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cd cover Three Score and Ten: A Voice to the People:
70 years of the oldest independent record label in Great Britain
Topic Records

This is THE record label of Britain: born in a political maelstrom, dedicated to 'the people' from day one right through to today. They might well have defined British folk music itself, in some ways. So for their 70th anniversary, what better way to celebrate than with a 7 CD set, 144 cuts, packaged in a 10" x 10", marvelously printed and plated hardback book filled with full-color, illustrated pages depicting the label's story since its inception in 1939 to present day, with complete recording history, essential recording profiles and artists. Stunning, essential, highly recommended.

Listen:

  • The Man Who Watered The Worker's Beer ~ PADDY RYAN
  • The Maid And The Palmer ~ BRASS MONKEY
  • Boi Se Otvori ~ ROZA TSETKOVA
  • A Place Called England ~ JUNE TABOR
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    Pour a cup of coffee and settle in to read the track listing::

    CD 1: A selection of treasures from the Topic catalogue

    1. The Humpback Whale ~ NIC JONES
    2. Angi ~ DAVY GRAHAM
    3. The Shaskeen Reel ~ JOHN WRIGHT
    4. The Lancashire Toreadors ~ The OLDHAM TINKERS
    5. Sullivan's March ~ PAT MITCHELL
    6. San Francisco Bay Blues ~ JESSE FULLER
    7. Country Gardens ~ WILLIAM KIMBER
    8. Tamlyn ~ MIKE WATERSON
    9. The Air for Maurice Ogg / Jumping Jack / The Air for Maurice Ogg ~ ALISTAIR ANDERSON
    10. Creeping Jane ~ JOSEPH TAYLOR
    11. Wasps In The Woodpile ~ ANDREW CRONSHAW
    12. Prince Heathen ~ MARTIN CARTHY with DAVE SWARBRICK
    13. The Bonny Labouring Boy ~ HARRY COX
    14. Rawtenstall Annual Fair ~ LEA NICHOLSON
    15. Music For A Found Harmonium ~ PATRICK STREET
    16. Bitter Withy ~ JOHN TAMS

    CD 2: England Arise!

    1. The Nut Dance (excerpt) ~ The BRITANNIA COCONUT DANCERS
    2. Spencer The Rover ~ BOB & RON COPPER
    3. All Things Are Quite Silent ~ SHIRLEY COLLINS
    4. Blackwater Side ~ ANNE BRIGGS
    5. The Two Magicians ~ A L Lloyd
    6. Scan's Polkas ~ OAK
    7. The Crafty Maid's Policy ~ FRANKIE ARMSTRONG
    8. A Place Called England ~ JUNE TABOR
    9. When I Die ~ PETER BELLAMY
    10. The Bold Princess Royal ~ SAM LARNER
    11. Hal-An-Tow ~ The WATERSONS
    12. We Shepherds Are The Best of Men ~ FRED JORDAN
    13. The Rose Of Britain's Isle / Glorishears ~ JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS
    14. Riding Down To Portsmouth ~ TOM WILLETT
    15. Higher Germany ~ PHEOBE SMITH
    16. The Ideal Schottische ~ The CHEVIOT RANTERS
    17. The Methody Parson ~ ROY HARRIS
    18. The Maid And The Palmer ~ BRASS MONKEY
    19. Hopping Down In Kent ~ LOUIE FULLER
    20. The Devil And The Farmer's Wife ~ WALTER PARDON

