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WHAT SCOTLAND’S GOT
An under-appreciated folk genius, that’s what! Alasdair Roberts has a work rate that would put a hive of bees to shame, and it’s invariably good stuff. Tim Chipping wonders how he does it.

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This month’s issue

Here's what's in the January/February 2017 double issue of fRoots, Nos. 403/404
 
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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 62
Your free download compilation album.
ROOT SALAD
Wonderful Norwich trio Alden Patterson Dashwood, American bluesman Luke Winslow-King, Indian singer Aruna Sairam, Scottish/Norwegian duo Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola, Norwegian/ Swedish/ Shetland trio Nordic Fiddler Bloc, a celebration of 40 years of Hobgoblin Music, a report from Womex 2016 in Galicia, and lots more including Celtic Connections and Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw answering our monthly questionaire.
WHAT SCOTLAND’S GOT
An under-appreciated folk genius, that’s what! Alasdair Roberts has a work rate that would put a hive of bees to shame, and it’s invariably good stuff. Tim Chipping wonders how he does it.
A VERY GOOD YEAR…
Our international panel pick the best of 2016 in the 31st annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year. Ian Anderson takes a look at the results.
STREET WISE
Ruth Theodore evolved her phenomenal and unique songwriting and guitar playing as a busker. Elizabeth Kinder unfolds the tale.
SHE FAIRLY MOVED
Born a hundred years ago, the magnificent Irish street singer Margaret Barry was once seen, never forgotten. Colin Irwin isn’t even trying to…
WOMEN’S WORK
Les Amazones D’Afrique are using their music to fight for women in Mali. Andy Morgan listens to them explaining their difficult task.
SHEE’S GOT IT
The Shee celebrated their 10th anniversary by commissioning compositions for their latest album. Tim Chipping finds out how that worked.
THE CLASSIC IRISH
Daoiri Farrell is a straight line musical descendant from Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, but still his own man. Colin Irwin hears his story.
THE CAMERA MAN
From the early 1960s, Brian Shuel was the go-to photographer for folk music in the UK, from traditional customs to the young Bob Dylan. Derek Schofield hears how it all happened.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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