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KENTUCKY KERNELS
Rooted in tradition, but timeless and of today at the same time, Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg stand head and shoulders above most current US songwriter/guitarists. Cara Gibney gets the words.

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Here’s what’s in the December 2017 issue of fRoots, No. 414
 
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THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column. Read it here
RANTING AND REELING
Tim Chipping’s monthly column. Read it here
THE ELUSIVE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
Elizabeth Kinder’s monthly column. Read it here
fROOTS PLAYLIST
Recent stuff we like.
CHARTS & LISTS
Specialist and general roots music album sales and airplay charts. Sample them here
REVIEWS
Our key section reviewing all the latest CDs and more - loads bite the dust. No punches pulled! We’ve got some here for you to read now
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
Young English folk artists Jack Rutter and Georgia Lewis, Belgian-Estonian quartet Estbel, blues-meets-rembetika chap Mark T, Scottish guitar wizard Tony McManus, Canada’s Matthew Byrne, Timitar Festival founder Brahim El Mazned, and Barry Coope & Lester Simpson of Coope, Boyes & Simpson answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
KENTUCKY KERNELS
Rooted in tradition, but timeless and of today at the same time, Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg stand head and shoulders above most current US songwriter/guitarists. Cara Gibney gets the words.
GIANT STEPPES
Mixing Mongolia, Persia, Eastern and Southern Europe in France, Meïkhâneh are gloriously, spaciously unique, says Elizabeth Kinder.
PORTEÑO PORTENTS
Buenos Aires is sounding good. Christopher Conder talks 21st-century tango (and more) with Rascasuelos, Quinteto Bataraz and Daniel Melingo.
BONFIRE KNIGHTS
Even though shamanic singer Mojmir Novaković is now living in the UK, Croatia’s roots rockers Kries are making music that’s tougher and more focussed than ever. Chris Nickson catches up.
BANG TO RIGHTS
Are songs about human rights the 21st century’s successors to 1960s protest songs? Jonathan Luxmoore & Christine Ellis take a look.
SKY CHRONICLES
Patrick Sky wrote some of the ’60s classics, recorded the most politically incorrect folk album ever, and then became an uilleann pipe maker. Andrew Cronshaw captures the tale.
SWEENEY BEATS
Tom Sweeney’s RootBeat label has become a home for quality English folk, hosting Leveret, the Rheingans Sisters, Lady Maisery and lots of upcoming names. Kitty Macfarlane drops in.
KALAHARI ENCOUNTERS
Amsterdam-based Namibian Tales have a remarkable project making music with the San people of the Kalari, as Ton Maas finds out.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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