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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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The Ful English

THE FULL ENGLISH BAND

    The Full English is a groundbreaking project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society that draws together for the first time the early 20th century folksong collections of Harry Albino, Lucy Broadwood, Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson, Thomas Fairman Ordish, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Alfred Williams. The result is the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.
    To mark the launch of the project, folksong scholar and acclaimed singer Fay Hield has assembled The Full English band, pulling together half a dozen of the top talents on the English folk music circuit for an evening of songs drawn from these unique collections. Together the band have recorded a tremendous album of material drawn from these historic collections. Rapidly becoming identified as a folk supergroup the Full English includes singer and fiddle player Seth Lakeman, and one of the world’s finest and most admired guitarists, Martin Simpson. Nancy Kerr is another fiddler/singer with a deep commitment to the English traditional repertoire, Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are formidable instrumentalists  Nailing all this multi-instrumentality down is  double bassist Ben Nicholls


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It Won't be Long

LINDA THOMPSON

    Topic have released their first vinyl LP in over 25 years  with Linda Thompson‘s splendid new album Won’t Be Long Now will be released. The LP is pressed on 180gm audiophile vinyl within a gatefold sleeve. The album is of course also available on CD.

    Won’t Be Long Now is Linda Thompson’s first album in six years and is a return to her folk roots and a bit of a family affair – featuring a duet with former husband Richard Thompson, regular contributions from their children Teddy and Kami, and grandson Zak Hobbs. Won’t Be Long Now also includes appearances by many alumni of the British folk scene, including John Kirkpatrick, Dave Swarbrick, Martin and Eliza Carthy, as well as American musicians like David Mansfield, Amy Helm, Sam Amidon, Jenni Muldaur and Tony Trischka, among others.

 

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Voice + Vision

Songs of resistance, democracy + peace

VARIOUS ARTISTS

    Reconnecting with its roots in the Workers’ movement, Topic has collaborated with the General Federation of Trade Unions in ‘Voice & Vision’, a new double-CD set of songs of resistance, democracy and peace. This fabulous collection gathers together legendary Topic artists such as Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Norma Waterson, Pete Seeger, Louis Killen, Anne Briggs and Martin Carthy, alongside newer voices like Fran Morter and Adam Rees, Kiti Theobald, Jack Forbes, and 17 year old Piers Haslam.

    A collection of songs that form a history of dissent, collaboration and the collective drive for what is right and just, ‘Voice & Vision’ is a stunning set of music and words that speak across generations and boundaries of the basic human right to dignity.

 

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Carthy Eliza

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Wayward Daughter

ELIZA CARTHY

To mark Eliza Carthy’s first twenty one years as a professional musician, Topic Records, have released a career-spanning ‘best of’ double album which includes live tracks, samples of a few of her many collaborations with other artists and previously unreleased material.

 

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Vagrant Stanzas 

MARTIN SIMPSON

    Vagrant Stanzas is a splendid, intimate new recording from finger-style guitar maestro Martin Simpson. Encouraged by his near neighbour Richard Hawley, Martin set out to record his new album completely solo. The ambition was to record just one man and his guitar (or banjo) close-miked and personal. Most of the performances are first or second takes. So much material was recorded that the deluxe edition includes an extra CD of eight outtakes from the recording sessions – quite honestly they’d have made the cut on just about anybody else’s album.
    “This is not a record of repairs and corrections, this is what I do at a gig. It’s the first time I’ve made a studio album which deliberately tries to capture the immediacy of a live performance…. in fact it is the intimacy of playing to a friend which is at the heart of this album.”

 

Deluxe limited edition 2CD set

 

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TSCD587  Track List

The Morel of the Elephant

MARTIN & ELIZA CARTHY 

    It’s nearly 50 years since Martin Carthy recorded his iconic, eponymous first album and more than 20 years since his daughter Eliza Carthy’s recording debut. Throughout their respective careers both have toured and recorded with many others (Eliza shared the bill with her acclaimed mother, Norma Waterson, on their award-winning ‘Gift’ album in 2010) but finally, this trail-blazing dad and daughter have made their first ever duo album, The Moral of the Elephant.

    Two tracks were released on a 7″ vinyl single for Record Store Day 2014 – Happiness, which was written by Nick Drake’s Mum, Molly, is one of a number recorded at home by her in the 1950s and only recently unearthed. It’s the first time this wistful song has been covered by a major recording artist. Meanwhile, The Queen of Hearts is a new version of a song which Martin first recorded on his debut album in 1965.

 

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TSCD591  Track List

Murmers

SIMPSON-CUTTING-KERR

    After a very successful tour and recording schedule over the last six months the wonderful new trio with Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr will release their debut album together on June 8th. Murmurs was recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master musicians having musical fun together. The album will appear on DL, CD and a limited edition Deluxe CD/DVD set. It’s a collection of songs that communicate to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the music.          

Recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell, the combination of traditional songs, such as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and a stunning ‘Plains of Waterloo’, and original compositions, including ‘Dark Swift’ and ‘Not Even The Ground’ makes for a compelling listening experience; stories are told with instruments played by these masters of their respective crafts, but this is no showcase, more an expression of the joy of playing and singing between three absolutely intuitive
musicians.

 

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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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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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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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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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TSCD586

Orfeo

FAY HIELD

Orfeo the remarkable second album from Fay Hield has been collecting an enviable series of reviews ahead of the release on Monday 28th May. Fay leads the virtuoso all-star HURRICANE PARTY Jon Boden (fiddle, guitar, percussion, double bass, mandolin, additional banjo and vocals), Andy Cutting (button accordions, melodeon), Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals) and special guest Martin Simpson (banjo, guitar)..

 

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TSCD585

Ragged Kingdom

JUNE TABOR & THE OYSTER BAND

Twenty one years ago June Tabor and Oysterband collaborated on the classic Freedom And Rain album – frequently regarded as one of the Top 5 Folk albums of all time. Over the intervening years they have occasionally performed together at gigs and in 2010 were invited to reunite for fRoots’ 30th birthday party at the Roundhouse. They all came off-stage determined to make a belated follow-up. The magnificent 'Ragged Kingdom' arguably surpasses the earlier recording.

 

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Purpose + Grace

MARTIN SIMPSON

Guitar virtuoso MARTIN SIMPSON returns with a fabulous new album. “Purpose + Grace, is in many ways the epiphany of his career. Martin has never chosen the shortest root to stardom but the choices he has made along the way have made him the exceptional talent that he is today.”

 

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Gift

ELIZA CARTHY & NORMA WATERSON

Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson are quite simply two of Britain’s finest exponents of traditional song. They have recorded independently and together on many occasions over the years. GIFT is the first duo release from this widely acclaimed mother and daughter. With their rich, distinctive and authentic voices they have effortlessly engaged new audiences and admirers across the generations. Widely acknowledged leading lights of the folk scene with enviable international reputations, both have received numerous BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards during the past decade, and nominations for the prestigious Mercury Music Award.

 

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Looking Glass

FAY HIELD

Fay Hield has been singing traditional songs from an alarmingly early age. She was active in the lively music scene centred around the Famous Bacca Pipes Folk Club in Keighley, was instrumental in launching the Haworth Arts Festival and was part of a highly-regarded duo with Damien Barber. In 2001 she helped form The Witches Of Elswick – a female acapella quartet. After a year or two off the folk radar, Fay returned to public view via occasional performances with partner Jon Boden. By this time she and Jon had fetched up on the moorland fringes of Sheffield.

 

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Ashore

JUNE TABOR

June Tabor’s recording career has consistently reached ever higher standards of performance and interpretation. Each of her albums has sought to match the highest technical standards with emotionally powerful performances and scintillating musical arrangements. Her forthcoming album – a stunning collection of songs concerning humankind’s relationship with the sea.

 

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Essential

MARTIN CARTHY

For nearly fifty years Martin Carthy has been one of the most persistent and dedicated practitioners of English traditional music. He has been an essential figure in most of the significant developments in folk music during that time. To chronicle his career is to discuss the rich and diverse history of the English folk song.

 

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TSCD578

True Stories

MARTIN SIMPSON

Everyone knows that Martin Simpson is one of the greatest guitarists in the world, combining immaculate technique with a highly musical sensitivity and sensibility. His last album was a breakthrough, establishing him as a songwriter of real character and understanding as well as a master musician, propelling him to a new level in his career. Always energetic, always resourceful and never content to stand still, Martin continues to grow as an artist – musician and composer – putting his all into each new project, with the result that "True Stories" is his best album yet.

 

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TOPIC70 Three Score and Ten VARIOUS ARTISTES

Seven CDs in a ten by ten inch hardback book, with dust jacket containing 108 profusely illustrated, full colour pages with a narrative portrait of Topic from 1939 to the present day. Also included separately is a complete discography of every Topic release from 1939 to the newest releases in 2009. There are 144 tracks that cover all aspects of Topic's recording history in 7 themed CDs with many rare tracks never before on CD. The extensive text gives a detailed recording and social history with profiles of the essential recordings, principle artists and key personages. The many hundreds of illustrations are a revelation in themselves, anchoring the whole project with photos of the artists, album sleeves, advertising leaflets, snapshots and memorabilia.

