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Norma Waterson, 1939 – 2022

2022-01-31T17:11:07+00:00

We’re deeply saddened to hear news of the passing of Norma Waterson. Norma was an integral part of our family, a leading light of British folk music, a voice like no other. Whether it be as part of The Watersons, (alongside brother, [...]

Norma Waterson, 1939 – 20222022-01-31T17:11:07+00:00

Eliza Carthy announced as EFDSS’s next President

2021-12-21T16:12:05+00:00

Congratulations to Eliza Carthy MBE, who has been announced as the next President of The English Folk Dance and Song Society. Having previously been the Vice-President since 2008, she takes over from Shirley Collins MBE and will be only the fifth President [...]

Eliza Carthy announced as EFDSS’s next President2021-12-21T16:12:05+00:00

Topic signs Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

2021-10-22T14:19:55+00:00

We’re delighted to welcome Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage into the Topic Records fold. On signing with Topic, Hannah and Ben said "We're so excited to be joining the Topic Records family. Their catalogue has been in our ears for most of [...]

Topic signs Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage2021-10-22T14:19:55+00:00

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