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Blow The Man Down
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  • Blow The Man Down
    • 1993 - Topic TSCD464 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. The Wild Goose Louis Killen & Group
    2. Lovely Nancy Ian Campbell
    3. The Black Ball Line Ewan MacColl & Chorus: from The Black Ball Line (1957 - Topic T8)
    4. The Nightingale — Cyril Tawney
    5. Blow the Man Down — Harry H. Corbett: from The Singing Sailor (1956 - Topic TRL3)
    6. Heave Away My Johnny — Louis Killen & Group
    7. The Lofty Tall Ship — Sam Larner: from A Garland for Sam (1974 - Topic 12T244)
    8. Row Bullies Row — Ian Campbell & Group
    9. The Flying Cloud — Louis Killen: from Ballads And Broadsides (1964 - Topic 12T126)
    10. The Fireship — Cyril Tawney
    11. Tom's Gone to Hilo — Bob Davenport & Group
    12. The Greenland Whale Fishery — The Watersons: from New Voices (1965 - Topic 12T125)
    13. The Ship in Distress — Louis Killen
    14. Lowlands Low — Ian Campbell & Group
    15. Cod Banging — Bob Hart: from Songs from Suffolk (1965 - Topic 12TS225)
    16. One Morning in Spring — Cyril Tawney
    17. Hilo Johnny Brown — Louis Killen & Group
    18. The Bonny Ship the "Diamond" — A.L. Lloyd: from Leviathan! (1967 - Topic 12T175)
    19. The Bold Princess Royal — Louis Killen
    20. Billy Boy — Bob Davenport
    21. Windy Old Weather — Bob Roberts: from Songs from the Sailing Barges (1978 - Topic 12TS361)
    22. The Bold Benjamin — Cyril Tawney
    23. The Hog-Eye Man — Ian Campbell & Group
    24. Good Bye, Fare Thee Well — Louis Killen & Group

  • Additional Musicians
    • Redd Sullivan: Chorus
    • Louis Killen: Concertina
    • Martin Carthy: Mandolin
    • Alf Edwards: Concertina
    • Dave Swarbrick: Fiddle
    • Main vocals noted above
  • Credits
    • Compiled, Produced & Design by Tony Engle
  • Track Notes
    • All tracks are from are from Farewell Nancy (1964), unless otherwise noted.

Sleeve Notes

This album is drawn from the vaults of Topic Records, Britain's oldest record label recording folk music. The body of the album is drawn from the landmark 1964 release Farewell Nancy, but with the longer playing time afforded by the compact disc format, extra tracks have been added to produce this definitive collection. The singers on that original record were among the best of the time, and their skill is undiminished. To these recordings have been added performances of a similarly high standard, not only from the folk-song singers of the time, but also from traditional folk singers Sam Larner, Bob Roberts and Bob Hart. All three have not only worked at sea for a large part of their lives, and, therefore, know these songs from their own experience, but have also been recognised as outstanding carriers of the singing tradition in England.

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The Iron Muse : A Panorama of Industrial Folk Song
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  • The Iron Muse : A Panorama of Industrial Folk Song
    • 1993 - Topic Records TSCD465 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. The Sandgate Girl's Lament/Elsie Marley — The High Level Ranters
    2. Doon the Waggonway — The High Level Ranters
    3. A Miner's Life — Tommy Gilfellon
    4. The Coal-Owner and the Pitman's Wife Ewan MacColl: from Shuttle and Cage (1957 Topic 10T13)
    5. The Trimdon Grange Explosion Louis Killen: from The Colliers' Rant (1962 - Topic TOP75)
    6. The Blackleg Miners — Louis Killen: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    7. The Auchengeich Disaster — Dick Gaughan
    8. Ee Aye, Aa Cud Hew — Ed Pickford
    9. The Durham Lockout — Maureen Craik: from Tommy Armstrong of Tyneside (1965 - Topic 12T122)
    10. Aa'm Glad the Strike's Done — The High Level Ranters
    11. The Weaver's March — The Celebrated Working Man's Band: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    12. The Spinner's Wedding — Ray Fisher: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    13. Oh Dear Me — Ewan MacColl: from Second Shift (1958 Topic 10T25)
    14. The Doffing Mistress — Anne Briggs: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    15. The Little Piecer — Dave Brooks
    16. The Hand-Loom Weaver's Lament — Harry Boardman
    17. The Dundee Lassie — Ray Fisher: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    18. Success to the Weavers — The Oldham Tinkers
    19. Fourpence a Day — Ewan MacColl: from Shuttle and Cage (1957 Topic 10T13)
    20. Up the Raw — Louis Killen: from The Colliers' Rant (1962 - Topic TOP75)
    21. Bonny Woodha' — Dick Gaughan
    22. The Banks of the Dee — Louis Killen: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    23. The Row Between the Cages — Bob Davenport: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)
    24. Aw Wish Pay Friday Would Come — Louis Killen: from The Colliers' Rant (1962 - Topic TOP75)
    25. Keep Your Feet Still, Georgie Hinny — Louis Killen: from The Colliers' Rant (1962 - Topic TOP75)
    26. Farewell to the Monty — Louis Killen: from The Iron Muse (1963 - Topic 12T86)

  • Notes:
    • According to Reinhard Zierke's Mainly Norfolk website:
      • "Despite the same title, this is not a reissue of the the 1963 LP, but a compilation with only seven tracks from the name-giving album."
    • The other material comes from other Topic label records released between 1962-1975.
    • See Mainly Norfolk for more information.