 

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Ballads and Broadsides BROADSIDES

LOUIS KILLEN

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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Airs and Graces

JUNE TABOR
In this impressive debut Tabor tackles not only the traditional stories of Reynardine and the Plains of Waterloo but the harrowing narrative of Eric Bogle's World War I song The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, in what is now recognised as its definitive version.

 

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Crown of Horn

MARTIN CARTHY
Though on its first release in 1976 Crown of Horn attracted attention with its unpredictable elements, such as Leon Rosselson's mordant song Palaces of Gold, the album can now be seen as a logical stage in Carthy's development, as well as a further bold demonstration of his creative approach to traditional song.

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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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TSCD340

Martin Carthy

MARTIN CARTHY

Perhaps the most famous, probably the most widely heard, debut album by an English folk artist, this still remarkable recording from 1965 introduced both a new voice and a fresh conception of guitar accompaniment, and was vastly influential. Dave Swarbrick plays fiddle or mandolin on some tracks.

 

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TSCD341

Second Album

MARTIN CARTHY  WITH DAVE SWARBRICK
Dave Swarbrick's increased contribution on this 1966 album was a signal that he and Carthy were rapidly forming folk music's most potent collaboration, creating a clean, sharp sound that would be honed over the next three albums.

 

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TSCD342 

Byker Hill

MARTIN CARTHY
As he grew in confidence and dexterity Carthy tested himself with tricky rhythms and challenging songs, and the title track of Byker Hill (1967) electrified the folk scene with its audacious syncopation. His most carefully planned and executed album up to that point, it remains an outstanding achievement.

 

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TSCD343 

But Two Came By

MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK
Carthy and Swarbrick continue their bold and virtuosic transformation of traditional songs and melodies on this 1968 set, adding a memorable treatment of Sidney Carter's Lord of the Dance.

 

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TSCD344 

Prince Heathen

MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK
In this 1969 album Carthy focuses on traditional songs, producing powerful readings such as the title track and his lengthy retelling of the ballad Little Musgrave & Lady Barnard.


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TSCD345 

Landfall

MARTIN CARTHY
His 1971 solo album tunnels further than its predecessors into contemporary song, coming up with memorable performances of Dave Goulder's "January Man" and David Ackles' "His Name is Andrew".

 

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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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TSCD360 

Ashes and Diamonds

JUNE TABOR
Accompanied, as on Airs and Graces, by Nic Jones (guitar), Tony Hall (melodeon) and other notable players, Tabor again blends striking revisions of traditional songs with new pieces by Eric Bogle (No Man's Land, Now I'm Easy) and Dave Goulder (The Easter Tree).Tony Hall melodeon, Nic Jones guitar & fiddle, Jon Gillaspie keyboard, Nigel Pegrum drums, Doug Morter electric guitar.

 

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TSCD384 

Gaughan

DICK GAUGHAN  
Restlessly imaginative, passionate in his beliefs, guitarist Dick Gaughan is a commanding presence on the Scots musical scene. His subtle singing and intricate guitar playing create a fabric of arresting beauty and colour. Traditional and contemporary songs sung with grace and feeling are interspersed with bagpipe jigs and fiddle reels transposed to guitar in this multifaceted collection.

 

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TSCD389 

Because it's There  

MARTIN CARTHY

His musical thinking enriched by his experience in folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, Carthy approached this 1979 album (produced by Ashley Hutchings) with fresh ideas and collaborators such as trumpeter Howard Evans and John Kirkpatrick on accordion and concertina.

 

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TSCD410  

A Cut Above

JUNE TABOR with Martin Simpson
This album glows with the special energy of a natural musical partnership, as Tabor's bold steps are faultlessly tracked by guitarist Martin Simpson. As well as compositions by Richard Thompson, Bill Caddick and other contemporary writers, Tabor offers a song in French, Le Roi Renaud. Martin Simpson guitar, Ric Saunders violin, Dave Bristow keyboards, Jon Davie bass.

 

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TSCD411

Penguin Eggs

NIC JONES 
This mature work of a brilliant song-interpreter and guitarist, packed with fresh songs and novel settings, is rendered all the more valuable by the scarcity of his recordings. When Bob Dylan appropriated his arrangement of Canadee-I-O, it was just one sign of Jones' status among musicians as well as lay listeners.

Nic Jones vocals, guitar, fiddle, Tony Hall melodeon, Bridget Danby recorders, vocals, Dave Burland vocals.

 

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TSCD418 

Sweet Wivelsfield

MARTIN CARTHY
The ominously chiming guitar chords of Trimdon Grange and the ingeniously borrowed melody of King Henry exemplify Carthy's unceasing search for new ways to present old songs, a thread that runs all through this impressive recording.

 

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TSCD419

Handful of Earth

DICK GAUGHAN 
This mixture of love songs, odes of parting and political commentaries such as Worker's Song and World Turned Upside Down is Gaughan's most complex and emotionally penetrating album, and has come to be recognised as a masterwork.

 

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TSCD426 

Out of the Cut

MARTIN CARTHY 

An updated Rigs of the Time and Jack Rowland's long story of magic metamorphosis are among the arresting moments on this 1982 set, for which Carthy is again

joined by John Kirkpatrick and Howard Evans. Richard Thompson plays guitar on Old Horse.

 

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TSCD427

Steel Skies

ALISTAIR ANDERSON

Scored for a group of musicians including fiddles, flutes, mandolins and Alistair Anderson's concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes, Steel Skies is a magnificent suite of composed tunes with roots deep in the traditional music of the British Isles. The compositions take from the tradition but expand on it creating a rich and rewardingly-subtle whole. Originally released in 1982, this wonderful album has a justly sterling reputation among those who have heard it, calling out for a re-release on CD.

 

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TSCD430

Collection

MARTIN SIMPSON 
This collection, drawn from three Topic albums, finds him working both solo and with other musicians in a variety of inventive settings


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TSCD432 

Abyssinians

JUNE TABOR 
Tabor's vocal artistry is especially vividly captured in this album, produced by Andrew Cronshaw. It opens with a song by Lal & Mike Waterson, closes with one by Joni Mitchell and takes in on the way the African-American spiritual Lay This Body Down.

Martin Simpson guitar, Ric Saunders violin.

 

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TSCD449 

Aqaba

JUNE TABOR
Another collaboration of Tabor and producer Andrew Cronshaw, Aqaba contains the Jewish lament Mayn Rue Plats, more pieces by Bill Caddick and Dave Goulder and the noble cadences of the traditional songs Searching for Lambs and Bogie's Bonnie Belle.

 

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TSCD450  

No More to the Dance

SILLY SISTERS 

June Tabor & Maddy Prior
The inspired collaboration of Maddy Prior and June Tabor, two of the most individual singers in folk music, is enhanced by musicians such as the Breton guitarist Dan Ar Braz, ex-Steeleye Span bass guitarist Rick Kemp and producer Andrew Cronshaw.  

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TSCD452  

Right of Passage

MARTIN CARTHY 

Carthy draws tunes from Quebec, Brittany and Mozart, songs from Leon Rosselson and Mike Waterson and poems from e.e.cummings and an anonymous

17th-century pamphleteer into a surprising but successful union of old and new, traditional and individual.

 

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TSCD463  

The Real MacColl

EWAN MACCOLL
This compilation from MacColl's many albums for Topic in the 1950s and '60s gathers ballads and songs of nationhood, crime and punishment, mining and weaving. Many are traditional, but some are MacColl's own compositions and include such widely known pieces as Dirty Old Town and The Gresford Disaster. Ewan MacColl vocals, Peggy Seeger accompaniments 

 

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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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The Iron Muse

A panorama of industrial folk music -

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A panorama of industrial folk music. One of the most famous and influential records of the British folk revival, The Iron Muse gathered songs from mine, mill and factory in a powerfully evocative musical document of the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath. Songs by Louis Killen, Anne Briggs, Ray Fisher and others are interspersed with tunes by the Celebrated Working Man's Band, led by Colin Ross (fiddle). The original album has been extended with songs by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Dick Gaughan and other Topic artists.

 

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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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TSCD467 

The Complete Brass Monkey

BRASS MONKEY
The group's two '80s albums, combined here, are full of fresh arrangements of traditional songs and tunes. 'Brass Monkey was a great idea,' said Martin Carthy. 'A phenomenal experience.' Q called it 'the finest folk group of the 1980s.' Martin Carthy guitar, mandolin, vocals, John Kirkpatrick Anglo-concertina, melodeon, button accordion, vocals, Howard Evans trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, Martin Brinsford c-melody saxophone, mouth-organ, percussion, Roger Williams trombone, vocals, Richard Cheetham trombone.

