Posts Tagged ‘Topic’

New issue (May 2016) on sale now!

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .


Nigerien guitarist Bombino; Topic Records’ The Voice of the People compiler Reg Hall; archivist Christopher King; South African guitarist Derek Gripper; and the Songlines Music Awards nominations

The May (#117) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by French composer and musician Yann Tiersen.

This issue also includes a bonus CD featuring some of the acts to perform at the biennial Yorkshire Festival, which returns to the county in June.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Konono No 1 & Batida, Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros and Orcadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Kris Drever.



Bombino – We talk to the singer and guitarist about his musical journey and developing his very own ‘Tuareggae’ style
Reg Hall – Topic Records’ Voice of the People series compiler talks about traditional Irish music in London
Christopher King – We look at the archivist’s latest collection of previously unheard recordings from Greece;
Derek Gripper – Simon Broughton talks to the South African guitarist on his first visit to Mali
Songlines Music Awards – We reveal this year’s nominees.



The Rustavi Choir – A Beginner’s Guide to the polyphonic singing from the Georgian ensemble soon to perform in the UK.
Yann Tiersen – A playlist and interview with the French composer and musician, who discusses his Breton roots and how the natural world is the inspiration behind his current project.
Reem Kelani – We catch up with the Palestinian singer and discuss her remarkable live performances.

PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Click here to buy the new issue.

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Album Review | Top of the World | Martin & Eliza Carthy – The Moral of the Elephant

Posted on July 5th, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Martin & Eliza Carthy

Words by Tim Cumming

Layout 1Keeping it in the family

We’ve heard them together in Waterson:Carthy, but this is the first time father and daughter have recorded as a duo, and it deserves a place up there with the best of the family oeuvre. The single ‘Happiness’, a cover of one of Molly ‘Mother of Nick’ Drake’s piano songs, features Eliza in great voice over Martin’s typically spare, telling guitar. Martin’s voice and guitar on the opening ‘Her Servant Man’ sounds like nothing else in music, opening up hidden angles and stresses in timing and delivery; while on ‘Blackwell Merry Knight’, the duo’s fiddle, guitar and vocal harmonies manage to be both wholly idiosyncratic and perfectly matched.

Their vocal and instrumental duet on ‘Grand Conversation on Napoleon’ is magnificent – the English poor’s yearning for Napoleon to deliver them from dire poverty is not a part of history you hear about much, but it spills across hundreds of folk songs. Further in, the title-track adapts a poem by John Godfrey Saxe, while ‘Waking Dreams’ is a sad Dorset tune carried by Eliza with emotion and subtlety. The closing ‘Died for Love’, long associated with Mike Waterson, wins the prize. They performed it at this year’s BBC Folk Awards, a stark, unequivocal showstopper, and it’s the highlight of this generous and beautiful album.

Track to Try: ‘Died for Love’

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