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


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