part 1: TOPIC70 – TSCD499


Jackie Daly – Music From Sliabh Luachra


Released in 1977, Jackie Daly's remarkable debut of music from the Sliabh Luachra, the mountainous border between Cork and Kerry, has long been recognised as an important landmark recording. It captured Daly at the peak of his powers and helped to re-establish [...]

Jackie Daly – Music From Sliabh Luachra2019-11-05T14:26:39+00:00

June Tabor – Ashes And Diamonds


Accompanied, as on Airs and Graces, by Nic Jones (guitar), Tony Hall (melodeon) and other notable players, Tabor again blends striking revisions of traditional songs with new pieces by Eric Bogle No Man's Land, Now I'm Easy and Dave Goulder The Easter [...]

June Tabor – Ashes And Diamonds2019-10-31T13:17:54+00:00

Dick Gaughan – Gaughan


Traditional and contemporary songs sung with grace and feeling are interspersed with bagpipe jigs and fiddle reels transposed to guitar in this multifaceted collection. The CD includes bonus tracks from Dick's 1977 instrumental collection Coppers And Brass and two songs from the [...]

Dick Gaughan – Gaughan2019-11-05T15:28:41+00:00

Martin Carthy – Because It’s There


His musical thinking enriched by his experience in folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy approached this 1979 album (produced by Ashley Hutchings) with fresh ideas and collaborators such as trumpeter Howard Evans and John Kirkpatrick on accordion and concertina. Martin Carthy vocals, [...]

Martin Carthy – Because It’s There2019-11-08T10:09:18+00:00

June Tabor with Martin Simpson – A Cut Above


This album glows with the very special energy of a natural musical partnership, as June Tabor's bold steps are faultlessly tracked by guitarist Martin Simpson. As well as compositions by Richard Thompson, Bill Caddick and other contemporary writers, Tabor offers a song [...]

June Tabor with Martin Simpson – A Cut Above2019-10-28T17:06:07+00:00

Nic Jones – Penguin Eggs


Nic Jones' wonderful 1980 release, Penguin Eggs, was named Folk Album Of The Year by both Melody Maker and Folk Roots and has subsequently been called one of the 100 Greatest British Albums. This mature work of a brilliant song-interpreter and guitarist, [...]

Nic Jones – Penguin Eggs2020-11-12T15:01:11+00:00

Martin Carthy – Sweet Wivelsfield


First released in 1974 and produced by Ashley Hutchings, Sweet Wivelsfield is a classic Martin Carthy album and served as a benchmark recording for many other artists. The ominously chiming guitar chords of Trimdon Grange and the ingeniously borrowed melody of King [...]

Martin Carthy – Sweet Wivelsfield2019-10-31T09:40:08+00:00

Dick Gaughan – Handful of Earth


This mixture of love songs, odes of parting and political commentaries such as Worker's Song and World Turned Upside Down is Gaughan's most complex and emotionally penetrating album, and has come to be recognised as a masterwork. "Album of the Decade." - [...]

Dick Gaughan – Handful of Earth2019-11-05T14:54:07+00:00

Martin Carthy – Out Of The Cut


An updated Rigs of the Time and Jack Rowland's long story of magic metamorphosis are among the many arresting moments on this 1982 set, for which Martin Carthy is again joined by John Kirkpatrick and Howard Evans. Richard Thompson plays guitar on [...]

Martin Carthy – Out Of The Cut2019-11-08T10:13:35+00:00

Alistair Anderson – Steel Skies


Scored for a group of musicians including fiddles, flutes, mandolins and Alistair Anderson's concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes, Steel Skies is a magnificent suite of composed tunes with roots deep in the traditional music of the British Isles. The compositions take from the [...]

Alistair Anderson – Steel Skies2019-10-31T10:18:50+00:00

Martin Simpson – The Collection


This collection, drawn from Martin Simpson's three earliest Topic albums, finds him working both solo and with other musicians in a variety of inventive settings. 1 First Cut Is the Deepest 2 Roving Gambler 3 This War May Last You for Years [...]

Martin Simpson – The Collection2019-11-05T14:46:00+00:00

June Tabor – Abyssinians


June Tabor's vocal artistry is especially vividly captured in this 1983 album, produced by Andrew Cronshaw. It opens with a song by Lal & Mike Waterson, closes with one by Joni Mitchell and takes in on the way the African-American spiritual Lay [...]

June Tabor – Abyssinians2019-11-08T11:27:16+00:00
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