Thursday, 21 July 2016

Seth Lakeman at Lincoln Drill Hall September 18th 2016 Tickets Just Released.

August 2016

Just as our the Autumn brochure went to print we confirmed that folk music legend Seth Lakeman featuring the wonderful female trio Wildwood Kin will be appearing at Lincoln Drill Hall on Sunday 18 September!  Tickets are £18 and will be on sale from 7.30pm on Thursday 21 July.  They're likely to sell fast so buy early to avoid disappointment!  

Lincoln Drill Hall Autumn 2016 Brochure Launch Today 21.07.16

Lincoln Drill Hall are launching their Autumn 2016 Brochure Today 21.07.16

Check out the details and share the link to Lincoln Drill Hall Facebook event page to invite even more people…

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Charles M Mailer and the Sunhill Palace Band Upcoming Dates.

Charles M Mailer and the Sunhill Palace Band Upcoming Dates... 08.07.2016 – 91413 Neustadt/ Aisch, Lange Einkaufsnacht – The4Beats
10.07.2016 – 97337 Dettelbach, Main-Street Cafe (15:00h) – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
29.07.2016 – 97877 Wertheim, Altstadtfest – Sunhill5
30.07.2016 – 64646 Heppenheim, All American BBQ – Sunhill5
05.08.2016 – 10435 Berlin, Speiches Rock & Blueskneipe – MIB Main-Isar- Bloozeboyz
06.08.2016 – 17440 Krummin, Pferdetränke – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
07.08.2016 – 06886 Wittenberg, Hofwirtschaft (10:00h) – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
07.08.2016 – 14467 Potsdam, John Barlett (18:00h) – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
08.08.2016 – 20459 Hamburg, Cotton Club – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
09.08.2016 – 17424 Heringsdorf, O‘Man River – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
14.08.2016 – 83129 Höslwang, Vivarium (10:00h) – MIB Main-Isar-Bloozeboyz
20.08.2016 – 91710 Gunzenhausen, Marktplatzfest (13:00h) – The4Beats

More will follow – may the blues always with you

Charles M. Mailer

Play SongHelp The Poor_Live @ The Studio Lounge
Play SongI Don't Need No Doctor_Live @ The Studio Lounge
Play SongBlues In The Blood_Live @ The Studio Lounge

"Incredible sound.. I've checked you guys out awhile back, and dig what your doing.. Very professional.. Great talent. I will keep checking you out. Best of luck to us."
— Ike Crossman, Guitar Blues Session, Nov 20, 2014

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Summer is A-Coming and Winter's Gone Away, Topic Records News

The summer is a-coming in,
and winter’s gone away-o


Throughout the summer months, there’s plenty of our favourite folk music to enjoy at concerts and festivals across the land.

Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band start their festival programme at the Yorkshire Festival in Leeds on July 2nd, continuing with the following appearances:
31st July - Cambridge Folk Festival
19th August - FolkEast, Glenham
27th August - Tønder Festival (Official), Denmark
28th August - Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
29th August - Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Martin Simpson has some festival solo shows and these select duo appearances with Dom Flemons, ‘The American Songster’:
17th July - Larmer Tree Festival SALISBURY
23rd July - The Village Pump Folk Festival WESTBURY
24th July - Folk by the Oak @ Hatfield House HATFIELD
31st July - Sidmouth FolkWeek SIDMOUTH

Our friends at Fledg’ling Records will shortly be releasing Ever Popular Favourites - an infectious selection of songs recorded by Mr. Simpson and Mr. Flemons on tour in the autumn of last year.

Six of the best!
Each month our special offers are a great way of filling the gaps in your music collection, or to give as splendid gifts for friends. The Topic special offers for July are six classic albums from the Topic catalogue at the very special price of only £6 each:


TSCD 298  JUNE TABOR ~ Airs and Graces
TSCD 452   MARTIN CARTHY ~ Right Of Passage
TSCD 517 DAVE SWARBRICK ~ Rags, Reels & Airs
TSCD 567  MARTIN SIMPSON ~ Prodigal Son

With accompaniment from Martin Carthy and Diz Disley, Rags, Reels & Airs is by the master fiddle-player Dave Swarbrick, who sadly recently passed away. Topic is proud to have arguably Dave’s finest album in its catalogue - the perfect example of the nature of folk music moving with the times, Dave’s modern techniques and ideas applied to traditional instrumental styles.  

Our good friends at Fledg’ling Records have a very exciting release due in August, four previously unissued recordings by the wonderful Anne Briggs.
‘Four Songs’ will be released as a vinyl EP, with rare photos, three BBC recordings from the radio series ‘Folk-Song Cellar’, plus one song privately recorded by one of Anne’s oldest friends.

Anne herself has been very excited about the project: “…the results couldn't have been better. Nice the way it came about too, with lost recordings and old friends caring for them for decades.”

An Anne Briggs ‘lost classic’ is one of the albums on special offer this month from Fledg’ling; Sing A Song For You, recorded in 1973 with Steve Ashley’s band Ragged Robin, was intended to be the follow-up to Anne’s CBS album ‘The Time Has Come’, but remained unreleased until Fledg’ling issued it on CD in 1996. As with the other three great Fledg’ling titles here, it is now on sale at the special price of only £6 each:

FLED 3008  ANNE BRIGGS ~ Sing A Song For You
FLED 3023  SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ Adieu To Old England
FLED 3024  HELEN WATSON ~ Doffing

The TOPIC tote bag - perfect for the festival season (and avid record collectors).
A black tote bag with the classic Topic accordion player logo on one side and a 1967 Topic flyer design on the other.
With best wishes from all at Topic

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Four Lincolnshire Gigs Worth Checking Out in July (2016)

Sat 09 July (8pm) - The Plough, Holbeach St Johns 
PE12 8RF:
Jazz on a Summer’s Eve, featuring Patsy Mays (vocals & flugelbone), Andy Moran (trumpet), Steve Rodda (guitar), Mike Robinson (bass) and Ian Tait (drums)

Sun 17 July (4pm) The Swan, Moulton PE12 6QB: 
Crossing the Tracks – 7-piece country/folk/blues/rock band (

Thur 28 July (8pm) – Arts Coritani, Swineshead, 
Boston PE20 3LH: 
Crossing the Tracks – 7-piece country/folk/blues/rock band (

Sat 30 July (9pm) - The Horse & Groom, Holbeach PE12 7ED: 
101 Proof – country rock/Americana (