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Round Cape Horn
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  • Round Cape Horn
    • 1998 - Topic TSCD499 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Round Cape Horn Ewan MacColl: from The Manchester Angel (1966 - Topic 12T147)
    2. The Royal Oak — Ray Harris
    3. As We Were A - Sailing Louis Killen: from Ballads & Broadsides (1965 - Topic 12T126)
    4. Captain Ward — Ray Harris
    5. Warlike Seamen — Peter Bellamy
    6. Farewell Nancy — A.L. Lloyd
    7. Maid On The Shore — Frankie Armstrong
    8. The Dockyard Gate — Roy Harris
    9. The Still & Silent Ocean — The Watersons
    10. Roll Down — Cypril Tawney
    11. The Bold Richard — Ewan MacColl: from The Manchester Angel (1966 - Topic 12T147)
    12. The Spithead Sailor — Roy Harris
    13. The Man O' War — Mike Waterson
    14. Lovely On The Water — Frankie Armstrong
    15. Short Jacket & White Trousers — A.L. Lloyd
    16. The Royal Charter — Roy Harris
    17. Homeward Bound — Ewan MacColl: from The Manchester Angel (1966 - Topic 12T147)
    18. Bye Bye Skipper — Mike Waterson

Sleeve Notes

Perhaps the most well-known type of song associated with the sea is the shanty - a functional work-song whose purpose was to make hard group labour somewhat easier and, at least, co-ordinated. There are, however, plenty of other traditional songs associated with the sea and its sailors. In some cases these might be forebitters, sung by sailors in their off-duty hours on board to provide some kind of entertainment for an otherwise hard life. There are also many other songs about various aspects of sailing life that have become part of the traditional singer's repertoire.

This collection is drawn from the great body of recordinss made by Topic Records between the 1960s and 1990s. The singers are all among the most outstanding of the great British Folk Music Revival and the songs have the strength and rugged beauty of a full-rigged sailing ship with a following wind, man and nature in harmony.


  • Notes:
    • See Reinhard Zierke's " Mainly Norfolk" website from more information on this recording.

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Shining Bright: Songs of Mike & Lal Waterson
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  • Shining Bright: Songs of Mike & Lal Waterson
    • 2002 — Topic TSCD519 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Bright Phoebus — John Pashley's Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band
    2. Evona Darling — Linda & Teddy Thompson
    3. Scarecrow — Dick Gaughan
    4. Never the Same — Martin Carthy
    5. Song for Thirza — Norma Waterson
    6. Piper's Path Christy Moore
    7. Child Among the Weeds — Eliza Carthy
    8. Shine — Helen Watson
    9. Danny Rose — Billy Bragg
    10. Winifer Odd — Maddy Prior
    11. Marvellous Companion — Christine Collister & Oliver Knight
    12. One of Those Days — Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
    13. Fine Horseman — Dayteller
    14. Red Wine Promises — Richard Thompson
    15. Bright Phoebus — Blue Murder

  • Credits
    • Produced by David Suff for Deep Sea
    • Mastered by Dennis Blackham at Country Masters
    • Design and illustration by John Haxby

Notes

A tribute to Lal & Mike Waterson's seminal album Bright Phoebus.

"In 1972 Mike & Lal Waterson released an extraordinary album of their original songs — Bright Phoebus — on Bill Leader's Trailer label. This magical collection of very English songwriting as long been acknowledged a classic and one of the finest achievements of the British folk revival. Inexplicably Bright Phoebus was out of print for many years."

"Shining Bright was conceived to pay tribute to Mike & Lal's remarkable songs, and it draws upon the songs recorded for Bright Phoebus and on a further half dozen songs written at the same time but not previously recorded. Shining Bright has fifteen new recordings by some of the folk world's finest performers. The songwriting of Mike and Lal is held in such high esteem that soon we had a queue of performers eager to contribute to this collection."

(Sleeve notes by David Suff) — From Reinhard Zierke's Mainly Norfolk site.

