Monday 24 January 2011


Saturday 29th January 
Pocket Money Cinema:    Robots  (PG)

Even in a world populated entirely by mechanical beings, Rodney Copperbottom is considered a genius inventor. Rodney dreams of two things - making the world a better place and meeting his idol, the master inventor Bigweld. On his journey he encounters Cappy, a beautiful executive 'bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten, the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet who locks horns with Rodney, and a group of misfit 'bots known as the Rusties, led by Fender and Piper Pinwheeler.
Running time:  91 mins

Screening at 2pm
Tickets: £2 adults, £2 children.

Monday 31st January
Cinema Paradiso:   THE KITE RUNNER  (12A)
The Kite Runner is the film of the international bestselling book which tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who is haunted by the guilt of betraying his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant. It is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.
Running Time: 128 mins.

Screening at 2pm
Tickets:   £6 including a full Cream Tea served after the film in The Courtyard Bistro
Or £4 for film only

Wednesday 2ND – saturday 5TH FEBRUARY

The ACE Centre is delighted to welcome back The Garrick to The ACE Centre for their third production, the hilarious


Good friends Betty and Vic arrive for Henry's birthday dinner and Jean is frantic because Henry is late. When he eventually arrives, he wants to emigrate immediately, and with good reason: the briefcase he accidentally picked up on the Underground is stuffed with £735,000! When two police inspectors call, Henry, Vic, Betty and a bemused (and tipsy) Jean are forced into a frantic game of cat and mouse. Hilarious innuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate ensue as the two couples assume various identities in their battle to keep the money.  

Doors Open at 7.00pm 
Show Starts at 7.30pm   

Individual performance tickets are priced at £8.50
£6.00 for students or under 16s

 Friday 4th February

First Friday Frolics - Stand Up Comedy at The ACE
Join us at The ACE Centre on the first Friday of every month for an evening of stand up comedy in association with Concept Comedy Promotions.  Each evening features a full programme of outstanding comic talent with three great comedians and an MC for just £7 in advance (or £8 on the door).

Host and compere for the night is Phil Buckley. Since 2003 he's been winning over audiences up and down Britain with his laidback style, natural charm and stylish delivery. His use of stories, one liners and the odd prop-based joke combine to make him a comedian with something for everyone, he's an effortless compere.

Downright hilarious. Interspersed with some savvy observations - Three Weeks
Hilarious anecdotes, observations and unashamed jokes - The Weekly News

The opening act is George Egg.  Wildly brandishing the worlds' second largest briefcase containing a battery of ridiculous props, George bounds onto the stage to perform one of the most original, interesting, innovative, and sweetly whimsical comedy performances you are ever likely to see. He has been hailed as 'a Tommy Cooper for the twenty first century' and through tears of laughter you'll see why. A true cross between alternative stand-up comedy and music hall variety.
"A hugely entertaining variety turn" The Guardian
“The funniest comedian I've seen in a very long time" Chortle

Covering the middle bit we have the engaging Julia Sutherland.   She got into stand-up as a dare, when she was daily co-host on Fred MacAulays morning radio show, and found herself doing her second ever gig at the Manchester Comedy store, as a semi-finalist of the Funny Women competition. Her take on sex and relationships is unique, and doesn’t pull any punches. Since 2009 she has been gigging all over the country, put on a show at the Edinburgh festival, and become quite the little comedy strumpet.
Laugh out loud funny!! Fred MacAulay
She had the audiences in stitches... stories with heart, soul, and surprisingly filthy punchlines! Hilarious!!    Dabster Productions

The headliner for the night is Oldham-born Dominic Woodward who gave up his job in McDonalds in 2001 to pursue a career in stand-up, it was definitely the right move for him and for comedy audiences. He's a Writer and star of the Unbroadcastable Radio Show and much more. He tells hilarious stories about his everyday life and brings to life the quirky people he meets, something we can probably all identify with. One of the most naturally funny acts you'll see, you just want to laugh along with him. 

Insightful and humorous observations  -  Guardian
Dominic has a keen eye for observational comedy and genuine funny bones   -

ALL OF THIS FOR JUST £7 (advance);   £8 on the door
Doors:  7.30pm
Starts: 8.15pm

Saturday 5th February 
Pocket Money Cinema:    Flushed Away  (U)

This wonderful animated feature tells the story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new - and very different - way of life.  Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Ian McKellen.  
Running time:  85 mins

Screening at 2pm
Tickets: £2 adults, £2 children.

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Claire Cameron Band live at The Library, Leeds, January 2011

The 21st January proved a frenetic lively Friday night at the Library in Leeds at the 360 Club. We dropped in and watched the Claire Cameron Band a while.

