|Three Score & Ten: A Voice to the People|
|Box set by |
|Released||14 September 2009|
|Recorded||1939 - 2009|
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 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.
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. Simon then interviewed Tony Engle on 7 August about the album and the work of Topic records. This interview included a track from each of the CDs in the boxed set.
Topic Records co-hosted three concerts at London's South Bank to celebrate the 70 year anniversary and promote the boxed set. These were held on Friday 11 September 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall featuring The Waterson Family and the Eliza Carthy Band, 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.
|Observer Music Monthly|||
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".
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".
Redlick said "This is obviously a huge labour of love and a wonderful tribute to a record label respected the world over".
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".
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 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.
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
|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|
|Waterson:Carthy||Waterson–Carthy (Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy)||TSCD475||1994|
|The Voice of the People||Various Artists||TSCD651 – 670||1998|
|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||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|
|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.
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|
|2.||Angi||Davy Graham||3/4 AD||1963||2:25|
|3.||The Shaskeen Reel||John Wright||The Lark In The Clear Air||1974||3:03|
|4.||The Lancashire Toreadors||The Oldham Tinkers||Best O’ T’ Bunch||1974||3:12|
|5.||Sullivan’s March||Pat Mitchell||Pat Mitchell - Uilleann pipes||1976||1:40|
|6.||San Francisco Bay Blues||Jesse Fuller||Working on the Railroad||1959||3:32|
|7.||Country Gardens||William Kimber||The Art Of William Kimber||1974||2:09|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|16.||Bitter Withy||John Tams||The Reckoning||2005||6:42|
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|
|2.||Spencer The Rover||Bob & Ron Copper||Come Write Me Down – Early Recordings of The Copper Family of Rottingdean||2001||3:21|
|3.||All Things Are Quite Silent||Shirley Collins||The Sweet Primeroses||1967||2:34|
|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|
|7.||The Crafty Maid’s Policy||Frankie Armstrong||Lovely On The Water||1972||2:13|
|8.||A Place Called England||June Tabor||A Quiet Eye||1999||4:40|
|9.||When I Die||Peter Bellamy||Both Sides Then||1979||2:44|
|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|
|12.||We Shepherds Are The Best of Men||Fred Jordan||Songs Of A Shropshire Worker||1967||3:41|
|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|
|15.||Higher Germany||Pheobe Smith||Once I Had A True Love||1970||3:18|
|16.||The Ideal Schottische||The Cheviot Ranters||The Cheviot Hills||1973||4:06|
|17.||The Methody Parson||Roy Harris||Champions Of Folly||1975||2:27|
|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|
|2.||The Waterford Boys||Paddy Tunney||A Wild Bees’ Nest||1965||3:40|
|3.||The Banks Of Red Roses||Sarah Makem||Sarah Makem : Ulster Ballad Singer||1968||3:02|
|4.||Gillan’s Apples / The Prize Jig||John Doonan & John Wright||The Lark In The Clear Air||1974||2:05|
|5.||Slieve Gallon Brae||The McPeake Family||Irish Traditional Folk Songs & Music||1962||2:00|
|6.||Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Mamma’s Pet||Seamus Tansey with Reg Hall||The Breeze From Erin||1969||2:15|
|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|
|9.||The Factory Girl||Margaret Barry||Street Songs & Fiddle Tunes Of Ireland||1958||3:18|
|10.||Roaring Mary / The Old Torn Petticoat||The Irish Country Four||Songs, Ballads & Instrumental Tunes From Ulster||1971||2:29|
|11.||Spailpin a Rún||Sean Mac Donnchadha||More Grand Airs From Connemara||1971||2:32|
|12.||The Choice Wife||Willie Clancy||The Breeze From Erin||1969||3:06|
|13.||The Tinker’s Old Budget||Mary Ann Carolan||Songs From The Irish Tradition||1982||3:12|
|14.||Paidriag O’Keefe’s/ Con Cassidy’s||The Boys of the Lough||In The tradition||1981||1:45|
|15.||Dowd’s Favourite||Hugh Gillespie||Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music||1978||2:54|
|16.||Wife Of The Bold Tenant Farmer||Joe Heaney||Irish Traditional Songs In Gaelic & English||1963||3:05|
|17.||The Music In The Glen / The Greenfields Of America||The O’Halloran Brothers||Men Of The Ireland||1976||2:18|
|18.||The Knight Templar’s Dream||Len Graham||Wind And Water||1977||3:55|
|19.||The Yellow Tinker / The Humours Of Scarriff||Sean O’Shea & Bobby Casey||Paddy In The Smoke||1998||1:53|
|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|
|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|
|24.||Bridie Morley / Duignan’s Favourite||Packie Duignan & Seamus Horan||Music From County Leitrim||1978||2:20|
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|
|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|
