Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Club Django Whitworth

Pete Thomson's Memorial Hootenanny @ The Cresset Peterborough 7 & 8 March

The Cresset Peterborough BOX OFFICE: 01733 265705 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Easter Independent Label Market, London.

Easter Independent Label Market, Saturday 28th March at Old Spitalfields Market, London. "Where record labels pitch up and sell their best fresh vinyl produce."


CALAITA FLAMENCO SON (UK / Spain) - Authentic flamenco with energy and spirit, available for UK Summer Festivals. Debut album out now on the World Music Network / Riverboat Records label

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With their debut album release on the World Music Network / Riverboat Records label in 2014 and a 5 star review in Songlines Magazine, ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ are available for UK Summer Festival dates. Half of the members are based in the UK and the other in Spain, they are a tight group with energy and spirit. Brought together by Seville born singer Chico Pere, UK based guitarist Glenn Sharp and percussionist Leo Paredes, ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ offer authentic flamenco perfect for festivals and Summer events. Their live concerts include both traditional flamenco palos as well as more contemporary flamenco rumbas written by the group. From passionate and sorrowful seguiriyas to vibrant bulerias and rumbas. ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ are Chico Pere – voice and guitar, Glenn Sharp – guitar, Leo Paredes – Percussion, Diana Castro – voice and Matt Nickson – flute and saxophone.

“Calaita display passion and Flamenco spirit, energy and spontaneity”

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About the debut album, released by World Music Network / Riverboat Records 2014:
The whole album was recorded in 3 days at Wavelength Studios in the UK. The album was then produced and mixed by Glenn Sharp and mastered at POB Audio. The album includes all the very best from ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ with traditional flamenco palos such as ‘alegrias’, ‘bulerias’ and ‘seguiriyas’, and the more popular sounds of flamenco rumba, including the amazing song ‘un mensajito’ by Chico Pere, always a popular encore at their live shows. The album has a little something for everyone. The aim of this album was to capture the energy and spontaneity of their live shows and this is achieved perfectly.
Some recent gigs have included:
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
The Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
El Parque del Salao, Lanjaron, Spain (flamenco fusion festival)
Instituto Cervantes, Spain
The Dancehouse Theatre
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
La Casita Papel, Granada, Spain
Huddersfield University
Mint Lounge
Big Hands
The Cornerhouse, Manchester
Platt Fields Festival, Manchester
Musicport Festival, Whitby
Mintfest Festival
Live at LICA
Some quotes from recent shows:
“A wonderful experience, a true journey into the flamenco spirit” - LICA
“It was great to see such a band in Spain appealing to all ages of flamenco lovers” - Lanjaron Festival of Music
“Brilliant, passionate, a treat for the festival goers” - Musicport Festival
“Heaven sent. Calaita played and brought the sun from Seville to damp Kendal” - Mintfest
“Awesome” - Ipswich Arts
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Calaita Group Shot
For bookings, promo CDs, general information please contact:
Gail Cooke
Laughing Dog Music
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Calaita Flamenco Son

Available for UK Summer Festival dates 2015

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Introducing The Boxenburgs

The Boxenburgs are a 4 (and sometimes 3) part harmony comic cabaret group, based in Lincoln, who have been signing together for more than 20 years.

They mostly sing at parties, weddings and special events from a repertoire which includes Beatles, Elvis, Barbershop and classics from the 60s & 70s. They love to serenade individuals and small groups of people and also specialise in writing bespoke words for special occasions.

To contact The Boxenburgs phone/text Simon on 07795 416149, find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @theboxenburgs

The Granary Long Sutton Upcoming Gig List

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A Great Evening of Folk Music for St. Andrews Children’s Hospice

A Great Evening of Folk Music for St. Andrews Children’s Hospice

Friday 13th March 2015 - 7.30pm

McCormack's Bar, Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes

A Great Evening of Top Class Folk Music with
Available from St Andrew's Hospice Reception
Or follow this link for full gig details and ticket purchase options

Friday, 6 February 2015

News From Topic & The Moral of the Elephant

The Moral of the Elephant
nominated for Best Album 2014
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Topic is very proud to announce the nomination of Martin & Eliza Carthy's 'The Moral of the Elephant' for best album in the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. This is splendid recognition for their first album as a duo; the best album award is decided by public vote, every vote counts and you can cast your vote by visiting the Folk Awards website: cast your vote here

A busy 75th anniversary in 2014 meant that we didn't release quite as many of our back-catalogue albums as digital downloads as we would have liked, but February sees a new selection of eleven superb titles, some of which were never released on CD, so this is the best way to get hold of them if you can't find that elusive vinyl version!  
Free digital booklets are available to download direct from our website, and you can buy the music from digital retailers such as Apple's itunes store and Amazon; the new titles are:

During 2014 our 75th Anniversary monthly special offers proved to be very popular. Many of you took the opportunity to catch up with albums you were missing from your collection or purchase a gift for a friend.
We will be continuing with a series of attractively priced special offers each month throughout 2015.
The classic TOPIC CDs chosen for February at the special price of only £5.00 each are:

TSCD511  SAM LARNER ~ Now Is The Time For Fishing
TSCD518D  JOE HEANEY ~ The Road From Connemara


Those nice chaps at Fledg'ling continue to celebrate 21 years of the label with their own monthly special offers.
The CDs they have chosen for February at the special price of only £21.00 for this bundle of 4 classic albums from their catalogue are:

FLED 3052  SHIRLEY COLLINS & DAVY GRAHAM  Folk Roots, New Routes
FLED 3074  JESSE FULLER  Move on down the line
FLED 3086  SNAKEFARM  my halo at half-light


We really are down to the very last sets of our Topic anniversary button badges
at only £3.00 - get them while you can!

