Three Score and Ten

Three Score and Ten: A Voice to the People is a multi-CD box set album issued by Topic Records in 2009 to celebrate 70 years as an independent British record label.

Three Score & Ten: A Voice to the People
Three Score and Ten Album Image.jpg
Box set by
Various Artists
Released14 September 2009 (2009-09-14)[1]
Recorded1939 - 2009
ProducerDavid Suff

The album consists of a hardback book containing the seven CDs and a paper insert detailing the Topic release list, complemented by a card insert to balance the release list.

The boxed set provides examples of recordings from the beginning of the label in 1939. Topic Records headlines their web site as Traditional and Contemporary Folk from the British Isles[2] but in its history many other genres have appeared on the label. The album provides many examples including tracks from British Music Hall, blues, roots and World Music amongst others.

The album was curated, researched and produced by David Suff[3]: 108  of Fledg'ling Records.


David Suff gave an interview to Simon Holland for Properganda on 27 July which included details of the research and length of time involved in compiling the boxed set.[4] Simon then interviewed Tony Engle on 7 August about the album and the work of Topic records.[5] This interview included a track from each of the CDs in the boxed set.

Mike Harding interviewed Tony Engle about the album and anniversary on 2 September 2009 on his BBC Radio 2 folk music show.

Topic Records co-hosted three concerts at London's South Bank to celebrate the 70 year anniversary and promote the boxed set.[6] These were held on Friday 11 September 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall featuring The Waterson Family and the Eliza Carthy Band,[7] Thursday 17 September 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall featuring the Martin Simpson Big Band and Friday 18 September 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall featuring June Tabor.

There were 2 additional concerts as part of this celebration. Saturday 19 September 2009 at the Purcell Rooms featuring Folklahoma and the Magpies Nest. Friday 25 September 2009 at the Kalamazoo Klub at the Union Chapel, London featuring Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian     [8]
The Telegraph     [9]
Observer Music Monthly     [9]
Allmusic     [10]

The box set was received with much very positive comment by the general and specialist press


Songlines review by Tim Cumming said "its one of the finest boxed sets I have ever seen".[11]

Robin Denselow in the Guardian said "the oldest truly independent record label in the world, and the most important company in the story of British folk music, celebrates its 70th birthday this summer, and this fascinating, thoughtfully produced seven-CD set and 108-page hardback book marks the anniversary in style".[8]

The Doug Spencer on Australian ABC Radio National's Weekend Planet said "This is one of the more remarkable boxed compilations, ever. It has many English gems, but not only English ones".[12]

Redlick said "This is obviously a huge labour of love and a wonderful tribute to a record label respected the world over".[13]

Charles de Lint in the Green Man review said "This is timeless music that will undoubtedly sound just as good and relevant in another seventy years".[14]


The album won fRoots Reissues and Compilations of the Year and Best Packaged Album of the Year in 2009.[15]


The package consists of a 108-page hard-backed book with 4 CDs in the front cover and 3 CDs in the back cover together with a booklet cataloguing all the recordings issued by Topic up to the publication in 2009 and a card insert to balance the recordings list.

The dust jacket shows a photograph of Louis Killen and Frankie Armstrong and the book cover shows Reg Hall and Scan Tester.

The book details the history of Topic records with a number of spotlight studies of key albums, and brief biographies relating to Topic of artists and other personnel involved in the record label from the start up to the date of issue of the album.[16]

Hardback bookEdit


The hardback book provides a history of Topic Records from its start as a subscription label run by the Workers Music Association issuing 78rpm shellac records, through the introduction of vinyl and its associated formats to CDs and subsequent to the boxed set the release of some of the older albums as downloads. The book contains pictures of album covers and artists that recorded them for Topic with a chronological history of the label up to 2009.

As part of this history there are spotlight studies of classic records and short biographies of key personnel and performers.

