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At: Hullabaloo, 41 Westgate, Shipley, BD18 3QX

Est: 1956




Thursday 11th July 2024 at 7:30

NEWS FLASH : The Groove Pad announced it was ceasing activity with immediate effect on 9th July. Hullabaloo, a Comunity Pub in Shipley a couple of minutes walk from the Groove Pad, has offered us a room for this Thursday's gig. Stay tuned for news about future weeks.

Hullabaloo is at 41 Westgate, Shipley, BD18 3QX
There is parking on Crowgill Street

rsclifRoger Sutcliffe and friends

Accomplished veteran Blues and Folk performer Roger Sutcliffe is well known to members of the Topic Folk Club. A regular since he first played here in 1963, he returns for his customary annual performance on 11th July 2024. The photo here shows him, left, on the 17th October 1986 at a club night, with Topic founder Alex Eaton on the right.

This year, Roger will be reuniting with four long-time musician friends: Pat Sherry, Nigel Broadbent, Jim Jarratt and Gerry Cooper.

Roger first started playing music while still at school, initially harmonica; but soon moving on the guitar. He moved to London to study Geography and Music, and soon became involved in the vibrant college folk circuit, hitchhiking to perform all over London, and mixing with musicians as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Eric Clapton before they became famous. The sixties really were swinging for him, and he planned to stay on for a few years; but came back to Bradford when his father died.

He became involved with the Topic again, performing, compering, and even booking other musicians. He continued playing at many other Yorkshire-based clubs, and acquired a camper van so he could travel further afield. From the early 70s this included regular tours to Germany in the College holidays. By now he was teaching Geography and Music at a local college: which meant leading frequent field trips into the Dales, and then engaging in both caving and pub singarounds.

All this brought Roger into contact with some of the friends who will be accompanying him on 11th July. Nigel Broadbent, Pat Sherry, Jim Jarratt and Roger all attended weekend music and culture sessions in the Dales, organised by Dales history enthusiast (and Youth worker) Trevor Sharpe.

Then Nigel and Pat founded Scarlet Heights, an Irish Folk-Rock band, doing pub gigs, corporate events and private functions even to this day. Roger briefly joined them as a mandolin player, but his many other commitments made that impractical, so instead the band invited the fourth friend, Gerry Cooper, to join them instead. Gerry had studied Blues Guitar under Roger at Ilkley College, making such progress that Gerry took over teaching the course when Roger left. But the music scene was changing. By the late 80s there were fewer folk clubs and performance opportunities, in England and in Germany. Roger moved to the east Coast, continuing to perform where and when he could, and faithfully maintaining his annual appearance at the Topic.

The plans for 11th July are still being developed. Though Roger will be centre stage, each of the Friends will have their own slot. They are all used to accompanying each other, and we hope to end the evening with everyone joining Roger in singing some well-known songs of his choosing. It promises to be a great night!

7 (6 members) - Doors open 7:00



For tonight at least, it is Hullabaloo, a couple of minutes from Groove Pad nearer the station.

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18 Jul


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry - Doors open 7:00

25 Jul


Daria Kulesh

Daria Kulesh has been described by Mike Harding as “one of the finest voices and one of the most intriguing and interesting songwriters on the present folk scene”. Her debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal”, her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews and multiple awards, including LCM Album of the Year, and her latest studio release Earthly Delights was named "one of the year's finest albums" by Folk Radio UK.

Daria has toured extensively in the UK and Europe, sharing stories and songs that are deeply personal but feel universal and timeless. Every performance is an "emotional, compelling and uplifting experience", leaving the audiences "completely spellbound". Born in Russia but based in the UK for the last 15 years, she fearlessly explores her heritage and turbulent family history in Ingushetia (North Caucasus) with songs that "aren't just sung, but lived" (FATEA).

"Refreshingly different, powerful songwriting" - FolkWorld

"Intensely personal and immensely resonant... incredibly moving" - TwickFolk

"Haunting and enigmatic" - The Sunday Times

7 (6 members) - Doors open 7:00

1, 8, 15 and 22 Aug


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry - Doors open 7:00

29 Aug


Caffrey McGurk Madge
+ support Pete Dunne

“True English folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn't come much better than this.” – Keith Kendrick

Nick Caffrey, Ed McGurk and Robin Madge are well-seasoned performers of traditional, original and contemporary folksong. They know how to pick a song for the occasion, they know when to play it straight and they know when to give it a unique and modern twist. But however they interpret and craft each song, you know their vocal and musical arrangements are going to delight the audience and you know that you will have to join in.

Their first CD as a trio (Like Minds) was released in 2017 and has had a great reception both in the UK and in the USA with many of the tracks being broadcast by a number of radio stations in the UK and abroad.

With their informed understanding of their songs, fabulous harmonies, musicality, youthful exuberance and humour, they have been described as one of the most accomplished and entertaining acts currently on the folk circuit.

Support: Pete Dunne

Pete Dunne was born and erased in Bradford. He was an occasional and forgettable floor singer at the Topic, the Bradford Folk Club and other similar venues around the West Riding in the second half of the 60s. Like others of the time he served an apprenticeship in the songs and music of the likes of Tom Paley, Mike Seeger, Mike Heron, Tom Paxton, Bert Jansch etc. In the following decade he was drawn into a state of wage slavery in Lancashire and remained in that condition under a lifetime sentence. In 2014 he was released back into the wild and decided to take his revenge by singing again. He is now a semi-confused little old man who plays ragtimey fingerstyle guitar and sings made-up songs about thisery, thatery and inconsequential sideways glances on life that make him giggle a bit. He has recently been exposed at the Lancaster Folk Festival, the Lancaster Music Festival and plays at venues around Lancashire and the South Lakes.

7 (6 members) - Doors open 7:00

05 Sep


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry - Doors open 7:00

12 Sep


Sally Barker

In 2020 Sally Barker released her re-imagining of the Tom Jones song 'It's Not Unusual' to celebrate the venerable singer's 80th Birthday. So far it has racked up over 4.4 million views on YouTube and divides opinion amongst fans of the Welshman's classic This slowed down version highlights the mournful and yearning lyrics to give the song new meaning. The significance of this recording ? Sally was Tom's finalist on The Voice UK in 2014 and although people mistakenly think she won (such was the impact she had on that show) Sally came in joint 2nd .

Despite her flirtation with the mainstream, Sally's musical life remains firmly rooted in acoustic and folk music as a singer and songwriter with bands such as The Poozies, Fotheringay, The Sandy Denny Project, Iota and guest vocalist with Fairport Convention. Support slots have been many but highlights include tours with Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal and Sir Tom himself.

In June 2023, Sally embarked on a trail-blazing artistic journey, with Vicki Genfan (USA) and Ali Tod (Scotland) to compose and record an album, inspired by places of historic and natural beauty, while vanning across America. This 'Monumental Journey' began on the west coast and included performances in Virginia City, Montana, West Virginia, and finally a Homecoming concert back in North Carolina. Vicki, Ali and Sally have continued to write and record deep into December 2023. The Monumental Journey recording will be released in 2024.

Sally's next as yet untitled solo release will appear during Autumn 2024 and will be supported with a number of solo concerts.

"Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" - Virgin Radio's Chris Evans

"The emotion and passion in her voice, the vulnerability and fragility of her vocal is an art that not too many singers can master" - Maverick Magazine


7 (6 members) - Doors open 7:00

19 Sep


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry - Doors open 7:00

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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