Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Castle Bytham, Midsummer Festival, 23 and 24 June, 2018

Topic Records - June 2018 Newsletter

Topic presents two new Introduction to releases

An Introduction to Martin Simpson (TICD005) - 22nd June

An Introduction to Dick Gaughan (TICD010) - 29th June

Topic Records is happy to announce the release of two new CDs as part of the An introduction to series.

An Introduction to Martin Simpson is a wonderful 17 track compilation compiled by Martin himself and features a wonderful new recording of ‘Palaces Of Gold (2018)’ which is exclusive to this release. Pre-order here

An Introduction to Dick Gaughan is a 14 track compilation highlighting Dick Gaughan’s Topic recordings. Widely considered one of the great Folk singers of our time this CD is a must. Pre-order here

Also available to pre-order on vinyl from VINYL180.
An introduction to Martin Simpson double vinyl LP with signed art print.

Coming soon

Rachael McShane & The Cartographers
When All Is Still

Out 10th August

Topic Records is delighted to announce the signing of Rachael McShane & The Cartographers.  Rachael is probably best known as not only a string player/singer for the mighty Bellowhead but also a leading voice in The Transports (alongside The Young'uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton).  Her brand new album (her first since 2009’s ‘No Man’s Fool’) sees her reworking traditional songs with a new band, The Cartographers, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).

Pre-order ‘When All I Still’ here
For more info, visit Rachael’s website.

Out now

Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy with The Gift Band

Buy, stream or download the album here

Topic Records artists on tour 2018

Martin Simpson
June 2018
21st June - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
23rd June - Wadsworth Community Centre, Hebdon Bridge, Halifax
28th June - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
29th June - Connaught Theatre, East Sussex
25th August - Towersey Festival, Thame
08th September - Aylsham Festival Dance, Music & Song, Norwich
14th September - Blaxhall Village Hall, Suffolk
15th September - The Neeld Arts Centre, Chippenham
21st September - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham
22nd September - The Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough
28th September - The Goose Is Out!, Nunhead, London
29th September - The Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester

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Rachael McShane & The Cartographers
15 June - Downend Folk Club, Bristol
16 June - Calstock Arts, Calstock
17 June - Blue Sky Festival, Wiltshire
7 July - Folk at the Hall Festival, North Wales
10 August - The Bridge Hotel , Newcastle
1 September - Folk Festival, London
20 October - FOLK FESTIVAL, Manchester
21 October - Riverhouse Barn (Brunch Concert) Walton-On Thames
24 October - Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead
25 October - Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shorham-By-Sea
26 October - The Lights, Andover
27 October - The Slaughtered Lamb, London
28 October - Quay Arts Centre, Isle Of Wight
1 November - Alexander's Live, Chester
2 November - The Civic, Barnsley
3 November - Kirkgate Arts, Cockermouth
16 December - The Froize, Woodbridge, Suffolk

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Eliza Carthy / Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
27 June - The Gatehouse, Stafford
15 July - Folk By The Oak, Hatfield House, Herts.
3 August - Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge
9 August - Sidmouth Folk Week - Bulverton Marquee, Sidmouth

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Martin Carthy
9 June - St Neots Folk Festival St. Neots
16 June - Maritime & Folk Festival Ballydeho, Ireland
30 June - Ropery Hall Barton Upon Humber
3 July - Ammanford Miners' Theatre Ammanford
13 July - Kalamazoo Klub London
14 July - Lewes Saturday Folk Club Lewes
17 July - Hoy at Anchor Westcliff-On-Sea
8 August - Sidmouth Folk Week Sidmouth
2 Sept - Moseley Folk Festival Birmingham
8 Sept - Bermondsey Folk Festival London
21 Sept - Chiddingly Arts Festival Eastbourne
29 Sept - Llŷn Acoustic Guitar Festival Pwllheli

Topic Treasure

 Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs

38 years ago on 1st June 1980 the classic Nic Jones album Penguin Eggs was released. Still regarded as one of the greatest folk albums of all time. Topic is planning to release a special edition of this classic album in 2019. 
Watch this space for further news on this and on Topic at 80 years old in 2019.
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A Country Night in Nashville Saturday 30 June 7.30pm at Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln, UK.

