TOPIC RECORDS CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE AND GREAT RECORDED FOLK MUSIC
Topic Records – classic definitive folk recordings of traditional and contemporary folk music, from English, Scottish & Irish folk singers & musicians.
Topic’s impressive catalogue includes some of the classic folk albums of all time, recorded by the likes of Martin Carthy, The Waterson family, June Tabor, John Tams, Dick Gaughan, Nic Jones, Anne Briggs, Brass Monkey, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy, The Copper Family, Linda Thompson, Shirley Collins, Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd and many more.
Topic is a winner of BBC Radio’s “Good Tradition” Award
for the preservation and promotion of traditional and roots music.
After a very successful tour and recording schedule over the last six months the wonderful new trio with Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr will release their debut album together on June 8th.
Murmurs was recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master musicians having musical fun together. The album will appear on DL, CD and a limited edition Deluxe CD/DVD set. It’s a collection of songs that communicate to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the music. Recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell, the combination of traditional songs, such as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and a stunning ‘Plains of Waterloo’, and original compositions, including ‘Dark Swift’ and ‘Not Even The Ground’ makes for a compelling listening experience; stories are told with instruments played by these masters of their respective crafts, but this is no showcase, more an expression of the joy of playing and singing between three absolutely intuitive musicians.
“It is so incredibly exciting. Andy and Nancy have been brilliant. The whole project is sheer joy!”
‘Dark Honey’ is Nancy Kerr’s reflection on the human influence on our fast-changing ecology, informed by a summer of bee swarms in her inner-city garden, and the story she heard of bees collecting the sweetness from discarded cola cans and subsequently producing the dark honey of the title.
‘Ruben’ is an exclusive non-album track, available only on this single. A spirited and spiritual banjo-led reworking of the American folk standard ‘Reuben’s Train’ (other versions known as ‘500 Miles or ‘900 Miles’), it is the lament of a traveller riding the railroad, penniless, longing for a home far out of reach.
“Outrageously great album from Simpson∙Cutting∙Kerr. ‘Dark Swift & Bright Swallow’ is amazing. It’s stunning and beautiful. And timely. All things great folk should be.” Rob Cowen, author of the forthcoming ‘Common Ground’.