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Martin Simpson and Eliza Carthy win Folking Awards


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 [...]

Martin Simpson and Eliza Carthy win Folking Awards2020-06-05T10:57:44+00:00

Fay Hield – Wrackline


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 [...]

Fay Hield – Wrackline2020-11-25T12:26:27+00:00

Anne Briggs – s/t (Limited Edition 180gm gold vinyl)


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 deluxe [...]

Anne Briggs – s/t (Limited Edition 180gm gold vinyl)2019-10-29T08:52:34+00:00

‘Topic Records: Folk in Focus’ photography exhibition at Cecil Sharp House


Topic Records: Folk in Focus is an absorbing exhibition of iconic photographs from the Topic Records archive focusing on the seminal artists who’ve helped shape contemporary folk music as we know it. The exhibition includes era-defining shots of Anne Briggs, Shirley & [...]

‘Topic Records: Folk in Focus’ photography exhibition at Cecil Sharp House2019-10-25T14:45:28+00:00

Martin Simpson on the Folk On Foot podcast


For the latest episode of the award winning Folk On Foot podcast, Martin Simpson talks to Matthew Bannister about his childhood haunts in Scunthorpe and much more. Listen to the full podcast now on the Folk On Foot website, [...]

Martin Simpson on the Folk On Foot podcast2019-10-31T16:52:41+00:00

Martin Simpson – Rooted


Singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson released his latest studio album Rooted on August 30 2019. Produced by Andy Bell and recorded in Sheffield and Oxfordshire, Rooted will be available on CD, LP and digital with the deluxe 2CD and deluxe [...]

Martin Simpson – Rooted2020-09-03T15:49:12+00:00

An Introduction to Nic Jones


The 14th release in Topic’s acclaimed ‘An Introduction To...’ series celebrates the classic English folk singer, fingerstyle guitarist and fiddle player, Nic Jones. Compiled by Nic himself, the album includes sleeve notes by Colin Irwin (fRoots/The Guardian) and two previously unreleased 2013 [...]

An Introduction to Nic Jones2020-11-12T14:59:58+00:00

Eliza Carthy – Restitute


Eliza Carthy - Restitute Eliza Carthy, should, by now, need no introduction. A multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician from a formidable English music dynasty. Her mother, Norma was one of The Watersons, whose tight harmony arrangements of traditional songs became [...]

Eliza Carthy – Restitute2019-11-12T12:07:42+00:00

Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records


2019 marks the 80th birthday of Topic Records, the oldest independent record label in the world. As part of the celebrations, on 31st May 2019, we released the landmark album, ‘Vision & Revision : The first 80 years of Topic Records’ - [...]

Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records2019-11-19T15:22:00+00:00

Topic Treasures


Deluxe CD re-issues of classic Topic albums with original artwork, expanded sleeve notes, unseen photos and bonus tracks.   Martin Simpson - Prodigal Son Considered by many in the folk world as one of Martin Simpsons finest albums, Topic are proud [...]

Topic Treasures2020-01-07T15:36:19+00:00