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HARP TRAVELLING
Rachel Newton, self-confessed ‘big riff person’ of the Shee and the Emily Portman Trio, is ever so slowly coming out as a solo artist. Tim Chipping charts her progress.

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Rachel Newton (Photo: Judith Burrows)
 
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This month’s issue

Here's what's in the January/February 2015 double issue of fRoots, Nos. 391/392
 
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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…
fROOTS 57
Your free download compilation album.
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: South Korea’s Jeonju Int’l Sori Festival, nyckelharpa adventurer Griselda Sanderson, Afrobeat veteran Dele Sosimi, Ireland’s Nell Ní Chróinín and Goitse, the unlikely Cambodian Space Project, and lots more including Sam Sweeney of Leveret and Bellowhead answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
HARP TRAVELLING
Rachel Newton, self-confessed ‘big riff person’ of the Shee and the Emily Portman Trio, is ever so slowly coming out as a solo artist. Tim Chipping charts her progress.
PHYSICAL ATTRACTIONS
You can’t beat a proper CD with great production values, and in the field of folk, roots and world music the physical album still rules supreme. Our panel pick the best of 2015 in the 30th annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year.
INTENT ON SUCCESS
Five years on from formulating a masterplan that started with living in a tent, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin got the Folk Awards duo gong at the Albert Hall. Colin Irwin was there.
VILLAGE PEOPLE
Curious about the living traditions of Slovakia, Andrew Cronshaw takes his notepad and camera to the tiny village of Šumiac.
ENGLISH STRANGE
The Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup in Lancashire continue their unique tradition with its origins lost in centuries past. Derek Schofield looks behind a dance that survives with pride.
CONNECTIVITY
It’s Celtic Connections director Donald Shaw’s tenth year in the hot seat. Sarah Coxson finds out his philosophy for this massive event.
COLLINS ON SONG
A day, a day, a Shirleyday, the second one of the year… Shirley Collins had an extra 80th birthday bash, singing in public again at last, and handing out gongs too. Elizabeth Kinder got her thoughts, while Judith Burrows went snappety snap.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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