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At Glyde House Glydegate, Bradford W. Yorks, BD5 0BQ
Tel: 01274 271114




Thursday 24th April 2014 at 8:30

Entry: 6 (5 members)

Pete Morton

It’s high time we had another visit from this superb performer: songwriter, singer and "folk rapper" with his wealth of great songs and stage presence.

A veritable troubadour, Pete Morton tours constantly either solo or in various collaborations, sometimes in musical theatre shows. He has entertained all over the world with his unique style, songs telling stories and speaking of the human condition from his own unique perspective, songs of humour, politics, love and social comment delivered in the folk tradition. Pete now has eight solo albums of original material as well as others in collaboration with other luminaries such as Roger Wilson, Simon Edwards and Jo Freya.


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May 01


Singers and Musicians

A chance to come along and sing a song or play a tune or just listen. Entry free for everyone on singers' nights.

May 08

Double Header

Keystone Acoustic

A rare double header, with two popular local acts who are to be seen performing regularly around the clubs, pubs and festivals in our region, both refreshingly different.

Strid are a man a woman and a guitar, aka Jennie Kiff, Simon Allan and a Lowden F12. They perform unique versions of songs by Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Lennon & McCartney, Tom Waits and many others.

Keystone Acoustic are Peter Stone (acoustic guitars and bouzouki) and his wife Pam (vocals, tenor ukulele and even rainstick!) with Paul Raby on bass, playing a mix of Americana, folk, jazz and blues across Yorkshire and beyond. Their repertoire includes songs by Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bob Dylan and original material written by Pam.

A very entertaining night in prospect...


May 15

Kate Denny

First time as a guest at the Topic for this fine musician from the deep south – our deep south, that is - who visited the club on a singers night whilst on holiday a year or so ago. Kate Denny has been composing and performing music for over ten years, initially writing music and songs for the theatre. In 2007 she formed the band Kittywakes as composer, singer and fiddle player, touring clubs and festivals successfully, supporting such acts as Spiers and Boden and Show of Hands until 2011 when Kate decided to go solo. In 2012 she launched her first solo album Closer to Home which was described as a showcase of beautiful lyrics and evocative storytelling (Bright Young Folk).

Kate is usually accompanied by Charlie Skelton, an excellent guitarist and Northumbrian piper.

A gently poignant and increasingly haunting musical delight – fRoots magazine.


May 22

The Young 'Uns

A Topic debut for this excellent group of gradually getting not-so-young singers originally from Teeside: Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes make up The Young 'Uns who have become immensely popular performers over the last few years, playing clubs and festivals all over the country to universal acclaim. Wonderful harmonies, shanties, traditional and original songs, some a capella, some with guitar and accordion accompaniment. With their superb delivery and relentless banter in between numbers an evening of sheer delight is guaranteed.

One of the most popular and entertaining live acts on the folk scene today – Jez Lowe

A fantastic repertoire, intricate and pleasing harmonies and fantastic patter to boot - Bromyard Folk Festival

Definitely a must-see act. We are delighted and honoured to be able to present the The Young 'Uns to the Topic.


May 29

Luke Hirst

No stranger to Topic audiences, guitarist/songwriter Luke Hirst appears for a full evening in his own right. Influenced by the likes of Michael Chapman, John Fahey and Jack Rose, his intricate and exciting guitar work is the perfect accompaniment to the cover songs of his choice as well as his own material. A five-year stint at Leeds College of Music resulted in a BTEC National Diploma and a 1st Class  BA Honours Degree for Luke, who has appeared at the Topic as support and in other collaborations, now we are pleased to see him doing a full solo gig.


June 05

Singers and Musicians

A chance to come along and sing a song or play a tune or just listen. Entry free for everyone on singers' nights.


June 12

Alan Reid and Rob von Sante

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante perform modern and traditional folk.