 

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TSCD468 

Opening Moves

BATTLEFIELD BAND
The Battlefield Band has been a leading progressive group on the Scots folk scene for more than 20 years. Opening Moves was compiled from their early albums for Topic (1977-79),

 

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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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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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Early Days

THE WATERSONS
Introducing these recordings on their first appearance in the mid-'60s A.L. Lloyd wrote of this new singing group's 'hand-crafted harmonies, an immediately recognisable and uniquely distinctive group sound which is uninhibited, spontaneous seeming and rich in texture.' What became of The Watersons after that is history, and can be followed step by step in Topic's other Watersons CDs. Early Days recaptures the youthful sound of the original quartet in 27 performances from long-deleted albums.

 

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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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TSCD475  

Waterson : Carthy

WATERSON : CARTHY
With an eclecticism characteristic of its members, Waterson:Carthy's first album draws upon not only the archives of British folksong but a Morris tune and a Texas waltz. What is transmitted to the listener, however, is not so much the skill of their research as the virtuosity with which they breathe life into its matter. Norma Waterson vocals. Martin Carthy vocals, guitar, mandolin. Eliza Carthy vocals, fiddle.


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TSCD476 

The Sweet Primeroses

SHIRLEY COLLINS
Shirley Collins's sweet, self-effacing singing keeps her closer to the core of traditional song than many a more histrionic singer. Yet her work has been extraordinarily diverse: she has collaborated with the guitarist Davy Graham, the Incredible String Band, the Albion Country Band and her sister Dolly.

 

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TSCD477 

Ramblin' Jack

JACK ELLIOTT

Woody Guthrie's most famous sidekick (and an early influence on Bob Dylan) celebrates his old friend in poignant versions of his most celebrated songs, then joins singer and banjoist Derroll Adams in a session of classic old-time country songs.


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TSCD478 

Once in a Blue Moon

LAL WATERSON & OLIVER KNIGHT
Lal Waterson, an original member of The Watersons, and her son, guitarist Oliver Knight, have written some of the most captivating new songs to have been heard on the folk scene in many years. Other members of the Waterson clan often joined them on their records. Lal Waterson vocals. Oliver Knight guitars. Charles O'Connor fiddles. Jo Freya vocals, sax, clarinets. Ray Williams drums. vocals: Maria Gilhooly, Norma Waterson, Jim Boyes, Barry Coope, Lester Simpson.

 

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English & Scottish Folk Ballads (Topic TSCD480)

TSCD480 

English & Scottish Folk Ballads

VARIOUS ARTISTS
The folk ballad,' wrote A.L.Lloyd, 'is a folk tale put into verse and set to music. Among British ballads are some of the oldest as well as greatest folksongs we have.' His claim is trenchantly justified by this exceptional collection, as dramas of the distant past are restaged in vibrant performances by Ewan MacColl, Anne Briggs, Louis Killen, Mike Waterson, Norman Kennedy and Lloyd himself.

 

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TSCD482 

Heat Light & Sound

ELIZA CARTHY
The most accomplished and adventurous debut album the British folk scene has witnessed in more than 20 years, Heat Light & Sound declares Eliza Carthy's talent as a singer and fiddler in songs and tunes from the British tradition.


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TSCD484 

Tommy Armstrong of Tyneside

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Tommy Armstrong, a miner and songwriter whose life spanned most of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, chronicled the brawling culture of Durham's mining families in spicy dialect songs that are still remembered, loved and sung in the Northeast. In this classic collection his work is celebrated by leading singers of the region such as Louis Killen, Johnny Handle and Tom Gilfellon. A Landmark Recording of British Folk Music.


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TSCD485 

Deep Lancashire

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Folk music from industrial NW England from the Oldham Tinkers, Harry Boardman, Mike Harding etc

 

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TSCD486  

The Bonny Pit Laddie

HIGH LEVEL RANTERS /Dick GAUGHAN  /Harry BOARDMAN 
Subtitled 'A Miner's Life in Music & Song', this is a pageant of songs illustrating a history of hard times and high times, oppression and stubborn pride. The Ranters are joined in this treasury of industrial folksong by Dick Gaughan and the Lancashire singer Harry Boardman.

 

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The Northumbrian Small Pipes

TSCD487 

The Northumbian Small Pipes

VARIOUS ARTISTS
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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TSCD488  

Common Tongue

WATERSON:CARTHY 
'This is deliberately an album of English music,' writes Martin Carthy in his notes. 'It is neither possible nor desirable to set up musical border checkpoints anywhere. However, there is that elusive and ever changing thing called identity.'  Norma Waterson vocals. Martin Carthy vocals, guitar, mandolin. Eliza Carthy vocals, fiddle. Saul Rose melodeon. Maclaine Colston hammered dulcimer. Barnaby Stradling bass. Lal Waterson, Maria Gilhooley, Mike Waterson, Eleanor Waterson vocals.

 

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TSCD489  

Eliza Carthy & the Kings of Calicutt

ELIZA CARTHY & THE KINGS OF CALICUTT 

The Kings of Calicutt join Eliza Carthy in a buoyant selection of songs and tunes.The Kings are: Andi Wells drums. Barnaby Stradling bass. Saul Rose melodeon, singing. Maclaine Colston hammered dulcimer, singing, snare, wah.

 

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TSCD490 

Aleyn

JUNE TABOR
Tabor's characteristic choice and blend of traditional songs and compositions by Richard Thompson, Ralph McTell and other contemporary songwriters are enhanced by sensitive arrangements, Mark Emerson violin, viola, Mark Lockheart clarinet, tenor & soprano saxophones, Dudley Phillips double bass, Huw Warren piano, piano accordion.

 

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TSCD491

Life and Limb

MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK
Carthy and Swarbrick celebrated their 1990 reunion by adding many new songs and tunes to their repertoire as well as taking a fresh look at old favourites like  'Sovay' and 'Byker Hill'.

 

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TSCD492 

Skin and Bone

MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK
This lively collaboration, from 1992, features a poignant reading of the ballad Lucy Wan and a long medley of tunes by the Irish harpist O'Carolan.

 

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TSCD493  

Red

ELIZA CARTHY
Red presents original compositions with contemporary beats.

Eliza Carthy fiddle, singing, one-row accordion, keyboards. Martin Green piano accordion, keyboards. Barnaby Stradling electric & acoustic bass, percussion, Moog. Sam Thomas drums, percussion, Moog. Ed Boyd acoustic guitar. Olly Knight electric guitar. Shack & Paul programming. Lucy Adams backing vocals. Rory McLeod harmonica. Andy Thorburn guest keyboards.

 

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TSCD494 

Rice

ELIZA CARTHY
Rice looks afresh at British - and other - traditional musics. Eliza Carthy fiddle, viola, piano, djembe, singing. Saul Rose melodeon, one-row accordion, singing. Ed Boyd acoustic guitar, bouzouki. Eleanor Waterson singing. Lucy Adams feet, clogs, singing. Billericay Fontenot guitar, singing. Thorngumbold Fontenot singing

 

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TSCD495  

Bold Sportsmen All Gamblers & Sporting Blades

EWAN MACCOLL /A.L. LLOYD /ROY HARRIS 
These songs of sport and betting evoke a packed landscape of hunts and racecourses, boxing rings and football pitches, cockfighting pits, card tables and poolrooms, in boisterous renditions by Ewan MacColl, A.L.Lloyd and Roy Harris.

 

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TSCD496 

English Drinking Songs

A.L. LLOYD
These songs of merriment and mayhem were of the kind, Lloyd said, that might be heard 'around the barroom table of a little country alehouse on a Saturday night not drinking songs in the strict sense - not songs merely in praise of liquor' but songs that 'tell a bit of a story songs as sly as a tinker's wink, as rough as a ploughman's hand.' They are accompanied on banjo or concertina. Alf Edwards English concertina, Al Jeffery banjo & harmonica.

 

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TSCD498 

Along The Coaly Tyne: Northumbrian Songs

LOUIS KILLEN /JOHNNY HANDLE /TOM GILFELLON
Old and new songs from the Northeast, including such characteristic and well-loved pieces as Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie Hinny and Dance to Yer Daddy. The singers are Louis Killen and Johnny Handle and Tom Gilfellon of the High Level Ranters, accompanied by themselves and fellow Ranters Colin Ross and Alistair Anderson.

 

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TSCD499   

Round Cape Horn: Songs Of Sailors, Ships & The Sea

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Traditional Songs of Sailors, Ships & The Sea. Not shanties but sailors' ballads and forebitters, the songs sung when off-duty to entertain fellow seamen. The pageant of British seafaring leaps off the history books' pages and comes to life in these strong renditions by Ewan MacColl, A.L.Lloyd, Roy Harris and other outstanding interpreters of sailors' songs.

 

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TSCD500   

Green Fields

THE WATERSONS
Another masterful performance by the latterday Watersons. Again, an original album by the full group has been supplemented with solo tracks by Mike and solo and duet tracks by Norma and Lal. In keeping with its title, the album focuses on songs of country life like While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping, We'll All Go a-Hunting Today and The Brave Ploughboy.

