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VARIOUS ARTISTS The Breeze From Erin TSDL184

The Breeze From Erin
Irish Folk Music on Wind Instruments

A splendid collection of Irish instrumental music recorded by several generations of musicians.
“Vital recordings, real examples of a live, healthy tradition.”

Willie Clancy : bagpipes and whistle
Festy Conlan : whistle
Eddie Corcoran : whistle
Tim Lyons : accordion
Tony McMahon : accordion
Seamus Tansey : flute, whistle and tambourine
with Reg Hall : piano

1   The Choice Wife (slip jig) Clancy, bagpipes
2  Banish Misfortune (jig) Conlan, whistle
3  The Bag of Potatoes : Sligo Maid (reels) Conlan. whistle, Lyons, accordion
4  Róisin Dubh (air) Tansey, flute, Dublin Reel : The Steampacket (reels) Tansey, flute, Hall, piano
5  Boil the Breakfast Early (reel) Tansey and Corcoran, whistle
6  Bean Dubh an Ghleanna (air) : The Ewe (reel) McMahon, accordion
7  The Morning Dew : The Woman of the House (reels) Clancy, whistle
8 The Queen of the Rushes (jig) Conlan, whistle Lyons, accordion
9  Paddy Ryan’s Dream : Mamma’s Pet (reels) Tansey, flute, Hall, piano
10  An Raibh Tú Ar an gCarraig (air) Conlan, whistle
11 The First House in Connacht : Miss McLeod (reels) Conlan, whistle
12 Bonny Kate : Jenny’s Chickens (reels) Corcoran, whistle, Tansey, tambourine
13 Taimse im Chodladh (air) Clancy, bagpipes

Recorded by Bill Leader
First issued by Topic Records 1969

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ARCHIVE DIGITAL CATALOGUE

In common with most record labels, Topic releases new albums both on CD and as digital downloads.

Topic Records is also the custodian of a tremendous catalogue of archive recordings. Early in 2009 as part of the label’s 70th anniversary celebrations we began a programme of digital releases from the archive.

Classic recordings from Ewan MacColl, A L Lloyd, The Oldham Tinkers, Lizzie Higgins, Vin Garbutt, John Kirkpatrick, The Cheviot Ranters and many more are now available for full album and individual track download from all the best digital retailers, including:


TSDL018  PEGGY SEEGER  Come Along John
TSDL035  DOMINIC BEHAN  Down By The Liffeyside (Irish Street Songs)

