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A FINE UNDERTAKING
From ceilidh bandits to multi-awarded elder statesmen, it’s been a long road for Oysterband. The first of our trio of fRoots 33rd anniversary reappraisals of English folk icons is by Sarah Coxson.

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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 348, June 2012

THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column.
RANTING AND REELING
Tim Chipping's new monthly column.
THE ELUSIVE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
Elizabeth Kinder's new monthly 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: English minimalists Three Cane Whale, US psych-folkists Stone Breath, Norwegian fiddler Ragnhild Furebotten, VWML librarian Malcolm Taylor, young English folk climbers Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, and Scottish musician and BBC presenter Mary Ann Kennedy answering the Rocket Launcher questions
A FINE UNDERTAKING
From ceilidh bandits to multi-awarded elder statesmen, it’s been a long road for Oysterband. The first of our trio of fRoots 33rd anniversary reappraisals of English folk icons is by Sarah Coxson.
CEILIDH ROOTS
An extract from The Oyster Band’s first cover interview, published in our January 1983 issue, when they’d just emerged from the Kent PTA ceilidh circuit as a song and dance band. Words & photos by Ian Anderson.
THE TURKISH CAFÉ
In this issue, we feature two bands reviving the cross-cultural café music from the turn of the last century, when rembetiko was being born. Nick Hobbs meets Turkey’s Cafe Aman Instanbul.
THE GREEK CAFÉ
The second of this issue’s bands reviving cross-cultural Café Aman music from the turn of the last century. Elisavet Sotiriadou meets Thessaloniki’s Loxandra.
WELSH FOR SIX
Eclecticism’s the name of the game for Cerys Matthews, both in her own music and the range she plays on her Sunday morning BBC 6Music show. Chris Conder gets all overcome with fandom.
MOUNTAIN SOUL
Meet Elizabeth LaPrelle, quite simply the best young Appalachian ballad singer to emerge in living memory. Sarah Coxson makes the introductions.
THE GRIOT ANTIDOTE
Suffering from griot fatigue? All kora’d out? Never fear, salvation is at hand in the shape of Diabel Cissokho. And he’s here in the UK too. Jamie Renton gets all ethusiastic again.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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