Well Claire's done it again, a wonderful performance, wowing the packed noisy throng with her sleek elegant looks, powerfully evocative, passionate voice, personal lyrics and restrained yet paradoxically free almost improvised  keyboarding. This combined with intricate hand percussion on a pair of conga's and a cymbal by Jim Garyland and distinctive rhythmic guitaring by Pete Nash produce a purely contemporary experience and a band truly worth travelling to see.

Check out Claire Cameron Band Here

Claire's next few gigs are:-

Eve Winterburn

The 309's have Woodcraft Folk swinging at the Latvian Club

A lovely evening at the Woodcraft Folk fund-raiser in the Latvian Club in Bradford, where the country blues band The 309's fun rhythmic musical humour had the Woodcrafters dancing, gyrating, swinging and in the case of the youngsters skating across the wooden dancing area.

Honest and unpretentious, with mixed vocals giving different textures and harmonies, double bass pushing rhythms complemented with percussive beats on drum and rhythmic guitar topped with high note fiddle melodies all blended harmony and rhythms into sweet musical fun and mischief.

A great night out and a joy of a band to dance to.
Check them out here:-


Tuesday 18 January 2011

Crown of Lights Band Night Friday 21st January

Hi thereYGG!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Here at Crown of Lights HQ, we've made a New Year resolution to continue bringing you the very best FREE ENTRY live music the area has to offer, and we're gonna start as we mean to go on with a fantastic line-up at the first BAND NIGHT of 2011 on Friday 21st January.

We have three excellent bands....

DISTORTED MILES are a excting local young band popping their Crown of Lights Cherry.
THE BALLOON ANIMALS are popular Crown of Lights veterans with a great blend of original and cover material

FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH were the undisputed favourites at our Summer festivals last year with their jaw-dropping performance. A fantastic band with a MASSIVE future, they are the perfect way to end the first BAND NIGHT of 2011.


We will also welcome back one of the most popular acoustic acts we've seen at the BAND NIGHTS. From the legendary local band, The Blister Factory, the incomparable JAMIE ORR will grace us with acoustic magic between band sets. Not to be missed !!

As usual, entry is free, Free, FREEEEE I tells yer! So if great music, great atmosphere and great, cheap beer is what you're after, we got it all - come on down :o)

Luv'n'sloppy stuff

Pete xx

The Comrades Club
Regent Street
West Yorks WF16 0HD - 01924 403672 Doors open 7:30pm Free Entry!

Friday 14 January 2011

Funky Five at the Woolpack, Almondbury- Review

            Hot foot from strolling round Huddersfield’s Castle Hill with its Victorian monument and ancient settlement footprints, we found ourselves in the steep old streets of Almondbury. Andrew camera in hand, clicking one photo after another all worthy subjects for an album. The quaint seventeenth century buildings appeared to have grown into each other: from one such, the Woolpack Inn came the sound of a live band drifting through the walls and doorway.
Once inside the great atmosphere in this crowded full pub held us captive for hours. A nice glass of hand pulled beer, friendly staff and locals also helped. The party was in full swing and it was only four o’ clock. Music mostly by Funkyfive: I say mostly because the audience joined in full voice especially Ben and his dancing. Also vocalist Terri Horton who usually sings with Mary Jane stood in for the bands singer Jess. 
The band delighted the audience with funky jazz and Motown soul one after the other which had the audience singing and dancing. Of course songs like Thriller require a good bass and Rich is your man. His technique on slap bass is awesome and he certainly drives the rhythms home. Russ offered a nice interplay to the percussive bass with funky guitaring and vocals.  Whilst Pete added the topping with his funky keyboard playing and Chris kept everyone in time with his rhythmic hypnotic drumming: the Woolpackers were not going anywhere while the band was playing.  The songs bounced along with the help of Terri’s husky voice. A lively singer who threw herself into each song giving every song impact and panache.
A great band, look out for Funkyfive for a funky fun night out!!


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Wednesday 5 January 2011

Topic Folk Club- Bradford

Thursday 6th January 2011 at 8:15 Entry: Free
victSingers Singers and Musicians
Say hallo to the new year - everyone will be welcome to contribute a song or tune or two. 8.15pm start. Free entry.