A Country Night in Nashville Saturday 30 June 7.30 pm at Lincoln Drill Hall

This stunning show perfectly recreates the energy and atmosphere of an evening in a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the decades; from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town!

And pre-show music in the Bar as Keith Luckey plays a 25 minute  acoustic set of country music classics starting at 6.50 pm.

Tickets from 01522 873894

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Sonja Kristinna with The Norman Beaker Band


                      Sonja Kristina is the iconic lead vocalist with Curved Air.
Her long career began in ‘60s Folk Clubs and festivals as a singer songwriter and she also starred In The Tribal Rock Musical  ‘HAIR’ and other West End shows .

Norman Beaker asked Sonja to be guest vocalist along with Pete Brown at The Windsor Racecourse  ‘Summer of ‘67’ festival’  in July 2017 . 
The success of this appearance inspired Norman and his band to suggest they perform more shows together.

Sonja has chosen to utilise this invitation to share powerful rock songs  from the ‘60s and ‘70s to the present - her personal favorites, including songs from Hair and Curved Air .

This is a rare opportunity to hear Sonja Kristina and the veteran musicians of The Norman Beaker Band explore some great vintage material together.

In 2017 Norman became only the British musician to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Rock 'n' Roll with the Bluejays at Lincoln Drill Hall on Friday 1 June 2018

Don’t Miss The #Bluejays @lincdrillhall Fri 1 June 2018

The UK's finest 1950s Rock n Roll band. They Bluejays take you on a historical journey via breathtaking renditions of the biggest hits of the era - Rock Around The Clock, That's All Right, That'll Be The Day, Tutti Frutti, Summertime Blues, Johnny B. Goode, Wake Up Little Susie, La Bamba, A Teenager In Love and many more. Come On! Move It!

Tickets from 01522 873894

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Suzanne Vega brings her anniversary tour to Lincoln, UK

Suzanne Vega brings her anniversary tour to Lincoln!

Suzanne Vega - Tuesday 26th June

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since Suzanne’s critically acclaimed debut album 32 years ago she has sold over 7 million albums and has been nominated for 7 Grammy awards. She tours constantly and continues to play sold-out concerts in many of the world's best-known halls and arenas.

2017 marked the 30th anniversary of Suzanne Vega’s album "Solitude Standing", and the anniversary tour continues into this year. The album featured the surprise hit “Luka,” written from the perspective of an abused boy. "Luka" helped earn Vega three Grammy Nominations that year, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The song resonates with so many people, that Suzanne still gets letters today thanking her for writing it. Solitude Standing went to #2 in the UK charts and #11 in the States.Suzanne Vega brings her anniversary tour to Lincoln!

Tickets go on-sale this Friday
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Lincoln Beer Festival 2018 Live Music

Lincoln Beer Festival 2018 Live Music

Rich Young, US Tour, Spring/Summer 2018.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Glasshouse Acoustic Peterborough 27 May 2018 with Peterborough Music Festival finalists.

Glasshouse Acoustic at the Key Theatre Peterborough on 27th May 2018 features   - Amelia Glendinning, Annie Wakefield, Sophie Lewis / Tara Pasveer / Rogue State Circus Downbeat 2 pm.

Peterborough Music Festival Finalists 2018
Amelia Glendinning
My name is Amelia Glendinning and I am in year 10 at Amvc. I am a member of Kindred KYT and have been singing and dancing since the age of 3. Up until this year I have only really performed musical theatre and was so happy to win the “Songs From Shows” category at this years Festival. 
My biggest achievement to date, has to be coming runner up in the Music Showcase at this years festival. Performing my original song “Slowly running out of time” and receiving such positive feedback meant so much to me. 
I have been playing piano for 3/4 years and have been writing my own songs for about the same time. My biggest influence is Birdy, as her songs are so relatable to me and I love her style of music.
The Peterborough Music Festival was such a wonderful experience for me and I am so grateful for the opportunity it gave me, especially performing at The Glasshouse.

