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Nicholas Waller Long-lived folk clubs? 60yrs? (83* d) RE: Long-lived folk clubs? 60yrs? 25 Jan 12

@ breezy "Which clubs meet on a weekly basis? and welcome visiting floor singers?"

The Topic in Bradford (for which I do the website) has always met weekly, with no dark periods I can see from the records apart from the odd occasion such as when the club night falls on Christmas Day and New Year's Day (amounting to 40-50 occasions since 1956).

As well as regular singarounds (generally monthly and also all through August), floor singers are welcome on nights when paid guest acts are performing.

Our Past Gigs page lists dated gigs back to 1960! And there's an A-to-Z list of everyone who has performed, as well. Unfortunately, despite a couple of club legends, no evidence has emerged to indicate that either Bob Dylan or Paul Simon ever played at The Topic in the 1960s.

We like to call ourselves "The Oldest Folk Club In the World", though possibly the claim - as discussed on our History page - amounts only to being the oldest continuously-operating pub-based English-style weekly folk club (though at the moment we are technically not based at a pub but at Bradford's Irish Club - but there is draught beer, so that's OK).

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