 

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TSCD503 

Signs of Life

MARTIN CARTHY
Perhaps only Carthy would open a folk album with a Bee Gees songs, let alone continue with pieces from Elvis Presley, Hoagy Carmichael and Bob Dylan, mixed in with such timeless traditional songs as Sir Patrick Spens and The Wife of Usher's Well. Eliza Carthy plays fiddle on four songs.

 

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TSCD504 

A Collection

ANNE BRIGGS
Anne Briggs, a free spirit of the '60s, was also one of the most distinctive and influential singers on the folk scene. 'If I hadn't heard her,' says June Tabor, 'I'd have probably done something entirely different.' 'She was,' writes Colin Harper in his accompanying biographical essay, 'as the best of the music itself was, sexy, wild, mysterious, otherworldly and vulnerable all at the same time.'

 

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A Bed of Roses

LAL WATERSON & OLIVER KNIGHT
More luminous songs and riveting performances. This was Lal Waterson's last recording before her death in 1998.

 

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TSCD506

Rising

TARRAS

Folk Album of the Month Mojo "A quiet joy - an album rich in ideas and invention." Traditional Music Maker. Rob Armstrong cittern, vocals, Joss Clapp vocals, guitar, acoustic & electric basses, mandolin, Emma Hancock violin, whistle, vocals, Ben Murray vocals, accordion, Jon Redfern vocals, percussion, guitar.

 

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TSCD507

A True Hearted Girl

LAL & NORMA WATERSON 
Recorded in 1977 this album captures the Waterson sisters' family empathy in full flight. Two of England's most stirring women singers in solo, duet and trio performances (joined by Lal's daughter, Maria). Further tracks have been added to the originals, one a 1966 recording taken from the deleted Yorkshire Garland LP, and another, a 1998 recording where the Norma, Lal and Maria are joined by Norma's daughter, Eliza. This album gives a different ambience and depth to The Watersons.

 

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TSCD508 

Unity

JOHN TAMS
The John Tams Band evolved through the recording of his latest album, Unity. Collaboration has always been central to his work and although a solo record, this release is no exception. Keith Angel, Andy Seward and Barry Coope, (of Coope, Boyes and Simpson) were joined by former Albion Band comrade Graeme Taylor and Alan Dunn from the Bob Geldof Band. The legendary Linda Thompson also makes a rare appearance, on an album that may yet prove to be the pinnacle of this anthemic and commanding style of folk music.

 

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TSCD509

Broken Ground

WATERSON:CARTHY

The great family tradition returns to record this time as a four piece, with Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Liza Carthy joined by Saul Rose on melodeons and voice. The extended line-up results in a jewel of an album. Stand out tracks are Raggle Taggle Gipsies featuring Liza, The Bay of Biscay featuring Norma, the staggering instrumentals and Martin's Bald Headed End of the Broom with New Orleans marching band added for good measure. Norma Waterson vocals, triangle. Martin Carthy vocals, guitar. Eliza Carthy vocals, fiddle, viola. Saul Rose vocals, melodeon. Ben Ivitsky low whistle. The Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band.

 

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TSCD510

A Quiet Eye

JUNE TABOR
The album features June backed by members of the Creative Jazz Orchestra. Not a jazz album this, however, but June in her finest voice with a selection of predominantly English material from both traditional and contemporary sources in settings ranging from solo to full ensemble with brass, reeds and strings.

 

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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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TSCD513 

The Bramble Briar

MARTIN SIMPSON
Arguably the finest finger style acoustic guitarist on the planet, Martin Simpson returns to Topic Records after a break of almost fifteen years. Surprisingly, this is his first recording of exclusively English material - predominately traditional, completely English and totally outstanding. Martin Simpson's guitar and vocals have never sounded better and classic traditional material is delivered in subtle and innovative ways. Martin Simpson guitar, vocal, Martin Carthy guitar, Chris Parkinson accordion, harmonica, Jessica Radcliffe backing vocals, Barry Phillips cello


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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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From the Heart of the Tradition

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

 

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TSCD516

Mike Waterson

MIKE WATERSON
Melody Maker (1977) described this as a monumental album, and they had it right. Mike Waterson produces one of those perfect albums that only a great singer at the top of his form can. The CD re-issue includes two extra tracks taken from the 1966 Yorkshire Garland recording. Regarded as one of the best singers to emerge from the English folk song revival, Mike Waterson's voice is known to all those who are familiar with The Watersons. Here, however, the focus is on Mike alone and he brings depths to his material not possible on group projects.

 

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TSCD517  

Rags Reels & Airs

DAVE SWARBRICK
A lost classic, first released in 1967 and immediately recognised as a recording landmark. Rags, Reels & Airs was produced by Joe Boyd, who introduced Dave Swarbrick to Fairport Convention - the result of which was Liege & Lief and a whole new era for folk and rock music. Joe Boyd's sleeve notes included this comment: 'This record should provide ample evidence of the fact that Dave Swarbrick is doing perhaps the finest job of reconciling traditional instrumental styles with modern ideas and technique'

 

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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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TSCD519 

Shinning Brightly

VARIOUS ARTISTS

 Performed by Norma Waterson, Dayteller, Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Blue Murder, Dick Gaughan, Linda & Teddy Thompson, Helen Watson, Billy Bragg & The Blokes, Martin Carthy, Christy Moore, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Christine Collister & Oliver Knight ...... In 1972 Mike & Lal Waterson released an extraordinary album of their original songs - Bright Phoebus - on Bill Leader's Trailer label. Shining Bright was conceived to pay tribute it.

 

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TSCD520

Bright Shiny Morning

NORMA WATERSON
A significant album by the reigning doyenne of British Folk Music, Norma Waterson. Produced by her daughter, rising star Eliza Carthy, "Bright Shiny Morning" is a solo project which not only highlights Norma's passion for traditional material, but proves her to be one of this country's finest exponents. Norma continues to breathe life into material often centuries old. Aside from her wonderful, rich and distinctive voice, Norma Waterson's particular skill is in her choice of songs and how she makes each one relevant to a modern audience.

 

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TSCD522

Shift  

e2K
Kellie While vocal, guitar, Simon Care melodeons, Andy Morel alto, tenor & baritone saxes, bass clarinet, Robert Fordjour drums, Jon Moore guitar, Neil Yates trumpet, flugelhorn, low whistles, fender rhodes, Kwame Yeboah keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, fender rhodes, vocal


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TSCD523 

Road Moves

ALBION BAND
Energy, Experience, Youth, Tradition - The Albion Band is the foremost contemporary folk group in England with a glorious history stretching back over twenty years. The current line-up follows the tradition of including some of the most talented and creative musicians in Britain today. The band remains true to its roots in the English tradition and true to its reputation for classic contemporary Folk Rock.

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Walking Down Main Street

TARRAS
Tarras return for their second album with a slightly changed line-up based around the core members Joss Clapp, Ben Murray and John Redfern. The album is produced by Richard Evans and features the band's original compositions alongside their re-workings of traditional material. " ..... a superb new album" Mojo Magazine, * * * * 4 Stars Q Magazine

 

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The Sligo Champion

MICHAEL GORMAN 
'A Musical Biography by Reg Hall' After playing fiddle in rural Sligo with the likes of Michael Coleman before he emigrated to America, Gorman became a mainstay of the vibrant London Irish scene.

 

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TSCD526

Everyday Lives

STEVE ASHLEY
Steve Ashley has been one of the best kept secrets on the scene since the early 1970s. One of the original members of the first Albion Country Band, Steve went solo soon after and his albums have grown in stature over the years. With "EVERYDAY LIVES", Steve has created a extraordinary album of contemporary songs which are informed, but never overwhelmed, by the tradition.

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TSCD527 

Waiting For Angels

MARTIN CARTHY
A long-awaited solo album (the previous one, Signs of Life, was six years before). "Waiting for Angel"s, produced by Eliza Carthy & Ben Ivitsky, sees Martin at the peak of his creativity and ability and the Carthy/ Ivitsky production puts the music firmly in 21st century. Four of the tracks feature Martin solo, and on the remainder, he is marvellously and creatively backed by a number of great musicians.

 

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TSCD528 

Mysterious Days

OLIVER KNIGHT
Oliver Knight is probably best known as collaborator with his mother, Lal Waterson, on their landmark albums Once in a Blue Moon (TSCD478) and A Bed of Roses (TSCD505). He has also had a long and illustrious career as a composer, musician, arranger and record producer / engineer. Mysterious Day shows Oliver Knight to be a genuinely original songwriter whose style could be compared with that of Nick Drake.

 

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TSCD529

The Wind in the Reeds: The Northumbrian Small Pipes

VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Northumbrian Small Pipes have existed since at least the 17th Century, if not earlier - an instrument unique to the North East of England with its own special sound. This record traces the history of the instrument's music. This recording features the whole range of sound and repertoire from solos to full band arrangements, from some of the finest players. Jim Hallsmall pipes, piano, Anthony Robb small pipes, Carole Robb small pipes, flute, Colin Ross small pipes, fiddle, viola, Alistair Anderson English concertina, small pipes.

