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TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No. 160 - October 2015
Well, summer's almost gone, now it's time to see what mellow fruitfulness the Topic has in its harvest store over the coming month...
1st October: Singers and musicians. 8.15 pm start. Free entry.
8th October: the Durbervilles
The band’s sound has been described by R2 magazine as like the rootsy edge of Steve Earle & Lindisfarne and with a folkie's grasp of the instrumentals, while Maverick magazine says the Durbervilles do not stick to the English Folk route but throw country and Cajun into the mix to make a glorious sound.
15th October: Double Header: Nick Hall and Black Horse Fairy
Black Horse Fairy hail from Haworth and have previously given us a sample of their original and entertaining material. They are certainly different.... £6/£5
Nick has kindly agreed to stand in tonight for Jon Harvison who is unable to play any gigs at the present time due to recent health problems. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him performing again in the not too distant future.
22nd October: James Hickman and Dan Cassidy
James and Dan gave us a stunning night on their last visit to the Topic. £6/£5
A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain.
Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling.
29th October: Rebekah Findlay
Much of Rebekah’s music inspiration comes from her love of Scotland, its wilderness, people and music. Her main instruments are fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar, although she also plays piano and accordion.
In the past Rebekah has supported many great artists including Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson and Jez Lowe. £6/£5
Her latest album Improvising Around the Sun earned her a 5 star review in R2 Magazine: It is, quite simply, magnificent, placing Findlay amongst the most impressive singer-songwriters orbiting the nebulous sphere of ‘contemporary folk’
NB: Rebekah appears tonight as a stand-in for Judy Dunlop who has unfortunately not fully recovered from her health problems sufficiently to take on full time gigs. But she is “getting there”: we wish her well and hope to see her at the Topic in the not too distant future. (Judy’s name appears in many of the listings which had gone to press prior to the cancellation).
We are very grateful to Rebekah and welcome her back for a return visit to the Topic
A song for the Topic
As you will know from previous newsletters, THE TOPIC SONG is a chance for fun and creativity, a cost free way of celebrating our 60th anniversary and would be a valuable shared experience for Topic members and others who patronise the club. We could include poems as well, short stories perhaps. So all you creative people out there, keep them coming.
It is our intention to have some "big names" as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations. If there is anyone you would like us to try to book please let us know. Autumn 2016 is as long way off, but bear in mind that artists get booked up a long time in advance and we will have to start making enquiries fairly soon.
Winter Folk Festival
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Of interest to yourselves and your members/supporters might be the Folk, Roots & World Music Festival in the middle of November headlined by the Fairport Convention, Barbara Dickson, Julie Felix and Oysters 3
With ticket prices from as little as £102.00 for the Folk, Roots & World Music Festival that includes accommodation, all music, free parking and use of onsite indoor heated swimming pool and sauna we think we are offering some pretty amazing money saving deals that are ideal for GROUPS requiring great and reasonably priced music related weekends away.
As a special offer to yourselves and your members/supporter/subscribers we can offer, whilst they are still available, Gold standard accommodation on a first come first served basis.
The festival in question runs from 20th(Friday) to 22nd November. Website: www.johnfowlerholidays.com/entertainment/ilfracombe-folk
If anyone is interested you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact myself for details.
Songs for Peace
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 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. 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