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PORTUGUESE BLUE
There are few solo artists today more original, engaging, thought-provoking and mysterious than Portugal’s Lula Pena. Elizabeth Kinder gets between the layers.

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Here’s what’s in the June 2017 issue of fRoots, No. 408
 
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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…
fROOTS 64
Your free download compilation album.
ROOT SALAD
English political songwriter Grace Petrie, Sudanese-American Alsarah & The Nubatones, Canada’s Saltland, Wainwright/McGarrigle sideman Chaim Tannenbaum, Scotland’s Niteworks, Flemish group Wör and English singer songwriter Martha Tilston answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
PORTUGUESE BLUE
There are few solo artists today more original, engaging, thought-provoking and mysterious than Portugal’s Lula Pena. Elizabeth Kinder gets between the layers.
THAT CONCERTINA MAN
Alistair Anderson gets all the credit – and the blame – for instigating the Newcastle Folk Degree course. But that’s just a tiny part of what he’s done, explains Colin Irwin.
THIRTY YEARS WAR
The 1987 promotional campaign that created the ‘World Music’ box was a huge success on many levels, but has the term passed its sell-by date? Ian Anderson consults a few conspirators.
THE VOICE OF TIME
With hints of all sorts of music from gospel to Appalachian folk, Valerie June is American roots personified. Cara Gibney hears the story so far.
SMALL BUT SNAPPY
Jamie Renton marks thirty years of Berlin’s pioneering Piranha empire.
LOVE AND ANGER
Things have turned ugly in the USA, especially if you’re not a white male. Ani Cordero writes songs for dangerous times, says Chris Nickson.
THE WRITE MAN
Colin Irwin is Britain’s most experienced folk interviewer, but has other strings to his bow as well. Derek Schofield turns the tables.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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