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Topic Records - The Real Sound Of Folk Music



Released: 20th Oct 2017



Released: 27th Oct 2017


This release serves as the perfect introduction to the world’s oldest surviving independent record label, the story of topic synonymous with the growth of folk as a musical and social movement in Britain as a whole.

the 2 cd set featuring 28 specially selected tracks from the label’s vast catalogue, these recordings demonstrating the bridge between modern music and a traditional art form. here you will find some remarkable singers, songs and tunes - either drawn directly from the tradition or inspired by it. many of the tracks deal with social issues of the time and there are also re-workings of great traditional story songs. Notable contributions here come from eliza carthy and the watersons, Shirley Collins, pentangle, martin carthy and anne briggs. Also check out the june tabor and oysterband cover version of joy division’s ‘love will tear us apart’. a filling and haunting introduction to the great legacy of the folk tradition.

Topic Records - The Real Sound Of Folk Music


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