Spotlight Studies of Classic RecordsEdit

Title Artist(s) Reference Year
Her Mantle So Green Margaret Barry and Michael Gorman 12T123 1965
The Iron Muse (A Panorama of Industrial Folk Song) Various Artists 12T86 1963
Frost and Fire: A Calendar of Ceremonial Folk Songs The Watersons 12T163 1965
Paddy in the Smoke Irish Music from a London Pub Various Artists 12T176 1968
For Pence and Spicy Ale The Watersons 12T265 1975
Penguin Eggs Nic Jones 12TS411 1980
Handful of Earth Dick Gaughan 12TS419 1981
Aqaba June Tabor 12TS449 1988
Waterson:Carthy Waterson–Carthy (Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy) TSCD475 1994
Unity John Tams TSCD508 2000
The Voice of the People Various Artists TSCD651 – 670 1998
Anglicana Eliza Carthy TSCD539 2002
Prodigal Son Martin Simpson TSCD567 2007


Name Reason for Inclusion
Alan Bush Helped found the WMA in 1936 and was elected the first president of the association in 1941
A L Lloyd Was appointed artistic director of Topic records which was officially only for one year but was a powerful influence over many years with Ewan MacColl.
Ewan MacColl With Bert Lloyd was a driving force behind the folk revival after the second world war.
Bill Leader Recording engineer and producer who recorded a lot for Topic records and other companies before setting up his own record company with 2 labels, Leader and Trailer.
Dick Swettenham Electronics engineer who worked with Bill Leader and developed the first transistorised control desk in the world
Gerry Sharp Accountant and business manager who kept the business on a financial even keel in its early days
Reg Hall[17] Musician associated with Topic records since 1963 as an accompanist, compiler and annotator of many recordings.
Tony Engle Joined Topic in 1963 and took over the label in 1973 following Gerry Sharp’s death

Catalogue of releasesEdit

The catalogue details all the releases from the first record through to 2009. Each record is assigned a number starting from 1 with a prefix that denotes the format of issue.

Prefix Format First Issue Last Issue Comments
TRC (Topic Record Club 78rpm record 1939 1958
TRL 12 Inch Long Playing Record 1956 1956
12T 12 Inch Long Playing Record 1958 1990 an S after the T signifies a stereo recording
10T 10 Inch Long Playing Record 1957 1960
T 10 Inch Long Playing Record 1956 1956
8T 8 Inch Long Playing Record 1957 1957
7T 7 Inch microgroove LP (playing at 33 1/3rpm) 1957 1958 Only 3 records issued
TOP 7 Inch microgroove EP 1958 1958 S prefix indicates a stereo record. This prefix was used in 2014 for a special issue. Some of the titles appear to be single records.
TPS Sampler 1964 1973 Length and size not specified
12TFRS Free Reed label recordings 1975 1977
SPD Special Delivery 1987 1995
TSCD Compact disk 1990 present day If the album was originally issued as a record then the number is re-used

The catalogue details The Voice of the People series separately.

Ewan MacColl’s Radio Ballads which were originally issued by Argos are listed as they are available though Topic.

A separate section details the Topic World Series CDs. A section details the only recording issued under the WMA heading.

Three further sections detail the Impact and String labels.

Track listingEdit

The seven CDs are themed covering different aspects of the Topic catalogue with a title appropriate to the content. The composer of the track will be displayed under the track name with Traditional when appropriate. A reference to external numbering systems for songs will be used where identified for traditional songs. The references are from the three major numbering schemes for folk songs, the Roud Folk Song Index, Child Ballad Numbers originating from Francis James Child and the Laws Numbers from the George Malcolm Laws numbering system. The original recordings are detailed in the listings. Many of these were not available at the time of issue but are now available as downloads from the usual sources with the original sleeve notes being made available by Topic from their web site.

