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fRoots Festivals List
Now compiled by fRoots in association with Spiral Earth and the AFO, the definitive UK & European folk, roots & world music festivals information pages.

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fRoots favourites Spiro finally recorded their Copper Suite.

Last May’s cover stars Boss Morris get beastly!

Buffy Sainte-Marie (featured in the Spring issue) and Tanya Tagaq.

Mongolia’s Anda Union, featured in the Spring issue and touring the UK in April and May.

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The Elusive Ethnomusicologist
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Ranting And Reeling

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Priddy Folk Festival
Priddy Folk Festival is a small but adventurous event held in and around a lovely Mendip village in easy reach of Bristol, Bath and Glastonbury.

Sidmouth Folk Week
Sidmouth Folk Week is the grandmother of all UK festivals, a week-long event in a small seaside town where anything can happen - and sometimes does!

Manchester Folk Festival
Manchester Folk Festival: the successor to Bury’s Homegrown, focussing on music found in England that runs alongside English Folk Expo.

WOMEX is the world music expo, the biggest professional conference, showcase and trade fair event exclusively dedicated to world, roots, ethnic, traditional and local music.

Sauti Za Busara
Sauti Za Busara - "sounds of wisdom" - is an annual festival of Swahili Culture held in the heart of Stone Town, Zanzibar, the historic Indian Ocean gateway to Africa.

Association of Festival Organisers

Spiral Earth
Spiral Earth The online hub for UK folk & roots music

BIFF Online   Our resident cartoonists have their own site

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