Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Keith Luckey @ The Frothblowers Micropub, Werrington, Peterborough, 4 March 3pm.

Keith Luckey will be @ The Frothblowers Micropub, Werrington, Peterborough, \sunday 4 March playing a one hour acoustic set between 3pm.and 4pm. Real Ale and Real Music,

Monday, 26 February 2018

Folk Upstairs at the Drill with John Kirkpatrick

Folk Upstairs at the Drill with John Kirkpatrick

Saturday 10 March 7.30pm @ Lincoln Drill Hall UK

Widely regarded as England’s leading exponent of ‘squeezebox’ instruments, 
John is one of the most well-known & popular performers on the British folk scene and has worked with Richard Thompson, Albion Band, Steeleye Span and Martin Carthy.

Tickets: £10.00 from 01522 873894

Full details at...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Bob Fox at Grimsby Folk Club Sunday 25 February, 2018.

Bob Fox, one of our finest exponents of storytelling through song, is currently playing SONGMAN This being one of them.

for a record third time in the prestigious 10th Anniversary WARHORSE Tour from 2017 - 2019 and is only able to do a very few selected solo performances during this period.
Don’t miss a chance to experience his warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill as he performs material from War Horse, newly written songs from the New Radio Ballad series along with old favourites from his many recordings.

Tickets available now Members £10.00 Guest £11.00.
Mary 01472 753862
George: 01472 823891

Weird Garden, Lincoln, UK, Feb 23 2018

Friday 23 Feb 2018 at Decimal Place 10 Burton Rd Lincoln LN1 3LB 6-10pm free entry, live sounds & visions by GAGARIN, Simon Le Boggit, Annie Morrad, Experimental Sonic Machines & Ernie, Experimental Sonic Machines' robot drummer

Weird Garden; Decimal Place LN1 3LB

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent.

A New Day Festival. 
By public demand... Discounted Group Tickets for 6 or more adults now available for full weekend AND Day tickets - but only til 1st March. Online now, mail order option very soon.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New Releases from Topic Records

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 genuine 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.

And in March

Martin Simpson - An introduction to (TICD005)
17 tracks selected by Martin Simpson which includes a new exclusive recording of ‘Palaces Of Gold (2018)’ on Topic Records.

Track listing: Bones & Feathers / Never Any Good / Banjo Bill / Dives and Lazarus / Love Never Dies / Brothers Under The Bridge / Clerk Sanders /Love Henry / She Slips Away / Will Atkinson / Sir Patrick Spens / Dark Swift and Bright Swallow / John Hardy / Thomas Drew / First Cut Is The Deepest / Delta Dreams / Palaces of Gold (2018)

Watersons / Waterson : Carthy - An introduction to (TICD006)
15 specially selected tracks from one of the greatest folk groups on Topic Records.

Track listing: The Watersons - Three Score and Ten / The Watersons - Pace-Egging Song / The Watersons - Country Life / The Watersons - The Good Old Way / Lal & Norma Waterson - The Wealthy Squire /Mike Waterson – The Light Dragoon / The Watersons – Emmanuel / The Watersons - Fare Thee Well, Cold Winter / Waterson:Carthy – Bold Doherty / Waterson:Carthy – When First I Came To Caledonia / Waterson:Carthy – Rambleaway -Valentine Waltz / Waterson:Carthy – The Devil and the Farmer / Norma Waterson – Once In A Blue Moon / Waterson:Carthy – Jacobstowe Wassail / Waterson:Carthy – Goodbye, Fare You Well.


It is with regret we have been informed of the passing of John Dickinson of The Valley Folk who died on the 19th January 2018.  He was signed to TOPIC in the Sixties and they made ‘All Bells in Paradise’.

Recorded by R.W. Swettenham at Olympic Sound Studios, London; Notes by A.L. Lloyd;
Photograph by Brian Shuel shows a cast from a Slovak gingerbread mould

Jean and Elaine Carruthers, John Dickinson, Stephen Heap, vocals

Topic Birthdays

Born 15th February 1943 Died 4th September 1998
Lal Waterson
Little introduction is needed here for Waterson group member Lal Waterson, alongside her sister Norma and brother Mike Waterson and cousin John Harrison they produced some great music for Topic Records as well as other labels through a long-career in the music business. Albums like The Watersons ‘Frost and Fire’ and ‘For Pence and Spicy Ale’ truly highlight the talent of one of the leading folk revival groups of the 60’s and 70’s.

