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Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones is a singer-songwriter from Dukinfield in Cheshire - just 7 miles out of Manchester city centre.  With her rich tones and unique vocal quality, Chloe has a voice beyond her years and has been likened to artists such as Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman and Karen Carpenter. Chloe’s style falls into the genres of folk, country and americana with storytelling, love and life being at the heart of her music.

In 2014 Chloe became a Global Semi-Finalist in the worldwide singing competition, The Voice of McDonalds, after being crowned as the winner of The Voice of McDonalds UK in 2013 and as one of four winners in The Voice of McDonalds Europe.  The competition took Chloe to perform in London, Amsterdam, Portugal and the USA, where she performed at The McDonalds Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida, sharing the stage with the likes of Daughtry, Neyo, Adam Levine and Sting.

Amazing. Great lyrics and foot-tapping music, love it." - iTunes Meet You There EP Review

Chloe's got such a unique voice, young artists should listen to people like her. - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester

Note: AGM
The following week, November 2nd, is the club's annual general meeting (followed by the usual Singers' and musicians' evening). See below at the date for more information.

Topic Historic Photo Gallery
Last year The Topic had its 60th anniversary. Each week during that autumn we posted a different historic photo taken in or relevant to the club during the 60s, 70s, 60s and even 90s, with some historical context. Many photos were by Eddie Saxton and Brian Lawton, and others centred on the 21st and 25th anniversaries. Finally they are on the website
in a single gallery here.

The Topic at 60
The view from 2016, by John Waller. This is not a comprehensive history - instead John has put together a snapshot of the Topic as it is now, telling the story of how those currently responsible for the club's running came to be involved.

Topic 60th Song Lyrics

Club members and attenders were invited to write a song to mark our 60th birthday. Those who did were able to sing them at a special Singers' and Musicians' Night on the 3rd of November 2016. The lyrics of the various songs performed are
now available on the website here.

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. If you are interested, come and sit in on the AGM on the 2nd November.

PS: CASTLE HOTEL
Plenty of Topic regulars play and listen at the Castle Hotel in Bradford on Fridays - why not join them? Oct 13 Sam Barrett; Oct 20 Dave Speight ; Oct 27 Tom McKenzie

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Oct 26
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Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones is a singer-songwriter from Dukinfield in Cheshire - just 7 miles out of Manchester city centre.  With her rich tones and unique vocal quality, Chloe has a voice beyond her years and has been likened to artists such as Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman and Karen Carpenter. Chloe’s style falls into the genres of folk, country and americana with storytelling, love and life being at the heart of her music.

In 2014 Chloe became a Global Semi-Finalist in the worldwide singing competition, The Voice of McDonalds, after being crowned as the winner of The Voice of McDonalds UK in 2013 and as one of four winners in The Voice of McDonalds Europe.  The competition took Chloe to perform in London, Amsterdam, Portugal and the USA, where she performed at The McDonalds Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida, sharing the stage with the likes of Daughtry, Neyo, Adam Levine and Sting.

Amazing. Great lyrics and foot-tapping music, love it." - iTunes Meet You There EP Review

Chloe's got such a unique voice, young artists should listen to people like her. - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester
 

Nov 02
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the club, followed by a Singers' and Musicians' night.

The AGM will start at 8.00, to be followed immediately by the singers' and musicians' night, with luck by 8.30 or so. The singers' and musicians' evening is a chance to sing a song or play a tune or just listen. Entry free.

Though the formal business of the AGM, and voting, is for members only, non-members arriving early for the songs and music are welcome to sit in - more info below:

"Dear all,

As mentioned in the newsletter sent out on 1st October, a reminder that the club's AGM will be held on 2nd November at 8 pm at Glyde House, preceding the monthly singers and musicians night.

Notice of the meeting and the agenda are on display at Glyde House on club nights, in accordance with the requirements of the constitution.

Speaking of which, the committee will be proposing some minor changes to the constitution to bring it up to date with current practice, to clarify certain matters of procedure, and to give the committee a little more flexibility.  It would be very helpful if we could have a quorate meeting to consider these.  Any member wanting full details of these should email me, and I will make sure you get the opportunity to peruse them prior to the meeting.

