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tscd309 irish

TSCD309

Kerry Fiddlers

PADRAIG O'KEEFE

DENIS MURPHY

JULIA CLIFFORD

Fiddle music from the Cork /Kerry border known as Sliabh Luachra (The Rushy Mountain).

 

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TSCD358

Music of Sliabh Luachra   

JACKIE DALY

Released in 1977, Jackie Daly's remarkable debut of music from the Sliabh Luachra, the mountainous border between Cork and Kerry, has long been recognised as an important landmark recording. It captured Daly at the peak of his powers and helped to re-establish the accordion as an important instrument in Irish music.

 

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TSCD464  

Blow The Man Down

SEA SONGS & SHANTIES -

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A treasure-chest of aea songs and shanties songs delivered by such fine inter-preters as Louis Killen, The Watersons, Bob Davenport, Ian Campbell and Cyril Tawney. The two dozen performances include some of the best-known of all British sea songs and shanties, evoking a long and turbulent history of shipwrecks and sea-battles, of tall ships and whalers and the men who sailed in them.

 

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TSCD466  

King of the Pipers

JOHN BURGESS  
Probably the best piping album ever produced from the phenomenal award-winner.

 

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TSCD469 

The Silver Bow - Fiddle music of Shetland

TOM ANDERSON & ALY BAIN
Shetland traditional fiddle music from these excellent musicians. Also includes Davie Tulloch and Trevor Hunter.  

 

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TSCD471   Track List

Classics of Irish Piping

LEO ROWSOME 
'Classics of Irish Piping' A superb collection of recordings from one of the legendary masters of the uilleann pipes. Made between 1926 & '48.

 

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TSCD474 

Her Mantle So Green

MARGARET BARRY & MICHAELGORMAN
The Queen of London Irish pub singers in the scene's hey-day in the mid 1950s. Plus tunes from the formidable Gorman and Martin Byrnes, with some extra tracks that were not on the original Topic LP.
 

 

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The Northumbrian Small Pipes

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TSCD487 

The Northumbian Small Pipes

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The Northumbrian pipes are a uniquely versatile and fascinating English instrument. In this unrivalled compilation the piper Colin Ross, of the High Level Ranters and the Cut & Dry Band, assembles a sound-library of piping styles and Northeastern melodies by both current players and past masters such as Tom Clough, Joe Hutton and incomparable Billy Pigg.


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TSCD511  Track List

Now is the Time for Fishing

SAM LARNER 
The CD re-release of the classic Folkways LP of the Norfolk singer and reconteur, recorded by Ewan McColl and Peggy Seager in the late 1950s. As well as a great songs, many of which became the mainstay of the folk revival repertoire, there is also some fascinating dialogue about the songs and his life as a fisherman.

 

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The Bonny Labouring Boy

HARRY COX
A lavish production with extensive notes in a 'Voice of the People' style case. 54 tracks from one of Norfolk's finest singers, mainly taken from private recordings and including most of the songs that gave him the legendary status he so deserved.  

 

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TSCD514

A World Without Horses

WALTER PARDON

An excellent album of another of the best known English traditional singers, again from Norfolk. Walter's songs lay undiscovered for many years, as they were only sung at home, until folklorists were alerted to his extensive repertoire. Here are some of Walter's finest recordings.  

 

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TSCD515  Track List

From the Heart of the Tradition

SHEILA STEWART
The first album from one of Scotland's best singers.
 

 

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The Road to Connemara

JOE HEANEY 
One of the world's greatest ever traditional singers. Double CD of previously unissued material recorded by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger in 1964, when Joe Heaney was at the height of his powers. 39 tracks and a 60 page booklet, which includes a full transcript as well as detailed notes on the man, his songs and his tradition.

 

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TSCD534 

Come Write Me Down 

COPPER FAMILY

Early recordings of the Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex. A two hundred year old southern English harmony singing tradition captured at one of it's peaks in the 1950s and early 1960s. Classic recordings of Bob, John, Jim and Bob Copper and including all their well known songs.

