These we have loved - YouTube videos that we've previously featured on our front page.
Lots of videos from our January 2010 fRootsenanny at the Roundhouse.
Crikey, here’s our editor back in musical action!
The trailer for David Owen’s amazing 5000 Morris Dancers event that was held at London’s South Bank in September 2010.
Lisa Jên and Mart of issue 371’s cover stars 9Bach perform Lliwiau.
Featured in fR349, here's Greek clarinet master Manos Achalinotopoulos (you first see him seated) leading an ensemble also featuring singer Christos Tzitzimikas, violin player Kyriakos Gouvendas and laouto player Christos Zotos at Greece’s celebrated Music Village festival.
Quite conceivably the 3 Mustaphas 3’s Eastern relatives! The Alaev family as featured in fRoots 360.
Priceless vintage footage of Les Ambassadeurs, with Salif Keita, and the late Kante Manfila (guitar) and Keletigui Diabate (violin).
Here’s a nice animation to fR337 cover star Sam Amidon’s version of Wedding Dress.
Issue 369’s cover star Amira with the amazing Bojan Z on piano.
Here’s a feature on fR336’s cover star Aurelio recording his latest album.
YouTube user Bristol Ron has uploaded a treasure-trove of vintage live film including previously unseen footage of Dave Evans, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, Steve Tilston, Loudon Wainwright, Dick Gaughan, Chris Wood & Andy Cutting, June Tabor, Rory Block, Pierre Bensusan, Michael Chapman, Richard Thompson, Paul Brady and many more, including this clip of the late and very wonderful Jo-Ann Kelly doing Charley Patton’s Moon Going Down.
Some serious action on the Cümbüs by Ara Dinkjan & Night Ark. An instrumental version of Dinata Dinata…
Here’s a clip about the making of AfroCubism, the ‘Buena Vista Social Club that never was’.
The August/September '08 issue's cover stars, Les Amazones De Guinée.
Al Andaluz Project, as featured in fR331-332, play Morena.
Charismatic Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki in a barnstorming live performance of Dinata Dinata, featuring Arto Tuncboyaciyan in the band.
Here are the graceful dancers from the South Italian group Ballati Tutti Quanti demonstrating the traditional taranta pizzica dance – this clip has had over a million YouTube hits already!
Traditional marovany player Bekamby demonstrates his wider influences by improvising on Kassav's big international hit Zouk-La Se Sel Medikamen Nou Ni. The band had visited Madagascar in the 1980s and he had heard them on the radio.
Here’s a little doc on Bellowhead recording their 2010 Critics Poll Album Of The Year Hedonism
Issue 373’s cover stars Bellowhead perform Roll Alabama from their album Revival.
A brief sighting of '70s Bembeya Jazz: best band ever?
Here are this issue 367-368’s cover stars Blowzabella recording their new album.
More folk archaeology! A three-parter on the 1988 Bracknell Folk & Roots Festival including June Tabor & Maddy Prior, Marta Sebestyen & Muzsikas, Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyateh, Davy Spillane, Leon Rosselson & Roy Bailey begins here.
Billy Bragg and friends with a novel take on his Handyman Blues
Here’s the impromptu finale of our Bridges gig. A veritable UN taskforce led by Eliza Carthy tackle the Copper Family’s Banks Of Sweet Primroses.
Here's some classic English weirdness: the legendary Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup.
The late flamenco legend Camaron de la Isla with guitarist Tomatito, from 1990. Camaron was featured in fRoots 287.
Young singer/songwriter Lori Campbell, featured in issue 355/356.
Issue 359’s cover artists Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.
Here’s Captain Ska’s Liar Liar, featured in issue 333.
The May '08 issue's cover stars Carolina Chocolate Drops play Georgie Buck.
Here's Eliza Carthy playing a song from her new album Neptune.
Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy talk about their new album.
fRoots 360's cover star Olivia Chaney singing Bert Jansch’s Running From Home.
Okinawa’s magnificent Sadao China, featured in issue 328.
The remarkable Coetus, featured in fRoots 364.
Rare lo-fi 1978 footage of issue 349’s cover star Shirley Collins singing The Bonny Labouring Boy with Martin Carthy and the Albion Band in the National Theatre production of Lark Rise.
A 1970 documentary on Ry Cooder.
The Crooked Jades, as included in our fRoots 307-8 American Roots celebration, perform Let It Show from their Shining Darkness CD.
Martin Green and pals – spooky Crows’ Bones stuff.
Here’s a little documentary about the Dammed Nations project and Nuba Nour, as featured in issue 373.
A beautiful introduction to the Vietnamese dan bau.
Here are issue 366’s cover stars David Wax Museum.
Issue 358’s cover artist Tim Edey jamming with Brendan Power.
Guinea's Espoirs De Coronthie.
Croatia’s wonderful but elusive Gordana Evacic, as featured on fRoots 35.
