Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music. To do this Eliza put together a team of hugely talented musicians from across [...]
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This record is a partial musical portrait of Glasgow, the city that more than any other in these islands, arouses shame, admiration and very real fear - the Glasgow of the old tradition, half-pastoral, half-urban, and nothing at all to do with [...]
The brother and sister team of Ray and Archie Fisher first became known to a wider audience in 1961 when they appeared for a long run in the Scottish Television documentary 'Here and Now', and as regular guests on BBC 'Hootenanny' and [...]
When Chesterton wrote of the Irish "All their wars were merry and all their songs are sad" he was sacrificing accuracy for the sake of a paradox. The wars themselves were ruthless savage campaigns of destruction on the one hand and desperate [...]
In February 2007 the original members of PENTANGLE received a BBC Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award from Sir David Attenborough. On 29th June 2008, exactly 40 years since the recording of their monumental live album Sweet Child at the Royal Festival Hall, [...]
An official live collection from Martin Simpson recorded, as the title suggest, at a series of gigs in the US during 1998 and 1999. Bootleg USA is a great collection of live performances by the acknowledged master of the guitar - great [...]
Released for Record Store Day 2016. Master guitarist Martin Simpson joins forces with accordion maestro Andy Cutting and drummer Tom A. Wright (who also plays the slashing guitar stabs) on one side of this 7" vinyl single for a storming version of [...]
Another new 3CD set featuring 89 tracks with performances by, among others: Lucy Farr, Billy Clifford, Amby Whyms, Lamond Gillespie, Brian Rooney, Joe Whelan, Reg Hall, Karen Ryan and James Carty. Compiled and researched by Dr. Reg Hall, the acknowledged expert in [...]
A new 3CD set featuring a total of more than 100 vital performances by, among others: Michael Gorman, Bobby Casey, Martin Byrnes, Julia Clifford, Jimmy Power, Nan Landers, Vincent Griffin, Edmond Murphy and Tommy McCarthy. Compiled and researched by Dr. Reg Hall, [...]
Reg Hall's monumental and comprehensive history of Irish music in London A Few Tunes of Good Music is now available for viewing and download, complete with many illustrations, discography and original interview material. On March 18th 2016 Topic Records released two magnificent [...]
From Paddy Tunney's notes in the 1965 issue of this classic Topic LP: The songs he (Dominic Behan) has selected for this record number sixteen and all tell the story of the Irish Republican Army from the Easter Rising of 1916 to [...]
'Our ballads are well known in book versions, though it must be said that the great anthologies don't always contain the best specimens. They are less well known in sung versions, though they were made to be sung, not read. In this [...]