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DANCING 4 ENGLAND
It's not just crazy English country dancing that's pulling in the young ethno-hordes. Yes, Morris dancing's having quite a rebirth too. Jon Brenner takes a look at what's happening.


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Here's what's in fRoots, #258, December 2004

THE EDITOR'S BOX
Ian Anderson's comment column.
CHARTS & LISTS
Specialist and general roots music album sales and airplay charts.
COMPETITION
Win! DVDs and CDs!
REVIEWS
Our key section reviewing all the latest CDs - some 110+ items bite the dust. No punches pulled!
ROOTING ABOUT
What's happening: packed pages of festivals, gigs, tours, dances, radio, CDs and all kinds of roots-related stuff.
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: young English traditional singer Jim Causley, South African veteran Hugh Masekela, Spain's Eliseo Parra, Benetton's Credo Project, Battlefield piper Mike Katz, New York gyil gal Gina Ferrera, and Flook's Sarah Allen in the Rocket Launcher.
DANCING 4 ENGLAND
It's not just crazy English country dancing that's pulling in the young ethno-hordes. Yes, Morris dancing's having quite a rebirth too. Jon Brenner takes a look at what's happening.
ITALIAN BEATS
Lots of people who attended the great Canadian festivals this summer came away raving about Italian band Fiamma Fumana. Tony Montague is hot on their trail...
INDÉPENDANCE
Originally influenced by UK artists like Martin Carthy and the Watersons, Gabriel Yacoub became a pioneer of French folk rock with the legendary Malicorne. Guillaume Veillet brings his story up to date.
SENEGAL PICKS
This year's Womad hosted a little posse of Senegalese guitarists. Jamie Renton chased Laye Sow and Seydina Insa Wade them around the site.
MO' TANGO
Tango 'n' electronica is a bit of a flavour of the month right now, but Bajofondo Tango Club's Gustavo Santaolalla has been working on the notion since well before Gotan. Jon Lusk examines his pedigree.
CARAVAN CLUB
Not many Western folk artists find themselves taking on a regime with their music and end up as gun-carrying jungle insurgents. Tom Vater meets Thailand's Nga Surachai Chanthimathon and hears the story of the other Caravan.
CASAMANCING
Baye Diop is engaged in a project to record the traditional music of southern Senegal in the places where it's found. Marcelle Hopkins pushes the Suzuki...
MAORI MIXTURE
Toni Huata makes music based on her Maori culture that also reflects some Lebanese, Irish, German and Scandinavian genes in her ancestry. Mike Cooper is intrigued.
COME WRITE ME DOWN
A blast from the fRoots letters file.
BIFF
Our exclusive cartoon strip explores Morris Dancing (naturally).
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts. 92 packed pages in total!

 

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