 

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Scan Tester - I Never Played To Many Posh Dances

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I Never Played at Many Posh Dances

SCAN TESTER

Mostly recorded by Reg Hall, these 55 tracks - expanded and remastered from the 1990 vinyl LP - open a window to our musical past. A labour of love, this double CD is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest traditional musicians this country has produced. While his greatest prowess was on the Anglo-German concertina, he was first rate step-dancer, a fine singer and he also played fiddle, melodeon and tambourine.

 

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TSCD583

Wild Mountain Thyme

THE MCPEAKE FAMILY

Released in 1965, Ballads and Broadsides was the first full album by a solo folk singer and was, and still is, hugely influential. A great album full of great performances it was, sadly, to be the only album he recorded for Topic Records as he left Britain within a couple of years for a new life in the USA.

 

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TSCD601  Track List

Melodeon Greats

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
'A Collection of Melodeon Masterpieces'  Remarkable 78 rpm recordings from Peter & Daniel Wyper, James Brown, Fred Cameron, Peter Leatham, Pamby Dick, Jack Williams, W F Cameron and William Hannah.

 

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TSCD602  Track List

Irish Dance Music

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Frank Quinn, Michael Coleman, Erin's Pride Orchestra, Kincora Ceilidhe Band etc. Originally released on Folkways Records this amazing collection of 78 recordings has been revamped and enlarged by its original editor Reg Hall.  

 

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TSCD603   Track List

Paddy in the Smoke:

Irish Dance Music From a London Pub

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The classic album of Irish music from London's 'Favourite' pub recorded in the 1960s. Including: Martin Byrnes, Danny Meehan, Sean O'Shea, Bobby Casey, Tony McMahon, Julia Clifford, Con Curtin, Andy Boyle, Jimmy Power & Lucy Farr.

 

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TSCD604  Track List

Past Master of Irish Dance Music

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Re-mastered from 78 rpm recordings with
Belhavel Trio, Four Provinces & Ballinakill Bands, Michael Grogan, & The Flanagan Brothers.

 

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TSCD605  Track List

Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Another collection of 78s compiled by Reg Hall. Including: Frank Higgins, Michael Coleman, Moate Ceilidhe Band & Hugh Gillespie.  

 

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TSCD606  Track List

Round the House and Mind the Dresser

VARIOUS ARTISTS 

'Irish Country Dance Music' Polkas, slides, flings, hornpipes, mazurkas, waltzes and barndances played by legendary musicians such as: Johnny O'Leary, Johnny Docherty, Jimmy Power, Rose Murphy, Julia and Billy Clifford.

 

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TSCD607  Track List

English Country Music

VARIOUS ARTISTS
This is an essential CD for anyone interested in traditional music from the English countryside. Recorded in Norfolk with Billy Cooper on dulcimer, Walter and Daisy Bulwer on fiddle and piano and Reg Hall on melodeon.

 

 

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TSCD651 - 670

The Voice of the People - Series One

     

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TSCD751 

The Voice of the People:

A Selection From The Series

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A selection. This sampler give a taste of the phenomenal 'Voice of the People' series. 20 themed CDs presenting the best of English Irish and Scottish tradition music edited by Dr Reg Hall.


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Details of the whole series can be found on the compilation page:

Topic - 'The Voice of the People

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TSCD675  Track List

Good Humour for the Rest of the Night

    This latest addition to Topic's now-essential Voice of the People series features 60 recordings of traditional dance music from Northumberland and Cumberland.
    The recordings in the Voice of the People series represent cultures that have passed or are passing rapidly, as the social and economic conditions and the habitats that supported them have gone or are going forever. These performances have timeless appeal and resonances.
    In 1954, there were no other collectors, corporate, professional or amateur, prepared to explore the nature of English traditional dance and traditional dance music, and the only precedent in recording traditional dance music on location was set by Peter Kennedy; the fruits of the pioneering field trip he undertook that year are presented here - great tunes, great style, subtle decoration and great rhythm a potential eye-opener for the newcomer and an object lesson for some old-timers.
    Of equal importance, Peter laid down some basic material for the subsequent construction of a history and an appreciation of traditional music and dance in the Border hills.

