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

Est: 1956




Thursday 7 March 2024 at 7:30

Prod68blueSingers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

£1 entry

Doors open 7:00



The Tom Bliss and Den Miller charity gig a couple of weeks ago raised just over £500 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, so congratulations all round.



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 larger bar and room-space upstairs may be used for Guest Nights with a particulary high turnout. The bar serves a fine selection of drinks and does table service to the cafe area if required. 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.

Coming Soon

14 Mar



As most of you familiar with the acoustic music scene, especially Topic-goers, will know, Plumhall (Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall) are critically-acclaimed songwriters, who use a mesmerising combination of acoustic and electric instruments to create breathtaking soundscapes to their powerful original songs. They are renowned for their exquisite vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship.

​Their two studio albums, Thundercloud and The Ghost of Noise, earned the duo many plaudits including a “Hidden Gem” award from The Guardian/Observer.

​Plumhall's live prowess has seen the duo invited to sing onstage with Al Stewart on several occasions, including unforgettable appearances at London’s Palladium and Cadogan Hall. They have also performed alongside other such luminaries as Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan guitarist/Levon Helm producer/instrumentalist), Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and many more. Both Michelle and Nick have separately toured internationally as members of Chumbawamba/Chris Norman Band and Magna Carta respectively.

In late 2023 it was announced that Plumhall were to be the official opening act on the Fairport Convention Wintour '24, meaning 30 gigs with them between 6th February and 10th March.

​In 2018 Nick and Michelle caught the attention of film-maker Richard Heap, who asked them to write an original song for, arrange live acoustic music for, and appear in the 2020 international feature film The Runaways.

​The duo have achieved incredible success during lockdowns by holding livestream shows, which brought together a worldwide online community that supported one another throughout the crisis. This same community helped to create a stunning accompanying video for Plumhall's song "A Darkness That Won't Leave The House", which was featured on the late Janice Long's BBC show.

A fine duo...go and see them if you get the chance - Steve Knightley - Show of Hands

​Their chemistry as a duo makes them special with sumptuous vocal harmonies and telepathic guitar interactions. Michelle is one of the UK’s leading chanteuses. Nick is a consummate storyteller, powerful vocalist and exceptional guitarist. - Dave Scott - Blues In Britain Magazine

​A superduo...a wealth of talent...a real sense of passion and attack - Fatea Magazine

£7 (£6 members) - Doors open 7:00

21 Mar


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

£1 entry

28 Mar







Joe Topping

Described by Sir Tom Jones as “a Weaver of Dreams”, Joe Topping is a folk singer and multi-instrumentalist from Liverpool whose singing and guitar playing regularly moves listeners to tears. His charismatic stage presence and engaging stories have entertained audiences all over the country and across Europe, including live sessions on BBC Radio 2, ITV television, The National Film Awards and a showcase at SXSW in Texas.

He has played on stage and in the studio with many legends of the British folk scene including Andy Irvine and members of Fairport Convention, toured as stand in lead vocalist in the BBC2 award winning “Best live Act” Home Service, and was a member of Ashley Hutching’s Rainbow Chasers.

Joe had our capacity audience in the palm of his hand before the end of the first number. Great songs, fab voice and a very engaging manner - a highlight of our festival- John Watterson, Programme Director, Harmony Voyages/Costa Festivals

Support: Robert Lane

Robert Lane is a musician, songwriter and actor based in the UK. He has toured extensively and released four albums. His most recent album Homeworking was released in late 2022 and was described by Fatea Magazine as “one of the best, and certainly most enjoyable albums of the year.”

As an actor he works in theatre and film and is a founding member of short form comedy improvisation group Improv Wolves. Robert is also the host of The Robert Lane Creative Careers Podcast where he chats to creatives including musicians, songwriters, actors, writers, comedians and journalists about their careers and how they create their work.

His momentum is building and his playing skills are very strong... an interesting release that enhances a growing reputation as Robert Lane continues to hone his signature sound - Lonesome Highway

Crowes Pasture unfortunately had to cancel their tour.

£7 (£6 members) - Doors open 7:00

04 Apr


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

£1 entry - Doors open 7:00

11 Apr


Louise and Chris Rogan

Louise and Chris Rogan are a daughter and father who frequently tour separately but also, as here, perform together. Things That Matter, their debut album as a duo, was released in February 2023.

Quickly gaining recognition as an up and coming talent on the U.K folk scene, Louise Rogan has been described as having "a pure and soaring voice" (David Jones, Folk North West) that is "unrivalled on the current folk scene" (John Owen, Hungry Horse Folk Club).

2023 kicked off with an invitation to the Introducing Stage at the Great British Folk Festival, where Louise was delighted to win the audience vote following her performance. In the Spring, Louise joined McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle as part of their UK tour in both Sale and York for performances of Doyle's "Exiles Return."

2024 has been off to a flying start. Her first festival performance of the year saw her as a last minute replacement for Cara Dillon on the mainstage of the UK West Coast Folk Festival. She was then one of 60 acts selected to perform on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

Chris Rogan is a singer, song-writer, guitarist and storyteller from Manchester. When the great Irish Balladeer Naimh Parsons heard Chris she said "What a wonderful song and great singing".

His repertoire of his own compositions or traditional songs, is shaped by his musical upbringing. He performs his songs with warm vocals and polished guitar work that fills the room. "My songs or the traditional ones I sing form images in my mind - I can see the stories they tell as I sing them."

£7 (£6 members) - Doors open 7:00

18 Apr


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

£1 entry - Doors open 7:00

25 Apr - Serious Sam Barrett
+ support Lewis 'Burner' Pugh

02 May - Singers and Musicians

09 May - Double Headliner Cobalt Tales and Hajak

16 May - Singers and Musicians

23 May - Enda McCabe
+ support Andrew Lockwood

30 May - Tom Kitching and Marit Fält

06 Jun - Singers and Musicians

13 Jun - Robb Johnson

20 Jun - Singers and Musicians

27 Jun - Louise Jordan

04 Jul - Singers and Musicians

11 Jul - Roger Sutcliffe and friends

18 Jul - Singers and Musicians

25 Jul - Daria Kulesh

01 Aug - Singers and Musicians

08 Aug - Singers and Musicians

15 Aug - Singers and Musicians

22 Aug - Singers and Musicians

29 Aug - Caffrey McGurk Madge
+ support Pete Dunne

05 Sep - Singers and Musicians

12 Sep - Sally Barker (reschedule from 2023)

19 Sep - Singers and Musicians

26 Sep - Saul Rose and MacLaine Colston (Reschedule)

03 Oct - Singers and Musicians

10 Oct - Brothers Gillespie

17 Oct - Singers and Musicians

24 Oct - Stuart Douglas

31 Oct - Double Headliner Hebble and John Bromley

07 Nov - Singers and Musicians

14 Nov - Bella Gaffney

21 Nov - Singers and Musicians

28 Nov - Steve Turner

05 Dec - Singers and Musicians

12 Dec - Jim Causley

19 Dec - Singers and Musicians

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