After many years as an important music venue in Bradford, The Melborn is to close in January.
Home of the Topic Folk Club for over 11 years, and a vital part of the Bradford music scene for longer than some care to remember, the pub and landlord 'Brother Eamon' will be missed.
The Topic will of course continue. There is a full programme still to be run at The Melborn up to and including the Topic's Christmas/Farewell Party on 22 December 2005. Artists still to appear at The Melborn include Steve Tilston, Alan Reid and Rob van Sante (from the Battlefield Band), The Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band, Gerry Cooper, Kevin Loughran and the Holbeck Mummers.
As from January 2005, the club will be based at:
The Cock and Bottle,
93 Barkerend Road,
Bradford BD3 9AA
Tel: 01274 738446
The first formal gig at the Cock and Bottle will be Barry Smith and WestPort on 12th January 2006.
One of the most historic pubs in central Bradford, dating from 1820, the Cock and Bottle has now been taken over by a micro-brewery and boasts 13 real ales at a time!
It has a superb stained glass, etched mirrors and wood-panelled interior, with several different rooms and a number of snugs, as well as the room the club will be using. It is close to the City centre, on several bus routes and quite close to Forster Square train station.
The club has an excellent series of concerts lined up well into 2006 (including old favourites Tom Napper, Tom Bliss, Roy Bailey, Julie Ellison, Vin Garbutt, John Conolly … ) so there's a lot worth getting a good venue for.
Some information on the pub, its attributes and location, can be found via the club's website: www.topic-folk-club.org.uk