The Topic in Bradford, not an enormous venue, of course, has hosted a few groups (ie more than 2 people) in the past couple of years: the Duncan MacFarlane Acoustic Band, the John Wright Band, Artisan, Westport, Whitney Gin, the Durbervilles, the Bisserov Sisters, Soundsphere, Grace Notes, Kimber's Men, and the Hall Brothers with Hannah and Clair.
Hannah and Clair (who are pretty young) are now in their own 4-piece group, Entropy, who are playing later this year and "have been likened to early Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention"; other booked groups include 5-piece CrossCurrent, also young - recent first graduates of the new degree course in folk and traditional music at Newcastle - and The Queensberry Rules.
Duos in the recent past or booked to appear this year include Magna Carta and Solan, both of which were once bigger groups, and Tom Napper Tom Bliss, cloudstreet, Dana and Susan Robinson, FYRISH, Winter Wilson, William Pint and Felicia Dale, Alan Reid and Rob von Sante, Danyluk and Card, Cordner and Rudolph, Emily and Ben, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Scold's Bridle, and quite a few more.
Of course there are also a lot of single peformers as well... the Topic recently hosted Roy Bailey and coming up there's Wizz Jones, Julie Felix and Vin Garbutt amongst plenty of others. Jez Lowe sometimes comes alone, sometimes with some Bad Pennies.
As far as entrance is concerned, it's usually GBP5/6 with occasional forays into GBP8 territory; whatever the Name, I imagine GBP12-15 is a lot to ask in most pub-based clubs if people have to perch long on typical pub furniture such as low stools.
For anyone who hasn't been to the Topic for a while and is thinking of going, remember that the club has, since January, been in a new venue - the Cock & Bottle, a historic* Bradford real ale pub. Brewing on the premises is under way again for the first time since 1927, with the first beers due later this month. (More on the venue, club, faq, map, and past and future acts at http://www.topic-folk-club.org.uk)
*It's got a Heritage Inn Blue Plaque to prove it...
Nicholas Waller, Topic Webo