 

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The Barley Mow

    Astonishing field recordings and a film made in Suffolk by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s, a rich record of a community steeped in traditional song and singing.
    As early as 1949, Peter Kennedy had begun making field recordings of traditional music in the West Country of England on his own initiative and at his own expense with a factory prototype tape recorder lent to him by a friend. During the time the recordings included in this CD/DVD collection were made, 1953-1956, Peter was working part-time for the EFDSS and part-time for the BBC, and in his free time he engaged in projects of his own and those he shared with Alan Lomax; although Peter undertook his own recording trips to Suffolk in 1952, he and Lomax did not meet up in Suffolk until October 10th 1953, to record singers at the Ship in Blaxhall, then onto Swefling the following day to record Harry List.
    Peter had been keen to record traditional music and dance performance on film, and Lomax attended the first day of filming at the Ship in November 1955.
    June 1956 saw Peter in the area again, this time recording Phoebe Smith, her neighbour Jim Baldry, Bob Roberts, Jumbo Brightwell and Edgar Button. With this wealth of recorded material, Peter laid the foundations for future research into a region rich in traditional music, dance and song.

 

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The Flax in Bloom

    A wide selection of traditional music from Ulster across three themed discs, from the pioneering recordings of 1952-3 by Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle.
    Traditional music-making in Ireland in 1952 was flourishing well enough in its own social settings, but it was largely hidden from the view of mainstream society. Certainly, radio and the record industry on both sides of the border scarcely knew of its existence.
    So it is quite remarkable that Peter Kennedy from London and Sean O'Boyle from Armagh should have combined forces and taken upon themselves, with limited resources and technical equipment, to explore and record what they could find in Ulster.
    This album presents a selection of their location recordings, most of which have never been issued commercially before. Each of the three CDs is presented as a separate programme but, taken together, they give a wide and varied view of traditional music in Ulster in the early 1950's.

 

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TSCD678  Track List

Orkney

    A selection of the ground-breaking field recordings of instrumental music in Orkney made by Peter Kennedy in 1955.
    The BBC, for whom Peter Kennedy was working part-time in 1955, had more or less left Orkney alone in its recording activity, except for some recordings about local customs and beliefs made on location in 1954. At the time, Orkney was seen as being at the extreme edge of Great Britain, and was virgin territory for a music collector such as Peter, who travelled there in 1955, recording singers and musicians in informal circumstances, amassing a wealth of songs, dances and some speech excerpts that still exist.
    This CD presents a representative selection of the instrumental pieces from that treasure trove of traditional music.

 

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TSCD671   Track List

You Never Heard so Sweet

Songs by Southern English Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy & Bob Copper.

Ned Adams, Joe Spicer, Lily Cook, George Maynard, Noah Gillette, Bob & Ron Copper, George Burton, Lily Cook, Luther Hills & Mark Fuller, Jim Barrett, Jim Swain, Turp Brown, Fred Hewett, Mrs. Hewett, George Attrill, George Maynard, Enos White, Jim Copper, Gladys Stone, Luther Hills with Mark Fuller, George Spicer, Harry Upton, Lottie Chapman, Frank Cole, Albert Beale, Bob & Ron Copper.

 

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I'm a Romany Rai

Songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s  by Peter Kennedy.

Phoebe Smith, Tom Willett, Janet Penfold, Rebecca Penfold, Charlie Scamp, Mary Fuller, Wally Fuller, Sheila Smith, Tom Willett, Rebecca Penfold, Jack Fuller, Wally Fuller, Chris Willett, Jack Fuller, Rebecca Penfold, Chris Willett, Wally Fuller, Carolyne Hughes (29 tracks), Celia Warren, John Hughes, Carrie Hughes, John Hughes.

