The Melborn is my second home ! I'll leap to the defence of Brother Eamon who does a great job in running a unique establishment. I for one wouldn't be without it, whatever it's drawbacks, and I wouldn't have his job for all the Black Stuff in Ireland.
The Topic is great - I wish we lived closer. Julie Ellison had a great gig there last November and we enjoyed the two South African guitarists (Steve Newman and Tony Cox) who played there recently. I'd be trying my best to get to both of the gigs mentioned but Julie is gigging in Wakefield on 31st March.
Incidentally (thread hijack warning!) Brother Eamon is putting on several special gigs this year, including a "Special Tuesday" on 12th April with Julie Ellison and Madeleine Brooks. Two sets from Julie and one from Madeleine. This show is also on at City Screen York this Saturday (26th March) where there is also a guitar workshop.
Hope you have a good turnout Sarah - and El Greco.