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HOYDEN MORRIS!
If your image of morris dancers is of overweight, bearded, beer-swilling men lumbering around the pub car park, it’s time to have your realities adjusted. Elizabeth Kinder finds that in the 21st Century, the morris women are making the running. Oh, and it’s not a fertility rite either…

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Here's what’s in the special merry month of May issue of fRoots, No. 407
 
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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
Canada’s Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme, Korea’s Black String, Scotland’s Whyte and Jenny Sturgeon, Italy’s Vesevo, Norway’s Torgeir Vassvik, the Czech Republic’s Ponk, and English folk singer Chris Foster answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
HOYDEN MORRIS!
If your image of morris dancers is of overweight, bearded, beer-swilling men lumbering around the pub car park, it’s time to have your realities adjusted. Elizabeth Kinder finds that in the 21st Century, the morris women are making the running. Oh, and it’s not a fertility rite either…
ALBUM OF THE MONTH!
Lisa Knapp’s new May-themed album is an amazing thing that already sounds like a weirdlore classic. Colin Irwin interrogates the maker.
BEASTS OF DISGUISE
Seems like everywhere you turn these days there are people dressed as horses. Or goats, sheep, bulls – or fish. Stephen Rowley looks at the origins of all this bestial mayhem…
RAM MADE
Games for May! Make your own Mast Beast. Go on, you know you always wanted to. Corwen Broch talks you through the skullduggery.
DOC-UMENTARY
Doc Rowe has built up an astounding archive of photos, films, sound recordings and more from over fifty years collecting. Jo Breeze celebrates his achievements and outlines the problems!
DESERT SISTERHOOD
Three decades after Ofra Haza’s international success with modernised Yemenite songs, A-WA have updated the idea. Robert Rigney investigates.
IT’S A STEEL
From blues and Hawaiian roots to free improvisation, Mike Cooper’s still exploring. Steve Hunt meets the man in the loud shirts.
NORTHERN LIGHTS
Emerging from the recent turbulent past, folk-related music is now thriving in Northern Ireland. Cara Gibney hears from five locals.
LOOSELY LINDSAY LOU
That Tim Chipping’s got another new favourite singer, teleported from Michigan to Glasgow just for him. Introducing Lindsay Lou and the band that may or may no longer be the Flatbellys.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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