TSDL044  DOMINIC BEHAN Easter week and after
TSDL051  A L LLOYD  Outback Ballads
TSDL052  JEANNIE ROBERTSON  Great Scots Traditional Singer
TSDL069  The LIVERPOOL SPINNERS  Songs Sung In Liverpool
TSDL070  DAVY GRAHAM  3/4 AD
TSDL079  EWAN MacCOLL & PEGGY SEEGER The Jacobite Rebellions
TSDL084  THE WILLETT FAMILY  The Roving Journeyman
TSDL091  JOE HEANEY Irish Traditional Songs in Gaelic & English
TSDL093  RAMBLING JACK ELLIOTT  Talking Woody Guthrie
TSDL103  A. L. LLOYD & EWAN MacCOLL English and Scottish Folk Ballads
TSDL104  EWAN MacCOLL & PEGGY SEEGER Steam Whistle Ballads
TSDL105  JACK ELLIOTT & DERROLL ADAMS Roll on Buddy
TSDL106  JACK ELLIOTT Muleskinner
TSDL110  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Farewell Nancy ~ Sea Songs & Shanties
TSDL113  PEGGY SEEGER & TOM PALEY  Who’s Going To Shoe You’re Pretty Little Foot?
TSDL117  HEDY WEST  Old Times and Hard Times
TSDL118  A L LLOYD  First Person
TSDL120  THE CAMPBELL FAMILY  The Singing Campbells
TSDL125  VARIOUS ARTISTS  New Voices
TSDL128  RAY & ARCHIE FISHER et al  Bonny Lass Come O’er the Burn
TSDL130  EWAN MacCOLL  Bundook Ballads
TSCD134  JESSE FULLER  Move On Down The Line
TSDL137  THE FISHER FAMILY  Traditional & New Songs From Scotland
TSDL138  The STEWART FAMILY  The Stewarts Of Blair
TSDL139  PADDY TUNNEY  A Wild Bee’s Nest
TSDL143  The EXILES  Freedom, Come All Ye
TSDL146  HEDY WEST  Pretty Saro
TSDL147  EWAN MacCOLL  The Manchester Angel
TSDL153  PADDY TUNNEY & ARTHUR KEARNEY  Ireland Her Own
TSDL163  HEDY WEST  Ballads
TSDL164  The EXILES  The Hale & The Hanged
TSDL165  PADDY TUNNEY  The Irish Edge
TSDL171  SARAH OGAN GUNNING  A Girl of Constant Sorrow
TSDL172  FRANK HARTE  Dublin Street Songs
TSDL173  JIMMY McBEATH  Wild Rover No More
TSDL175  WILLIE CLANCY  The Minstrel From Clare
TSDL179  The STEWART FAMILY  The Travelling Stewarts
TSDL182  MRS. SARAH MAKEM  Ulster Ballad Singer
TSDL183  WILLIE SCOTT  The Shepherd’s Song
TSDL184  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Breeze From Erin
TSDL185  LIZZIE HIGGINS  Princess Of The Thistle
TSDL186  The HIGH LEVEL RANTERS Northumberland For Ever
TSDL190  DAVE & TONI ARTHUR  The Lark In The Morning
TSDL193  PHOEBE SMITH  Once I Had A True Love
TSDL200  PETER BELLAMY  The Fox Jumps Over The Parson’s Gate
TSDL203  A L LLOYD  The Great Australian Legend
TSDL204  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Owdham Edge – Popular Song & Verse from Lancashire
TSDL206  THE OLDHAM TINKERS  Oldham’s Burning Sands
TSDL209  IRISH COUNTRY FOUR  Songs, Ballads & Instrumental Tunes of Ulster
TSDL210 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Wide Midlands
TSDL212  OAK  Welcome To Our Fair
TSDL214  THE CHEVIOT RANTERS  The Sound Of The Cheviots
TSDL215  HARRY BOARDMAN, DAVE HILLERY  Trans Pennine
TSDL216  FRANKIE ARMSTRONG  Lovely On The Water
TSDL217  ROY HARRIS  The Bitter & The Sweet
TSDL222  THE CHEVIOT RANTERS  The Cheviot Hills
TSDL223  PETA WEBB  I Have Wandered In Exile
TSDL225  BOB HART Songs from Suffolk
TSDL226  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Streets of Glasgow
TSDL227  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Wild Hills O’Wannie
TSDL228  The BROADSIDE From GRIMSBY  The Moon Shone Bright
TSDL229  VARIOUS ARTISTS  English Country Music From East Anglia
TSDL230  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Lark In The Clear Air
TSDL236  HARRY BOARDMAN A Lancashire Mon
TSDL237  THE OLDHAM TINKERS  Best O’ T’ Bunch
TSDL239  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Bonny North Tyne
TSDL240  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Boscastle Breakdown
TSDL243  BOB HART, PERCY WEBB, ERNEST AUSTIN  Flash Company
TSDL244  SAM LARNER  A Garland For Sam
TSDL245  THE CHEVIOT RANTERS  Cheviot Barn Dance
TSDL247  JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS  The Rose Of Britain’s Isle
TSDL248  JOHN LYONS  The May Morning Dew
TSDL250  SEAMUS ENNIS  The Wandering Minstrel

