Q&A with Blair Dunlop
Having released one of the most acclaimed acoustic albums of the year with House of Jacks, songwriter, guitarist Blair Dunlop prepares to return to Towersey Festival as a solo act and as part of Eliza Carthy’s Topic 75 celebration.
Q: Alongside a couple of solo performances, you'll be joining Eliza Carthy for the Topic 75 concert. What does the label mean to you? And can you say anything about what you'll be performing as part of that special concert?
It means a great deal. Topic is a label synonymous with just about every British folk music fan. [Nic Jones’] Penguin Eggs is possibly my favourite trad’ album of all time... I need not say any more. Eliza is also an artist who I admire a great deal, so it'll be nice to share the stage with her and the others involved. [read more]
Bring on the Bunting
Help us create 50 feet, 50 meters or even 50 miles of bunting to celebrate 50 years of Towersey.
Bunting should be made 20cm to apex, 12cm at base in a triangle and be mounted onto tape leaving half a meter at each end of empty tape to join up to the next bit. You can make three or four pieces or three or four meters, whatever you like. Bring it to Towersey and we will string it around the site. [read more]
We celebrate our 50th birthday with special 75 Years Of Topic Records Concert
We are delightedto be teaming up with one of The world's oldest truly independent record labels to bring you a unique afternoon of music.
As part of the 50th Towersey Festival (21-25 August 2014), we are staging a unique concert marks 75 years of Topic Records.
Hosted by Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy and The Gift Band, the performance celebrates Topic’s impressive catalogue with appearances from a diverse range of musicians inspired by this unique record company, as well as those signed to it, including Lau, Fay Hield, Martin Carthy, Saul Rose, Blair Dunlop and Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. They’ll perform songs previously recorded for the label by Anne Briggs, Louis Killen, Shirley Collins, Nic Jones and others. [read more]