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.
‘The Enigma of Nic Jones‘ – is a beautiful, award-winning documentary directed by Michael Proodfoot and narrated by Cerys Matthews, with contributions from Nic Jones, his friends, family, collaborators and musicians inspired by the man and his music.
After a forced absence from performing of nearly thirty years, Nic Jones’ reappearance on the folk scene in 2011 was rapturously welcomed, accompanied in concert by his son Joe
and as a trio with Belinda O’Hooley on piano. In 2013, Nic was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. This arguably overdue accolade underlined the esteem in which Nic’s work and place in folk music is held, and was a significant marker in a journey that has taken Nic from respected session musician to established solo artist, then to folk-hero and crossover success via his now-classic Topic album Penguin Eggs.
First shown on BBC Four in 2013, this DVD adds full performances of seven pieces of music that briefly appear in the main documentary:
The Nic Jones Trio : Master Kilby, Rue The Day, I Only Spoke Portuguese
Eliza Carthy : 10,000 Miles
Blair Dunlop : Canadee-I-O
Pete Coe : Monday Morning, Astley’s Ride / Up and Away
‘…the photography’s gorgeous, the talking-head interviews are heartfelt and enlightening,
and the comeback footage… is tentative but often deeply moving.’ Time Out
A short trailer for the documentary is available here: https://vimeo.com/37817643