item1 item1b item1c item1d item1e item1f item1g FBfLogoblue29

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

Est: 1956




Thursday 30th May 2024 at 7:30

KitchingFalt2024Tom Kitching and Marit Fält

Author and musician Tom Kitching launches his new book and album, Where There's Brass, with a special storytelling and music concert tour.

Documenting six months living in the London waterways community, making the long journey across England from Manchester on a traditional narrowboat built in 1937, Where There's Brass tells the story of the contemporary London waterways; a floating slum at worst, a bohemian, alternative, vibrant community at best.

It is a love letter to the waterways, and a rallying cry for what they can be in the future.

Stories old and new interwoven with a specially composed suite of music, underpinned by Tom's long term accompanist, the brilliant Nordic mandola player Marit Fält.

This tour builds on the success of his previous work, most recently Seasons of Change, the stories and music from 18 months busking around England.

Tom’s debut solo album Interloper was listed at #6 in the Sunday Express albums of the year 2015. There are dozens of folk violinists, but few with the attack, passion, and ingenuity of Tom Kitching. The most beautiful instrumental playing of the year.

£7 (£6 members) - Doors open 7:00



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

06 Jun


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

£1 entry - Doors open 7:00

13 Jun


Robb Johnson + Support Johnny Campbell

Robb Johnson is a British musician and songwriter who has been called "one of the last genuinely political songwriters". He is known for his mix of political satire and wit. He's released more than 40 albums since 1985, either solo or in several collaborations.

Robb Johnson says he’s just a bloke with a guitar. He is. But he’s one who has chronicled our times: painting the less-than-sunny political landscape in the moonlight of the personal. Just like a folk singer should.

"Britain's finest songwriter since Richard Thompson"- Venue

“one of our best singer-songwriters ever”- Mike Harding

"An English original" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Support: Johnny Campbell

Johnny Campbell emerged onto the UK folk scene writing self-penned material and delving deep into Northern English folk song and story. Harking back to an age when folk musicians travelled to share songs, stories and tales from their land, Campbell has since 2013 plied his trade across over twenty-one different countries. Writing self-penned material and delving deep into Northern English folk song, Campbell's material and performance is authentically English. Or Northern English. A Right to Roam (2022) is a collaboration with Commoners Choir and Skelmanthorpe Brass Band which received the accolade of 'One of the Best Folk Songs of 2022' alongside contemporaries such as Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden, Angeline Morrison & more, chosen by Tradfolk.

2024 sees Campbell releasing True North, an album of Northern English traditional songs recorded on their respective county summits which has already garnered press from Country Walking Magazine and interviewed by BBC Radio 4 Open Country.

He was last at The Topic in October 2023 in a double-header with Chris Brain.

''Like a Modern-Day Billy Bragg'' - Tradfolk

''One of Folk's Brightest Rising Stars'' - Bright Young Folk

''Nobody else seems to be doing what Campbell is doing right now, and his passion and determination deserve recognition'' - Jon Wilks

£7 (£6 members) - Doors open 7:00

20 Jun


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

£1 entry - Doors open 7:00

27 Jun

Louise Jordan

04 Jul

Singers and Musicians

11 Jul

Roger Sutcliffe and friends

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

Clicks since 03-2-2004:

web analytics
item7a item7