The Voice of the People

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The Voice Of The People: The Traditional Music Of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales

Series Editor: Reg Hall.

Topic Records TSCD651-670

Description of the series, from the Topic Records website:

This series makes available nearly 500 recordings of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh traditional music drawn from the archives of Topic Records and from private collections. Compiled as thematic anthologies, each volume stands on its own, but the series as a whole presents an extensive and varied picture of traditional singing, instrumental music-making and dancing throughout the course of the 20th century. Many of the singers and musicians and their recorded performances presented here are classic, but the inclusion of some less well-known performers and genres broadens the horizon by offering glimpses at some little-known nooks and crannies of traditional music-making. This is the home-spun art and entertainment that enriched the lives of working people in pubs and cottages, in social clubs and village halls and on the street, and was made, in the words of one of the musicians in the series, "by people with dirt under their finger nails."

Originally released as a 20 CD set:

Further volumes issued from 2012:

Voice of the People Performer Index

Musical Traditions Voice of the People pages: reviews, notes, indexes.