Annie Wakefield
I wrote my first song about a year ago. My school was trying to fill places at a competition at the time, and my music teacher approached me as a last resort. Of course, I had no idea how to even begin writing a song- I couldn’t even read music- but I gave it my best shot anyway. I named my song “Superhuman”. I was quite proud of it once it was done, but the judge of the contest didn’t share my enthusiasm, pointing out how simplistic and “commercial” it was. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the process of writing it so much that I kept going. None of my songs are actually based on my own experiences- instead, I like to use songwriting as a storytelling medium, with each song being built around a different unique character. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a real producer and create new sounds for a few of my songs. Making music is such a rewarding process, and I hope I’ll be able to keep doing it for years to come.

Sophie Lewis

Sophie is 11 years old and plays piano, electric, acoustic and bass guitar as well as singing. 
Grade 5 piano Abrsm; Grade 4 singing Abrsm 

Sophie attends Tu danse performing arts class in Peterborough and did a pantomime in December. She has auditioned for the voice kids and got through to the 3rd stage in 2016. 

Sophie loves all kinds of music from classical to rock! Rock songs influence her a lot. She particularly enjoys the Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. But likes singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran and Adele also.

Tara Pasveer

Tara Pasveer is a singer/songwriter from The Hague, a city on the coast of The Netherlands. With her songs she takes you on an inspiring musical journey with a lot of dynamics involved. Her sound is inspired by artists like The Tallest Man on Earth and Elliot Smith. Tara writes most of her songs in English; only 16 years old, she moved to the UK to further develop her musical- and English language skills. However, she sometimes surprises her audience with a song written in her first language, Dutch.

Tara often starts writing her dreamy lyrics inspired by a thing someone said or by a certain feeling. Tara’s song texts move along interesting melodies and catchy hooks, whether she writes about something uplifting like love, or a deep topic like death.

At the moment, Tara is working on her first EP, that she records in her bedroom recording studio. Together with producer Jack Morgan, she experiments with different sounds and sometimes adds electronic elements to her music. After she has completed her music course at the Peterborough Regional College this year, Tara will continue developing her sound in university. September this year she will start studying a Popular Music degree at Goldsmiths University of London.

Rogue State Circus
The Rogue State Circus are an original indie folk-rock Powerpop band from Northampton, influenced heavily by the classic pop of the 60's and 70's through New Wave to 80's pop too, everything from Bacharach to the Beatles, Kinks to Costello. Steely Dan to Danny Wilson.  The band love a good tuneful jangle with acoustics and 12 strings very much part of their eclectic sound.
The Rogue State Circus is first and foremost all about the songs and the songwriting - known for being "truly, truly genre-warping" - the band  released their first LP "Songs From The Sea of Serenity" in 2011 and have just completed their 12 track, second LP "Songs From The Sea of Storms" with Platinum Producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Nizlopi, Scott Matthews, Sherlocks, Twang, Ocean Colour Scene) for impending release this summer, and as the title suggests, the songs have a slightly darker edge this time round.   
The Band currently consists of Singer-songwriter Jon Delaney on lead vocals/guitars ; Duncan Bisatt: bass and vocals; Karl Muddiman: Keyboards, Simon Barr: 12 String Guitars and Rai Clews on Cajon/Percussion, the band are also often joined by Karen Angela on vocals. 
Rogue State Circus offer premium strength, melodic pop folkrock songwriting with well crafted lyrics and always enjoy giving a passionate, energetic live performance. Come and join the circus: go rogue!
A selection of tracks from the first two LPs are currently up and available on their Reverbnation page as a taster. 

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

Thursday, 17 May 2018