I first heard Ewan on the Radio Ballads, and from there became aware of him as a songwriter. At a time when much of our popular and folk music was imported, it was essential to have a great writer of our own, connected to the tradition and extending it with contemporary themes. He wrote some truly magnificent songs, and it is good to hear them again, reassess them, and keep them in the collective mind, thanks to Three Score & Ten.
Topic’s is one of the great achievements of the recording age, and few labels can have had such an effect on their culture. Three Score & Ten is one of the greatest documents of social history that we have in this country.