Alan has recorded almost 30 albums with the world-renowned Battlefield Band: his songs have been a feature of the band’s repertoire since the early 80’s and are noted for their story-telling element, lyricism and strong melody. In 2009 Alan (vocals, piano accordion, guitar) was a nominee in the composer section of the Scots Tradition Award. Rob vocals, guitar), a highly respected guitarist and a fine singer in his own right, has been the Battlefield Band’s sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He has been playing on the English folk scene with various luminaries for the past 30 years and has produced albums for local, national and international artists at his recording studio in his adopted home town of Leeds.

The duo combines fine harmony singing with sensitive and imaginative arrangements.


June 19

Desi Friel

Singer/songwriter Desi Friel has sung for us at the Topic before, with an impressive floor spot in 2008.

He has been a bit under the radar as far as we are concerned since then: not that he hasn’t been busy, with 3 albums now to his credit. Originally from Northern Ireland, he is now based in the Manchester area and active on the acoustic music scene there. In 2013 Desi’s musical collaborators gelled into a band called Musaic, some or all of whom will probably be appearing with Desi at the Topic.


June 26

Roger Sutcliffe

Back again for his 51st year of playing at the Topic, Roger needs very little introduction: there is little to say about him that hasn’t been said before, many times. But for anyone who has been living on another planet , Roger, (ragtime picker, blues supremo, legend in his own lifetime) has been a star of the acoustic music scene since the dawn of time. Well, it seems that way. A packed night, as always, in prospect, so get down early.


July 03

Singers and Musicians


July 10

Dave Ellis and Boo Howard

A truly superb duo visiting us for the second time, Dave and Boo are based in London a musical partnership that began in 1979. In the early days, Dave came to prominence with national exposure on the Old Grey Whistle Test and some high profile gigs, notably opening for Rod Stewart at the Reading Festival. In 1998 Dave’s electric band slimmed down to a duo, and in 1998 they reinvented themselves as a more acoustically sounding act, combining Dave’s intricate guitar work and Boo’s mellow vocals to create something different for folk and acoustic clubs. Their self-penned songs are intelligently constructed and elegantly articulated, and the honing of their live act has brought them a large and faithful following in the South of England. Their previous foray up to the North brought them instant accolades and at least one festival booking.

As good as it gets – musicianship is second to none, vocals spot on, intelligent songs, stage presence disarming...- Bothy Folk Club, Southport


July 17

Bella Gaffney

There can be few followers of the local acoustic music scene who haven’t heard of Bella Gaffney. Bradford born and bred, but now studying at Nottingham University, she has gone from strength to strength in recent years, developing each aspect of her craft: her singing, guitar playing and songwriting as well as her stage presentation and delivery. Her recent appearances at Saltaire Live events in Victoria Hall supporting the likes of such well-established artists as Altan and John McCusker,Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle are testament to her talent and the regard in which she is held by local promoters. With a mix of her own songs and well chosen covers a quality night is guaranteed: don’t miss.

Great singer, great guitarist, really interesting songwriter – Mike Harding


July 24


Nick Hall and Michelle Plum continue the theme of outstanding local talent this month with a too-rare appearance at the club. Nick of the Hall Brothers (!), Magna Carter, and probably a host of other collaborations, and his wife Michelle (Waking the Witch, Chumbawumba, The Accidental Tourists) combine to present quality self-penned songs, some covers, exquisite harmonies and superb guitar playing. Bradford is indeed blessed with talent, and this is another night not to be missed.

A superb duo...a wealth of talent...a real sense of passion and attack – Fatea Showcase


July 31

Robb Johnson

A perennial favourite at the club brings this remarkable month and season to an end with his songs of social comment and observations on all aspects of life. Robb missed his usual summer appearance here last year due to prior commitments, so this will be a sort of homecoming. He is now recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today, having played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets and benefits arts centres and festivals, local radio, with airplay on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and a host of international radio appearances. This will undoubtedly, as always, be a busy night, so come down early.

The real deal when it comes to songwriting – Mike Harding

An English original – Robin Denselow, The Guardian


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