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ALBUMS OF 2010
It’s the silver poll! The 25th Annual fRoots Critics Poll is the definitive look at the best albums of the year in world folk & roots musics.


Album Of The Year winners Bellowhead
Album Of The Year winners Bellowhead
 
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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 331/332, Jan/Feb 2011

THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column.
fROOTS PLAYLIST
Recent stuff we like.
CHARTS & LISTS
Specialist and general roots music album sales and airplay charts.
REVIEWS
Our key section reviewing all the latest CDs and more - loads bite the dust. No punches pulled!
fROOTS PRESENTS FAF TRACKS
Your exclusive 15-track free CD this issue is a special compilation of UK artists who support Folk Against Fascism.
COMPETITION
Win our 90 favourite CDs of 2010 here!
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: quirky English trio Duck Soup, Tobago’s Calypso Rose and Jamaica’s Gilzene & The Blue Light Mento Band, Sheffield’s Gavin Davenport, Occitan bluesers Moussu T e lei Jovents, US band Calexico, and Mexico’s Los De Abajo in our Rocket Launcher.
ALBUMS OF 2010
It’s the silver poll! The 25th Annual fRoots Critics Poll is the definitive look at the best albums of the year in world folk & roots musics.
FOLK AWARDS 2011
The nominees for BBC Radio 2’s annual ethno-salutes. Colin Irwin does the analysis.
DUNE SURFING
Twangy guitar meets Middle Eastern strings in the hands of Syriana, resulting in a great album and live shows. But many a thing can go wrong on the road to Damascus, as Jamie Renton discovers.
THE LATE ARRIVALS
With their fifth album comprised, for the first time, of entirely self-penned material, a new baby, a new place to live and bubbling enthusiasm for the music all around them, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan think they’re getting somewhere. Colin Irwin takes notes.
HAUNTED HOUSE
On 25th September, Cecil Sharp House hosted the Ghosts From The Basement day, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Village Thing label and ’60s/’70s alternative folk and psych folk. It was a grand gathering of the veterans and today’s artists who carry the flame. A photo spread by Judith Burrows.
A MOORISH DANCE
Al Andaluz are reviving mediæval musics from southern Spain and North Africa and giving them a push into the future. Jan Fairley catches up with them in Germany.
QUEBEC RISING
Adored abroad, but largely ignored at home – it’s the fate of traditional musicians the world over, and no different in Quebec. Tony Montague talks to Galant Tu Perds Ton Temps and Revéillons!
MOSELEY GROVES
Now firmly established in the calendar at the end of the summer season, Moseley Folk Festival celebrated its 5th birthday in 2010. It has already built a great reputation for adventurous programming that appeals to the new folk audience as much as the whole family.
CHORAL TRIBUTES
The multinational London Bulgarian Choir, led by Dessislava Stefanova, celebrated their 10th anniversary by touring the old country. Tanya Jackson joined them.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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