Topic Records 80th Anniversary

Eliza and Martin Carthy sitting in a boat outdoors. Eliza is looking at the camera and Martin is wearing a red scarf.

Eliza Carthy leads this concert celebrating 80 years of Topic Records, the oldest independent record label in the world and the home of British folk music.

With its origins in the Workers’ Music Association, through the mid-20th century folk revival to the present day, Topic Records has established itself as not only the pre-eminent British folk music label but one widely respected throughout the world. Tonight’s concert captures that fiercely independent spirit with artists from across the label’s history, including Martin CarthyLisa KnappSam LeeAlasdair Roberts and Olivia Chaney plus further special guest artists to be announced. 

A number of these artists appear on Vision & Revision: The first 80 years of Topic Records, a double album released in May. The record sees a host of musicians from the UK folk scene covering a song of their choice from Topic’s extraordinary back catalogue.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and running time will be confirmed closer to the event.

Produced by the Barbican

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‘Topic has played a major role in ensuring old voices are still audible and creating a space for those that hear them to make new recordings. Formats come and go, but like the music, Topic endures.‘
Billy Bragg
‘I’ve been buying and scrounging Topic Records since 1954. It feels like Topic has always been there, quietly doing good work. Like a backbone.‘
John Peel, 1999

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