Many thanks for continuing to support Topic.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

King King Reaching For The Light at Lincoln Drill Hall 20 Feb

Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane Lincoln Ln2 1EY

Tickets 01522 873894

The Wonderful World of Orchestre Ruffanti.

The Wonderful World of ORCHESTRE RUFFANTI, touring late April, May, June and selected Summer Festivals Welcome to the world of Orchestre Ruffanti: A

The Wonderful World of ORCHESTRE RUFFANTI, touring late April, May, June and selected Summer Festivals

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Orchestre Ruffanti
Welcome to the world of Orchestre Ruffanti: A world where nothing is quite what it seems.. Where long – forgotten, hidden gems of charity shop vinyl are resurrected and re-imagined. Where great musical (and flower) arrangements are rediscovered, and where vintage pop and glam rock hits are given a swinging salsa shakedown or treated to an afro-beat-big-band-bugaloo. Add to this a generous, intoxicating measure of original songs, and the Ruffanti musical cocktail is complete. Be it concert, cabaret or festival, Ruffanti present a colourful, romantic and eclectic show featuring irresistible grooves, delicious harmonies and poignant ballads, all delivered by a ‘hot’ live band made up of twelve superb musicians and vocalists.
With the release of their long-awaited debut album ‘Allegro –Vanden Plas’ the essence of Ruffanti has finally been faithfully distilled to disc, spreading their infectious musical message to an ever-expanding audience.
Vintage, Latin, Stylish and fun. Ruffanti capture the retro-chic Zeitgeist of the fast growing post-modern music scene.
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Orchestre Ruffanti
Here's some quotes:
'Over-dressed , preening, cabaret divas'
"Rarely have I witnessed such an unashamed and blatant perversion of the so- called ‘World Music’ genre on an English Festival stage. The whole show rode rough-shod and bareback over some of the finest tunes in the popular canon. From my carefully chosen vantage point in the Festival Beer tent, Ruff Aunty (sic) sounded like nothing better than a collection of bongo –bashing clockwork monkeys , crooning Nancy Boys and over-dressed , preening cabaret divas. God only knows what inspires the almost religious devotion so openly displayed by their dedicated legion of (I fear, sadly misguided) fans". - Raymond Trabb, Dyed Roots
'Every Song is Priceless'
"As a radio presenter I get inundated with new music. It’s a double edged sword. I’ll often sit listening to some cacophony wondering who in their right mind thought this noise was in anyway listenable. Thankfully I also receive some gems. Allegro Vanden Plas is just such a gem. And then some. Orchestra Ruffanti are a group of 14 musicians as diverse as they are talented.
With a host of original songs plus covers ranging from Gloria Jones to The Blockheads to Brigitte Bardot to T-Rex to Edith Piaf, Allegro Vanden Plas is an amazing soundtrack to the summer. And don’t let the word covers put you off. Any band that can stamp their own mark on a cover are always worth a listen. Take opening track Tainted Love. Originally performed by Gloria Jones it is now synonymous with Soft Cell but Ruffanti have reinvented it as a smoky back room latin-jazz classic.
In an ideal world the afternoon would be spent in a garden, eating and drinking, with the sun shining, accompanied by Orchestre Ruffanti. Not with a barbecue and a six pack but in the garden of a stately home, eating triangular shaped sandwiches and drinking pimms. The night would end with the group playing in an exclusive back street bar with a 1950s dress code, a liberal attitude to smoking and where dancing is compulsory.
I can’t recommend this album highly enough. Every song is priceless though I will say These Moods could be the most beautiful song ever written". - Simon Saynor, SINE FM
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For copies of the new album, date availability and any queries please contact:

Sunday, 1 February 2015




Tipitina present a captivating mix of New Orleans Boogie, the Blues, Barrelhouse and Gospel fronted by two very outstanding musical talents.

Singer and guitarist Debbie Jones has a stunning and soulful voice that featured on several tracks of EMIs ‘Greatest Gospel Album – Ever’ and is guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Justin Randall is an extraordinary piano professor continuing the great New Orleans tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Fats Domino and Dr. John.

The band visited New Orleans in 2013. The impression they left is reflected in this piece from The New Orleans Times Picayune [Louisiana’s eldest publication – since 1837]:
"Wholly admirable album, the youthful energy, sincerity and obvious affection for the New Orleans style is captivating - a sure-fire club and Festival attraction" JAZZ JOURNAL
"To capture the spirit of New Orleans so fully, is a spectacular achievement" THE GUARDIAN

YouTube Link
For further information contact Tim jennings at
Big Bear Music,

Band From County Hell @ Spanky Van Dykes 17 March

Celebrate  St. Patrick's Day

with Band From County Hell

@ Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham