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At: Groove Pad, 48 Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HN
Venue (not Club) Tel: 01274 586542

Est: 1956




Scroll below for a short note about Covid precautions.

Thursday 30th June 2022 at 7:30

DuncanMcFarlaneBrivonese2022Duncan McFarlane
and Anne Brivonese

Duncan & Anne sing & play classy, eminently listenable songs, both traditional and well-known contemporary.  Expect a strong rhythmic impetus that’s infectious in the extreme. 

A punchy guitarist in the ‘English folk’ style paired alongside a highly talented fiddler, Duncan & Anne offer up sets split between their own and well-known contemporary songs, plus songs from the Tradition. Duncan and Anne gave us an excellent Topic Facebook concert during the lockdown: now come and see them in person. It's sure to be at least as good!! 

7 (6 members)

Info -

John Waller has written three double-page-spread articles on the history of the Topic, complete with pictures, for the Bradford Telegraph & Argus's "Remember When?" regular feature, published 20th and 26th March and the 3rd April 2022

1) The Early Years 2) The Next 60 Years 3) Now and the Future


The Topic is at Groove Pad48 Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HN. It’s a bar/coffee lounge on two floors. The Topic has exclusive use of the downstairs coffee lounge area on Thursday nights. The bar upstairs serves a fine selection of drinks and does table service to the cafe area if required.

Groove Pad Shipley is the second of Andy Parkinson’s establishments, the Otley Groove Pad having been open for some years. The Shipley site opened in August 2021. Andy is a musician himself, a member of the local folk-rock band Summercross, so is sensitive to the needs (and whims!) of performers. The venue hosts many music events: gigs usually in the upstairs bar, and teaching sessions and other musical activities downstairs on other nights. Groove Pad Shipley facebook:

Groove Pad is situated next to the Aagrah Restaurant on Saltaire Road. Easy street parking is available nearby and it’s only a few minutes walk from Shipley train station and the bus terminus.

NOTE: The downstairs bar will be staffed before the main performance, during the interval and after the performance has finished. If you need to go upstairs, please only move around between songs during the applause. This is to try to minimise disturbance and distractions and is how we ran back at Glyde House and The Irish Club. 


Although there are no legally enforceable restrictions at the moment (pubs are open as normal) we would politely ask those who attend to be mindful of their duty of care towards other audience members, particularly in regard to social distancing as far as is possible. Wearing masks is of course no longer mandatory but please do so if you wish, especially when coming into the venue and when moving around. Hand sanitiser will be available on the door for those who wish to use it.

Groove Pad is significantly larger than the Merchant Bar (though not as large as the room at Glyde House). Tables will be set out with two or three chairs to each table to provide an element of social distancing. We sincerely hope that no-one will consider attending if they have any signs or symptoms of any illness (an option is of course to do a Lateral Flow Test before venturing out).

Finally we would point out that for the moment we are not booking acts that are travelling around a lot.

Hopefully you will feel that the club is doing sufficient under the current circumstances, which we acknowledge remain somewhat uncertain.

Tony Charnock

Coming Soon

July 7

Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry

July 14

Roger Sutcliffe

This is Roger’s 59th 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.

7 (6 members)

July 21

Singers and Musicians

Sings a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry

July 28

Mic and Susie Darling

Mic and Susie Darling perform songs and stories of the Travelling life done in their own special way.

7 (6 members)

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