 

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TSCD530

Tilt

COLIN REID
Colin Reid guitar, Maire Breatnach viola, violin, Brian Connor piano, John Fitzpatrick violin, Boo Hewerdine vocals, guitar, Andrew Lavery kit
Gino Lupari bodhran, shaker, Neil Martin cello, Oleg Ponomarev violin, Eddi Reader vocals, Alan Shields double bass


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TSCD531

Going & Staying

BRASS MONKEY
The greatest recording yet from this unique powerhouse band. "Going and Staying" features the band's Deep English sound. Unique instrumentation and their approach to folk music give Brass Monkey an instantly recognisable sound and presence. For many of the tracks, the lineup expands to a six-piece featuring an extended brass section.

 

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TSCD532

Rosa Mundi

JUNE TABOR
June has chosen a programme of material reflecting her two great passions - music and the land. The material is drawn from an extraordinarily varied range of sources ranging from Tchaikovsky to Les Barker, from the 15th Century to the present day, from the esoteric to the beautifully simple. All centre on tales of the rose; whether sacred, secular or as a symbol of love.Rosa Mundi re-enforces June Tabor's standing as a singer of considerable importance.

 

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TSCD533 

Home

JOHN TAMS
"Home", the follow up to the award winning "Unity", reasserts the claim that there is no greater writer of English songs on the current folk scene. John Tams' writing and performance grow with each new project and he and the band assembled for the previous album are now a fully integrated unit producing a new contender for "album of the year".

 

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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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TSCD536 

A Dark Light

WATERSON:CARTHY
England's leading folk group return with their latest outstanding collection. The core trio of Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy are joined by new member Tim van Eyken on vocals and melodeons. Also contributing to the album are Martin Simpson on guitar, Ben Ivitsky on fiddle and Barnaby Stradling on acoustic bass guitar. A Dark Light reflects the influence on the group of some of the great singers from the tradition, and therefore features a selection including songs from The Copper Family, Packie Byrne, Seamus Ennis and Sam Larner.

 

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TSCD537 

No One Stands Alone

BLUE MURDER

The seven piece group Blue Murder, made up of Waterson:Carthy, Coope, Boyes and Simpson and Mike Waterson, has been described as "Harmony Heaven" and one listen is enough to explain why - seven of the greatest English folk voices performing together with passion and spirit. The repertoire ranges between great traditional standards, selected compositions and original songs by some of the band members.

 

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TSCD538 

If Not Now

e2K
e2K return with their new album featuring the exquisite vocals of Kelly While supported by the unique folk/afro/jazz e2K sound. The band's new line up comprises Kellie While, Neil Yates, Kwame Yeboah, Neil Fairclough, Paul Francis, Andy Morel, Gareth Warren, and Jon MooreKellie While vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion.

 

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TSCD539 

Anglicana

ELIZA CARTHY
Eliza Carthy's return to Topic Records, with a great new traditional album re-affirming her as one of the most important artists of her generation. As the title suggests, Anglicana is an expression of Englishness (as Eliza feels it), "with people who were around at the time, no border checkpoints, nobody pushed out, just what it is".It is built on the solid foundations of the traditional music of the country of her birth. There is no question that she has absorbed much of the great qualities of that tradition, but she is not interested in producing pastiche or sterile re-construction.

 

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TSCD540 

Righteousness & Humidity

MARTIN SIMPSON
Released in August 2003, this follow up to the award-winning album "The Bramble Briar" is a collection of new recordings, this time drawn from the American tradition and featuring his unequalled instrumental and vocal ability. As Martin says in his album notes, this record allows him to tip his hat to the music and people of the Southern US, and features a mix of traditional song and Martin’s own compositions. Alongside his singing, Martin plays acoustic guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, lap-steel, percussion, 5-string banjo and slide guitar.

 

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TSCD541 

Swim

COLIN REID

Colin Reid burst upon the scene with his 1998 debut album of solo guitar music and was acclaimed as the new guitar hero. He is, however, much more than an exceptional guitarist - he is an exceptional musician and, as this new album proves, an exceptional composer.

 

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TSCD542 

Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand

WATERSON:CARTHY
Waterson:Carthy's fifth album includes a characteristically eclectic selection of material from a formidable range of sources. Much of the album was recorded "live in the studio" with a view to retaining the essence of the group's live interactive performance and this goal was successfully achieved. With one exception, the songs are about people who, whether or not they were born under a Bad Sign, certainly come - one way or another - under the Bad heading.

 

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TSCD543 

An Echo of Hooves

JUNE TABOR
June Tabor makes the ultimate album, featuring a programme made up exclusively of the great traditional folk ballads – story telling at its dark, urgent best. June’s regular trio of accompanists (Huw Warren - piano, cello; Mark Emerson – violin, viola; Tim Harries – double bass) is joined by Martin Simpson, guitar and Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian pipes).

 

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TSCD544 

Borrowed Moments

BOB FOX
Described by Ralph McTell as “one of England’s best voices”, Bob Fox makes his first recording for Topic, and we’re delighted for him to be here. He is one of the hardest working performers in the country, playing more dates than almost anyone else. His exceptional voice and inspired guitar have a lightness of touch and a sureness of purpose that go straight to the heart of the song, be it traditional or contemporary.


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TSCD550 

Flame of Fire

BRASS MONKEY
Their best album so far. Brass Monkey return with their "Deep English" sound, and have never sounded better. "Flame of Fire" sees the band performing with a new intensity. Martin Brinsford drums, tambourine, cymbal, shaker, berimbau, reco-reco, mouth organs, saxophone, Martin Carthy vocals, guitar, mandolin, 5 string banjo, Howard Evans trumpets, flugelhorn, John Kirkpatrick vocals, button accordion, anglo concertinas, Roger Williams bass trombone, tenor trombone, tuba, euphonium.

 

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tscd551 john tams the reckoning

TSCD551

The Reckoning

JOHN TAMS
 John Tams is one of our finest musicians and singers and one of our greatest songwriters. He can sing traditional material wonderfully and, at the same time, has written some of our best songs ever. Harry Stone, otherwise known as Hearts of Coal, and the beautiful Hugh Stenson and Molly Green are just two of his songs that have entered the canon in the last few years.On this album, John deals the tradition – reworking several classic songs - and then adds his own unmistakable originals to produce a landmark new album.


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TSCD552 

The Common Stone

BOB DAVENPORT
A new album of traditional and original songs by one of the all time great voices of the English folk scene. Renowned on both sides of the Atlantic for his uncompromising, gritty talent, Davenport’s recording history goes back over four decades and has produced raw, idiosyncratic nuggets. His unique poetic realism has been a profound influence on such disparate artists as Richard Thompson and Ray Davies. Never one to court fashion, Bob has remained true to the living tradition while being on the cutting edge of revivalism.   

 

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Kind Letters

TSCD553 

Kind Letters

MARTIN SIMPSON
Martin says of this release, echoing the words of the writer Kazuo Ishiguo, “Traditional music is a treasure chest waiting to be opened”, and he was never more aware of the beauty and the value of the contents of that hoard than in the process of making this recording. Kind Letters is a kind of follow-up to the his award-winning 2001 release The Bramble Briar (TSCD513).

 

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TSCD554 

Rough Music

ELIZA CARTHY
Rough Music’ is a step on from the multi-award winning ‘Anglicana’, and is a powerful, vital, multi-layered collection full of dark rhythms in Eliza’s vision of English Traditional Music for the new millennium. Her backing band, The Ratcatchers, includes her long time collaborator Ben Ivitsky, and two of the fastest rising stars of the folk scene, Jon Boden and John Spiers

 

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TSCD555 

The Blast

BOB FOX
These are the words of Producer, multi award winning, John Tams. - " Bob Fox has rightly occupied high office in the ranks of great North Eastern singers and the decision to reduce the division of labour to it’s barest, a painstakingly devoted singer and magnificent guitarist, and a 'bloke behind the glass' was one of the best experiences of over forty years of recording. This is Bob Fox holding his ground, a stand alone album from a great stylist."

 

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TSCD556 

Straws in the Wind

CARTHY & SWARBRICK
The legendary, ground-breaking duo in a startlingly intense reunion on this new album in 2006. All the old skills are demonstrated with a new collection of traditional songs and instrumentals. Their experienced approach to their art lacks none of the fervour of their early days, and brings a maturity born of many years living with the music that is an integral part of their beings.

 

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TSCD557   TABOR, JUNE  /  AT THE WOOD'S HEART

TSCD557 

At the Wood's Heart

JUNE TABOR

This is 'the' June Tabor album, from the opening track, a magisterial reading of The Banks of Sweet Primeroses, through Anna McGarrigle’s Heart Like A Wheel and her in-concert showstopper, Duke Ellington’s Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me. June has also chosen a new song from the pen of one of her favourite English songwriters Bill Caddick’s The Cloud Factory.

