The label co-hosted TOPIC 70, a series of 3 concerts at London’s South Bank, an event complete with a photographic exhibition and live foyer events.
TOPIC 70 – LIVE EVENTS AT THE SOUTH BANK
During the past 70 years, Topic Records has quietly built a deserved reputation for not compromising the nature of its work or that of the independent-spirited artists it represents. TOPIC 70 at Southbank Centre celebrated the work of this important record company and presented three very special concerts.
The Waterson Family are one of England’s premier singing families and their performances, featuring closely woven harmonies, have played a hugely influential role in popularising folk music. Known in the early days as ‘the folk Beatles’, due to their huge cult following, this is an opportunity to see the entire family and hear examples of their repertoire from the past 40 years. This concert also featured appearances by the multi-award winning Eliza Carthy Band.
Throughout his career virtuoso folk guitarist and singer, Martin Simpson has continually built on his great love of British, Anglo-American and Afro-American traditional forms. This concert presented a unique opportunity to see Martin perform with other stellar musicians including Danny Thompson, Andy Cutting and BJ Cole.
June Tabor is rightly renowned as one of Britain’s greatest interpreters of popular song. She is a performer with an extraordinary vocal range and the ability to mix intensity, passion, drama and humour into both her live and recorded performance. In this rare London appearance, Tabor explored the unique relationship between the people of these islands and the sea.
Folklahoma and The Magpie’s Nest, merchants of New folk, Old folk & No folk, hosted a Topic Records inspired evening, complete with contemporary twist. From bold balladeers, reckless youths and new-wave Travellers, this modern multi-artist event echoed with the redolent of ‘Old Blighty’. Participating artists include:
Ed & Will, two brave young men who have taken to the roads of Britain walking, foraging and singing their way across the land;
Dan Walsh & Will Pound, a superb all-rounder, banjoist, guitarist and singer with one of the most accomplished young Chromatic and Diatonic Harmonica players on the music scene today;
Cath and Phil Tyler, “Timelessly primitive and powerfully compelling,” according to fRoots Magazine;
Thomas McCarthy, a man steeped in the tradition of Irish song, intoxicated by the music and passionate in his sensitivity towards them.
Alasdair Roberts, one of a rare breed of singer existing in the realm where traditional song meets the eloquent and unearthly pen of his own gentle industry, to sublime effect.
Martin Carthy is one of the finest singers and interpreters of British traditional music and an innovative and highly influential guitar player.
Dave Swarbrick left school and at the age of fifteen became apprenticed to I.C.I. as a letterpress printer. During his indentured years Dave toured and recorded extensively.
In the early 1990s, Dave and Martin were members of the folk “supergroup” Band of Hope and they now tour regularly together.