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fRoots Features

A selection of past features from the magazine.

THE EARLY DAYS: 1970s - 1990s

Tom Paley

TOM PALEY
New Found City Rambler. From Folk Roots 131, May 1994
Wizz Jones

WIZZ JONES
From Southern Rag 6, October 1980
Shirley Collins

SHIRLEY COLLINS
This Time Roses. From Folk Roots 65, November 1988
Oyster Band

OYSTER BAND
A Basket of Oysters. From Southern Rag 15, January 1983
Nic Jones

NIC JONES
From The Devil To A Reader. From Southern Rag 2, October 1979
June Tabor

JUNE TABOR
Talks About Decorating In The Bathroom. From Southern Rag 3, January 1980
Bob Copper 1984

BOB & JOHN COPPER
A 1984 Conversation With Bob & John Copper. From Southern Rag 20, April 1984

Gitara Gasy

GITARA GASY
Ian Anderson started out to write a short feature on a couple of guitarists from Madagascar, D'Gary and Haja. But one thing led to another… From fRoots 178, April 1998

AND A MORE RECENT RANDOM SELECTION

Spider John Koerner

KOERNERING THE MARKET
America’s most original folk blues stomper returned to the UK in summer 2010 for his first tour in nearly thirty years. Ian Anderson caught up with a hero. From fRoots 325, July 2010 – incorporating some sections from an earlier interview published in fR150, December 1995
Shelagh McDonald - Return Journey

RETURN JOURNEY
Shelagh McDonald made two albums that were jewels of early 1970s folk rock – and then apparently vanished off the face of the earth. Ian Anderson is ever so pleased to report that she’s now back among us. From fRoots 353/354, November/December 2012
Snakes Still Alive Shock!

SNAKES STILL ALIVE SHOCK!
In 1999 Snakefarm were officially the future of folk music. Then they vanished – not for the first time, it turns out. Ian Anderson grabs Anna Domino and Michel Delory as they re-emerge blinking into the 21st century. From fRoots 340, October 2011
The 70s, Deleted

THE ’70s, DELETED
For the English folk scene and its myriad spin-offs, the 1970s are becoming the decade that history deleted. Ian Anderson has a go at correcting perspectives. From fRoots 328, October 2010
Nancy Wallace

NANCY WALLACE IN THE ROCKET LAUNCHER
Every issue, fRoots fires a dozen leading questions at a willing subject. Here's what we got when we directed them at Nancy Wallace. From fRoots 322, April 2010
Charlie Gillett

CHARLIE'S ANGLE
Our great friend Charlie Gillett, who passed away on 17th March 2010, was the person who pioneered world music radio in Britain - after popularising Cajun music and discovering Ian Dury. Ian Anderson interviewed him for fRoots in 2001. From fRoots 218-219, Aug/Sep 2001
Marika Papagika

SEEKING MARIKA
Obsessed by the 1918-29 US recordings of Greek singer Marika Papagika, our editor set early ethnic shellac expert Paul Vernon on accumulating all the currently available information on her. One thing led to another… are you sitting comfortably? From fRoots 300, June 2008
Devon Sproule

THE RETRO MODERNIST
Devon Sproule’s new take on timeless music is a breath of fresh air blowing in from Virginia – making her the first US artist we’ve wanted to put on our cover this century! Elizabeth Kinder serves the coffee and quotes. From fRoots 289, July 2007


WORLD FAMOUS
In 2007, 20 years after a bunch of activists labelled a box to help sell records, Elizabeth Kinder looked back on two decades of runaway success and waved a couple of fingers at the whingers. Happy birthday, world music! From fRoots 289, July 2007
Bassekou Kouyate

HITTING THE RHYTHM STICK
The ngoni is reckoned to be the original griot instrument and Bassekou Kouyate is the current king. Jamie Renton finds out why the ngoni twang’s the thang. Interruptions: Lucy Duran. From fRoots 287, May 2007
Andrew Cronshaw

ART OF CRONSHAW
Last year Andrew Cronshaw joined the select few who have been nominated in both the Awards For World Music and the Folk Awards. Yet after 30 years of making albums, you sense he’s barely begun his explorations. Words by Ken Hunt… From fRoots 264, June 2005
Ali Farka Toure

NIAFUNKE MAN
Ali Farka Toure is as enigmatic as ever, as Hélène Rammant finds when she goes in search of the Malian legend. Ali's last published interview. From fRoots 273, March 2006
Rishi Rich Project

BHANGRA NOW
Bhangra evolved as a unique Asian roots music right here in the UK, but has reached a 21st century crossroads. Hélène Rammant talks to the artists and DJs on the front line and wonders if bhangra is going hip-hop… From fRoots 264, June 2005
Lydia Mendoza

LYDIA MOTION
Back in the 1930s,'The Meadowlark Of The Border' and 'The Songstress Of The Poor' were two famous nicknames given to Lydia Mendoza. Garth Cartwright travels to San Antonio, Texas to meet a living Mexican American legend. From fRoots 261, March 2005
Sidmouth dancer

DANCING ENGLISH
The wisebeards of the UK folk scene constantly fret about how to attract young audiences. They should get off their seats and check out the festival dance tents. Colin Irwin celebrates the overdue return of English country dance music mayhem. From fRoots 250, April 2004
Ojos De Brujo

FLAMENCO FORWARD
Ojos De Brujo came roaring out of Barcelona with their high energy mix of flamenco and hip-hop and secured a nomination in this year's Awards for World Music. Christine Carter was smitten. From fRoots 250, April 2004
Kristi Stassinopoulou

KRISTI'S SECRETS
Greek singer Kristi Stassinopoulou's experiments at the roots produced a groundbreaking album which shot to No. 1 on the World Music Charts Europe. So Ian Anderson was amazed to hear that she hadn't wanted it released. From fRoots 237, March 2003
Oh Bembeya!

OH BEMBEYA!
Guinea's legendary Bembeya Jazz are back in serious action after a decade and a half. Banning Eyre caught up with them in France, making their comeback album. From fRoots 233, November 2002
World Music History

WORLD MUSIC HISTORY
Ever since World Music emerged as a useful marketing concept back in 1987, conspiracy theorists have wasted energies on criticising it. 'Enough!', says Ian Anderson… From fRoots 201, March 2000
  COMPLETE FROOTS CDS TRACK INDEX
All the tracks that have appeared on our free fRoots covermount CD series since they began.

  COMPLETE PAST FEATURES INDEX
All the features published in fRoots, listed alphabetically by subject.

  COMPLETE COVER FEATURES INDEX
All the cover features published in fRoots, listed chronologically.

  REVIEWS INDEX
All the reviews published in fRoots and its earlier title Southern Rag, from issue 1 (July 1979).

 

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