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POLL DANCING
The massive panel have cast their votes in the 27th annual fRoots Critics Poll for albums of the year – new albums, re-issues & compilations and best packaged. Here’s what they elected as the very best of 2012.

Sam Lee: Ground Of Its Own – fRoots Critics Poll Album Of 2012
 
Sam Lee: Ground Of Its Own – fRoots Critics Poll Album Of 2012
 
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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 355/356, January/February 2013

fROOTS 42
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THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column.
RANTING AND REELING
Tim Chipping's monthly column.
THE ELUSIVE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
Elizabeth Kinder's 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…
COMPETITION!
Win 90 CDs!
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: young singer/songwriter Lori Campbell; Anglo/US duo Cath & Phil Tyler; Canadian banjo man Old Man Luedecke; Greek politiki lira master Socratis Sinopoulos, French/Belgian duo Sophie Cavez & Baltazar Montanaro; Scotland’s Ewan McLennan, and Swiss Cajun trio Mama Rosin answering the Rocket Launcher questionnaire.
POLL DANCING
The massive panel have cast their votes in the 27th annual fRoots Critics Poll for albums of the year – new albums, re-issues & compilations and best packaged. Here’s what they elected as the very best of 2012.
NOMINALLY FOLK
Yes, the white smoke has emerged from the BBC’s northern chimneys to herald the unveiling of all the nominees in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Our annual shock horror probe from fearless Colin Irwin.
FACTORY GIRLS
(And boy). Korea’s utterly extraordinary Geomungo Factory were a massive Womex hit, which hopefully may mean they’ll reach these shores sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Ian Anderson is smitten.
FAMILY ALBUM
Mary Ann Kennedy’s family group The Campbells have recently been the centre of attention through their album Fonn. Colin Irwin talks to Mary Ann and her mother Kenna Campbell about Gaelic culture.
BEST. WOMEX. EVER.
What it says. After several decades trudging around Europe, the annual Womex gathering of world roots music’s activists found a perfect location for their celebration in Thessaloniki. Words: Ian Anderson. Photos: Judth Burrows.
CANADIAN COMFORT
Long-time fRoots hero Bruce Cockburn was a surprise new discovery for Elizabeth Kinder when we sent her to interview him. Instant fandom ensued.
GETTING OUT MORE
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman had been off the performing radar for some years. Jo Breeze hears how they’ve approached the new performing realities.
THE FALLS ROAD
Suddenly there’s a hot new band out of Zimbabwe with an intriguing pan-African flavour and a great singer. Everybody’s talking about Mokoomba: Jamie Renton has already been evangelising for a year. Go Jamie…
HIT THE ROAD, NIC
It was an eventful year for the whole family as Nic Jones hit the festival circuit. Tim Chipping joined them on the tour bus. Warning – this is a three-hankie tale.
A 1980s CAMERA
Back in the 1980s when the early fRoots office had its very own darkroom, editor Ian Anderson shot a lot of black & white film. Recently he’s been rediscovering and scanning old negatives, many of which were never printed at the time. Here’s a small selection…
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
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