Disk one – . . . a selection of treasures from the Topic catalogueEdit

The disk contains a range of the music from various parts of the English speaking world that Topic Records has issued over its 70-year history. These include English folk songs, instrumentals including dance music, American blues, music hall and a recent composition that is regularly played by Irish folk groups. Track 2 is an instrumental issued as part of a joint album with Alexis Korner. This track and track 4 are now available as digital downloads of either the track or the full recording. Track 3 is a dance tune played on the Jew's Harp. Track 10 is from an album in the series "The Voice of the People" and is from a traditional English singer as is track 13. Track 12 was originally issued by Fontana in 1969 and is licensed to Topic by Polygram through Gama Records. The tracks are mainly from recordings issued in a variety for formats by Topic with track 15 from a Special Delivery album.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Album/Reference Year of Issue Length(Mins)
1. The Humpback Whale Nic Jones Penguin Eggs 1980 5:49
Robertson 12TS411
2. Angi Davy Graham 3/4 AD 1963 2:25
Davy Graham TOP70
3. The Shaskeen Reel John Wright The Lark In The Clear Air 1974 3:03
Traditional 12TS230
4. The Lancashire Toreadors The Oldham Tinkers Best O’ T’ Bunch 1974 3:12
George Formby 12TS237
5. Sullivan’s March Pat Mitchell Pat Mitchell - Uilleann pipes 1976 1:40
Traditional 12T294
6. San Francisco Bay Blues Jesse Fuller Working on the Railroad 1959 3:32
Jesse Fuller 10T59
7. Country Gardens William Kimber The Art Of William Kimber 1974 2:09
Traditional 12T249
8. Tamlyn Mike Waterson Mike Waterson 1977 10:58
Traditional(Roud 29; Child 39) 12TS332
9. The Air for Maurice Ogg / Jumping Jack / The Air for Maurice Ogg Alistair Anderson Steel Skies 1982 5:19
Alistair Anderson/Traditional 12TS427
10. Creeping Jane Joseph Taylor The Voice of the People – 8: A Story I'm Just About To Tell 1998 3:01
Traditional(Roud 1012; Laws Q23) TSCD658
11. Wasps In The Woodpile Andrew Cronshaw Till The Beasts’ Returning 1988 3:42
Traditional 12TS447
12. Prince Heathen Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick Prince Heathen 1977 6:54
Traditional(Roud 3336; Child 104; Laws C104) 12TS344
13. The Bonny Labouring Boy Harry Cox The Bonny Labouring Boy 2000 3:26
Traditional(Roud 1162; Laws M14) TSCD512D
14. Rawtenstall Annual Fair Lea Nicholson Deep Lancashire 1968 3:03
Weston & Lee 12T188
15. Music For A Found Harmonium Patrick Street Irish Times 1990 2:40
Simon Jeffes SPDCD1033
16. Bitter Withy John Tams The Reckoning 2005 6:42
Traditional(Roud 452) TSCD551

Disc two - England Arise!Edit

The second disk contains English folk music and includes a number of traditional singers providing a link to the time when this music was the popular music of the country. The disk has the first of two tracks from "The Sweet Primeroses". Track 1 features an excerpt from the music used for an English folk custom dance performed each Easter in Bacup. All the recordings were originally issued on Topic albums either vinyl or as a CD.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Album Year of Issue Length(Mins)
1. The Nut Dance (excerpt) The Britannia Coconut Dancers The Voice of the People – 16: You Lazy lot of Bone-Shakers 1998 2:18
Traditional TSCD666
2. Spencer The Rover Bob & Ron Copper Come Write Me Down – Early Recordings of The Copper Family of Rottingdean 2001 3:21
Traditional(Roud 1115) TSCD534
3. All Things Are Quite Silent Shirley Collins The Sweet Primeroses 1967 2:34
Traditional(Roud 586) 12T170
4. Blackwater Side Anne Briggs Anne Briggs, currently available on A Collection 1971 3:48
Traditional(Roud 312; Laws O1) 12T207
5. The Two Magicians A L Lloyd The Bird in the Bush (Traditional Erotic Songs) 1966 4:44
Traditional(Roud 1350; Child 44) 12T135
6. Scan’s Polkas Oak Welcome To Our Fair 1971 2:13
Traditional 12TS212
7. The Crafty Maid’s Policy Frankie Armstrong Lovely On The Water 1972 2:13
Traditional(Roud 1624) 12TS216
8. A Place Called England June Tabor A Quiet Eye 1999 4:40
Maggie Holland TSCD510
9. When I Die Peter Bellamy Both Sides Then 1979 2:44
Traditional(Roud 7697) 12TS400
10. The Bold Princess Royal Sam Larner A Garland For Sam 1974 3:41
Traditional(Roud 528; Laws K29) 12T244
11. Hal-An-Tow The Watersons Frost and Fire: A calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs 1965 2:05
Traditional(Roud 1520) 12T136
12. We Shepherds Are The Best of Men Fred Jordan Songs Of A Shropshire Worker 1967 3:41
Traditional(Roud 284) 12T150
13. The Rose Of Britain’s Isle / Glorishears John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris The Rose Of Britain’s Isle 1974 4:39
Traditional(Roud 1796; Laws N16) 12TS247
14. Riding Down To Portsmouth Tom Willett The Roving Journeyman – The Willett Family 1962 3:40
Traditional(Roud 1534) 12T84
15. Higher Germany Pheobe Smith Once I Had A True Love 1970 3:18
Traditional(Roud 170) 12T193
16. The Ideal Schottische The Cheviot Ranters The Cheviot Hills 1973 4:06
Traditional 12TS222
17. The Methody Parson Roy Harris Champions Of Folly 1975 2:27
Traditional 12TS256
18. The Maid And The Palmer Brass Monkey Brass Monkey 1983 5:33
Traditional(Roud 2335; Child 21) 12TS431
19. Hopping Down In Kent Louie Fuller Green Grow The Laurels 1976 2:04
Traditional (Roud 1715) 12TS285
20. The Devil And The Farmer’s Wife Walter Pardon A Country Life 1982 2:53
Traditional(Roud 160; Child 278) 12TS392

