Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Happy New Year and the Latest News from Topic Records


Topic Records would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. 2018 will see further releases from Topic Records …An introduction to series, plus exclusive offers, news on more releases and Topics plans for our 80th year birthday in 2019.

This month Topic Records celebrates some very special birthdays

Nic Jones (Born 9th January 1947)
In 1980 Topic Records released the album ‘Penguin Eggs’ by Nic Jones, widely regarded as one of the best Folk albums of its time and some say Nic Jones finest work. This, however, is only one of a few solo albums Nic Jones recorded prior to a serious car accident that would mean English Folk music would be robbed of one of the finest singer/songwriters this country had seem. Still a timeless classic, Penguin Eggs features such classic tracks as ‘Canddee-i-o’ which was also released as a vinyl 7 inch single and classic cuts like ‘The Humpback Whale’ and ‘Farewell To The Gold’.

These essential Nic Jones recordings are all available on Topic.
Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs (Topic CD, TSCD411)
Nic Jones - Game Set Match (Topic CD, TSCD566)
Nic Jones - The Enigma Of Nic Jones (DVD TSDVD590)
Nic Jones - Candee-i-o (7inch single, STOP2411)
Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs (LP, VINYL 180 VIN180LP123)
Mike Waterson (17th January 1941 - 22nd June 2011)
Quite simply one of the leading figureheads of the folk revival of the 1960’s. A member of the highly regarded and influential Watersons vocal group with his sisters Lal and Norma Waterson and John Harrison. Mike Waterson would go on to record with both the Watersons group and as a solo artist, releasing an eponymous classic solo LP on Topic, 'Mike Waterson' which featured the track 'Tamlyn'.

Mike also went onto write and record the classic Bright Phoebus album with Elaine (Lal) Waterson.

Check out the Watersons/Waterson Carthy An Introduction to release coming in March for great tracks featuring Mike Waterson.
Frankie Armstrong (12th January)
Frankie Armstrong first recorded for Topic in 1965 after being invited by Bert Lloyd who as director of Topic Records was putting together an album of erotic songs with Anne Briggs, called 'The Bird in the Bush' (12T135, 1966). She went on to record two further two albums for Topic 'Lovely on the Water', (Topic 12TS 216, 1972) and 'Songs and Ballads', (Topic 12TS 273 1975)

Coming 9th February 2018 two new Topic Records releases

Topic Records are happy to announce the next two NEW releases on 9th February 2018.
June Tabor - An introduction to (TICD003)
15 specially selected tracks from one of the greatest voices on Topic Records.

Track listing: While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping, The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, The Devil and Bailiff McGlynn, No Man’s Land / Flowers of The Forest, Unicorns, The Scarecrow, Aqaba, Hedger & Ditcher, Shallow Brown, A Place Called England, Maybe Then I’ll Be A Rose, Oh! Alas, I Am In Love, The Rigs of Rye, Finisterre, The Dark End Of The Street.
Available to pre-order now from the Topic Shop,, Amazon, iTunes and all good music retailers.
Anne Briggs - An introduction to (TICD004)
15 specially selected tracks from Anne Briggs, a true original from the modern folk revival the late 1960's, early 1970's.

Track listing: The Recruited Collier, The Doffing Mistress, Polly Vaughan, Rosemary Lane, Gathering Rushes In The Month Of May, The Stonecutter Boy, Blackwater Side, Go Your Way (My Love), The Cuckoo, Reynardine, Young Tambling, Maa Bonny Lad, Sing A Song For You, The Bonambuie, Tongue In Cheek
Available to pre-order now from the Topic Shop,, Amazon, iTunes and all good music retailers.
Also available the first two releases in this series. Various Artists - Topic Records - The Real Sound Of Folk Music (TICD001) and Shirley Collins - An introduction to (TICD002).

Various - Topic Records: The Real Sound of Folk Music

Double CD (TICD001), digital (TIDL001)and limited edition 2 LP vinyl set from VINYL180 (VINYL180LP125)

Shirley Collins - An introduction to

CD (TICD002), digital (TIDL002) and limited edition LP vinyl from VINYL180 (VINYL180LP126)

Topic Artists on tour in January / February 2018

Martin Simpson
Sat 27 - Alfriston (East Sussex)
The Old Chapel, Alfriston
Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414

Fri 2 - Marlborough
Marlborough Town Hall
More info | Tickets

Sun 4 - Bournemouth
Bournemouth Folk Club, Shelley Theatre
Details from ABM: 020 7014 2821

Fri 9 - Chesterfield
Chesterfield Folk Club, Chesterfield Library Theatre
01623 429020

Sat 17 - Mottram Music, Mottram Village Hall
Box office number: 07904 072190

For more information and additional dates, please visit

Martin Carthy - Solo date
Wed 31 January - John Peel Centre For Creative Arts, Stowmarket

Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy duo / Gift Band Tour
Tue 13 Feb - National Centre for Early Music
Wed 14 Feb - Square Chapel Centre for the Arts
Thur 15 Feb - Settle Victoria Hall
Fri 16 Feb - Music At The Hall
Sat 18 Feb - Vivacity Key Theatre
Sun 19 Feb - Forest Folk - North Boarhunt Social Club
Mon 20 Feb - Theatre Mwldan
Tue 21 Feb - Wyeside Arts Centre

Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band
Sun 11 Feb - Leuven Folk Festival

For more information and additional dates, please visit 

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