TSDL251  THE RUSSELL FAMILY Of Doolin, County Clare
TSDL253  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Songs Of The Open Road
TSDL254  VARIOUS ARTISTS  When Sheepshearing’s Done
TSDL255  GARY & VERA ASPEY  From the North
TSDL256  ROY HARRIS  Champions Of Folly
TSDL257  PACKIE MANUS BYRNE  Songs Of A Donegal Man
TSDL258  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Sussex Harvest
TSDL260  LIZZIE HIGGINS  Up And Awa’ Wi’ The Laverock
TSDL261  JUMBO BRIGHTWELL  Songs from the Eel’s Foot
TSDL264  PADDY TUNNEY  The Mountain Streams Where The Moorcocks Crow
TSDL266  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Caledonian Companion
TSDL267  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Morpeth Rant
TSDL268  THE MUSIC OF SCOTT SKINNER  Traditional Scots Fiddling
TSDL270  JOHNNY HANDLE  The Collier Lad
TSDL273  FRANKIE ARMSTRONG  Songs and Ballads
TSDL274  BOB DAVENPORT  Down The Long Road
TSDL275  BOB CANN  West Country Melodeon
TSDL276  THE OLDHAM TINKERS  For Old Time’s Sake
TSDL277  ARCHIE FISHER  Will Ye Gang, Love
TSDL280  J SCOTT SKINNER  The Strathspey King
TSDL282  TOM GILFELLON  In The Middle Of The Tune
TSDL283  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Holey Ha’penny
TSDL284  THE GAUGERS  Beware of the Aberdonian
TSDL285  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Green Grow The Laurels
TSDL286  GEORGE MAYNARD  Ye Subjects Of England
TSDL287  SEAN McALOON & JOHN REA  Drops Of Brandy
TSDL288  FELIX DORAN  The Last Of The Travelling Pipers
TSDL289  PADDY TUNNEY  The Flowery Vale
TSDL292  The LING FAMILY  Singing Traditions Of A Suffolk Family
TSDL293  DAVIE STEWART
TSDL294  PAT MITCHELL  Uilleann Pipes
TSDL295  JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS  Among The Many Attractions At The Show…
TSDL297  THE HIGH LEVEL RANTERS  Ranting Lads
TSDL299  GARY & VERA ASPEY  A Taste Of Hotpot
TSDL303  JIMMY McBEATH  Bound To Be A Row
TSDL304  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Travelling Songster
TSDL305  THE O’HALLORAN BROTHERS  The Men Of The Island
TSDL306  JIMMY POWER  Irish Fiddle Player
TSDL307  BELLE STEWART  Queen Among The Heather
TSDL308  FRANK HINCHLIFFE In Sheffield Park
TSDL314  KEVIN MITCHELL  Free And Easy
TSDL315  DICK GAUGHAN  Coppers & Brass
TSDL316  ROSE MURPHY  Milltown Lass
TSDL317  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Songs & Southern Breezes
TSDL318  BOB DAVENPORT  Postcards Home
TSDL319  BOB SMITH’S IDEAL BAND Ideal Music
TSDL321  The CAMERON MEN
TSDL323  THE OLDHAM TINKERS  Sit Thee Down
TSDL324  JOHNNY DOUGHTY  Round Rye Bay For More
TSDL325  JOSIE McDERMOTT  Darby’s Farewell
TSDL326  JOHN BURGESS  The Art Of The Highland Bagpipes vol. 2
TSDL327  ROY HARRIS  By Sandbank Fields
TSDL328  BOB COPPER  Sweet Rose In June
TSDL329  CHRIS FOSTER  Layers
TSDL334  LEN GRAHAM Wind and Water
TSDL335  TOMMY HEALY & JOHN DUFFY  Memories Of Sligo
TSDL337  JACK & CHARLIE COEN  The Branch Lin
TSDL338  VINCENT GRIFFIN Traditional Fiddle Music from County Clare
TSDL339  PACKIE DUIGNAN & SEAMUS HORAN Music From County Leitrim
TSDL348  JOHN WRIGHT  Unaccompanied
TSDL349  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Devon Tradition
TSDL350  BOB DAVENPORT & THE RAKES  1977
TSDL351  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Folk Music Of Norway
TSDL352  TERRY TEAHAN & SEAMUS HORAN  Old Time Irish Music In America
TSDL353  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Music of Cape Breton vol: 1
TSDL354  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Music of Cape Breton vol: 2
TSDL355  JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS  Shreds & Patches
TSDL356  VERA ASPEY  The Blackbird
TSDL359  JOHN REILLY  The Bonny Green Tree
TSDL361  BOB ROBERTS  Songs From The Sailing Barges
TSDL362  MARY-ANN CAROLAN  Songs From The Irish Tradition
TSDL364  HUGH GILLESPIE Classic recordings of Irish traditional fiddle music
TSDL366  DAN SULLIVAN’S SHAMROCK BAND
TSDL368  JOHN DOONAN  At The Feis
TSDL369  THE LAMBS ON THE GREEN HILLS  Songs from County Clare
TSDL371  ALISTAIR ANDERSON  Corby Crag
TSDL372  GEORGE HANNA & SARAH ANNE O’NEILL  On The Shores Of Lough Neagh
TSDL373  JOHN REA  Traditional Music on the Hammer Dulcimer
TSDL374  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Earl Soham Slog
TSDL375  VARIOUS ARTISTS  Sing, Say and Play – Traditional Songs & Music from Suffolk
TSDL378  VIN GARBUTT  Eston California
TSDL380  SHIRLEY & DOLLY COLLINS  For As Many As Will
TSDL382  NEW VICTORY BAND  One More Dance & Then
TSDL385  VIN GARBUTT  Tossing A Wobbler