 

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TSCD562 

Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man

WATERSON:CARTHY
This is the album that Waterson:Carthy have been wanting to make for a long time. In 1965, their forerunners The Watersons released the landmark album "Frost and Fire - A Calendar of Ritual Magical Songs", and the concept continues to fascinate them.

 

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TSCD563 

Frost And Fire

WATERSONS
The original Frost & Fire album, a calendar of English ritual and ceremonial song, has been expanded with seven sacred songs by the later Watersons (from the 1977 album Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy), to make this remarkable collection of songs rooted in folk beliefs and rural practices.

 

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The Watersons - Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy

TSCD564 

Sound, Sound, Your Instruments of Joy

WATERSONS
For the first time on CD, the complete album as recorded in 1977 with Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy. Remastered for outstanding sound quality and presented in a redesigned digipack. On this record The Watersons give us a panorama of sacred song – from the deep folklore of wassail songs and vernacular carols, through various folky kinds of meeting-house hymn, and on to exuberant camp meeting pieces – folk songs, or near folk songs that we have lost or that have become unfamiliar – but all worth restoring to life.

 

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tim van eyken

TSCD565 

Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves

TIM VAN EYKEN
Tim Van Eyken is one of the most outstanding members of the new folk generation who have taken the folk tradition as inspiration and brought it bang up to date. Collecting together a band of like-minded musicians – Nancy Kerr, Oliver Knight, Pete Flood and Colin Fletcher, Tim has produced an astonishingly impressive debut album.

 

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TSCD566  

Game Set Match

NIC JONES
For over thirty years Nic Jones has been recognised as one of the finest artists to have emerged from the British folk revival of the mid twentieth century. He recorded a handful of important albums including his most highly regarded 'Penguin Eggs' (Topic TSCD411), before a road accident ended his performing career in early 1982. This CD gathers together a remarkable series of live performances from the late 1970s.

 

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TSCD567 

Prodigal Son

MARTIN SIMPSON
With 'Prodigal Son' Martin Simpson has made what is undoubtedly his finest recording to date. The album reflects the full breadth of his creativity, drawing on both British and American traditions as well as including several of his own outstanding compositions. Many of Martin’s good friends and favourite artists appear with him on the album, including Jackson Browne who adds a perfect harmony vocal to Martin’s beautiful version of Randy Newman’s 'Louisiana 1927'. Kate Rusby and Kellie While sing sublime harmonies on two of the tracks - 'Never Any Good' [Martin’s song for his father] and 'Batchelor’s Hall'. 


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TSCD568 

Apples

JUNE TABOR
Just when you thought that June had reached her peak, she surprises by sounding fresher than ever. A singer completely at home with her voice and her music. "all immaculately arranged and superbly sung" The Telegraph,"a folk masterclass" The Observer, "music of great beauty" Songlines, "Tabor sings magnificently" Mojo, "Britain’s pre-eminent traditional voice, as impeccable as ever ... an elegant collection" Uncut,

 

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TSCD569  

Time And Tide

STEVE ASHLEY
Steve Ashley's second release for Topic is a landmark in British folk song writing. On strong winds and rising tides, he takes us on a remarkable journey - over the cliffs and into the heart of the woods and towns of England. These are stirring songs that engage with many realities of life in 2007, including global warming and the continuing Trident missile threat. Rich in poetry and strong melodies, they once again demonstrate Steve's deep regard for our folk traditions.


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TSCD571 

Dreams of Breathing Underwater

ELIZA CARTHY
The overall spirit of "Dreams of Breathing Underwater" is one of coherent diversity. A chamber orchestra, Mariachi brass, grunge guitar, good-time jazz, sensual Edi Reader harmonies as well as Eliza’s inventive fiddle and earthy vocals provide some of the musical highlights of this highly original album. Early reviews point to "Dreams of Breathing Underwater" as being THE album of the modern folk movement.


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TSCD572 

Both Ears And Tail

CARTHY & SWARBRICK
One of the great duos of all time, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick joined up in early spring 1966 as a performing unit. They were an immediate hit, becoming overnight the most popular group in the burgeoning folk club scene in Britain. Both Ears and the Tail was recorded live at the Folkus Folk Club in Nottingham in 1966 in the first flush of their success with both audience and performers hardly able to catch their breath.


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TSCD574 

For Pence And Spicy Ale

THE WATERSONS
The original For Pence & Spicy Ale introduced, on record, the 'new' Watersons of the 1970s; two music papers judged it Folk Album of the Year. To the superb original collection have been added several solo tracks by Mike and duets by Lal and Norma, from their own albums of the same period. Between the jubilant opening song Country Life and the closing hymn The Good Old Way are some of the most stirring performances ever committed to record.


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TSCD575

Head of Steam

BRASS MONKEY

The original brass-meets-folk, English powerhouse band returned with a new album for 2009

"..a swashbuckling selection of tunes and songs performed so invigoratingly......" fRoots,  "The tunes in particular take on a new life, as the brass dominates the guitar and Kirkpatrick's excellent melodeon, but the songs are also wonderful." Acoustic,  "Since the early 80s they have brought the emotional fervour and rhythmic fire of colliery bands to English dance music and traditional songs - their recordings are a delight. Mighty and joyful."    redstarredstarredstarredstar Songlines

 

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TSCD576D

Ballds: Murder, Intigue, Love, Discord

EWAN MACCOLL

Ewan MacColl was the folk revival's greatest proponent of the ballad; ballads were central to his conception of the folk revival and at the core of his recordings and performances. His commitment showed in his performances, where the story was everything. No one who ever witnessed him performing one of the great ballads live will ever forget it. "Ballads: Murder, Intrigue, Love, Discord" is a great selection of performances originally released in 1956 and never before on CD. This beautiful double CD is lovingly remastered and packaged in a slipcase with a 64 page booklet with extensive notes and full texts of all the songs.

 

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TSCD581D   Track List

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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TOPIC70 three score & ten

TSCD582

Both Side Then

PETER BELLAMY

"Both Sides Then"- originally released in 1979 and generally considered to be Peter Bellamy's finest solo album - is a superb integration of his varied musical interests, drawing on English, Irish and Appalachian traditions. Working with close friends from The Young Tradition, The Watersons, Louis Killen and Dave Swarbrick, he explores the richness of traditional music.

 

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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

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
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

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
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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The Voice of the People

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TSCD700  

The Season Round:

Traditional Carols Carols & Celebrations For The Whole Year

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A carol is not just for Christmas. English carols belong to many seasons and events - Maytime, the harvest and various ritual occasions. This collection, compiled from many corners of the Topic catalogue, brings together group-singing by The Watersons, the Lancashire quartet The Valleyfolk, Oak and Waterson:Carthy, plus a May Carol by Shirley Collins.

 

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TSCD701

Celtic Voices  

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Music & Song from the great tradition. These are not prettified 'Celtic voices' of New Age music but muscular singing and playing in the authentic Irish tradition: airs and dance-tunes on flute, whistle or uillean pipes, and the ornate vocal styles of great singers like Paddy Tunney, Sarah Makem and Margaret Barry.

 

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TSCD702  

Irish Voices

VARIOUS ARTISTS
The best in traditional Irish Singing. Irish singing has had a deep influence upon contemporary music. Behind singers like Christy Moore and Mary Black stretches a long line of traditional singers like Joe Heaney, Frank Harte and Len Graham - all heard in this compilation, together with musicians working in newer styles, such as Patrick Street, Ron Kavana and Four Men & A Dog.

 

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TSCD703 

Scottish Voices

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Great performances from the Scottish singing tradition. Scottish music is no less rich than Irish in accomplished and emotive singers, as this collection proves. Songs of love, loss and national identity are delivered with passion and exquisite musicianship by a varied company of traditional singers and groups.

 

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TSCD704 

Ancient Celtic Roots

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A wealth of music & singing from the great traditions. Centuries of Irish and Scots history are the misty but ever-present backdrop against which a company of fine singers and instrumentalists enacts the timeless dramas of traditional song. Airs and dance-tunes by master pipers and fiddlers intersperse the vocal artistry of Sarah Makem, Belle Stewart and other great singers.

 

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TSCD706 

English Originals

VARIOUS ARTISTS
The definitive album of English folk music, English Originals collects great performances of classic and contemporary repertoire from the greatest singers from both the tradition and the revival. English Originals is both a perfect introduction and a joyful celebration of the country's powerful traditional music heritage. Issued to help celebrate Topic Records sixtieth anniversary, English Originals is both a perfect introduction and a joyful celebration of the country's powerful traditional music heritage.

 

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TSCD750 

A Collection

MARTIN CARTHY
Drawn from Martin's first six albums (TSCD340-345) this specially priced collection is the perfect introduction to this unique figure and his early recording career.

 

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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 phonominal '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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Topic - 'The Voice of the People

TSCD752 

Stepping Up: A History Of The New Wave Of English Country Dance Music

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A history of the new wave of English Country Dance Music - 23 of the most exciting English roots dance bands with 44 tunes drawn from the English tradition. Compiled and annotated by Ian Anderson, the editor of fRoots magazine, “Stepping Up” is both a great listening album and also a definitive anthology and history of the English folk musical movement. All the great artists and legendary players of the New Wave Of English Country Music from its very beginnings to the present day.

