandersnatch. A superb repertoire and brilliant musicianship - what more could anyone want! - Maghull Folk Club
IMPORTANT STUFF (in fact very important) - THE AGM!
As previously advised the club's AGM will take place just before this month's singers and musicians night. Details have been circulated: a reminder that non-members are welcome to observe though not able to vote on any matters.
A repeat of what has been already stated: AGM's and matters of constitution are tedious but necessary: they give members a chance to let the committee know what they want, and the committee members to explain the whys and wherefores of their running of the club if necessary. Above all they make for transparency in terms of financial matters, providing a proper record of the accounts of the club. So hopefully we will get enough people along and deal with the business efficiently so we can get on with the singers night, ideally from about 9 pm.
If you would like to become a member of the Topic Folk Club, it costs just £5.00 per year, running from 1st January. Being a member entitles you to 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.
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 8.30pm start. (Singers & Musicians nights normally start at 8.15pm). 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 8.15 pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening.
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Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor
Topic Folk Club