TSDL386  BARRY DRANSFIELD  Bowin’ & Scrapin’
TSDL388  THE HIGH LEVEL RANTERS  Four In A Bar
TSDL391  CHRIS FOSTER  All Things In Common
TSDL392  WALTER PARDON  A Country Life
TSDL395  TRAVELLERS  Songs, Stories and Tunes from English Gypsies
TSDL398  JOHN DOHERTY  Bundle And Go
TSDL399  THE OLDHAM TINKERS  That Lancashire Band
TSDL403  ALISON McMORLAND & PETA WEBB
TSDL405  CILLA FISHER & ARTIE TREZISE  Cilla And Artie
TSDL407  GARY & VERA ASPEY  Seeing Double
TSDL408  JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS  Facing The Music
TSDL414  ROBIN DRANSFIELD  Tidewave
TSDL416  UMPS AND DUMPS The Moon’s In A Fit
TSDL421  The HEMLOCK COCK & BULL BAND All Buttoned Up
TSDL425  The NEW HIGH LEVEL RANTERS
TSDL428  VIN GARBUTT  Little Innocents
TSDL429  HAUK BUEN, KNUT BUEN, TOM ANDERSON, VIDAR LANDE  Ringing Strings – Fiddle Music of Norway-Shetland
TSDL430  MARTIN SIMPSON  Grinning In Your Face
TSDL435  CURLEW  Fiddle Music From Shetland & Beyond
TSDL438  MARTIN SIMPSON  Sad Or High Kicking!
TSDL439  THE HOUSE BAND  The House Band
TSDL440  THE COCK AND BULL BAND  Eyes Closed and Rocking
TSDL441  BILL CADDICK  The Wild West Show
TSDL445  THE HOUSE BAND  Pacific
TSDL446  MARTIN & JESSICA SIMPSON  True Dare Or Promise
TSDL447  ANDREW CRONSHAW  Till The Beast’s Returning
TSDL451  THE HOUSE BAND  Word of Mouth
TSDL453  JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS  Stolen Ground
TSDL468  BATTLEFIELD BAND  Opening Moves
TSDL479  VARIOUS ARTISTS  The Bird In The Bush
TSDL501  BRASS MONKEY  Sound & Rumour
TSDL502  EWAN MacCOLL  Chorus From The Gallows
TSDL1028  BLOWZABELLA  Vanilla
TSDL1050  ANDREW CRONSHAW  The Language Of Snakes
TSDL1502  BERNARD O’SULLIVAN & TOMMY McMAHON  Clare Concertinas
TSDL1503  CHRIS DRONEY  The Flowing Tide
TSDL1504  JOHN KELLY  Fiddle and Concertina Player
TSDL1505  BERNARD O’SULLIVAN, TOMMY McMAHON  Play Irish Traditional Music of County Clare
TSDL1506  IRISH TRADITIONAL CONCERTINA STYLES

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TOPIC70 VARIOUS ARTISTS ~ THREE SCORE & TEN

TOPIC70 packshot webTHREE SCORE AND TEN is seven CDs in a ten by ten inch hardback book, with dust jacket containing 108 profusely illustrated, full colour pages with a narrative portrait of Topic from 1939 to the present day. Also included separately is a complete discography of every Topic release from 1939 to the newest releases in 2009.

There are 144 tracks that cover all aspects of Topic’s recording history in 7 themed CDs with many rare tracks never before on CD. The extensive text gives a detailed recording and social history with profiles of the essential recordings, principle artists and key personages. The many hundreds of illustrations are a revelation in themselves, anchoring the whole project with photos of the artists, album sleeves, advertising leaflets, snapshots and memorabilia.

