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21st CENTURY FOLK ROCK
Boring, predictable and decades past its play-by date, old school folk rock was on life support. But Jim Moray, Sam Carter and the False Lights gang have thrown away the template and started again. Elizabeth Kinder is excited!

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Here’s what’s in the Spring 2018 issue of fRoots, the first in our new bigger! better! quarterly format.
 
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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.
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 68
Your free download compilation album.
ROOT SALAD
Striking new English folkblokes Nick Hart and Thom Ashworth, ‘Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter’ Amythyst Kia, Tunisian/Belgian singer Ghalia Benali, 6- and 12-string guitarist Jim Ghedi; Faroes women quartet Kata, Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyate, Finnish fiddler-singer Päivi Hirvonen, English dance band Banter, Afghan musical activist Dr Ahmad Sarmast, and Rowan Rheingans answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
21st CENTURY FOLK ROCK
Boring, predictable and decades past its play-by date, old school folk rock was on life support. But Jim Moray, Sam Carter and the False Lights gang have thrown away the template and started again. Elizabeth Kinder is excited!
GURDY UP!
Cara Gibney hears how three French musicians headed to the Mississippi hill country to record the remarkable Muddy Gurdy project.
FIDDLE TRAVELS
His new Quartet, The Gloaming, duo and solo work are just a few things keeping East Clare fiddle master Martin Hayes more than busy. But, he tells Colin Irwin, ‘I’ve never been more excited.’
A SOHO TEMPLE
Looking back to 1950s and ’60s folk, blues and jazz vinyl anorak heaven – Dobell’s Record Shop. From Garth Cartwright’s new book Going For A Song: A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop.
STILL FEARLESS
Buffy Sainte-Marie has re-recorded some of the major songs from her 50+ year career. Because they’re as relevant today, and at 77 she’s still got the power. Tony Montague pins her down.
REAL WORLDLY
She claims to be just the ‘Label Manager’ but Amanda Jones has been at the helm of Real World Records since it was conceived nearly thirty years ago. Elizabeth Kinder has the quiz.
HANDSOME MOLLY
The fascination with all things Nick Drake eventually turned to the songs of his late mother, Molly Drake – who turned out to be more than worthy of the attention. Colin Irwin is a convert.
FRANKLIN M’DEAR
The concept album is not dead when Kings Of The South Seas are let loose. Simon Jones finds out how it arose…
MONGOLIANA
Anda Union are following in the hoofprints of Ghengis Khan, uniting the Mongolian tribes in music. Carole Pegg has the background.
SOCIETY HOSTESS
Against all the odds, the EFDSS is thriving and its headquarters at Cecil Sharp House is abuzz. Ian Anderson talks to the person in charge for the past decade, CEO Katy Spicer.
NEW TUNES FOR OLD
By adjusting songs to work for them, Cath & Phil Tyler fit seamlessly into the never-ending tradition. Steve Hunt investigates.
THE GENDER DIVIDE
In the 2018 Folk Awards Nominations, it appears that women aren’t musicians and men aren’t singers. Tim Chipping raises an eyebrow…
BLUES IN THE ALI
In a major retrospective, Ian Anderson looks back on our early encounters with Malian legend Ali Farka Touré thirty years ago in the mid 1980s, producer Nick Gold recalls his first visit to Ali’s home town in Mali in 1991, and we publish Ali’s first LP and Live reviews and interviews from our pages at that time.
FESTIVALS 2018
Our annual advertising supplement and diary listing of around 500 of the UK and mainland Europe’s folk, roots and world music events.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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