29th February 1908 Died 29th September 1982
A L Lloyd.
Regarded as one of the most influential figures in the 1950’s – 1960’s folk song revival, A L Lloyd also known as Bert Lloyd had a remarkable and eventful career – whaler, sheep farm hand, social historian and journalist. The mastermind behind two classic Topic album recordings, ’The Iron Muse’, industrial folk songs and ‘The Bird In The Bush’, a collection of traditional erotic songs which featured early recordings by Anne Briggs. He was appointed artistic director at Topic Records in 1958 and along side Ewan MacColl was one of the biggest influences on what was released by Topic Records.

Topic Artists on tour

Martin Simpson continues to tour his wonderful Topic LP ‘Trails and Tribulations ‘
Wed 7th Feb.  Red Lion Folk Club Birmingham
Fri 9th  Feb.  Chesterfield Folk Club
Sat 17th Feb.  Mottram Village Hall, Cheshire

More information available from

Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy duo / Gift Band Tour 2018

13 Feb. National Centre for Early Music York
14 Feb. Square Chapel Centre for the Arts Halifax
15 Feb. Settle Victoria Hall North Yorkshire
16 Feb. Music At The Hall Nottingham
18 Feb. Vivacity Key Theatre Peterborough
19 Feb. Forest Folk Wickham, Hants
20 Feb. Theatre Mwldan Cardigan
21 Feb. Wyeside Arts Centre Powys, Wales
23 Feb. Guildford Folk Club Guildford
24 Feb. Hailsham Pavilion East Sussex
25 Feb. Topsham Folk Club Devon
26 Feb. Whitchurch Folk Club Hampshire

More information available from


Topic Records would love to hear from you so please send us any suggestions you may have.

Your top ten Topic records, your favourite Topic recordings, maybe Topic merchandise you’d like to see made available in the future to buy and general feedback. We cannot guarantee a reply to every email, but we may feature some of your comments and suggestions in further newsletters. Thank you.

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Outlay plus the Tin Pigeons to undertake UK Tour.


Outlay plus the Tin Pigeons to undertake UK Tour.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Lincoln Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 2018

Lincoln Blues Rhythm and Rock Festival will be at Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday 12 May 2018

Tickets from Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office 01522 873894

Friday, 2 February 2018

Wilson and Wakeman at Kirton Town Hall.




we present
an evening with


A guaranteed evening of entertainment from two of the UK's finest musicians - great musicianship, singing, songs and atmosphere, you can't ask for much more.
Featuring DAMIAN WILSON on vocals and acoustic guitar and ADAM WAKEMAN on keyboards, vocals and acoustic guitar.  The duo will be playing songs from their individual back catalogues and from artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their duo album 'Weir Keepers Tales' and Damian's latest solo album 'Built for Fighting' intertwined with stories and memories from their touring careers.  It is a show that should not be missed.

DAMIAN WILSON is widely known for his contribution to the progressive rock genre, as lead singer with bands such as Threshold, Headspace and Landmarq.  He has appeared on over 70 albums and had released five solo albums.  He is a respected guest vocalist, working with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, Mostly Autumn, Praying Mantis and others.  He played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on their UK National Tour.  Damian has one of the most versatile voices in music with an incredible range.

ADAM WAKEMAN is most well known as the keyboard player with Black Sabbath,  2017 was Adam's fourteenth year as a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band.  He has released nine albums with his father Rick and much of his early touring was with Rick.  They played all over the world, either with the two of them sitting at grand pianos or in full scale rock appearances with orchestras and choirs.  Adam is a highly sought after keyboard player and musical director.  His career has seen him tour, write and record with some of the biggest selling artists in the recording industry.  In 2016, he accompanied Callaghan on her second visit to Town Hall Live.  He has wanted to come back ever since and we feel privileged to put on this concert.  It is sure to be a magical evening.
Find attached a  live video of Damian and Adam playing the song 'Seek for Adventure' taken from their duo album.

Advance Tickets are £13.50 and can be obtained from the One Stop store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230. or or here
Venue:  Town Hall, Market Square, Kirton in Lindsey, N Lincs, DN21 4LZ
and then on
Friday 2nd March

we welcome back


There are few artists that can truly encapsulate the essence of true Americana like Muscle Shoals artist HANNAH ALDRIDGE, whose musical pedigree speaks for itself.  With sounds ranging from blues, to the musical stylings of her hometown and Nashville, where she now lives, Hannah leaves no inspiration or influence untapped.

Her music is sometimes wild, introspective, celebratory, regretful, boisterous and gentle. It is American music dressed in rags, not rhinestones.  Hannah never shies away from honesty in her songs,  Her Alabama twang mixes with a rock edge and the songs are delivered with a burning intensity.  You cannot help but be moved by them.