From the archives, a reminder of awesome guitarist Dave Evans, from a late '70s Old Grey Whistle Test.
The April 2011 issue’s cover stars The Demon Barbers and their Time Gentlemen Please! project.
Olivia Chaney, reviewed in issue 357: King’s Horses.
Some DakhaBrakha, featured in issue 371.
March 2012's cover star Fatoumata Diawara.
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz, with lead singer Madilu System, perform big hit Mario.
Fanfarai, featured in issue 367-368.
Vintage Maria Farantouri & Mikis Theodarakis from 1974.
From way back in the 1960s, Mimi & Richard Farina.
Here’s what fRoots 361's cover stars Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita sound like in rehearsal.
Julian Gaskell & His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists with The Modern Day Festival.
Korea’s Geomungo Factory, featured in issue 355/356, wig out at Womex.
A beautiful film of Greek traditional musicians, including two members of Apsilies as featured on the fRoots 38 compilation.
Yasmine Hamdan, as featured in fRoots 364.
A wonderful new animated clip by Mary Hampton, as featured in fR341/2.
Harp And A Monkey, featured in issue 372.
Hillfolk Noir filmed in the Shed the day after they dropped into the fRoots dungeon for their interview in issue 365.
Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and Donal Lunny at Andy Irvine’s 70th birthday concert, reviewed in issue 350-1.
Tanzania’s amazing Jagwa Music, live in the streets of Dar es Salaam
One of the folk events of recent times was an appearance by the long lost Nic Jones at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring his son Joe Jones on guitar.
A work in progress trailer for Michael Proudfoot’s forthcoming Nic Jones TV documentary.
The Beatnik Menace : the legendary Wizz Jones offends the locals in 1960.
Pekko Käppi playing the jouhikko, as featured in issue 366.
Here’s Mor Karbasi, with a live version of El Pastor that appears on the Looking For A New England 2 CD
Mor Karbasi with Molinero from her latest album, reviewed in issue 369.
The marvellous Kardes Turkuler, as featured in fR346, react to the situation in Turkey. With some penguins.
Filmed at 2007's EthnoAmbient Festival in Croatia, kora master Seckou Keita and his quartet with special guest Mojmir Novakovic of Kries perform that West African classic Miniyamba
Part of Ian King's Death & The Lady at Cecil Sharp House on St George's Day 2009.
Some classic tsapika pop from Madagascar's Rasoa Kininike.
Here’s Lisa Knapp's I Wish My Love Was A Cherry from a few years ago.
Pleased to see Spider John Koerner still in action!
fR328 cover stars Konono No. 1.
And now for something completely different: the Korean sanjo. Lots of ‘em.
A documentary about 2007 Album Of The Year winner Bassekou Kouyate.
Lo-fi but atmospheric clip of issue 305's cover stars, Kries, performing Kocarina at 2008's Ethnoambient.
The remarkable Elizabeth LaPrelle.
Here’s a trailer for the Larmer Tree festival which seems to sum up the spirit of the festival season.
Here’s 2012 Album Of The Year winner Sam Lee with his version of George Collins
Bulgarians in London - The London Bulgarian Choir.
Louisiana Red filmed at the 1983 American Folk Blues Festival in Germany, with a band including Carey Bell on harmonica and Jimmy Rodgers on guitar.
Greece’s Loxandra, featured in fR348: Nick Angousis (clarinet), Dimitris Vassiliadis (kanun), Ria Ellenidou (vocal), Loukas Metaxas (bass), Makis Baklatzis (violin, vocals), Dimitris Panagoulias (percussion), Kyriakos Tapakis (ud), Nick Magnisali (percussion)
Romania's celebrated Gabi Lunca with Ion Onoriu (accordeon) and Toni Iordache (cimbalom).
Voices United For Mali: Mali-Ko
Samba Mapangala, featured in fRoots 343/344, with his song in praise of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar’s extraordinary Maulidi Ya Homu at Sauti Za Busara 2011, featured in the April 2011 fRoots.
The Rails, featured in issue 373.
Issue 357’s cover artist Martha Mavroidi with Rain.
The mighty Mekons back in the 1980s with their celebrated Ghosts Of American Astronauts
Blues In Europe in the 1960s - Mississippi Fred McDowell.
fR352 issue cover star Anaïs Mitchell performs Tailor from her latest album Young Man In America.
Jim Moray with Across The Western Ocean from his latest album Low Culture
Maud & Helen Karpeles, Cecil Sharp and George Butterworth demonstrating Morris dances in 1912 – the year after the founding of the English Folk Dance Society.
Some 1942 film of Ella Mae Morse, featured in fR337, and her first big hit Cow Cow Boogie. Groovy!
A short snip of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Maria Muldaur from way back in the 1960s.
Here's the taster video for Channel 5's five part My Music series which aired in April 2008.
