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THE INDESTRUCTIBLE DRONE
Dance machine Blowzabella celebrate their 35th anniversary in fine form. Colin Irwin dusts off his Franglais.

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This month’s issue

Here’s what’s in fRoots, Nos. 367/368, January/February 2014

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 47
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…
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: Zambian/Scottish Namvula, songwriter Will Varley, North Africa/Balkan Brass crossoverists Fanfarai, La Reunion’s Lo Griyo, a visit to Sounds Like Poland, and US veterans Robin & Linda Williams and Alice Gerrard, the latter answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
THE INDESTRUCTIBLE DRONE
Dance machine Blowzabella celebrate their 35th anniversary in fine form. Colin Irwin dusts off his Franglais.
ONLY THE BEST
The massive panel have once again cast their votes in the 28th annual fRoots Critics Poll for albums of the year. Here’s what they elected as the very best of 2013.
FOLK AT THE ALBERT
Yup, 2014’s BBC Folk Awards bash is to be held at the Albert Hall. Colin Irwin sponges off his posh suit and squints at the nominees to see who’s likely to be there.
THE SOHO TIDE
It’s 1965. Al Stewart arrives in London with a guitar and a few Dylan songs. Soon he’s living in the next room to Paul Simon, duetting with Peter Bellamy on Fugs songs, and Alex Campbell wants to kill him. Ian Anderson wonders where all this could possibly lead…
CARDIFF WORLD
Womex landed in Cardiff and a good time was had by most. Sarah Coxson thinks the thoughts and Judith Burrows snatches the snaps.
MAN BEHIND TV
Mark Cooper is the man without whom we wouldn’t get those roots artists on Later or great music programmes on BBC 4. Elizabeth Kinder meets the boss…
ZIMBABWE COLD
Thomas Mapfumo was the first African artist on our cover, nearly thirty years ago. Zuzana Novak finds that the Lion’s roar is more cautious these days.
EXPORT DRIVING
If it’s this weekend it must be… Bury. Thomas Brooman does some orienteering at English Folk Expo, a welcome addition to the crowded conference/ showcase season.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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