Disk three - Ireland Boys, HurrahEdit

The third disk concentrates on the Folk music of Ireland, including traditional musicians from all the provinces. The disk features more instrumental tracks that the other national disks. A number of the tracks were recorded outside Ireland from members of the Irish diaspora. Track 8 features an unnamed slow air before the Blackbird. Track 23 features the unusual folk music instrument the hammer dulcimer. All the recordings were originally issued on Topic 12 inch vinyl albums except track 9 which was issued on a 10-inch vinyl record.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Album Year of Issue Length(Mins)
1. The Rising Sun / The Pope’s Toe Jackie Daly Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 6 1977 2:36
Traditional 12TS358
2. The Waterford Boys Paddy Tunney A Wild Bees’ Nest 1965 3:40
Traditional(Roud 3107) 12T139
3. The Banks Of Red Roses Sarah Makem Sarah Makem : Ulster Ballad Singer 1968 3:02
Traditional(Roud 603) 12T182
4. Gillan’s Apples / The Prize Jig John Doonan & John Wright The Lark In The Clear Air 1974 2:05
Traditional 12TS230
5. Slieve Gallon Brae The McPeake Family Irish Traditional Folk Songs & Music 1962 2:00
Traditional(Roud 1420) 12T87
6. Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Mamma’s Pet Seamus Tansey with Reg Hall The Breeze From Erin 1969 2:15
Traditional 12T184
7. My Irish Molly O The Flanagan Brothers The Flanagan Brothers 1979 3:02
E Schwarz(Roud 2168) 12T365
8. The Blackbird Seamus Ennis The Wandering Minstrel 1974 4:16
Traditional 12TS250
9. The Factory Girl Margaret Barry Street Songs & Fiddle Tunes Of Ireland 1958 3:18
Traditional(Roud 1659) 10T6
10. Roaring Mary / The Old Torn Petticoat The Irish Country Four Songs, Ballads & Instrumental Tunes From Ulster 1971 2:29
Traditional 12TS209
11. Spailpin a Rún Sean Mac Donnchadha More Grand Airs From Connemara 1971 2:32
Traditional 12TS202
12. The Choice Wife Willie Clancy The Breeze From Erin 1969 3:06
Traditional 12T184
13. The Tinker’s Old Budget Mary Ann Carolan Songs From The Irish Tradition 1982 3:12
Traditional(Roud 2993) 12TS362
14. Paidriag O’Keefe’s/ Con Cassidy’s The Boys of the Lough In The tradition 1981 1:45
Traditional 12TS422
15. Dowd’s Favourite Hugh Gillespie Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music 1978 2:54
Traditional 12T364
16. Wife Of The Bold Tenant Farmer Joe Heaney Irish Traditional Songs In Gaelic & English 1963 3:05
Traditional(Roud 5164) 12T91
17. The Music In The Glen / The Greenfields Of America The O’Halloran Brothers Men Of The Ireland 1976 2:18
Traditional 12TS305
18. The Knight Templar’s Dream Len Graham Wind And Water 1977 3:55
Traditional(Roud 21138) 12TS334
19. The Yellow Tinker / The Humours Of Scarriff Sean O’Shea & Bobby Casey Paddy In The Smoke 1998 1:53
Traditional 12T176
20. He Rolled Her To The Wall Frank Harte Through Dublin City 1973 3:31
Traditional(Roud 36; Child 46) 12T218
21. The Heather Breeze / The Traveller The Russell Family The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare 1975 2:29
Traditional 12TS251
22. The Patriot Game Dominic Behan Easter Weekend and After: Songs of the IRA 1959 4:01
Dominic Behan(Roud 18464) 12T44
23. The Belfast Hornpipe / The Rights Of Man John Rea Traditional Music on the Hammer Dulcimer 1979 3:41
Traditional 12TS373
24. Bridie Morley / Duignan’s Favourite Packie Duignan & Seamus Horan Music From County Leitrim 1978 2:20
Traditional 12TS339