|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|
|7.||Soldier’s Joy||Tom Anderson & Aly Bain||The Silver Bow||1976||2:21|
|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|
|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|
|14.||Herd Laddie O’ The Glen||Willie Scott||The Shepherd’s Song||1968||3:40|
|15.||The Fireman’s Not For Me||Isla Cameron||Moses Of The Mail / The Fireman’s Not For Me||1951||2:35|
|16.||Dance With Me, Morag||Isabel Sutherland||Vagrant Songs Of Scotland||1966||1:00|
|17.||The Wind That Blew The Bonnie Lassie’s Plaidie Awa’||Jimmy McBeath||Wild Rover No More||1967||3:42|
|18.||MacCrimmon’s Lament||Jeannie Robertson||Jeannie Robertson||1959||4:19|
|19.||The Gallant Forty Twa||Ian Manuel||The Dales Of Caledonia||1977||3:20|
|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|
|22.||The Wandering Piper||John D. Burgess||King of the Highland Pipers||1969||2:10|
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|
|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|
|4.||Go Down Ye Murderers||Ewan MacColl||Chorus From The Gallows||1960||3:25|
|5.||Police Patrol||Bob Davenport||The Common Stone||2004||1:45|
|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|
|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|
|10.||Reconciliation||Ron Kavana||Home Fire||1991||4:34|
|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|
|14.||The Land Of Three Rivers||Vin Garbutt||Eston California||1977||2:48|
|15.||No Telling||Linda Thompson||Fashionably Late||2002||4:58|
|16.||Dust||Johnny Handle||The Collier Lad||1975||2:51|
|17.||Two-Fisted Heroes||Bill Caddick||The Wild West Show||1986||4:16|
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. 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|
|2.||Talking Union Blues||Pete Seeger||Dark As A Dungeon||1956||2:51|
|3.||Joe Hill||Paul Robeson||Joe Hill / John Brown’s Body||1956||3:00|
|4.||Masters Of War||Martin Simpson||Grinning In Your Face||1983||5:29|
|5.||The Red Flag||Bob Smith’s Ideal Band||Better Than An Orchestra||1983||3:30|
|6.||The Blackleg Miners||Louis Killen||The Iron Muse||1963||1:17|
|7.||No Power On Earth||Billy Bennett||Almost A Gentleman||1978||3:50|
|8.||The Internationale||The Topic Singers & Band||The Internationale||1939||2:48|
|9.||To The Begging I Will Go||Ewan MacColl||The Manchester Angel||1966||2:34|
|10.||The Hand-Loom Weaver’s Lament||Harry Boardman||Deep Lancashire||1968||2:40|
|11.||The Rigs Of The Time||Shirley Collins||The Sweet Primeroses||1967||3:09|
|12.||Greedy Landlord||Stan Kelly with Leon Rosselson||Songs For Swinging Landlords To||1961||2:48|
|13.||Time To Ring Some Changes||Richard Thompson||Hard Cash||1990||3:42|
|14.||Sixteen Tons||Ewan MacColl with Brian Daly||Sixteen Tons / The Swan-Necked Valve||1956||2:01|
|15.||Peat Bog Soldiers||The Ian Campbell Folk Group||Songs Of Protest||1962||1:40|
|16.||Aa’m Glad The Strike’s Done||The High Level Ranters||The Bonny Pit Laddie||1975||3:06|
|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|
|19.||The Liverpool Barrow Boys||The Spinners||Songs Spun In Liverpool||1961||1:25|
|20.||The Weaver’s March||The Celebrated Working Men’s Band||The Iron Muse||1963||0:50|
|21.||We Poor Labouring Men||Waterson–Carthy||Broken Ground||1999||5:48|
|22.||Perfumes Of Arabia||Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick||Skin & Bone||1992||3:07|
|23.||Hot Asphalt||Bob Davenport & The Rakes||Wor Geordie||1962||2:01|
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|
|2.||While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping||June Tabor||Airs & Graces||1976||1:44|
|3.||Boi Se Otvori||Roza Tsetkova||Folk Music of Bulgaria||1964||1:20|
|4.||John Barleycorn||Tim Van Eyken||Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves||2006||6:07|
|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|
|6.||The Happy One-Step / Green Willis||The House Band||Word Of Mouth||1988||2:46|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|13.||Kaba Vençe||Refki Taho, Hysen Zizolli & Ahmet Metolli||Folk Music of Albania||1966||3:01|
|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|
|16.||Hamburger – polka fra hardanger||Vestlandsgruppa||Folk Music of Norway||1977||1:55|
|17.||Hedger And Ditcher||The Silly Sisters||No More To The Dance||1988||2:41|
|18.||Burren No. 1 / Chris Droney’s Favourite||Chris Droney||The Flowing Tide||1975||2:39|
|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|
|22.||No One Stands Alone||Blue Murder||No One Stands Alone||2002||4:49|
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- "Topic Records Home page". Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- Three Score and Ten acknowledgements
- Holland, Simon (27 July 2009). "David Suff interview with Properganda magazine". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Holland, Simon (7 August 2009). "Tony Engle interview for Properganda magazine". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Topic Records 70 Anniversary Concerts". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- Denselow, Robin (15 September 2009). "Guardian Review of Topic 70th Anniversary Concert with the Waterson Family". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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