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LEAVING THE LIGHT ON
Chris Smither is celebrating fifty years on the road as a peerless songwriter and inspirational guitarist. A bedraggled Colin Irwin gets his diary in a twist.

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This month’s issue

Here's what's in the August/September 2015 summer double issue of fRoots, Nos. 386/387
 
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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
fROOTS 55
Your free download compilation album.
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…
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: England’s Hannah Sanders, Scotland’s Kate Young, ace fiddler Ben Paley on working with his venerable father Tom, new Anglo-French band Topette, Cape Verde activist José Da Silva, Estonian/Ukrainian band Svjata Vatra, and Olivia Chaney answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
LEAVING THE LIGHT ON
Chris Smither is celebrating fifty years on the road as a peerless songwriter and inspirational guitarist. A bedraggled Colin Irwin gets his diary in a twist.
THE EXPLORER’S TALE
It’s clearly an Oates thing. Unlike some other English folk artists, Jackie Oates always rings the changes between albums. ‘I’m going out there, I may be some time,’ she tells Tim Chipping.
FOGHORNING IT IN
Foghorn Stringband are state-of-the-art among the new wave of old-time outfits over there in the USA. Sarah Coxson catches them over here…
DIRECT COLLECTION
The Song Collectors Collective are continuing the good old hunter-gatherer tradition in folk music. Clare Button collects their tale, and looks at Natasha Solomons’ new novel with The Song Collector as narrator.
CATCHING THE WIND
This issue’s cover star isn’t the only one with a 50-year career landmark, Donovan’s celebrating one too. Steve Hunt hears about his early folk days with Bert Jansch and Derroll Adams.
GJIROKASTËR DAYS
Albania’s massive, week-long festival of folk culture happens every five years in this mediæval Ottoman town. Mark Humphrey took notebook and camera along for the party.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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