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WAXING ENTHUSIASTIC
Mexamericana rootsters David Wax Museum came, saw and conquered back in the summer. Jamie Renton and family got excited.

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Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 366, December 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!
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: Devon’s Jim Causley, the USA’s Tim O’Brien, Finland’s Pekko Käppi, young Kentish band Cocos Lovers, a visit to Tbilisi Music Week, Québécois group Les Poules à Colin, and Heather Wood answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
WAXING ENTHUSIASTIC
Mexamericana rootsters David Wax Museum came, saw and conquered back in the summer. Jamie Renton and family got excited.
FOLK WITH ATTITUDE
Something has changed in the state of English folk singing and a very vociferous baby has gone out with the bathwater. Colin Irwin recommends re-evaluating the Young Tradition, the early Watersons and Oak.
THOMPSON FUN
It was going to be a normal interview, but Linda Thompson had other plans. Tim Chipping gets cabnapped and whisked off to Pompeii. It was full…
SING SHROPSHIRE
Shrewsbury has become a big boy on the late summer folk festival block. Tim Chipping reports on a laid-back event, while Elly Lucas did the snappery.
STRANGE FRUIT
It’s the song Billie Holiday is best known for: the hauntingly dark tale of Southern brutality and racism. Strange Fruit is the subject of a forthcoming edition of BBC Radio 4’s Soul Music made by producer Maggie Ayre.
THE SPOOKAGENDA
An inexplicable Australian cult has swept UK festivals the past few years, involving looming men in black and hats. Katie Rose investigates the Spooky Men’s Chorale.
DEEP MIDWINTER
It’s the time of year to get out those traditional carols, don the wassailing kit and all the ethno-glittery bits. Sarah Coxson guides us through the seasonal capers.
SLIDEBLUES ROOTS
Slide guitar blues and gospel music was of course an African American invention, but Michael Messer argues that the pre-war roots of the guitar accompaniment are much less purely African than many like to imagine.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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