Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles


songs of resistance, democracy + peace

Reconnecting with its roots in the Workers’ movement, Topic has collaborated with the General Federation of Trade Unions in ‘Voice & Vision’, a new double-CD set of songs of resistance, democracy and peace. This fabulous collection gathers together legendary Topic artists such as Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Norma Waterson, Pete Seeger, Louis Killen, Anne Briggs and Martin Carthy, alongside newer voices like Fran Morter and Adam Rees, Kiti Theobald, Jack Forbes, and 17 year old Piers Haslam.

A collection of songs that form a history of dissent, collaboration and the collective drive for what is right and just, ‘Voice & Vision’ is a stunning set of music and words that speak across generations and boundaries of the basic human right to dignity.

A triumphantly topical vision of solidarity….released by Topic Records and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), and both partners are to be congratulated for having the vision to reaffirm the power of song and the role that it has, does and will play in the fight for a better future.”

★★★★★ The Morning Star

The World Turned Upside Down ~ Dick Gaughan
The Diggers’ Song ~ Chumbawamba                                            
The Hard Times of Old England ~ Roy Bailey                              
To The Begging I Will Go ~ Ewan MacColl                                    
The Recruited Collier ~ Anne Briggs                                             
The Rigs Of The Time ~ Shirley Collins                                         
The Month of May ~ The Copper Family                          
Jerusalem ~ Bob Davenport                                                           
Captain Swing ~ Brian Denny                                            
General Ludd’s Triumph ~ M G Boulter               
Four Loom Weaver ~ The Oldham Tinkers                      
Poverty Knock ~ Roy Harris                                                           
Song of the Lower Classes ~ Fran Morter & Adam Rees             
The Internationale ~ The Topic Singers & Band 
Black Leg Miner ~ Louis Killen
Free & Easy ~ Piers Haslam
Bringing The News from Nowhere ~ Leon Rosselson
Alice White ~ Kiti Theobald
Joe Hill ~ Paul Robeson
Talking Union Blues ~ Pete Seeger
The Man That Waters The Workers’ Beer ~ Paddy Ryan
Dominion of the Sword ~ Martin Carthy
Palaces of Gold ~ Martin Simpson
Saltley Gates ~ Banner Theatre
Coal Not Dole ~ Norma Waterson
Harry Stone – Hearts of Coal ~ John Tams
Rolling Down The River ~ Jack Forbes
If You Want A Better Life ~ Peggy Seeger
War ~ The First of May Band


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