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Guardian Review for Watersons’ Show

Friday 11th September 2009 – Southbank Centre, London

“Great folk music is concerned with history, tradition and change, and this emotional concert was a reminder of the continuing story of one of England’s most adventurous musical families. The original Watersons were a four-piece from Yorkshire who started out in the 1960s singing unaccompanied traditional songs with extraordinary passion.”

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Online Special Offers

Two of the biggest names in digital music retail are offering gig tickets, free track downloads and cheap album downloads this week.

Nokia are offering a pair of tickets to 2 of the Topic 70 London shows as well as a free download of Eliza Carthy’s Worcester City.  These go live from Friday 11th September but are available for a limited time only.

7Digital are also offering Eliza Carthy’s Worcester City as a free download but are also offering Anglicana for download for only £5.  This offer also goes live on Friday 11th September and lasts for one week.

Win Tickets to Club Topicana

We are giving away a pair of tickets to another event celebrating Topic’s 70th anniversary,  Club Topicana:

TOPIC 70 at Southbank Centre
Saturday 19th September
Purcell Rooms
Folklahoma and The Magpie’s Nest, merchants of New folk, Old folk & No folk, host a Topic Records inspired evening, complete with contemporary twist. From bold balladeers, reckless youths and new-wave Travellers, this modern multi-artist event will echo with the redolent of ‘Old Blighty’. Participating artists include Ed, Will & Ginger, Dan Wash & Will Pound, Cath & Phil Tyler, Thomas McCarthy and Alistair RobertsYou can find out more about the artists here.

Win Tickets to Topic 70 Events

As you may have read from our live section, there are a handful of live dates around the capital to celebrate Topic’s 70th anniversary.

The first is THE WATERSON FAMILY & THE ELIZA CARTHY BAND – Friday 11th September – Royal Festival Hall, London

The second being MARTIN SIMPSON & BIG BAND – Thursday 17th September – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The third: JUNE TABOR in Concert – Friday 18th September – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

And the ultimate show is MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK – Friday 25th September – The Kalamazoo Klub at Union Chapel, London

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Folklahoma and The Magpie’s Nest presents ‘Club Topicana’

Details have now been announced for this date:

TOPIC 70 at Southbank Centre
Saturday 19th September
Purcell Rooms

Folklahoma and The Magpie’s Nest, merchants of New folk, Old folk & No folk, host a Topic Records inspired evening, complete with contemporary twist. From bold balladeers, reckless youths and new-wave Travellers, this modern multi-artist event will echo with the redolent of ‘Old Blighty’.  Curated by Sam Lee.

Participating artists include :

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Three Score & Ten: Topic Records at 70 OUT NOW

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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.” – Richard Thompson

Topic’s role has always been, I think, to document the folk music of the British Isles. It has been spectacularly wonderful at doing that.” – John Kirkpatrick

There are so many wonderful albums released by Topic, which have influenced my music beyond measure.” – Jim Causley


Three Score & Ten Box Set (Click to enlarge)

Three Score & Ten Box Set (Click to enlarge)

2009 is a landmark year for many independent record labels.  It sees the anniversaries of  Motown and Island (both 50), Rough Trade (30) and Real World (20). But it is Topic Records that celebrates its 70th anniversary. This makes it the oldest, truly independent record company in the world and an extremely sprightly, almost ageless senior citizen compared to the above ‘youngsters’.

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