Namvula, featured in issue 367-368 and on the fRoots 47 compilation.
Italy’s Nidi d’Arac, as featured in issue 333, play Tamburieddhu.
Niyaz perform The Hunt live.
Folk archaeology! Enjoy The Not The Finger In The Ear Show which we helped produce for TV back in 1982, with Martin Simpson, Pete & Chris Coe, Maggie Holland, Peta Webb & Webb's Wonders and more. In 5 parts beginning here.
Estonia’s Maarja Nuut as featured in fRoots 362-363.
Senegal's legendary Orchestra Baobab playing Nijaay
Orchestra Baobab play their greatest hit Utru Horas with its legendary Barthélemy Attisso guitar solo.
As featured on the fRoots 50 compilation - Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp.
The extraordinary changeover between Oyster Ceilidh Band and Edward II at this year's Big Session, as featured in issue 314/315. Watch in awe!
An atmospheric video constructed around Greek legend Marika Papagika’s 1919 recording of the classic Smyrneiko Minore.
Issue 370’s cover stars Peatbog Faeries live in Canada.
The fore-runners of Penguin Café, featured this issue, were the Penguin Café Orchestra. Here they are playing one of their ‘greatest hits’, Music For A Found Harmonium.
A whole concert of Kurdish hero Sivan Perwer!
Canada’s Petunia & The Vipers as featured in fRoots 360.
Karine Polwart, issue 346’s cover star, filmed in the Barley Room at Farnham Maltings – where fRoots used to run gigs in the 1980s.
Here’s a documentary on the music of Puglia (with English subtitles) including some of the people mentioned in the feature in issue 353/354. And here are Ngracalate, mentioned in the same feature.
And here’s Tim Robbins (fRoots 328) talking about his new record.
Issue 304's cover stars, Rupa & The April Fishes.
Okinawan sanshin music from the great Sadao China.
Amparo Sanchez, as featured in issue 325, with Corazon De La Realidad
A nice compilation from the debut gig of Andrew Cronshaw’s new quartet SANS.
Here’s a charming and inspiring short documentary about cajun musician and author Ann Savoy.
Sheesham & Lotus & Son as featured in fRoots 361.
Enjoy Sidmouth Festival jig competition winners Jack Worth & Fiona Bradshaw dancing to Jackie Oates singing. Nice!
Martin Simpson shows you how he plays his new album.
John Smith, as featured in fRoots 371.
Here are fRoots 340’s cover stars Snakefarm back in 1999 when they were the future of folk music the last time round…
Syria's extraordinary Omar Souleyman, reviewed live in issue 313.
Malick Pathe Sow and Bah Sissoko, as featured in the March 2013 fRoots.
Issue 365’s cover stars, Spiro.
The Spooky Men’s Chorale with a Swedish folk song.
Here’s a clip of fR338/339’s cover stars Staff Benda Bilili recording in Kinshasa.
Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis at the fRoots 30th anniversary concert which catalysed their emergence as a duo.
As featured in fR335, The Staves.
Serafina Steer, featured in issue 358, with Night Before Mutiny.
The late lamented Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros with Johnny Appleseed
Korea’s [su:m], featured in issue 371.
Mali's legendary Super Djata Band performing at Angouleme Festival in 1984.
And here’s Laurel Swift , featured in fRoots 341/342, going boing!
Legends in our time: experience the truly wonderful 3 Mustaphas 3 in all their 1988 glory.
Issue 309's cover star Oumou Sangare at the Africa Live - Roll Back Malaria concert.
June Tabor & fR348 cover stars Oysterband at their recent Union Chapel concert: video directed by fRoots photographer Judith Burrows.
Turkish group Taksim Trio, as featured in the April 2008 fRoots.
Mali’s Tamikrest, featured in issue 369.
Issue 372’s cover star, Ebo Taylor.
Oxford’s Telling The Bees, featured in fRoots 345.
Some authentic Timbila music from Mozambique, the inspiration for the New York band featured in fRoots 338/339.
Finland’s Tsuumi Sound System, featured in fRoots 365.
Twelfth Day, featured in issue 374-375.
Justin Vali, featured in issue 358, playing marovany with the Madagascar All-Stars.
Salento’s wonderful Anna Cinzia Villani.
Here’s fRoots 341/342 cover star Danyel Waro.
Man in shades introduces the Warsaw Village Band, featured in fRoots issue 314/315.
fR335’s cover star Abigail Washburn plays three of her songs – City Of Refuge, Taiyang Chulai and Bring Me My Queen live on NPR’s All Things Considered.
He’d be 100 years old on 4th April 2013, and he’s featured in issue 358: blues legend Muddy Waters
The Watersons, from the 1965 film Travelling For A Living, sing Hal An Tow through a folk club fog. That's Norma you see first…
Hold on, it’s the Yiddish Twist Orchestra!