Sunday, 21 August 2016

Newark Blues Festival 2016

Newark Blues Festival 2016

Monday, 15 August 2016

Some new music for the Summer and Autumn From Topic Records

Some new music for the Summer and Autumn

Both Topic and our colleagues at Fledg'ling have been busy preparing some exciting new records for your enjoyment.
Today, August 12th, Fledg'ling Records are releasing four previously unissued recordings by the wonderful Anne Briggs. Four Songs will be released as a vinyl 7" 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.

These rare, simple, unadorned and intimate performances, aching with poignancy, make their first appearance on record, fifty years after recording and capture Anne Briggs singing at just the right time.

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.”

Track list:
1 The Recruited Collier, 2 My Bonny Boy (A Bower In My Breast), 3 Polly Vaughan, 4 The Verdant Braes Of Skreen.
You can follow this link to preview: The Verdant Braes Of Skreen 

In 2007 the original five members of PENTANGLE - Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson & Terry Cox - reconvened to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sir David Attenborough at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2008 they began a UK tour at the Royal Festival Hall, exactly 40 years to the day since they recorded their classic 'Sweet Child' at the venue. Emotions and memories ran high in the packed house. The evening was a musical triumph, as were the subsequent dates.
On October 7th Topic will release PENTANGLE ~ Finale recorded live by the original line-up during the 2008 tour. This 2CD set captures the band on a musical high re-visiting their classic early repertoire. More details in the next newsletter; in the meantime, here's a link to preview: Light Flight

Also on October 7th our friends at Fledg’ling Records will release Ever Popular Favourites - an infectious selection of songs recorded by Mr. Martin Simpson and Mr. Dom Flemons on tour in the autumn of 2015.

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 August are six classic albums from the Topic catalogue at the very special price of only £6 each:


TSCD430  MARTIN SIMPSON ~ The Collection

Friday, 12 August 2016

Brooks Williams and Lightning Express Booking Dates Now.

BROOKS WILLIAMS & LIGHTNING EXPRESS - Booking dates now for 2017 & Summer Festivals Brooks Williams & Lightning Express bring together Statesboro Geo
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BROOKS WILLIAMS & LIGHTNING EXPRESS - Booking dates now for 2017 & Summer Festivals

Brooks Williams and Lightning Express Photo copyright Graeme Oxby
Brooks Williams & Lightning Express
Brooks Williams & Lightning Express bring together Statesboro Georgia born roots guitarist Brooks Williams with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel (aka Lightning Express).
“Pan-Americana Roots 'n Blues, doused in Moonshine alt-Billy and delicious Dixie” - Net Rhythms
The resulting sound is Transatlantic in the truest sense of the word, where Angel’s kickin’ world grooves and Seward’s northern soul-like bass-lines meet Williams’ blues-soaked Americana. It’s an upbeat, danceable mix of rootsy funkiness and intelligent twang.
The three met when recording Williams’ 2013 break-through album, 'New Everything', and were so excited about the resulting sound that they decided to take it on the road. Their first official gig was at none other than the legendary Cropredy Festival in 2013, playing on the big stage to 20,000 people.
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Brooks Williams & Lightning Express
Williams says, “I’ve toured mostly solo for nearly 28 years, and am so pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Andy [Seward] and Keith [Angel]. They not only understand American roots music, but bring a wealth of experience in English folk and savvy Brit rock that takes my music to new places. Believe it or not, Lightning Express is my first band!".
Williams, ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, is one of the most versatile and entertaining performers on the roots music scene today. From Statesboro Georgia USA, he is a proverbial triple threat: a fiery guitarist, a smooth-as-silk vocalist, and stunning songwriter. Martin Simpson says, “I’ve known Brooks for many years. He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing."
Andy Seward has played bass for just about everyone imaginable and has produced some of the biggest artist in the UK folk scene. His credits read like a virtual who’s who and include Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, Kris Drever, Jon Tams, Heidi Talbot, Eddi Reader, John McCusker, The Finks, and the BBC Radio Ballads. Keith Angel is a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire and owner of Wavelength Studio in Doncaster. His list of credits includes The Finks, Martin Simpson, Fay Heild, John McCusker, Kate Rusby, Jon Tams.

“Absoultely beyond criticism!” - fRoots


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