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Who’s that being grilled by Colin Irwin about his multiplicity of roles, activities, enthusiasms and hats? Why, it’s that Sam Lee!

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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 347, May 2012

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: psych folk mysteries Sproatly Smith, Speech Project creator and producer Gerry Diver, America’s Foghorn Trio, innovative foot-powered Irish quartet This Is How We Fly, French accordeonfest Les Nuits De Nacre, and Temple Of Sound’s Neil Sparkes answering the Rocket Launcher questions
THE MAGPIE’S TEST
Who’s that being grilled by Colin Irwin about his multiplicity of roles, activities, enthusiasms and hats? Why, it’s that Sam Lee!
COLOMBIANTICS
La Chiva Gantiva are the No.1 Colombian/ Belgian party band. Indeed, they may be the only one, enough to lure Jamie Renton to Amsterdam to catch them in action.
FROME FIRSTS
It was not only the first Frome Folk Festival, it was also the first folk festival that Elizabeth Kinder had ever been to. And it meant revisiting the town where she grew up…
ELENI’S SPIRITS
At one stage in her career, Eleni Tsaligopoulou got lost among the ghosts of the old singers whose songs she was interpreting. Elisavet Sotiriadou hears how she found her own way forward.
THE EXPLORER
Hungarian singer, dancer, collector of vocal techniques and activist Bea Palya has been on a mission since an early age. John Pheby hears about her adventures.
CHIPS UNBLOCKED
Those fabulous festival favourites The Chipolatas are celebrating two decades of globetrotting and flying the flag. Sarah Coxson hears how they’ve managed it.
TWO DROPS NEW
In which America’s Grammy-winning black string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Elizabeth Kinder get ordered out of a London music hostelry for excess bones enthusiasm. Rock’n’roll!
FISHBEARD FABLES
John The Fish, much-loved veteran of the heyday of the Cornish folk scene, has many tales to tell. Steve Hunt gets a few.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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