TOPIC RECORDS CELEBRATES ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019 AS THE OLDEST INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL IN THE WORLD

 

"I’ve been buying and scrounging Topic Records since 1954. It feels like Topic has always been there, quietly doing good work. Like a backbone."
John Peel, 1999

With its origins in the Workers’ Music Association, through the mid-20th century folk revival to the present day, Topic Records has established itself as not only the pre-eminent British folk music label but one widely respected throughout the world.

During the past 80 years, Topic Records has built a deserved reputation for not compromising the nature of its work or that of the independent spirit of the artists it represents. Irrespective of fads or fashions, Topic has not simply survived, but it has grown and flourished too – proof, if any were needed, that “grass roots” interest in traditional music, the artists and the label itself, has remained constant and strong. Topic has released some of the most influential folk recordings of modern times by a host of revered artists, from Anne Briggs to Peggy Seeger to June Tabor to Ewan MacColl and many, many more.

Not content to merely rely on the undeniable splendours of the past, Topic Records continues to look forward to the future with considerable optimism for both itself and the genre to which it has long been central. 2019 sees a flurry of new releases, further special events, live performances, exhibitions, documentaries and podcasts. March heralds in a new series of expanded, deluxe reissues under the Topic Treasures banner, commencing with Martin Simpson’s ‘Prodigal Son’, Anne Briggs’ eponymous 1971 album and Shirley Collins’ ‘The Sweet Primeroses’. Come April, there will also be a limited-edition gold vinyl issue of ‘Anne Briggs’, alongside June Tabor’s ‘Airs and Graces’.

Late May, Topic Records will release a landmark album, Vision & Revision: The first 80 years of Topic Records– a deluxe double CD of the cream of British folk artists covering a song of their choice from Topic’s vast back catalogue. Includes never-before-released tracks by Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, Lankum, Peggy Seeger, John Smith, Sam Lee, Martin Carthy, Olivia Chaney, Lisa O’Neill, Oysterband, Nancy Kerr, Chris Wood, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Lisa Knapp, Kitty Macfarlane, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Emily Portman, Rachael McShane & The Cartographers, Eliza Carthy & Olivia Chaney and The Oldham Tinkers.

Also forthcoming in 2019, will be Topic Records Presents, a series of concerts at Cecil Sharp House, England's award-winning folk arts centre that is home to the English Folk Dance & Song Society. These gigs start with Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick (17th Jan), The Oldham Tinkers (2nd Feb) and Eliza Carthy (14th Feb).

Fri, 7 Jun, Barbican, London
Topic Records 80th Anniversary Concert
with Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee, Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Olivia Chaney, Alasdair Roberts and more.

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Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records

Vision & Revision : The First 80 Years Of Topic Records

As part of our 80th celebrations, on 31st May 2019, we'll be releasing 'Vision & Revision : The First 80 Years Of Topic Records' - a deluxe double CD and vinyl of the cream of British folk artists interpreting a song of their choice from Topic’s vast back catalogue - the only stipulation being that the song was at some time released on Topic. Includes never-before-released tracks by Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, Lankum, Peggy Seeger, John Smith, Sam Lee, Martin Carthy, Olivia Chaney, Lisa O’Neill, Oysterband, Nancy Kerr, Chris Wood, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Lisa Knapp, Kitty Macfarlane, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Emily Portman & Rob Harbron, Rachael McShane & The Cartographers, Eliza Carthy & Olivia Chaney and The Oldham Tinkers.

Listen to the first two singles from Vision & Revision

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TOPIC TREASURES

Deluxe CD re-issues of classic Topic albums with original artwork, expanded sleeve notes, unseen photos and bonus tracks.
The first three releases in the Topic Treasures series are released on the 22 March 2019, followed by June Tabor's Airs and Graces on 26 April.

 

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