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FEMININSTRUMENTAL
Many of the UK’s very best folk musicians are women. So why aren’t they celebrated with more recognition, headline billing and awards? Elizabeth Kinder reckons it’s all down to the lobster hierarchy…

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Here’s what’s in the Summer 2018 issue of fRoots, the second in our new bigger! better! quarterly format.
 
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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.
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…
fROOTS 69
Your free download compilation album.
ROOT SALAD
Bluesy duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline, American songwriter Haley Heynderickx and guitarist Molly Tuttle, Polish/Ukrainian duo DagaDana, intriguing UK quartet PicaPica, London-resident Bulgarian singer Eugenia Georgieva, English songwriter Kirsty Merryn, Swedish/Iceladic duo My Bubba, the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention a.k.a. NAFCo, Estonia’s Tallinn Music Week, and Natalie Merchant answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
FEMININSTRUMENTAL
Many of the UK’s very best folk musicians are women. So why aren’t they celebrated with more recognition, headline billing and awards? Elizabeth Kinder reckons it’s all down to the lobster hierarchy…
EAST IN THE EAST
London, that is – where the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Eastern Med are all part of the everyday cultural mix. Jamie Renton checks out the Turbans, Don Kipper and Dila V & The Odd Beats.
WOLF IN THE WATER
Kerry Andrew’s latest You Are Wolf project immerses her in fresh water – song topic-wise. Cara Gibney talks to the experimental composer who loves traditional song.
GETTING IT DONE
From Uni social sec to WOMAD, from MC to Arts Council and EFDSS officer and now artist management, Alan James knows a thing or two about making stuff work. Elizabeth Kinder follows his tracks.
OH VAGABONDAGE!
From busking to the Folk Awards, Cara Gibney traces the progress of the Mac Gloinn brothers who make up Ireland’s Ye Vagabonds.
CYPRUS AVENUES
Inventive trio Monsieur Doumani are giving Greek Cypriot traditional music a much-deserved makeover. Jamie Renton takes a look.
A YARROWING TALE
Lori Watson has applied her voice and fiddle playing to an exquisite album of music inspired by the Scottish borders. Jude Rogers digs deeper.
SASKATCHEWANDERING
The young Canadian cousins are getting to meet their folk heroes. Tim Chipping catches up with Anglophiles Kacy & Clayton.
THE FUJI KING
There’s more to Nigerian music than Afrobeat(s), Juju and Highlife. From his origins influenced by Barrister – the original inventer of Fuji music – by the late 1980s Wasiu Ayinde Marshal was crowned Fuji King. Jack Pepper gets a royal audience.
PURE GARBAGE!
From Folk Roots 93. Back in 1990, Rob Prince stayed up all night with the Fuji originator, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.
IN BYRON’S BOOTS
Veteran songwriter Eric Andersen has recently got all literary. John Kruth hears about his delvings into the works of poets and authors.
FESTIVAL YEAR ZERO
Keele Folk Festival 1965 – a fortnight before the first Cambridge – was where the UK folk festival scene that we know today really started. Over a 14-page special we take you back to the beginning with contemporary reports and retrospectives, all extensively illustrated with Brian Shuel’s remarkable photos.
POZNAN POSITIVES
Ten years after its inauguration in 2008, Ethno Port Poznan is now one of mainland Europe’s more adventurous festivals. Ken Hunt has the history.
THE BELFAST POLKA
The Folk Awards bash went to Belfast this year. Colin Irwin was there…
VOICE OF SPRING
Tunisian adventurer Emel Mathlouthi is back in the UK soon for the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. Elisavet Sotiriadou calls her in Harlem.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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