Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8:30oo Entry: £6 (£5 members)
This is Roger’s 53rd 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 another packed night.
This photo was taken when the Topic was at the Irish Club in 2012 by Trevor Charnock. 12th July to be precise.
TOPIC 60 ROGER SUTCLIFFE and EDDIE SAXTON
Eddie Saxton took a fair few of the historic photos of the club we have been putting up, but not this one as he is in it. He is on the right, having a pint with Roger Sutcliffe, on November 11th, 1977, at the club's 21st anniversary do at the Star Hotel.
Roger is of course still with us, see above, but Eddie Saxton died early on Christmas day in 2010.
The photo was taken by Brian Lawton, and is of course one of a series collated by Trevor Charnock which will all go on the website in the future.
TOPIC 60 LOCAL SONGWRITERS The Topic Folk Club is 60 years old in autumn this year and is looking for songs to help celebrate the event. No rules, no prizes (apart from praise). Try out your “Topic Song” at a Singers' and Musicians' night, or collaborate and make a group effort.
TOPIC CLUB MEMBERSHIP £5 a year from 1st January. That gives you £1 off concert tickets, and you can get more involved with running the club too if you are interested.
PS: CASTLE HOTEL Plenty of Topic regulars play and listen at the Castle Hotel in Bradford on Fridays - why not join them? In July: July 1 Keystone Acoustic (Pam & Peter Stone) ; July 8 Paul Pearson; July 15 Tim Moon; July 22 Jim Jarratt; July 29 Jam.
Singers and Musicians
A change to the second Thursday for this month to accommodate Roger’s (see above) preference to play as near the 4th in July as possible. Well, he has been entertaining us for a long time...
A perennial favourite at the club with his songs of social comment and observations on all aspects of life. Robb Johnson is now recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today, having played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets and benefits arts centres and festivals, local radio, with airplay on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and a host of international radio appearances. This will undoubtedly, as always, be a busy night, so come down early.
The real deal when it comes to songwriting – Mike Harding
An English original – Robin Denselow, The Guardian
Featured Support: Katie Spencer
Katie Spencer is a singer-songwriter inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Enjoying music from a young age has developed her ever-evolving and infinite musical tastes and influences, including John Martyn, Roy Harper and Led Zeppelin. Katie began to teach herself to play the guitar in December 2012 and soon after started writing refreshingly mature songs that quieten the room, as you accompany their characters on evocative and poignant journeys. Katie is also in the process of creating her debut album alongside Brian Young, featuring Ted McKenna and Foss Paterson, with bass written by Danny Thompson.
Karin Grandal-Park and Rosie Clegg
A new duo to the Topic, though Rosie has appeared at the club before in various collaborations, namely Five and Dimers.
Karin Grandal-Park and Rosie Clegg combine strong vocals and harmonies to perform original songs (written by Karin) as well as classic versions of traditional and contemporary Folk songs. Karin and Rosie teamed up 18 months ago and are establishing a name for themselves with performances at a range of Folk Clubs and Festivals in North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria as well as performing at Costa Del Folk, Portugal in October 2015 and Costa Del Folk, Mallorca in April 2016.
Their first EP was recorded live and produced by Mike Harding who also plays mandolin and acoustic bass on several of the tracks. Karin comes from a blues/jazz background and discovered her love of Folk Music only 2 years ago. After 30 years she says 'I have finally found where I belong musically. I had not realised that Folk music was so diverse and as a singer/songwriter it gives me a huge spectrum from which to draw inspiration'.
Rosie has been involved in both the Folk scene and Bluegrass scene for 30 years and is well known and respected amongst the Folk community. She contributes a wealth of musicianship playing both guitar and banjo as well as the musical arrangements for the duo's repertoire, and provides strong backing vocals and harmonies to Karin’s compositions. In her solo capacity she performs beautifully crafted covers by such artistes as Nancy Griffiths and Iris dement.
This is undoubtedly a duo to watch out for and we are delighted to welcome them to the Topic for what will be a very entertaining night to end the season.
August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
Singers and Musicians
Every Thursday in August, as per normal, is a Singers' and Musicians' Night - a chance for anyone to come along and sing a song or play a tune or just listen.