    CD 3: Ireland Boys, Hurrah

    1. The Rising Sun / The Pope's Toe ~ JACKIE DALY
    2. The Waterford Boys ~ PADDY TUNNEY
    3. The Banks Of Red Roses ~ SARAH MAKEM
    4. Gillan's Apples / The Prize Jig ~ JOHN DOONAN & JOHN WRIGHT
    5. Slieve Gallon Brae ~ The McPEAKE FAMILY
    6. Paddy Ryan's Dream / Mamma's Pet ~ SEAMUS TANSEY with REG HALL
    7. My Irish Molly O ~ The FLANAGAN BROTHERS
    8. The Blackbird ~ SEAMUS ENNIS
    9. The Factory Girl ~ MARGARET BARRY
    10. Roaring Mary / The Old Torn Petticoat ~ The IRISH COUNTRY FOUR
    11. Spailpina R˙n ~ SEAN MAC DONNCHADHA
    12. The Choice Wife ~ WILLIE CLANCY
    13. The Tinker's Old Budget ~ MARY ANN CAROLAN
    14. Padraig O'Keefe's / Con Cassidy's ~ The BOYS OF THE LOUGH 15 Dowd's Favourite ~ HUGH GILLESPIE
    15. Wife Of The Bold Tenant Farmer ~ JOE HEANEY
    16. The Music In The Glen / The Greenfields Of America ~ The O'HALLORAN BROTHERS
    17. The Knight Templar's Dream ~ LEN GRAHAM
    18. The Yellow Tinker / The Humours Of Scarriff ~ SEAN O'SHEA & BOBBY CASEY
    19. He Rolled Her To The Wall ~ FRANK HARTE
    20. The Heather Breeze / The Traveller ~ The RUSSELL FAMILY
    21. The Patriot Game ~ DOMINIC BEHAN
    22. The Belfast Hornpipe / The Rights Of Man ~ JOHN REA
    23. Bridie Morley / Duignan's Favourite ~ PACKIE DUIGNAN & SEAMUS HORAN

    CD 4: Scotia The Brave

    1. Miss Drummond Of Perth / Fiddler's Joy / Traditional Reel / The Shetland Reel ~ BATTLEFIELD BAND
    2. Come All Ye Fisher Lasses ~ The FISHER FAMILY
    3. Queen Among The Heather ~ BELLE STEWART
    4. Cullen Bay / Jig O'Slurs / Seagull ~ KENTIGERN
    5. Wi My Roving Eye ~ NORMAN KENNEDY
    6. Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk ~ CILLA FISHER
    7. Soldier's Joy ~ TOM ANDERSON & ALY BAIN
    8. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow ~ GORDEANNA McCULLOCH
    9. Erin Go Bragh ~ DICK GAUGHAN
    10. Young Jimmy Foyers ~ SHEILA STEWART
    11. Kempy Kaye ~ JOCK TAMSON'S BAIRNS
    12. Lady Eliza ~ WINNIE CAMPBELL
    13. Tilley Plump / Auld Foula Reel / Oot And In Da Harbour ~ CURLEW 14 Herd Laddie O' The Glen ~ WILLIE SCOTT
    14. The Fireman's Not For Me ~ ISLA CAMERON
    15. Dance With Me, Morag ~ ISABEL SUTHERLAND
    16. The Wind That Blew The Bonnie Lassie's Plaidie Awa' ~ JIMMY McBEATH
    17. MacCrimmon's Lament ~ JEANNIE ROBERTSON
    18. The Gallant Forty Twa ~ IAN MANUEL
    19. The Twa Corbies ~ RAY & ARCHIE FISHER
    20. Boulavogue ~ DAVIE STEWART
    21. The Wandering Piper ~ JOHN BURGESS

    CD 5: The Singer & The Song

    1. Unity (Raise Your Banners High) ~ JOHN TAMS
    2. The Dominion Of The Sword ~ MARTIN CARTHY
    3. The Sun Is Burning ~ The IAN CAMPBELL FOLK GROUP
    4. Go Down Ye Murderers ~ EWAN MacCOLL
    5. Police Patrol ~ BOB DAVENPORT
    6. Two Tears ~ ELIZA CARTHY
    7. Never Any Good ~ MARTIN SIMPSON
    8. Both Sides Of The Tweed ~ DICK GAUGHAN
    9. George's Son ~ JOHN KIRKPATRICK with BRASS MONKEY
    10. Reconciliation ~ RON KAVANA
    11. Stumbling On ~ LAL WATERSON & OLIVER KNIGHT
    12. Acceptable Losses ~ JOHN B SPENCER
    13. Ships Of Shame ~ STEVE ASHLEY
    14. The Land Of Three Rivers ~ VIN GARBUTT
    15. No Telling ~ LINDA THOMPSON
    16. Dust ~ JOHNNY HANDLE
    17. Two-Fisted Heroes ~ BILL CADDICK