 

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TSCD780 

Almost a Gentleman

BILLY BENNETT
Years before Monty Python, a red-nosed comedian in disreputable tails and an improbable moustache created a world all his own. With his spoofs of well-loved poems, raucous street-corner singing and surreal narratives of life in the saveloy-and-gin class, Billy Bennett brought a spirit of daring and rebellion to English music hall and variety stages in the 1920s and '30s.

 

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TSCD782 

Carrying the Torch

VARIOUS ARTISTS
As Andrew Simons, the compiler and annotator of this wonderful collection, says in the notes to this record "Carrying the Torch is a compilation for anyone who's ever been left standing at the bus stop of love". The songs here embrace a wide range of the Torch Song style, from ballads to dance music, each paying special attention to that most ironic of relationships. Re-mastered to the highest of standards from original sources contained in the Jazz Collection of the National Sound Archive of The British Library, the resulting sound is lively and astonishing in its realism.

 

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TSCD821 

Fashionably Late

LINDA THOMPSON

Time Magazine has said "Linda Thompson may be rock's best woman singer", and anybody with an interest in contemporary music would expect that description to be expanded to include folk music. Although Linda hasn't made a recording for seventeen years, the pure, fragile beauty of her voice hasn't deserted her - indeed, time has only increased the emotional quality of her performance. This is a remarkable comeback, featuring nine songs either written or co-written by Linda. The tenth, Evona Darling, is from the pen and free spirit of Lal Waterson.

 

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TSCD801  Track List

The Ballad of John Axon  

A radio-ballad about the railwaymen of England

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER  

 

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tscd802 song of a road

TSCD802  Track List

Song of the Road

A radio-ballad about the building of the M1 motorway.

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER 

 

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TSCD803  Track List

Singing the Fishing

Britain's herring fishing communities.

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER  
 

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tscd804 the big hewer

TSCD804  Track List

The Big Hewer

Britain's coal miners.

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER
 

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TSCD805  Track List

The Body Blow

The psychology of pain 

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER  

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TSCD806  Track List

On the Edge

Teenagers in England and Scotland.

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER
 

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TSCD807  Track List

The Fight Game

A radio ballad about boxers.

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER

 

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TSCS808   Track List

The Travelling People

A radio-ballad about Britain's nomadic peoples

EWAN MACCOLL, CHARLES PARKER & PEGGY SEEGER  

 

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TSCD1001 

An Equal Love

CHRISTINE COLLISTER
Quite simply: one of England's greatest voices has now made the ultimate recording. An Equal Love demonstrates Christine's growth as both a singer and a songwriter - half the album is written by her. "Collister's effect is transfixing" -

 

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TSCD1002 

Into the Light

CHRISTINE COLLISTER
Christine’s second solo album for Topic finds her great voice in even better form, if that is possible. Into the Light is the closest thing yet to capturing the live quality and personality of this outstanding singer. Its style is more acoustic than "An Equal Love" and again, it features her unique songwriting skills alongside a selection of specially chosen covers of classic contemporary song.

 

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TSCD901 

Music in the World of Islam: Human Voice /Lutes

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The religious and secular songs include recitations from the Qu'ran, ceremonial and devotional pieces of the Sufi and other sects, wedding songs and ghazals. Material from this collection has frequently been sampled by Western musicians such as David Byrne and Brian Eno. Tunes are played on the 'ud, tar, tambur and other lutes.

 

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TSCD902 

Music in the World of Islam: Strings /Flutes & Trumpets

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The stringed instruments include the Pakistani saroz, Iraqi qanun, Jordanian rabab and Turkish kemence. The flutes and trumpets embrace the widely found nay and duduk and other instruments, heard solo, in duets and groups and accompanying singers.

 

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TSCD903 

Music in the World of Islam: Reeds & Bagpipes /Drums & Rhythms

VARIOUS ARTISTS

A kaleidoscopic anthology of gourd-pipes, double clarinets, shawms, bagpipes and a variety of drums, played in contexts ranging from the private and spontaneous to the public and formal, from religious ceremonies to weddings, feasts and dances.

 

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TSCD904 

Folk Music of Albania

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Albania's turbulent past, with its patchwork history of occupation, has produced a traditional rural music of remarkable variety as well as great beauty. Unaccompanied heroic ballads, funeral laments and political and lyrical songs are interspersed with dance-tunes on various lutes, flutes and reed instruments and by small bands. Recorded in the field in 1965 by A.L.Lloyd.

 

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TSCD905 

Folk Music of Bulgaria

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Lying between Europe and Asia, Bulgaria displays in its traditional music both the formal solidity of the West and the exotic colouring of the East. These recordings, mostly collected by A.L. Lloyd on trips in 1954 and 1963, are very diverse, including instrumental solos on the stringed tambura, dyudyuk (flute) and gadulka (fiddle), band music and songs for various functions. Especially captivating is the women's singing, whether solo or in group polyphony.

 

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TSCD906 

Folk Music of Yugoslavia

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Visiting the Yugoslav republics of Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia and Macedonia, the collector Wolf Dietrich recorded these fascinating vocal solos and duets and tunes played on bagpipes, fiddles, flutes and clarinets. The raw part-singing of amateur village performers is of particular beauty.

 

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TSCD907 

Folk Music of Greece

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Half-hidden behind the generic bouzouki music of the tourist-spot lies a vast range of Greek dance music and song. Flute, clarinet, violin, bagpipes and the three-stringed Cretan lyra evoke the landscape and life of Greece in a wide-ranging collection of atmospheric recordings from the mainland and islands.

 

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TSCD908 

Folk Music of Turkey

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The village music of Turkey, collected by Wolf Dietrich in the '60s and '70s, includes pastoral airs on flutes, festival music on davul (drum) and zurna (oboe) and songs intricately accompanied on the saz and cumbus lutes. There are also examples of dance music on the bagpipe and kemence fiddle.

 

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tscd909 mongolia

TSCD909 

Vocal and Instrumental Music of Mongolia

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The peoples of Mongolia prize singing and sung poetry, and this album, collected by Jean Jenkins, includes remarkable examples of highly ornamented lyrical song. The accompaniments and instrumental music are chiefly on the morinxuur (two-stringed fiddle) or limbe (flute), but there are also recordings of the yatga (zither), yenchin (hammered dulcimer) and jew's harp.

 

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tscd910 ethiopia

TSCD910 

Music of Ethiopia

VARIOUS ARTISTS

This survey of the many musical traditions existing in Ethiopia is divided into groups of performances from the Central Highlands, the Desert Nomads and Eritrea. Funeral laments, dances, worksongs, tribal gatherings, genealogical and praise songs, lyre and flute tunes and trance songs are all featured in this panoramic musical documentary, drawn from field recordings by the musicologist Jean Jenkins.

 

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tscd912 tatar people

TSCD912 

Music of the Tarar People

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The music of the Tatar people of the Central Volga region of Russia is an important link, according to the collector Laszlo Vikar, in the vast east-west chain that connects the musics of China and Hungary. In these unique field recordings, made by Vikar as assistant to the composer and musicologist Zoltan Kodaly, Tatars sing and play flute, jew's harp and fiddle.

 

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tscd913 west java

TSCD913 

Flute and Gamelan Music of West Java

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Gamelan, the indigenous art music of Indonesia, is played by orchestras of gongs, chimes and drums to evoke particular moods or folktales and to accompany dancing. Here a group of expert musicians weaves the unique tapestry of gamelan. Two of them also duet on flute and zither in equally evocative melodies.

 

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tscd914 macedonia

TSCD914 

Gypsy Music from Macedonia & neighbouring countries

VARIOUS ARTISTS

'If davul and zurna are not present,' runs the Turkish proverb, 'I cannot be a bride.' The coupling of drum (davul) and double-reed pipe (zurna), heard in many regions of the world, is particularly widespread among the gipsies of the Balkans. Collector Wolf Dietrich has followed the trail of its 'vital and impulsive irresistibility' from Greece to Kosovo, Rumania and Turkey, his selection climaxing in an astounding 17 minute suite of tunes from Macedonia played by two Albanian pipers.

 

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tscd916 makran

TSCD916 

Music of Makran:

Traditional fusion from coastal Balochistan

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The remote coastal area of Balochistan called Makran is the setting for a fusion of musical cultures from the Middle East, Indo-Pakistan and Africa, which have developed over centuries into a tradition of great intensity and beauty. Containing vocal and instrumental genres which demonstrate a high level of musicianship and improvisational artistry, much of this selection is drawn from the repertoire performed during healing ceremonies, music specifically devised to create suitable conditions for a state of trance.

 

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tscd917 zanzibar

TSCD917 

Zanzibar : Music of celebration

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Taarab is the most common style of music performed at weddings on the island of Zanzibar - a unique blend of musical elements from the Middle East, India and the West, combined with, to varying degrees, local African musical practices. It is an essential ingredient of most celebrations. And when Zanzibaris are not playing taarab, they are playing maulidi.