Disk four - Scotia The BraveEdit

This disk covers Scottish folk music with both traditional and revival artists included. All the recordings are from Topic releases in a variety of formats from singles through vinyl albums to CDs.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Album Year of Issue Length(Mins)
1. Miss Drummond Of Perth / Fiddler’s Joy / Traditional Reel / The Shetland Reel Battlefield Band Stand Easy 1979 3:22
Traditional 12TS404
2. Come All Ye Fisher Lasses The Fisher Family The Fisher Family 1966 1:45
Ewan MacCollCRoud 12504) 12T137
3. Queen Among The Heather Belle Stewart Queen Among The Heather 1977 4:24
Traditional(Roud 375) 12TS307
4. Cullen Bay / Jig O’Slurs / Seagull Kentigern Kentigern 12TS394 1979 4:24
Ian Duncan/G S MacLeman/Donald MacLeod 12TS394
5. Wi My Roving Eye Norman Kennedy Scots Songs and Ballads 1968 3:31
Traditional(Roud 866, Laws O17) 12T178
6. Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk Cilla Fisher Cilla And Artie 1979 3:13
Traditional(Roud 6333) 12TS405
7. Soldier’s Joy Tom Anderson & Aly Bain The Silver Bow 1976 2:21
Traditional 12TS281
8. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow Gordeanna McCulloch New Voices from Scotland 1965 4:12
Traditional(Roud 13; Child 214) 12T133
9. Erin Go Bragh Dick Gaughan Handful Of Earth 1981 4:28
Traditional(Roud 1627; Laws Q20) 12TS419
10. Young Jimmy Foyers Sheila Stewart A Story I'm Just About To Tell 1998 2:46
Traditional(Roud 1941) TSCD658
11. Kempy Kaye Jock Tamson’s Bairns The Lasses Fashion 1982 3:43
Traditional(Roud 32; Child 33) 12TS424
12. Lady Eliza Winnie Campbell The Singing Campbells 12T120 1965 3:12
Traditional(Roud 112; Child 269) 12T120
13. Tilley Plump / Auld Foula Reel / Oot And In Da Harbour Curlew Fiddle Music From Shetland And Beyond 1985 2:37
Traditional 12TS435
14. Herd Laddie O’ The Glen Willie Scott The Shepherd’s Song 1968 3:40
Willie Scott 12T183
15. The Fireman’s Not For Me Isla Cameron Moses Of The Mail / The Fireman’s Not For Me 1951 2:35
Traditional TRC51
16. Dance With Me, Morag Isabel Sutherland Vagrant Songs Of Scotland 1966 1:00
Traditional 12T151
17. The Wind That Blew The Bonnie Lassie’s Plaidie Awa’ Jimmy McBeath Wild Rover No More 1967 3:42
Traditional(Roud 2574) 12T173
18. MacCrimmon’s Lament Jeannie Robertson Jeannie Robertson 1959 4:19
Traditional(Roud 5134) 10T52
19. The Gallant Forty Twa Ian Manuel The Dales Of Caledonia 1977 3:20
Traditional(Roud 1877) 12TS301
20. The Twa Corbies Ray & Archie Fisher Far O’er The Forth 1961 2:05
Traditional(Roud 5; Child 26) TOP67
21. Boulavogue Davie Stewart Davie Stewart 1978 recorded in 1954 3:48
Traditional(Roud 2356) 12T293
22. The Wandering Piper John D. Burgess King of the Highland Pipers 1969 2:10
Traditional 12T199