A reminder that the AGM business will be for Topic members only: Non-members coming to the singers night will be welcome to observe, but will not be able  to vote on any matters, as is normal.

Forms for the election of committee members will be available on club nights prior to the date of the AGM. Nomination forms must include a proposer, seconder and the nominee's agreement to stand for election.

Please consider putting your name forward for the committee: it's not too onerous a task, 4 meetings a year and it's always helpful to have new people being involved, new ideas and so forth, it keeps the club moving forward. Due to people moving away, having other commitments etc, it's likely that there will be 3 vacancies on the committee so we need some support in this as according to the rules of the club the committee has to have eight members. Rest assured that people joining won't be given any onerous tasks: they will be able to observe how the committee works for a period then it's up to them if they would like more involvement in the day to day running of the club.

As mentioned previously, 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. The worst scenario is to get insufficient numbers to form a quorum, then have to arrange for it all to happen again."


 

Nov 09
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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
 

Nov 16
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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.
 

Nov 23
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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
 

Nov 30
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Luc McNally & Eddie Seaman

Luc McNally is a guitarist and singer from Dipton, County Durham. His work has taken him all over the UK and to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

Having been introduced to traditional music by four years with Kathryn Tickell’s Folkestra Youth ensemble, he went on to study Scottish Music for two years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Eddie Seaman comes from Edinburgh and started playing the chanter at school at the age of 10. During his time at school he played in the school pipe band as well as playing in the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe band and with the Feis movement in Scotland. For his final year at school he studied at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music based in Plockton and spent four years studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

While at the Conservatoire Barluath was formed, a 6 piece folk band, which has toured extensively throughout the UK (including a visit to the Topic) and overseas. Some of the highlights include opening for acts such as Seth Lakemen, Manran, Treacherous Orchestra and Ralph McTell. They released their first album “Source” in 2012, which was produced by Phil Cunningham.
 

Dec 07
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Singers and Musicians

A chance to sing a song or play a tune or just listen. Entry free.

Dec 14
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The Strid & Den Miller Trio

The Strid & Den Miller Trio is a fusion of two popular acts, Strid (Jennie Kiff and Simon Allan) and Den Miller, who appear regularly on the local acoustic music scene. A few years ago, Strid (Jennie and Simon) and Den regularly seemed to sing at the same pubs, open mic nights and folk clubs and got to know each other's set fairly well. Den would put an extra harmony here and there, a bit of keyboard maybe. Then Strid started playing a couple of Den's songs as part of their set now and again. When they discovered they were going to be sharing a double-bill booking, they thought they may as well make an official trio for a good part of it: they’ve been together ever since.

The mix of Simon's virtuoso guitar playing, Den's piano proficiency and three voices in harmony, adds a different dimension to the material, bringing the songs to life more than when they were performing as separate entities. The repertoire consists of Den's songs, and an eclectic mix of tasteful covers, something for everyone.
 

Dec 21
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Crickmore: Crewe

Crickmore: Crewe is a four piece band who, each December, perform a programme of Gallery Carols and Christmas Curios.

The line up consists of ex-Wenchall members Emma Crickmore & Virginia Crewe with husbands Pete Crewe (ex Brillig) and David Crickmore (The Durbervilles). The programme of festive songs they perform are drawn from different sources, many familiar, some not so, but all designed to conjure a rustic atmosphere. Their four part seasonal vocals are complemented by a selection of instruments including vintage harmonium, mandolin, guitar, whistle and percussion.

In Wenchall, as well as countless live performance up and down the country, Emma and Virginia put out three albums, did two live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and sang the theme music to a BBC Radio 4 play.

Dec 28
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Club closed

2018

4th January Singers & Musicians

11th January Trials of Cato

18th January Tom Kitching & Zoe Mulford

25th January Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

1st February Singers & Musicians

8th February Ninebarrow

15th February Hayes Sisters

22nd February Steve Turner

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