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Songs of Defiance: Music of Chechnya and the North Caucasus

2021-10-18T10:42:06+00:00

The small but troubled Republic of Chechnya is a member of the Russian Federation, located in the North Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas. With a population of a little more than one million, it’s fierce fight for [...]

Songs of Defiance: Music of Chechnya and the North Caucasus2021-10-18T10:42:06+00:00

Lal Waterson plaque unveiled in Hull

2021-09-06T09:20:26+00:00

Yesterday in Hull, the family of renowned folk singer Lal Waterson returned to the city for the unveiling of a plaque in her honour at her former home. Lal's two children, Marry and Oliver, sister Norma, niece Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy [...]

Lal Waterson plaque unveiled in Hull2021-09-06T09:20:26+00:00

Fay Hield – Wrackline album tour

2021-07-27T08:31:44+00:00

It's been almost a year since the release of Wrackline and now that venues are reopening and artists are able to tour again, Fay Hield heads out this September for the Wrackline album tour. Fay will be accompanied on the tour by [...]

Fay Hield – Wrackline album tour2021-07-27T08:31:44+00:00

Four Seasons in Folk: Spring – the new compilation

2021-03-19T14:03:04+00:00

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 [...]

Four Seasons in Folk: Spring – the new compilation2021-03-19T14:03:04+00:00

Sea Songs & Shanties – A Topic Records Miscellany

2021-03-03T11:41:50+00:00

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, [...]

Sea Songs & Shanties – A Topic Records Miscellany2021-03-03T11:41:50+00:00

Anne Briggs – Topic Treasures Series Vinyl Re-issue

2021-03-05T08:30:14+00:00

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 [...]

Anne Briggs – Topic Treasures Series Vinyl Re-issue2021-03-05T08:30:14+00:00

Martin Simpson enters the Folk Albums Chart at number 5

2020-12-08T10:50:12+00:00

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 [...]

Martin Simpson enters the Folk Albums Chart at number 52020-12-08T10:50:12+00:00

Folk Discovery – a Spotify playlist (updated every week)

2021-06-09T15:08:10+00:00

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. [...]

Folk Discovery – a Spotify playlist (updated every week)2021-06-09T15:08:10+00:00

Martin Simpson releases new single An Englishman Abroad

2020-11-13T09:28:55+00:00

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 [...]

Martin Simpson releases new single An Englishman Abroad2020-11-13T09:28:55+00:00

Fay Hield reaches number 6 in the inaugural Folk Albums Chart

2020-10-20T08:18:32+00:00

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 [...]

Fay Hield reaches number 6 in the inaugural Folk Albums Chart2020-10-20T08:18:32+00:00

Martin Simpson – Home Recordings

2020-12-09T14:05:23+00:00

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 [...]

Martin Simpson – Home Recordings2020-12-09T14:05:23+00:00