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HAVE BEARD WILL TRAVEL
Billy Bragg’s a folkily bearded post-dad – nowadays more rural Dorset that urban Essex. But still a top chap, reckons Elizabeth Kinder.

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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 362/363, August/September 2013

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!
fROOTS 45
Your free download compilation album.
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 WOMEX Cardiff showcase tickets!
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: Ireland’s Seamus Begley; the Cuban/Haitian Creole Choir Of Cuba; the north east’s Mighty Doonans and the south east’s The Great Malarkey; Canadian Gaelic singer and fiddler/step dancer Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, and up’n’coming Lucy Ward answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
HAVE BEARD WILL TRAVEL
Billy Bragg’s a folkily bearded post-dad – nowadays more rural Dorset that urban Essex. But still a top chap, reckons Elizabeth Kinder.
A SUDDEN BRAGG
Our first interview with Billy Bragg, as published in issue 24, April 1985, shortly before he hit the charts with Between The Wars and we went all glossy and became Folk Roots. Colin Irwin was that scribe…
AFROBEAT EXPRESS
Femi Kuti has found his own original way to follow in his father’s footsteps. Jamie Renton hears about discipline.
IT’S VAMM MA’AM
Hot northern instrumental brilliance all the way with the brand new Shetland/Scotland/Norway super trio Vamm. Colin Irwin waxes lyrical where lyrics there are not.
ROUTES TO WALES
As everybody makes plans to descend on Cardiff for Womex in October, Angharad Wynne asks ten leading Welsh artists what makes Welsh folk music unique.
THE HORN & THE HARP
Unlikely though it may seem, this pairing of Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German trumpeter Volker Goetze makes for sublime music. Bas Springer cornered them in Marseille.
FORWARD THINKING
There’s folk revival and there’s folk reinvention. It’s the latter that Estonia’s Maarja Nuut is now engaged in, for which we should all be very grateful. Andrew Cronshaw introduces an inspiring young musician.
SEARCHING SAIGON
A recent Vietnamese trip was a voyage of discovery for Christopher Conder, ending at the home of 95 year old dan tranh master Nguyen Vinh Bao.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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