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THE ENGLISH EXPLORERS
English instrumental music is a happening thing with its own distinctive character and roots. Colin Irwin talks to the leading lights of a movement that’s gathering fresh momentum, including Leveret, Spiro, Owl Light Trio, Chris Wood, John Dipper, Emily Askew and more.

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Spiro - English instrumental (Photo: Judith Burrows)
 
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Here’s what’s in the July 2017 issue of fRoots, No. 409
 
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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
Welsh songwriter The Gentle Good, America’s Lone Piñon and Rachel Baiman, Ireland’s Lisa O’Neill, Italy’s BandAdriatica, the folk club days of celebrated English novelist Angela Carter, and Afro Celts & Imagine Village’s Simon Emmerson answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
THE ENGLISH EXPLORERS
English instrumental music is a happening thing with its own distinctive character and roots. Colin Irwin talks to the leading lights of a movement that’s gathering fresh momentum, including Leveret, Spiro, Owl Light Trio, Chris Wood, John Dipper, Emily Askew and more.
HITTING THE TRAD.
Trad.Attack! are a Baltic marvel. Chris Nickson finds them taking traditional bagpipes to parts others don’t reach. Everybody must get Estonia!
STREETS OF SOHO
London’s Soho was a draw for the beatniks and trad jazzers who created the mid-1950s Skiffle scene. In an extract from his new book Roots, Radicals And Rockers, Billy Bragg profiles a couple of faces, Cyril Davies and Hylda Sims.
AFRISA BURNS BRIGHT
Tabu Ley Rochereau’s legacy is kept alive by his veteran band members. Jamie Renton links up with L’Orchestra Afrisa International.
SPIRITS UPLIFTED
Jeanette Leech picks apart the Gordian knot of influences, happenstances, and personalities that made the Incredible String Band’s 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion the first psychedelic folk album.
PERSIAN PERFECTION
Parissa possesses one of the great voices of the century, reckons Ken Hunt.
EPIC SESSIONS
The American Epic series documenting roots recordings of the 1920s included new sessions using restored state of the then-art equipment. Cara Gibney talks to some of the key people.
THE ROYAL TWANG
Ghana’s King Ayisoba works wonders with two strings and several voices. Elisavet Sotiriadou hears how home fame is translating elsewhere.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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