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MAKING A GOOD FIST OF IT
A quarter century on the road has firmly fixed Show Of Hands among the top monsters of folk. Elizabeth Kinder – who had never heard them until this year – goes on a voyage of discovery.

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Here's what's in the December 2016 issue of fRoots, No. 402
 
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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…
ROOT SALAD
A cross section of featurettes. Young Folk Awards winning piper Brighde Chaimbeul, Ian Kearey talking about producing the new Shirley Collins CD, Orkney quartet Fara, French a capella trio Tartine Des Clous, English fiddler Bridget Marsden who’s winning awards in Sweden, young fadista Gisela João, Ireland’s Mary McPartlan, Northumbria’s Windy Gyle Band, and serial folk bassist Barn Stradling answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
MAKING A GOOD FIST OF IT
A quarter century on the road has firmly fixed Show Of Hands among the top monsters of folk. Elizabeth Kinder – who had never heard them until this year – goes on a voyage of discovery.
IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR
Dad and Mum, siblings and husband all look after Kate Rusby’s career, records and now their Underneath The Stars festival. Kitty McFarlane was only ten when that album came out…
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Eleven years back, Seth Lakeman got swept up in the whole Mercury Prize/major label maelstrom. Colin Irwin finds out how he survived sane…
WHO’S NEXT?
With Bellowhead gone, who are the next monsters of folk going to be? Sarah Coxson asks the people who’ll be booking them, the festival organisers. Turns out they don’t have much of a clue either…
FEST MED 2016
Costa del what? Yes, there are actually festivals in the Iberian peninsula where you won’t see the same old list of Britfolk names. Judith Burrows knows where to take her camera bag…
THE MEKES INHERIT
This year, an acoustic album recorded on Jura and an electric set made in one evening around a single microphone (and it sounds great). The Mekons continue to blur the folk/punk lines. Cara Gibney hears how they do it.
CLIFTON REVISITED
The 50th anniversary celebration for the Bristol Troubadour drew a sold out house and a musical feast of veterans and younger artists of today. Steve Hunt took notes, Alan Cole the pics.
HIGH FLYING BIRD
Judy Henske was one of the first superstars of the early ’60s US folk movement. Mark Humphrey catches up with her as she turns 80.
THEY MEAN IT, MAN
There’s something happening on the Isle of Man, and a lot is as a result of the annual Yn Chruinnaght. Steve Hunt hopped on the ferry to find out more.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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