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Topic Records - The Real Sound Of Folk Music

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Topic Records - The Real Sound Of Folk Music
Topic Records - The Real Sound Of Folk Music


The perfect introduction to Topic Records the worlds oldest surviving independent record label, a 2 CD set featuring 28 specially selected tracks from the labels vast catalogue.

The story of Topic is synonymous with the growth of folk as a musical and social movement in Britain and these recordings demonstrate the bridge between modern music and a traditional art form. On this 2 CD set you will find some of the most remarkable singers, songs and tunes - either drawn directly from the tradition or inspired by it.

Tracks featured include John Tam's, Unity, Steve Ashley's ,Ships of Shame, Dick Gaughan's, Both Sides the Tweed and Ewan MacColl's, Dirty Old Town.

Many of the tracks deal with social issues of the time and there are also re-workings of great traditional story songs like - Anne Briggs' Blackwater Side, Mike Watersons' Tamlyn, Nic Jones' Canadee-i-o and the majestic performances by Martin Simpson, Shirley Collins, Davy Graham, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and The Watersons.

Topic also offers up June Tabor and Oysterband cover version of Joy Divisions classic Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Pentangle, Andrew Cronshaw, Brass Monkey, Vin Garbutt, Johnny Handle, Bill Caddick, The Cheviot Ranters, Cilla Fisher and Artie Tresize, Silly Sisters, Tim Van Eyken, Peter Bellamy and Oak - the list goes on - a fulfilling and haunting introduction to the great legacy of the folk tradition and Topic Records


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  2. Both Sides The Tweed - Dick Gaughan
  3. Canadee-i-o - Nic Jones
  4. Angi - Davy Graham
  5. The Sweet Primeroses - Shirley Collins
  6. Never Any Good - Martin Simpson
  7. Wasps In The Woodpile - Andrew Cronshaw
  8. The Time Has Come - Pentangle
  9. Blackwater Side - Anne Briggs
  10. Scarborough Fair - Martin Carthy
  11. Worcester City - Eliza Carthy
  12. Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl
  13. Pace Egging Song - The Watersons
  14. Hedger And Ditcher - Silly Sisters
  15. Unity (Raise Your Banners High) - John Tams
  16. Love Will Tear Us Apart - June Tabor & Oysterband
  17. The Handweaver And The Factory Maid - Brass Monkey
  18. Ships Of Shame - Steve Ashley
  19. The Land Of Three Rivers - Vin Garbutt
  20. Dust - Johnny Handle
  21. Tamlyn - Mike Waterson
  22. Two-Fisted Heroes - Bill Caddick
  23. The Ideal Schottische - The Cheviot Ranters
  24. Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk - Cilla Fisher
  25. Man In The Moon - The Full English
  26. Talking Dustbowl Blues - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  27. Barleycorn - Tim Van Eyken
  28. When I Die - Peter Bellamy
  29. Scan's Polkas - Oak
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