January 2011
Jan 13 Double Header – Luke Hirst and Kath Reade
A double header that features singer songwriters from different generations who both have important stories to tell.
Luke Hirst is a multi-instrumentalist who has recently graduated from the Leeds College of Music with a first class BA Honours Degree and whose songs are influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Richard Thompson & Nick Drake. In 2010 Luke teamed up with young cellist & songwriter Sarah Smout (Wilful Missing, Rosie Doonan & The Snapdragons) to form a duo whose proficiency and charisma should guarantee a bright future.
Kath Reade will be known to Topic regulars who will also be aware that she has a winning way of captivating her audience. Her sound has roots in both British folk and Americana and her songs have that magic something that evokes the mood of some lost timeless classic. Kath has just released her fourth CD which features a wealth of guest musicians and has received enthusiastic reviews from the folk press.
We are delighted to welcome Luke, Sarah and Kath to the Topic for our first guest night of 2011.
Jan 20 Gerry McNeice & Niamh Boadle
Local hero meets Young Folk Award finalist to produce a duo that is even greater than the sum of its parts.
Gerry McNeice is a regular visitor to the Topic and did a great double header for us in April 2009. We are delighted to welcome him back, this time with young singer, fiddle player and guitarist Niamh Boadle.
Gerry’s CD release in late 2009 confirmed his status as one of the finest songwriters in the UK today as well as highlighting his ability to deliver inspired interpretations of traditional and contemporary material. His own songs are most often focussed on the issues we face in our everyday life but, in some cases, such as the intensely moving ‘Home’, they have an epic quality that transcend both time and space.
Niamh performs a variety of Irish, English and original songs and tunes. In addition to her work with Gerry and her many solo performances she is also a third of the Irish band Trí. Niamh reached the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and released her debut CD in September.
Through their collaboration Gerry and Niamh have managed to create a duo that is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Jan 27 Reg Meuross
There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song’ – Townes Van Zandt
'The taut delicacy and lyricism of Meuross’s work shines out … ' Independent
Anyone who has seen Reg Meuross perform or listened to any of his CDs will know how true these comments are. His craft has been honed over the years through solo and collaborative performances (Panic Brothers, The Flamingos, Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys) and he is now widely respected as a major force on the national folk and acoustic circuit with appearances at many major festivals.
In 1996 he released the critically acclaimed CD ‘The Goodbye Hat’ and was nominated for several music awards, including best song for ‘Ring around the Roses’. This was followed by a series of strong CDs culminating with the 2010 release of 'All This Longing'.
Reg’s writing, performing and acting credits include work with people as diverse as the famous French Composer Vladimir Cosma – who wrote the cult movie ‘Diva’; Gerard Depardieu; Marsha Malamet; Nick Lowe; Not The Nine O’Clock News; Robbie Coltrane; Chris Difford; Charlie Dore; Gary Clark; Antonia Bird; Lenny Henry; Jeremy Hardy; Paul Merton, etc.
It gives us huge pleasure to welcome Reg on his first visit to the Topic and we hope that you will take this rare chance to see him in this part of the world.


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OUR FIRST ACOUSTIC NIGHT OF 2011 THIS FRIDAY! The Acoustic Conquistador from Manchester making his first appearance at The ComradesI hope you had a great Christmas break and have a Happy New Year in 2011!!
Our special guests this Friday includes David Tolson from Baildon, powerhouse acoustic Matt Burnside of Factured Visions from Birstall, Matthew Broadbent of the pulsating Disco Machine Gun from Bradford, The Acoustic Conquistador from Manchester, topped off with the rousing Rebel Rabble from Leeds! Our regular artists include Finola, Jasmine Kennedy and 'Man In The Hat' Chris Martin. Phew!
As ever entry is entirely FREE and the venue is FAMILY FRIENDLY. Doors 7pm.
Comrades Club, Regent St, Heckmondwike, WF16 0HD. 01924 403672.

Tuesday 29th March 2011 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds Secret Chiefs 3 A.P.A.T,T

Tuesday 29th March 2011 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds

Secret Chiefs 3
Doors 7.30pm

The Brudenell Social Club
33 Queens Road
Hyde Park
(0113 2752411)

Brew presents:

Secret Chiefs 3


Secret Chiefs 3 (or SC3) is an instrumental rock group led by guitarist/composer Trey Spruance (formerly of Mr. Bungle). Their studio recordings and tours have featured different line-ups, as the group performs a wide range of musical styles including surf rock, Persian, Arab, Indian, death metal, film music, electronic music, and various others. The Secret Chiefs 3 toured with Les Claypool in Spring 2008 and the Oddity Faire in 2009 and 2010.

Spruance formed the band in the mid-1990s with fellow Mr. Bungle members Trevor Dunn on bass and Danny Heifetz on drums. Some of the many musicians who have since recorded or toured with SC3 include violinist Eyvind Kang, percussionist William Winant, drummer Ches Smith, bassist Shahzad Ismaily, former Mr. Bungle member Clinton "Bär" McKinnon, and Estradasphere members Timb Harris, Jason Schimmel, and Tim Smolens. Musicians tend to float in and out of SC3, so the concept of "current" and "former" members isn't entirely applicable.

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Plan B Magazine said.... "There is no frequency left unturned,no genre left unwrapped or ignored. A confident, twisted skip through all that is good and fun, like an end-of-century review that leaves out all the crap bits. And so wondrously crafted! Each tinkling, each scrape of a cymbal, each deathly metal blast is crystallised and seemingly separated to ease the aural digestion. a.P.a.t.T. is deft and skilful; alented and precocious. a.P.a.t.T. is Fun. Fun. Fun!"

Doors: 7.30pm
£8 adv/motd

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