Dominic Behan – Easter Week and After


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 After2019-11-12T14:21:45+00:00

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


'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 Ballads2019-10-22T15:10:33+00:00

Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger – The Jacobite Rebellions


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 Rebellions2019-11-12T14:27:38+00:00

Jack Elliott & Derroll Adams – Roll On Buddy


'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 Buddy2019-10-22T15:17:50+00:00

Jack Elliott – Muleskinner


'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 – Muleskinner2019-10-22T15:20:07+00:00

Joe Heaney – Irish Traditional Songs in Gaelic & English


'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 & English2019-10-22T15:22:15+00:00

Various Artists – The Wide Midlands


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 Midlands2019-10-22T15:25:08+00:00

Hugh Gillespie – Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music


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

Bob Hart – Songs from Suffolk


Bob Hart, born 1892, belongs to the same grand company of East Anglian traditional singers as Harry Cox and Sam Larner, Jumbo Brightwell of Eastbridge and Bob Scarce of Blaxhall. Schooled in Southwold, Bob started farm work after a move to Trentham, [...]

Bob Hart – Songs from Suffolk2019-10-22T15:32:59+00:00

The Hemlock Cock & Bull Band – All Buttoned Up


The Cock and Bull Band were formed in 1979 from the ashes of Hemlock. Members were Brad Bradstock, John Maxwell, Jean-Pierre Rasle and Dave Whetstone. Paul Martin replaced Brad in 1980 and the band recorded this, their debut album, on Topic Records [...]

The Hemlock Cock & Bull Band – All Buttoned Up2019-10-22T15:37:54+00:00

Simpson | Cutting | Kerr – Murmurs (deluxe edition)


Deluxe limited edition CD and DVD set After a very successful tour and recording schedule over the last six months the wonderful new trio with Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr will release their debut album together on June 8th. Murmurs [...]

Simpson | Cutting | Kerr – Murmurs (deluxe edition)2019-10-22T15:46:35+00:00

The House Band – Word of Mouth


The last Topic album recorded by The House Band, by this time (1988) a three-piece after the departure of Brian Brooks; 'Word of Mouth' was recorded at Ideal Sound in London. 1 WALLS OF TROY 2 THE DUSTY MILLER/THE COUNTY GROUND 3 [...]

The House Band – Word of Mouth2019-10-22T15:52:17+00:00