A quote from page 92 of Three Score and Ten sums it all up pretty nicely:

“From its first release in 1939 and it’s origins in the Workers’ Music Association through the folk revival to the present day Topic Records has always endeavoured to make classic and definitive recordings of traditional music available to the public; a catalogue of records to inform and inspire the listener.” Since the 1950s, Topic has stood virtually alone in continuing to make recordings of traditional music and the tradition based music of the British Isles.

The aims and objects of the Workers’ Music Association (as published in 1944) still stand as a fair description of the ambitions of Topic Records in 2009:
- To present to the people their rich musical inheritance
- To utilise fully the stimulating power of music to inspire people
- To stimulate the composition of music appropriate to our time
- To foster and further the art of music on the principle that true art can move the people
- to work for the betterment of society

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The RUSSELL FAMILY of Doolin, County Clare TSDL251

Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell of Dolin, Co Clare, were an Irish musical family of singular attractiveness and interest, with aremarkably rich store of local Clare music. This record was recorded on location by John Tams and Neil Wayne in 1977, and is an exceptional document of the traditional music making still to be heard in the Irish countryside during the mid-1970s.
1  Campbell’s Reel
2  The Heather Breeze / The Traveller
3  St. Kevin of Glendalough
4  The Potlick / The Peeler’s Jacket
5  The Five Mile Chase
6  Russell’s Hornpipe / Fisher’s Hornpipe
7  The Poor Little Fisher Boy
8  The Walls of Liscarroll / The Battering Ram
9  Garret Barry’s Reel
10  Tommy Glenny’s Reel
11  The Connemara Stockings / The Westmeath Hunt
12  When Musheen Went to Bunnan
13  Tatter Jack Walsh
14  The De’il Among the Tailors
15  The Roscrea Cows
16  Fair Haired Boy / The Black Haired Lass
17  Off to California
18  Give the Girl her Fourpence
19  Nora Daly

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TSCD931 WOMEN OF EGYPT 1924-1931: PIONEERS OF STARDOM AND FAME

A CD compilation of fantastic Arab women, stars of Egyptian theatre and song who recorded in the nineteen twenties and early thirties. Taken from original 78rpm recordings of the time and remastered to the highest standards, this collection features among others the legendary Umm Kulthum.

Between 1890 and 1920, theatres and European-style cabarets sprang up all over Egypt. Performers flocked there from all over the Arab world and from Europe. Isadora Duncan, Pavlova and Mistinguette included Cairo in their world tours. At their peak, the most famous female Arabic women singers were earning as much, if not more, than their male counterparts. The 1920s was the heyday of this music and its recordings and these performers can be seen as having struck a blow for the emancipation of women. The Wall Street crash and the associated economic downturn marked the end of the recording industries’ boom years, leaving us a legacy of remarkable performances of immense power.

Winner of The German Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). The award was inaugurated in 1963 to set the “most rigorous standards for supreme achievement” in the field of recording.

• “A fascinating variety of vocal styles covering the spectrum from Upper-Egyptian to quintessential Paris.” ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
• “A painstakingly compiled and copiously annotated compendium of sixteen rare sides. One can’t help but compare the rare recording to its equivalents in American Appalachian and country blues music of the time, except for one primary difference – those genres arose from rural life, these Egyptian sounds very much emanate from urban – and urbane – society. Saniyyah Hassaneyn’s “Ataftu Wardah Hamra” (I Plucked a Red Rose) – a vocal so burdened by the weight of the world that Bessie Smith or Billie Holliday could easily have made it their own.” All Music Guide
• “Enormously evocative, these recordings open the door to a cast of larger than life characters.” fROOTS
• “The breadth of styles present on the compilation is remarkable. – an essential addition to both university library collections and private collections of Arab music.” Ethnomusicology

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TSCD471 LEO ROWSOME ~ CLASSICS OF IRISH PIPING

TSCD471 webRowsome was one of the great style-makers of Irish pipe music. ‘Everywhere he went,’ writes his friend Sean Reid in the notes, ‘he added glamour to a unique, expressive and truly native instrument, a living link with the historic Irish nation.’
This collection, accurately remastered from recordings spanning 1926-48, exhibits his highly personal approach in a programme of tunes both familiar and rare.

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