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Nicholas Waller The Topic's gig list - back to 1960! (26) RE: The Topic's gig list - back to 1960! 24 Jan 11

The Topic produced a 25th Anniversary pamphlet (priced 15p) in 1981, outlining a brief history, which I typed up and put on our site.

Here's one relevant section:

"The 1960's continued to be good years for the TOPIC while other folk clubs formed and flourished around the area. Many of these were "breakaways" from the TOPIC; the Bradford Folk Club (Paul Tattersal), the Bradshaw Tavern Folk Club (Denis Sabey), the George Folk Club (Cleckheaton, Jackie Richardson) later the Phoenix Folk Club at the Richardson's Arms, Oakenshaw and then at the Armytage Arms, Clifton - of these only the TOPIC and the Bradshaw Tavern are still running. The TOPIC and the Leeds Folk Club became affiliated to encourage interchange between them and although a ceilidh organised jointly with the local EFDSS was proposed in 1967, the idea did not come to fruition until the first TOPIC ceilidh of 1976!"

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