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THE DEMONISATION OF FOLK
There’s a Facebook campaign to have the Demon Barber Roadshow play the opening ceremony of the Olympics. As ideas go, it’s less daft than some. Colin Irwin catches up with the spectacular troupe. Photos: Judith Burrows


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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 334, April 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!
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: those A Jamaican In Cairo people Diaspora, nouveau Western swingers The Hot Club Of Cowtown, recently reformed northern ’90s faves The Tansads, young hotshots 4Square, Irish traveller singer Tommy McCarthy, and Linda Thompson in our Rocket Launcher.
THE DEMONISATION OF FOLK
There’s a Facebook campaign to have the Demon Barber Roadshow play the opening ceremony of the Olympics. As ideas go, it’s less daft than some. Colin Irwin catches up with the spectacular troupe. Photos: Judith Burrows.
A COMPLEX LIFE
With an Algerian Kabyle father and French/Italian mother, Iness Mezel’s background is as rich as her music. Elizabeth Kinder offers tea and ears.
BERLIN CALLING
Berlin has become a magnet for Romanian Roma musicians like those who formed Fanfara Kalashnikov. Rob Rigney is our man on the streets.
SOUNDS OF SPICE
Zanzibar’s Sauti Za Busara festival is an ideal winter destination. Ian Anderson reports and snaps.
LONDON SONGWRIGHT
Ralph McTell’s first new studio album in a decade shows that he’s lost none of his creative powers. Colin Irwin accuses him of being undervalued.
WITH BELLES ON
How to become an overnight morris sensation: Polly Taplin investigates the corseted, capering world of The Belles Of London City.
THE 2011 FESTIVAL SUPPLEMENT
The complete chronological diary listing of 2011's UK & European folk, roots & world music festivals. Plus many pages of informative adverts announcing this year's goodies.
FOLK AWARDS 2011
The ethno-paparazzi strike! On the spot report (Tim Chipping) and photos (Judith Burrows).
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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