 

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TSCD673T  Track List

Good People Take Warning

Ballads sung by British and Irish Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Steve Roud from recordings made in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Bob & Ron Copper, Jean Elvin, Maggie Chambers, Bess Cronin, Paddy Doran, Ben Butcher, Maggie Stewart, Phil Tanner, Jeannie Robertson, Gabriel Figg, Sarah Makem, Lucy Stewart, Thomas Moran, Jim O’Neill, Mick McAlinden, Maureen Melly, Sam Larner, Phoebe Smith, Margaret Jeffrey,

Harry Cox, Mary Toner, Harry List, Dodie Chalmers, Gladys Stone, Seamus Ennis, Paddy McCluskey, Lucy Stewart, Jim Copper, Jean Mathew, Paddy Grant, Thomas Moran, Ethel Findlater, Harry Upton, Mary Doran, Joe Thomas, Dot Foubister, Michael Gallagher,

Jim O’Neill, Charlotte Higgins, Maggie Chambers, Peter Donnelly, Togo Crawford, Mary Anne Stewart, Emily Bishop, Joseph Higgins, Michael Gallagher, Jean Mathew, Joe Moran, Fred Jordan, George Bloomfield, Mary McGarvey & Leslie Johnson.

 

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TSCD674   Track List

The Heart is True

SARAH MAKEM

Irish Traditional singer. Classic recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s by Peter Kennedy, Sean O'Boyle, Diane Hamilton and Paul Carter. Presented and selected by Rod Stradling and Reg Hall.

 

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“It was mighty!”

The Early Days of Irish Music in London

Some of the most talented young traditional musicians from rural Ireland found themselves in London in the 1950s, working on the buildings and in heavy construction, away from home, but among hundreds of people like themselves. Music was played in pubs and dance halls and, for a decade or two almost every night of the week, Camden Town, Fulham and neighbouring boroughs were buzzing. Even as far as the outer suburbs, in some back-street pub or other, there was great music to be found, that is, if you knew where to look for it. Beyond the gaze of mainstream society and unknown to the media, promotion was solely by word of mouth among the Irish themselves. This three-CD collection of rare recordings gives us a very privileged view of a unique community who lived this music. Here are some great musicians, some great tunes, and great warmth and humanity. At the time, it was often said, that there was much better Irish music to be heard in London than in Ireland. An overstatement, of course, but there was certainly more of it to be heard in London than anywhere else in the world. Three discs featuring a total of more than 100 vital performances by, among others: Michael Gorman, Bobby Casey, Martin Byrnes, Julia Clifford. Jimmy Power, Nan Landers, Vincent Griffin, Edmond Murphy& Tommy McCarthy.

 

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 “It was great altogether!”

The Continuing Tradition of Irish Music in London

Irish traditional music was well-established in pubs and dance halls and at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann meetings in Greater London by the mid-1960s, the groundwork having been done by a generation of young musicians from rural Ireland, who came over in the 1950s to work in the building and construction trades. They set high standards of musicianship and subtle social values related to music-making, and their contribution to the music is presented in a companion 3-CD album, “It was
mighty!” The Early Days of Irish Music in London (Topic TSCD679T). In an unbroken line of descent, the tradition continues and this later period of fifty years or so is portrayed in this follow-up collection of archive recordings on three CDs. Many of those early pioneers, great artists by any reckoning, are represented here at the height of their ability. Most surprising, perhaps, are the many grown children and grandchildren of that original 1950s generation, who retain the original reasons for playing and keep the old styles going, fully integrated into their daily lives.
Three discs featuring 89 tracks with performances by, among others: Lucy Farr, Billy Clifford, Amby Whyms, Lamond Gillespie, Brian Rooney, Joe Whelan, Reg Hall, Karen Ryan & James Carty.

 

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