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

Est: 1956




Thursday 20th June 2024 at 7:30

Prod68blueSingers and Musicians

Your chance to sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry - 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

27 Jun


Louise Jordan

Louise Jordan is a familiar face on the UK music scene, and has appeared at the Topic several times over the years. A UK based songwriter and performer with a Masters in Human Rights and over 10 years’ experience touring the UK & Europe accompanying herself on guitar and keyboard, Louise has released 7 recordings, gaining national radio play on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show & Radio 4.

In 2016 Louise began touring her critically acclaimed one woman show No Petticoats Here about extraordinary women of the First World War and in 2018 created The Hard Way, the story of working class suffragette Hannah Mitchell. In 2020, Louise launched Florence to celebrate the many inspirational achievements of Florence Nightingale in the 200th year since Florence’s birth. 2021 saw the launch of Louise’s new project Pop-Up Pedestal challenging audiences to consider who is commemorated in our public spaces and why.

Commissioned by UK Parliament, Dreadnought South West , the V & A Museum and Groninger Museum, Louise has worked with such organisations as the National Trust and University of Oxford to share her approach to opening the history books and telling hidden women’s histories through song. She has received support from Arts Council England, the English Folk Dance & Song Society and Help Musicians UK.

Louise’s Topic appearance will this time feature HerStories, a celebration of the lives of extraordinary women through original song which she has composed over the past ten years whilst touring across the UK and in Europe. 7/6

7 (6 members) - Doors open 7:00

04 Jul


Singers and Musicians

Sing a song or play a tune or just listen.

1 entry - Doors open 7:00

11 Jul


Roger 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 there in 1963, he returns for his customary annual performance on 11th July 2024. This year, he 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

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

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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