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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

Various Artists – The Streets of Glasgow

2021-02-11T14:19:29+00:00

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 [...]

Various Artists – The Streets of Glasgow2021-02-11T14:19:29+00:00

Ray & Archie Fisher et al – Bonny Lass Come O’er the Burn

2021-02-10T10:57:31+00:00

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 [...]

Ray & Archie Fisher et al – Bonny Lass Come O’er the Burn2021-02-10T10:57:31+00:00

Paddy Tunney & Arthur Kearney – Ireland Her Own

2021-02-10T11:19:32+00:00

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 [...]

Paddy Tunney & Arthur Kearney – Ireland Her Own2021-02-10T11:19:32+00:00

Dominic Behan – Easter Week and After

2021-02-01T12:13:29+00:00

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 [...]

Dominic Behan – Easter Week and After2021-02-01T12:13:29+00:00

A. L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl – English and Scottish Folk Ballads

2021-02-10T10:10:59+00:00

'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 [...]

A. L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl – English and Scottish Folk Ballads2021-02-10T10:10:59+00:00

Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger – The Jacobite Rebellions

2021-02-02T09:45:55+00:00

Songs of the Jacobite Wars of 1715 and 1745 sung by Ewan MacColl with guitar and banjo accompaniments by Peggy Seeger. 'These songs recall a social order which has long since passed away under the wheels of the locomotive, the arterial road, [...]

Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger – The Jacobite Rebellions2021-02-02T09:45:55+00:00

Jack Elliott & Derroll Adams – Roll On Buddy

2021-02-10T10:17:04+00:00

'Together, they form a team, sometimes a little ragged, but never lacking in the fire which is essential to success. Their joint travels around Europe taught them a great deal which home life could not have done and they came back to [...]

Jack Elliott & Derroll Adams – Roll On Buddy2021-02-10T10:17:04+00:00

Jack Elliott – Muleskinner

2021-02-10T10:28:29+00:00

'In 1956 skiffle was going strong in London and Jack began to sing in pubs and create something of a name for himself. In 1957 he sent for his buddy Derroll Adams, banjo-picker from Portland, Oregon and together the two sang and [...]

Jack Elliott – Muleskinner2021-02-10T10:28:29+00:00

Joe Heaney – Irish Traditional Songs in Gaelic & English

2021-02-10T10:06:15+00:00

'Whether he is singing in Irish or English, Heaney is a remarkably discreet singer, not given to dramatic or comic effect, with an uneventful surface to his songs, but a world of secrets underneath. Outside a few settlements in his native West, [...]

Joe Heaney – Irish Traditional Songs in Gaelic & English2021-02-10T10:06:15+00:00

Various Artists – The Wide Midlands

2021-02-10T14:59:34+00:00

The Wide Midlands: Songs, stories and tunes from the central Counties. 'Birmingham, the Midland metropolis, was an important centre for the printing of broadsides and it is inevitable that this selection should lean towards the West Midlands. As well as broadsides, a [...]

Various Artists – The Wide Midlands2021-02-10T14:59:34+00:00

Hugh Gillespie – Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music

2019-10-22T15:29:54+00:00

The recordings of Hugh Gillespie have a quite different 'feel' from other American-Irish fiddle music of the late 1930s period. The somewhat unusual choice of guitar rather than piano for accompaniment certainly contributes to this distinctiveness, but probably the decisive factors are [...]

Hugh Gillespie – Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music2019-10-22T15:29:54+00:00