 

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tscd918 papua

TSCD918 

Healing, Feasting & Magical Ritual: Papua New Guinea

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Songs and dances of hunting, war, work, totemistic ritual, cannibalism, myth, initiation, courtship, rain-making, funerals, magical healing, shark catching and marathon feasting, recorded in remote coastal and inland villages in five far-flung regions of Papua New Guinea, to the north of Australia. One of the world's most mysterious countries, whose long, wide rivers are home to hundreds of different Melanesian cultures and languages.

 

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tscd919 moken

TSCD919 

The Moken: Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea have been sailing up and down the west coast of the Malay Peninsula for hundreds of years. Traditionally living on their Kabang (self contained houseboats) and trading sea slugs, pearls, shells and bird's nests for life's necessities, many sea gypsies have now begun to settle permanently, and abandon their nomadic culture. Some like the Moken, continue to move between the islands, their ocean territory becoming ever more threatened by expanding tourism in Thailand and political repression in Myanmar.

 

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TSCD920 

The Yemen Tihama:

Trance & Dance Music from the Red Sea coast  

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The ferocious heat on Tihama, the Red sea coastal plain of Yemen, is matched in its intensity by the tibbal music, an Afro-Arabian amalgam that features lyres, reeds and, particularly, virtuoso drumming. Its practitioners are largely drawn from the akhdam, an outcast group with a reputation for sorcery, who bring passion, skill and stamina to performances which accompany acrobatic dancing and ceremonial trance.

 

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tscd922 kerala

TSCD922 

Drumming & Chanting in God's Own Country:

The Temple Music of Kerla

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Cut off from the rest of the Indian mainland by the expansive Western Ghats mountain range, and open to the influences of the Arabian Sea via its 1000km coastline, the culture of the tiny Indian state of Kerala in the very south west of the country, is quite different from that of the rest of the Indian subcontinent.

 

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tscd923 gumboot

TSCD923 

GUMBOOT GUITAR:

Zulu street guitar music from South Africa

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The guitar probably arrived in South Sfrica with Portuguese or Arab sailors back in the 16th century, but it only started to enter vernacular African traditions in the late 19th century. The discovery of gold and diamonds in South Africa at that time brought large numbers of African workers from all parts of the country - all looking for new forms of expression and relaxation. Music previously played on Zulu musical bows was transferred in the new urban environment to the guitar and often concertina and violin too. the music was called maskanda.

 

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TSCD924   DZIGBORDI GROUP  /  EWE DRUMMING FROM GHANA

TSCD924 

Drumming from Ghana:

THE DZIGBORDI GROUP EWE

The Ewe people of Ghana and Togoare reknowned for their polyrhythmic drumming and beautiful call and response singing. Travelling through this region, one is struck by the way in which they have preserved their traditional music alongside the new cultural ideas brought by globalisation. The Dzigbordi group is a community dance drumming group that people from all age groups can join. On this CD they perform several classic dances from the Ewe repertoire before moving on to their own 'proprietary' dance - The Dzigbordi (Patience) Dance.

 

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TSCD925 

The King's Musicians:

Royalist Music of Buganda-Uganda

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Possibly no other African rulers maintained such a rich variety of musical ensembles at their courts as the Kabakas (kings) of Buganda. For several centuries their kingdom was the largest and most powerful state in central Africa and their palaces resounded throughout each day with music. Here is a unique sample of this musical richness, featuring the two different xylophone ensembles, the royal flute band, the songs of the king's harpist and lyre players, as well as praise drumming and dancing.

 

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tscd926 Jarana's Four Aces

TSCD926  

Vocal duels from the streets of Lima

JARANA'S FOUR ACES

This recording from Peru, produced in 1958 by the late Latin American literary historian, Professor José Durand Flórez (Peru, 1925-1990) is unique in that it features Manuael Quintana Olivares and Augusto Ascuez Villanueva, two of the most important practitioners of jarana who have ever lived, singing canto de jarana with Elías Ascuez Villanueva and Luciano Huambachano Temoche (both also playing guitars), known locally as the "four aces".

 

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tscd927 out of cuba

TSCD927 

Out of Cuba:

Latin American music takes Africa by storm

VARIOUS ARTISTS

This HMV GV series is a catalogue of roughly 250 double sided 78rpm discs issued between 1933 and about 1958, comprising almost entirely Latin music, mainly from Cuba but also from Puerto Rico and Brazil. It drew on recordings originated by Gramaphone and Victor (hence the GV prefix). The series was aimed initially at the West African market, but subsequently reached and became very popular across the entire African continent, particularly in the Congos.

 

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TSCD928 

Blowers from the Balkans:

Classic historic recordings of wind instruments

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Blowers from the Balkans presents a remarkable collection of historic recordings from virtuoso players of wind instruments from the countries that make up the Balkans – Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and the newly independent parts of the former Yugoslavia. The recordings were made from 1906 to the mid 1940s.

 

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tscd927 out of cuba

TSCD929 

Songs from the Steppes:

Kazakh music today

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Invited to judge a classical piano competition in the Kazakh capital, Astana, music critic Michael Church stumbled on a parallel competition for players on the flute and horse-hair fiddle, and for ballad singers self-accompanied on the lute. Realising that the cultural heritage of this vast – and politically crucial – land was unknown in the West, Church went back to record Kazakh nomad music in both Astana and in the old capital, Almaty, near the border with Kyrgystan. The result is this remarkable and riveting CD.


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TSCD930 

Bagpipes of Greece

VARIOUS ARTISTS

An exciting collection of authentic Greek bagpipes recorded across the entire country over the last thirty years or more. Many of the musicians are shepherds and peasants and have been recorded in their homes or local environments. Currently, Greece appears to have no bagpipe revival (perhaps due to the lack of bagpipe makers) so these recordings chronicle a rare traditional culture.

 

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tscd931 Women Of Egypt

TSCD931 

Women of Egypt 1924-1931:

Pioneers of stardom and fame

VARIOUS ARTISTS

A CD compilation of fantastic Arab women, stars of Egyptian theatre and song who recorded in the nineteen twenties and early thirties. Taken from original 78rpm recordings of the time and remastered to the highest standards, this collection features among others the legendary Umm Kulthum. Between 1890 and 1920, theatres and European-style cabarets sprang up all over Egypt. Performers flocked there from all over the Arab world and from Europe. Isadora Duncan, Pavlova and Mistinguette included Cairo in their world tours.

 

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tscd932D Falak The Voice Of Destiny

TSCD932D 

Falak: The Voice of Destiny

- Music from Tajikistan

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Falak, (literally “sky” or “destiny”) is a characteristic musical genre of the rural mountain regions of Tajikistan in Central Asia. Falak songs “cry to the sky” of the transient nature of life and separation from loved ones induced by a perceived inescapable fate. Tajik mountain music also comprises folk, dance and wedding songs, as well as a tradition of epic singing and settings of Persian classical poems.

 

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tscd933 Voices For Humans Ancestors And Gods

TSCD933 

Voices for Humans, Ancestors and Gods:

A Musical journey through E & NE India

This acoustic journey starts in Eastern India, and travels up the Ghat mountain range, into the plains of Western Bengal. In the North East it enters the Assamese river delta and finally climbs up to the Himalayan highlands. This musical journey roughly follows the real journey of the sound recordist Rolf Killius, who has been documenting Indian music for the last ten years.

 

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tscd933 Voices For Humans Ancestors And Gods

TSCD934 

Songs of Defiance:

Music of Chechnya & the North Caucasus

VARIOUS ARTISTS

In this first ever survey of the music of this war torn region, Michael Church lifts the veil on a vibrant musical tradition. The small but troubled Republic of Chechnya is a member of the Russian Federation, located in the North Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas. With a population of a little more that one million, its fierce fight for independence has kept it in the news and kept visitors out. A beautiful but harsh mountainous landscape has made for a traditionally hard and resilient people whose culture has rarely reached the outside world.

 

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tscd935d  Songs of Survival from Georgia

TSCD935D 

Songs of Survival:

Traditional music of Georgia

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Georgia lies to the south of Russia, bordered by the Black Sea to the west and by Turkey and Armenia in the south and Azerbaijan in the east. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Georgia is a small, very mountainous and poor country with a population of under five million but with a rich and ancient cultural life, mainly centering around music. Considering itself European, Georgia is at the crossroads of the east and west, a Christian country influenced by its Muslim neighbours.

 

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tscd933 Voices For Humans Ancestors And Gods

TSCD936 

Poetry and Languid Charm: Swahili music from Tanzanzia & Kenya

VARIOUS ARTISTS

As recorded music developed in the early part of the 20th century, there was more and more pressure on commercial record labels to capitalise on indigenous music in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. This was not some sort of altruistic exercise, rather a market that was open to exploitation. On the East African coast, site of the present day Tanzania and Kenya, there was a “gold rush” fever in the 1930s to record the local music stars.

 

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