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Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records
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  • Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records
    • 2009 - Topic TOPIC70 (7 CD Box Set)

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  • CD One - 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: from Irish Times (1990)
    16. Bitter Withy — John Tams
  • CD Two - England Arise!
    1. The Nut Dance — The Britannia Coconut Dancers [Excerpt]
    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 — Phoebe 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 — Louise Fuller
    20. The Devil and the Farmer's Wife — Walter Pardon
  • CD Three - 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: from Mrs. Sarah Makem, Ulster Ballad Singer (1968)
    4. Gillan's Apples/The Prize Jig — John Doonan & John Wright
    5. Slieve Gallon Brae — The McPeake Family: from Irish Traditional Songs (192)
    6. Paddy Ryan's Dream/Mamma's Pet — Seamus Tansey with Reg Hall
    7. My Irish Molly O The Flanagan Brothers : from An Irish Delight (1979)
    8. The Blackbird Seamus Ennis
    9. The Factory Girl — Margaret Barry
    10. Roaring Mary/The Old Torn Petticoat — The Irish Country Four
    11. Spailpina Run — 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
    16. The Wife of the Bold Tenant Farmer — Joe Heaney
    17. The Music in the Glen/The Greenfields of America — The O'Halloran Brothers
    18. The Knight Templar's Dream — Len Graham
    19. The Yellow Tinker/The Humours of Scarriff — Sean O'Shea & Bobby Casey
    20. He Rolled Her to the Wall — Frank Harte: from Through Dublin City (1973)
    21. The Heather Breeze/The Traveller — The Russell Family
    22. The Patriot Game Dominic Behan : from Easter Week and After - Songs of the I.R.A. (1960)
    23. The Belfast Hornpipe/The Rights of Man — John Rea
    24. Bridie Morley/Duignan's Favourite — Packie Duignan & Seamus Horan
  • CD Four - 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 : from The Singing Campbells (1965)
    13. Tilley Plump/Auld Foula Reel/Oot and in Da Harbour — Curlew
    14. Herd Laddie O' the Glen — Willie Scott
    15. The Fireman's Not for Me — Isla Cameron
    16. Dance with Me, Morag — Isabel Sutherland
    17. The Wind That Blew the Bonnie Lassie's Plaidie Awa' — Jimmy McBeath
    18. Maccrimmon's Lament — Jeannie Robertson
    19. The Gallant Forty Twa — Ian Manuel
    20. The Twa Corbies — Ray & Archie Fisher
    21. Boulavogue — Davie Stewart
    22. The Wandering Piper — John Burgess
  • CD Five - The Singer & the Song
    1. Unity (Raise Your Banners High) — John Tams
    2. Dominion of the Sword — Martin Carthy
    3. The Sun Is Burning The Ian Campbell Folk Group : from The Crow and the Cradle & The Sun is Burning (1963)
    4. Go Down Ye Murderers Ewan MacColl: from Chorus from the Gallows (1960)
    5. Police Patrol — Bob Davenport
    6. Two Tears — Eliza Carthy
    7. Never Any Good — Martin Simpson
    8. Both Sides the Tweed — Dick Gaughan
    9. George's Son — John Kirkpatrick with Brass Monkey
    10. Reconciliation Ron Kavana: from Home Fire (1991)
    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 Six - 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: from The Iron Muse (1963)
    7. No Power on Earth — Billy Bennett
    8. The Internationale — The Topic Singers & Band
    9. To the Begging I Will Go Ewan MacColl: from The Manchester Angel (1966)
    10. The Hand- Loom Weaver's Lament — Harry Boardman
    11. 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: from Sixteen Tons & The Swan-Necked Valve (1956)
    15. Peat Bog Soldiers The Ian Campbell Folk Group : from Songs of Protest (1962)
    16. Aa'm Glad the Strike's Done — The High Level Ranters
    17. Three Score and Ten — The Watersons
    18. Dirty Old Town Ewan MacColl: from Dirty Old Town & Sheffield Apprentice (1952)
    19. The Liverpool Barrow Boys — The Spinners
    20. The Weaver's March — The Celebrated Working Men's Band : from The Iron Muse (1963)
    21. We Poor Labouring Men — Waterson-Carthy
    22. Perfumes of Arabia — Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick
    23. Hot Asphalt — Bob Davenport & The Rakes
  • CD Seven - Even More Treasures from the Topic Catalogue
    1. Skye Crofter's/The Swallow Tail — Billy Pigg
    2. While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping — June Tabor
    3. Boi Se Otvori — Roza Tsetkova
    4. John 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 Vence — 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
    17. Hedger and Ditcher — The Silly Sisters
    18. Burren No. 1/Chris Droney's Favourite — Chris Droney
    19. Nna Hamu — The Jauharah Orchestra
    20. Little Sadie — Hedy West
    21. Fulmine — Andy Cutting (Blowzabella)
    22. No One Stands Alone — Blue Murder

2009 marks Topic Records 70th anniversary, making it the oldest, truly independent record company in the world

"To celebrate this significant moment in Topic's illustrious history, the label is proud to publish Three Score and Ten, a sumptuous 7 CD set complete with a hardback 108 page book, charting seven decades of recording and social history. Three Score & Ten has been produced, researched and curated by “the redoubtable David Suff, Fledg'ling Records supremo and one of the leading authorities on folk and folk-rock,” and comes with a complete Topic records discography, listing every release from 1939 - 2009."

Source: Topic Records at 70

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