Disk five - The Singer & The SongEdit

This disk concentrates on compositions in a traditional style with the composer often singing the song. All the recordings were issued on either Topic or Special Delivery.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Album Year of Issue Length(Mins)
1. Unity (Raise Your Banners High) John Tams Unity 2000 4:47
John Tams TSCD508
2. The Dominion Of The Sword Martin Carthy Right Of Passage 1988 3:32
Traditional, new words Martin Carthy TSCD452
3. The Sun Is Burning The Ian Campbell Folk Group The Sun Is Burning single 1963 2:23
Ian Campbell STOP102
4. Go Down Ye Murderers Ewan MacColl Chorus From The Gallows 1960 3:25
Ewan MacColl 12T16
5. Police Patrol Bob Davenport The Common Stone 2004 1:45
Bob Davenport TSCD552
6. Two Tears Eliza Carthy Dreams Of Breathing Underwater 2008 4:14
Eliza Carthy & Ben Ivitsky TSCD571
7. Never Any Good Martin Simpson Prodigal Son 2007 5:20
Martin Simpson TSCD567
8. Both Sides Of The Tweed Dick Gaughan Handful Of Earth 1981 3:38
Dick Gaughan(Roud 8913) 12TS419
9. George’s Son John Kirkpatrick with Brass Monkey See How It Runs 1986 4:56
John Kirkpatrick 12TS442
10. Reconciliation Ron Kavana Home Fire 1991 4:34
Ron Kavana SPDCD1043
11. Stumbling On Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight Once In A Blue Moon 1996 4:05
Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight TSCD478
12. Acceptable Losses John B Spencer Out With A Bang 1986 2:56
John B Spencer 12TS444
13. Ships Of Shame Steve Ashley Time & Tide 2007 3:36
Steve Astley TSCD569
14. The Land Of Three Rivers Vin Garbutt Eston California 1977 2:48
Vin Garbutt 12TS378
15. No Telling Linda Thompson Fashionably Late 2002 4:58
Linda Thompson TSCD821
16. Dust Johnny Handle The Collier Lad 1975 2:51
Johnny Handle 12TS270
17. Two-Fisted Heroes Bill Caddick The Wild West Show 1986 4:16
Bill Caddick 12TS441

Disk six - The People’s FlagEdit

This disk covers the music that closely reflects the origins of Topic records with the Workers Music Association. Both sides of the original record issued by Topic are featured on this disk as track 1 and track 8. Versions of track 3, Joe Hill, are the third most popular selection on the radio show Desert Island Discs for British Labour Party Politicians, with this version being selected by Ed Miliband.[18] Track 11 is the second track from the Sweet Primeroses album in the compilation. The title track of the album by the Watersons is on this CD with the original album available as a download. All the recordings were issued on either Topic or Special Delivery.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Record Year of Issue Length (Mins)
1. The Man Who Watered The Worker’s Beer Paddy Ryan The Man Who Watered The Worker’s Beer 78 1939 2:42
Paddy Ryan/Traditional TRC1
2. Talking Union Blues Pete Seeger Dark As A Dungeon 1956 2:51
Woody Guthrie TRC92
3. Joe Hill Paul Robeson Joe Hill / John Brown’s Body 1956 3:00
Traditional TRC95
4. Masters Of War Martin Simpson Grinning In Your Face 1983 5:29
Bob Dylan 12TS430
5. The Red Flag Bob Smith’s Ideal Band Better Than An Orchestra 1983 3:30
Connell 12T320
6. The Blackleg Miners Louis Killen The Iron Muse 1963 1:17
Traditional(Roud 3193) 12T86
7. No Power On Earth Billy Bennett Almost A Gentleman 1978 3:50
Billy Bennett 12T387
8. The Internationale The Topic Singers & Band The Internationale 1939 2:48
Degetyer TRC1
9. To The Begging I Will Go Ewan MacColl The Manchester Angel 1966 2:34
Traditional 12T147
10. The Hand-Loom Weaver’s Lament Harry Boardman Deep Lancashire 1968 2:40
Traditional 12T188
11. The Rigs Of The Time Shirley Collins The Sweet Primeroses 1967 3:09
Traditional(Roud 867) 12T170
12. Greedy Landlord Stan Kelly with Leon Rosselson Songs For Swinging Landlords To 1961 2:48
Fred Dallas/Traditional TOP60
13. Time To Ring Some Changes Richard Thompson Hard Cash 1990 3:42
Richard Thompson SPDCD1027
14. Sixteen Tons Ewan MacColl with Brian Daly Sixteen Tons / The Swan-Necked Valve 1956 2:01
Traditional(Roud 15162) TRC97
15. Peat Bog Soldiers The Ian Campbell Folk Group Songs Of Protest 1962 1:40
Unknown TOP82
16. Aa’m Glad The Strike’s Done The High Level Ranters The Bonny Pit Laddie 1975 3:06
Traditional 12TS271/2
17. Three Score And Ten The Watersons New Voices 1965 3:29
William Delph/Traditional(Roud 16873) 12T125
18. Dirty Old Town Ewan MacColl Dirty Old Town / Sheffield Apprentice 1952 2:44
Ewan MacColl TRC56
19. The Liverpool Barrow Boys The Spinners Songs Spun In Liverpool 1961 1:25
Traditional TOP69
20. The Weaver’s March The Celebrated Working Men’s Band The Iron Muse 1963 0:50
Traditional 12T86
21. We Poor Labouring Men Waterson–Carthy Broken Ground 1999 5:48
Traditional(Roud 1394) TSCD509
22. Perfumes Of Arabia Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick Skin & Bone 1992 3:07
Maggie Holland SPDCD1046
23. Hot Asphalt Bob Davenport & The Rakes Wor Geordie 1962 2:01
Bob Davenport TOP83

