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Leveret, focus of this issue’s English instrumental music feature:

he Incredible String Band from the 5000 Spirits album, whose 50th anniversary of release is celebrated this issue.

Joan Shelley (with Nathan Salsburg), as reviewed this issue.

Rebetiko guitar from Dimitris Mystakis’ album Amerika, reviewed this issue.

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Mekonville: the art school punk band who became one of England’s finest roots rock institutions celebrate their 40th anniversary with a boutique festival deep in the Suffolk countryside.

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 (skipping 2016 and returning in 2017).

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

Flare films   fRoots photographer Judith Burrows