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THE BANJO & MRS WONG
Abigail Washburn’s influences run from Appalachia to Sichuan, via the odd bit of extreme mountaineering. Small wonder she’s causing such a stir. Elizabeth Kinder meets a thoroughly modern banjo pickin’ gal. Photos: Judith Burrows


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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 335, May 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!
COMPETITION
Win Ali Farka Toure DVDs!
READERSHIP SURVEY
Give us the facts, man, and you might win a 160Gb iPod!
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: UK resident American singer/fiddlist Christi Andropolis, fast rising band The Urban Folk Quartet, sibling trio The Staves, touring Canadian harmonists The Finest Kind, Denmark’s Karen Mose, and korameister Toumani Diabate in our Rocket Launcher.
THE BANJO & MRS WONG
Abigail Washburn’s influences run from Appalachia to Sichuan, via the odd bit of extreme mountaineering. Small wonder she’s causing such a stir. Elizabeth Kinder meets a thoroughly modern banjo pickin’ gal. Photos: Judith Burrows
SHAPED BY DAYS
Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight have taken the family musical legacy into intriguing new realms. Colin Irwin finds out why it took as long as it did.
WAIS & WHEREFORES
A decade between Wai albums? ‘So what have you been doing in your spare time?’ asks Jon Lusk.
SALUTING MR CHRIS
They came to celebrate 50 years of the mighty Arhoolie Records and founder Chris Strachwitz. Sandy Miranda Robinett reports from Berkeley. Pics: Mike Melnyk.
PRINCESS OF DARK
Somehow, it doesn’t seem odd to interview psych folk songwriter Sharron Kraus in an Oxford cemetery: that’s what Seasons They Change author Jeanette Leech did the first time they met. Mind that squirrel.
SPIN DOCTORS
They played at the Cavern, for CND, anti-apartheid and more, were a multi-cultural world music band way before anybody, and counted the cream of traditional singers among their friends. It’s about time we took a fresh look at the Spinners, says Colin Irwin.
CARTHY @ SEVENTY
From Architect to one-time Crown Prince to the Queen Father, it has been a long and interesting ride for Martin Carthy. Ken Hunt engages him in birthday banter.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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