    CD 6: The People's Flag

    1. The Man Who Watered The Worker's Beer ~ PADDY RYAN
    2. Talking Union Blues ~ PETE SEEGER
    3. Joe Hill ~ PAUL ROBESON
    4. Masters Of War ~ MARTIN SIMPSON
    5. The Red Flag ~ BOB SMITH'S IDEAL BAND
    6. The Blackleg Miners ~ LOUIS KILLEN
    7. No Power On Earth ~ BILLY BENNETT
    8. The Internationale ~ The TOPIC SINGERS & BAND
    9. To The Begging I Will Go ~ EWAN MacCOLL
    10. The Hand-Loom Weaver's Lament ~ HARRY BOARDMAN
    11. The Rigs Of The Time ~ SHIRLEY COLLINS
    12. Greedy Landlord ~ STAN KELLY with LEON ROSSELSON
    13. Time To Ring Some Changes ~ RICHARD THOMPSON
    14. Sixteen Tons ~ EWAN MacCOLL
    15. Peat Bog Soldiers ~ The IAN CAMPBELL FOLK GROUP
    16. Aa'm Glad The Strike's Done ~ The HIGH LEVEL RANTERS
    17. Threes Score And Ten ~ The WATERSONS
    18. Dirty Old Town ~ EWAN MacCOLL
    19. The Liverpool Barrow Boys ~ The SPINNERS
    20. The Weaver's March ~ The CELEBRATED WORKING MEN'S BAND
    21. We Poor Labouring Men ~ WATERSON: CARTHY
    22. Perfumes Of Arabia ~ MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK
    23. Hot Asphalt ~ BOB DAVENPORT & The RAKES

    CD 7: Even more treasures from the Topic catalogue

    1. Skye Crofter's / The Swallow Tail ~ BILLY PIGG
    2. While Gamekeeper's Lie Sleeping ~ JUNE TABOR
    3. Boi Se Otvori ~ ROZA TSETKOVA
    4. Barleycorn ~ TIM VAN EYKEN
    5. The Girl On The Greenbriar Shore ~ TOM PALEY & PEGGY SEEGER
    6. The Happy One-Step / Green Willis ~ The HOUSE BAND
    7. Clyde Water ~ NIC JONES
    8. Baranca ~ VLADO & NIKOLA ROBANOVSKI
    9. Georgie ~ LEVI SMITH
    10. Jenny Lind ~ SCAN TESTER & RABBIDY BAXTER
    11. Worcester City ~ ELIZA CARTHY
    12. Talking Dustbowl Blues ~ RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT
    13. Kaba Venše ~ REFKI TAHO, HYSEN ZIZOLLI & AHMET METOLLI
    14. The Green Banks Of Yarrow ~ ALISON McMORLAND & PETA WEBB
    15. Johnny, Will You Marry Me? ~ DAN SULLIVAN'S SHAMROCK BAND 16 Hamburger - polka fra hardanger ~ VESTLANDSGRUPPA
    16. Hedger And Ditcher ~ The SILLY SISTERS
    17. Burren No. 1 / Chris Droney's Favourite ~ CHRIS DRONEY
    18. Nna hamu ~ The JAUHARAH ORCHESTRA
    19. Little Sadie ~ HEDY WEST 2:45 from Ballads 12TS163 / 1967
    20. FULMINE ~ ANDY CUTTING (BLOWZABELLA)
    21. No One Stands Alone ~ BLUE MURDER
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