Disk seven - . . . even more treasures from the Topic catalogueEdit

The seventh and last disk in the set contains more tracks from the Topic records catalogue and features a number from non-English speaking countries. Three of the tracks feature music from the Balkans, two of the albums collected by A. L. Lloyd and one by Wolf Dietrich. Acts from the United States are well represented. All the recordings were issued on Topic except track 18 which was issued on a Free Reed album. and include 1 of the Topic World Series Albums.

Track Title/Composer Artist(s) Original Album Year of Issue Length (Mins)
1. Skye Crofter’s / The Swallow Tail Billy Pigg Wild Hills O’Wannie – The Small Pipes of Northumbria 1974 3:22
Traditional 12TS227
2. While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping June Tabor Airs & Graces 1976 1:44
Traditional(Roud 363) 12TS298
3. Boi Se Otvori Roza Tsetkova Folk Music of Bulgaria 1964 1:20
Traditional 12T107
4. John Barleycorn Tim Van Eyken Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves 2006 6:07
Traditional(Roud 164) TSCD565
5. The Girl On The Greenbriar Shore Tom Paley & Peggy Seeger Who's Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot? Who's Going To Glove Your Hand 1964 2:31
Traditional(Roud 17338) 12T113
6. The Happy One-Step / Green Willis The House Band Word Of Mouth 1988 2:46
Traditional 12TS451
7. Clyde Water Nic Jones Game Set Match 2006 6:02
Traditional(Roud 91; Child 216) TSCD566
8. Baranca Vlado & Nikola Robanovski Folk Music of Yugoslavia 1973 2:34
Traditional 12TS224
9. Georgie Levi Smith Songs of the Open Road 1975 1:28
Traditional(Roud 90; Child 209) 12T253
10. Jenny Lind Scan Tester & Rabbidy Baxter Boscastle Breakdown 1974 1:59
Traditional 12T240
11. Worcester City Eliza Carthy Anglicana 2002 4:48
Traditional(Roud 218, Laws P30) TSCD539
12. Talking Dustbowl Blues Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Woody Guthrie's Blues 1957 2:54
Traditional(Roud 16650) 8T5
13. Kaba Vençe Refki Taho, Hysen Zizolli & Ahmet Metolli Folk Music of Albania 1966 3:01
Traditional 12T154
14. The Green Banks Of Yarrow Alison McMorland & Peta Webb Alison McMorland & Peta Webb 1980 2:28
Traditional(Roud 172; Child 24) 12TS403
15. Johnny, Will You Marry Me? Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band 1979 2:54
Traditional 12T366
16. Hamburger – polka fra hardanger Vestlandsgruppa Folk Music of Norway 1977 1:55
Traditional 12TS351
17. Hedger And Ditcher The Silly Sisters No More To The Dance 1988 2:41
Traditional(Roud 846) TSCD450
18. Burren No. 1 / Chris Droney’s Favourite Chris Droney The Flowing Tide 1975 2:39
Traditional 12TFRS503
19. Nna hamu The Jauharah Orchestra Poetry and Languid Charm – Swahili Music from Tanzania 2007 2:40
Shariff Twahir Ahmed TSCD936
20. Little Sadie Hedy West Ballads 1967 2:45
Traditional(Roud 780, Laws I8) 12T163
21. Fulmine Andy Cutting (Blowzabella) Vanilla 1990 2:39
Riccardo Tesi SPDCD1028
22. No One Stands Alone Blue Murder No One Stands Alone 2002 4:49
Jim Davis TSCD537


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