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Rhiannon Giddens is taking time out from the celebrated Carolina Chocolate Drops to forge a solo career with a mission to celebrate great American women singers. Elizabeth Kinder does words, Judith Burrows took the pictures.

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Here's what's in the May 2015 issue of fRoots, No. 383
 
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THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column. Read it here
RANTING AND REELING
Tim Chipping’s monthly column. Read it here
THE ELUSIVE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
Elizabeth Kinder’s monthly column. Read it here
fROOTS PLAYLIST
Recent stuff we like.
CHARTS & LISTS
Specialist and general roots music album sales and airplay charts. Sample them here
REVIEWS
Our key section reviewing all the latest CDs and more - loads bite the dust. No punches pulled! We’ve got some here for you to read now
ROOTING ABOUT
What's happening: packed pages of festivals, gigs, tours, radio, CDs and all kinds of roots-related stuff. The most you'll find anywhere…
COMPETITION
Win! Yiddish Twist Orchestra CDs.
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: Anglo/Bengali band Khiyo, the Isle Of Man’s Ruth Keggin, Canada’s Ryan Boldt, blueswoman Erin Harpe, the UK’s longest running folk festival IVFDF, Sarawak’s Madeeh and Sarah McQuaid answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
TURN FOR THE BEST
Rhiannon Giddens is taking time out from the celebrated Carolina Chocolate Drops to forge a solo career with a mission to celebrate great American women singers. Elizabeth Kinder does words, Judith Burrows took the pictures.
ANATOLIAN TWIST
Another fine addition to London’s multi-cultural melting pot, Olcay Bayir has a voice to remember. Jamie Renton meets the Turkish ambassador to the united nations of music.
BEYOND THE BALLADS
“Things are going quite well,” says Jez Lowe in a typically understated sort of way. Colin Irwin catches up with the man who can’t stop writing.
CARAVAN CLUB
Some of the great North West African festivals have joined together in the Cultural Caravan For Peace, promoting cultural diversity, peace and tolerance in that troubled region. Bas Springer hailed a passing camel…
A GUITARIST ALONE
Norman Blake may just be the most important American musician that many people have never heard of, Chris Nickson reckons.
TURKO-BALKANISING
Kolektif Istanbul mix up the musics of the many immigrants from the old Ottoman Empire – and include Turks from Bulgaria and a wandering Breton instrument maker. Robert Rigney digs…
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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