As a performer, Hannah holds her audience in the palm of her hand putting on a stunning show with her strong, clear and emotion packed vocals.

Support will come from Matt Taylor from Sheffield band Anytown

Advance Tickets  are on sale NOW and are priced at £12.50
They can be purchased from the OneStop store in town, Brian on 01652 649230 or here

And then later in 2018:

SATURDAY 7TH APRIL - the return of the UK's biggest and best family band and Town Hall Live favourites THE MIGHTY DOONANS


with lots more to follow.

For more information on these concerts visit

Bring Your Friends for a Great Night Out and Save on Tickets!

We would like as many people as possible to come and enjoy the concerts we put on. Why not ask your friends?
Any person buying 6 tickets up to one week before any concert will get £1 off the ticket price on all tickets purchased.
This offer is available only by ringing Brian on 01652 649230 or emailing

Looking for a place to stay or just a pre match meal?
Try The George Hotel which is just 20m from the Town Hall

Special pre show offer - Two bar meals for £12
(pre bookings only - ring 01652 640600)
or book a overnight stay for a special price of £80 for two people (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)

Or alternatively BENGAL DYNASTY in the Market Square offer a 4 course happy hour meal (Friday Only) for £12.50 per person between 17:30 and19:00. To book, call 01652 648370. 
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Folk Upstairs at the Drill with Martyn Wyndham-Read Saturday 3 February

Lincoln Drill Hall present 
Folk Upstairs at the Drill with...

Martyn Wyndham-Read  

Saturday 3 February 7.30pm

Traditional and contemporary English and Australian songs from one of the all-time masters. A warm-voiced singer and fine guitarist; a justifiably respected veteran! 

Tickets: £10 from 01522 873894

Venue Link...

Namibian Tales - Preparing a Unique and Rare CD

Namibian Tales are preparing a unique and rare CD release tour for “Kalahari Encounters” in Europe during summer with the San - Bushmen singers from the Kalahari!
Selected for a showcase at the Seoul Music Week Festival in South Korea on 11 may 2018!

Video Link

The year 2017 was filled with musical travels for Namibian Tales. From freezing 
Switzerland (January) to Amman Jazz Festival in Jordan (April) and performances in Germany (May). 
The Namibian Tales quartet then took to the Kalahari in June, where they teamed 
up with the four San singers to rehearse and perform together in Namibia and create 
their critically acclaimed album “Kalahari Encounters” together. 
This live recording won Best World Music Album Produced in Netherlands 2017 
by Mixed World Music and was reviewed in Folk Roots magazine. 
The quartet performed at several venues during the Shanghai World Music F
estival China (October) and gave a showcase at “Visa For Music” in Rabat, Morocco 
in November. 
In December, Shishani Vranckx & Sjahin During returned to the Kalahari to 
present the album to the ladies and continued their work archiving music from 
different San communities in collaboration with the Museums Association of 
Namibia and UNESCO. 
This year the quartet will be giving a showcase at the Seoul Music Festival in 
South Korea. 
Currently the group is preparing the CD release tour for “Kalahari Encounters” 
which will take place in Europe during the summer together with the San singers 
from the Kalahari! 

N!ae Komtsa- vocals
Seg//ae  N!ani – vocals
//Ao N!ani – vocals
Baqu Kha//an – vocals
Shishani – vocals, guitar
Bence Huszar  – cello
Debby Korfmacher – mbira, kora & vocals
Afron Nyambali - bass
Sjahin During – percussion set

Video Link

Upcoming concerts with Shishani & Namibian Tales Quartet.
11 may - Susung World Music festival, Daegu, South  Korea
12 may - Korean Central Museum, Seoul, South Korea
13 may - Seoul Music Week festival, South Korea
16 may - Jazztonic Festival, Cheongju, South Korea
26 may - Terug Naar Het Begin Festival, Groningen, NL
Summer tour KALAHARI ENCOUNTERS in Europe (tba)
6 oct - AfroVibes festival, Korzo Den Haag, NL
24 till 28 oct - attending Womex, Gran Canaria
3 nov - Planeta Festival Gothenburg, Sweden

9 nov - Porta Festival, Latvia                                                        
16-26 jan 2019- festival Jazz Plaza, Havana Cuba (tba)
1 feb 2019 - Cultuurcentrum Leopoldsburg, Belgium
For info and bookings contact Mundus Productions                          
Sjahin During