The swallows are back, there are nests to be built. Daffodils bloom then bow, snowdrops and bluebells swell amidst the grass. Clocks, once again, are wound forward to greet the glorious sun, blue skies and fresh morning breezes. With this [...]
About Ben BowdlerThis author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Ben Bowdler has created 32 blog entries.
The recent boom of interest in sea shanties is nothing if unpredictable. Thanks greatly to social media, a whole new generation have embraced these sailor songs, many, hundreds of years old. In its capacity as cultural archivist, Topic Records, of course, [...]
This eponymous 1971 debut album by Anne Briggs, largely unavailable for 48 years, is widely regarded as a pillar of any folk collection. Re-issued here as part of the Topic Treasures series – the label’s classic and notable albums expanded in [...]
The Official Folk Albums Chart for November 2020 was announced last night and we were delighted to see Martin Simpson's new album, Home Recordings, enter the chart at number 5. Commenting on his socials following the chart announcement, Martin said "Thank you [...]
We've recently launched a new Spotify playlist called 'Folk Discovery' which features new and not so new folk songs we're currently enjoying. The playlist isn't just limited to Topic artists and includes folk music from around the UK, Ireland and further afield. [...]
Martin Simpson releases An Englishman Abroad, the latest digital single from his upcoming album Home Recordings, today. The new single is the third song released from the upcoming album following on from October Song and The Times They Are A-Changin'. Martin says [...]
Huge congratulations to Fay Hield, who made it in to the inaugural Folk Albums Chart at number 6 with her latest album Wrackline. The chart was revealed last Saturday in a special livestreamed launch show which was hosted by Mark Radcliffe from [...]
Martin Simpson’s next album was going to be a live one. But the lockdown put paid to all that. Even so, this cloud does have a silver lining. And what a silver lining it is. Unable to play to audiences (Martin [...]
Fay Hield has today released Hare Spell, the first single from her upcoming album Wrackline which will be released on 11th September. The stunning new video below also accompanies the new track. In the Wrackline booklet, Fay says about Hare Spell "Taken [...]
The latest podcast from Alternative Stories titled "Through The Trees" is out today and features music from Fay Hield. Through the trees is an anthology about trees and woodlands, their folklore and mythology. Dealing with the subjects of transformation and change into [...]
Congratulations to Martin Simpson and Eliza Carthy who have both won awards at The Folking Awards 2020, Martin Simpson was voted Best Musician and Eliza Carthy Soloist of the Year. All of the winners across the eight categories were voted for by [...]
Wrackline, the new album from Fay Hield, looks at traditional stories involving the 'otherworld' of fairies, ghosts and the animal kingdom, the new work explores our emotional responses to the space between their realm and our own. Working through imaginary space [...]