Issue 422, Autumn 2018 - (Moonlight Benjamin cover) - PRINT EDITION
Issue 422, Autumn 2018 - (Moonlight Benjamin cover) - PRINT EDITION
New 148 page better quality quarterly issue with Free fRoots 70 Album - Moonlight Benjamin - Martin Carthy - The Fretless - Alt. Cumbia (Malphino, Ya Yegros and Cumbia Chicharra) - WOMAD 2018 - Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith - Quebecois Bands (Le Vent Du Nord, Les Chauffeurs à Pied, Bon Débarras) - Folk Clubs 2018 - Mama's Broke - Ruth Tongue - Nick Dow - Omiri & Pereira - 'Women In The Folk' Conference - Geoff Muldaur - Tom Rush - Dave Peabody - Como Mamas - Gwenifer Raymond - Fru Skagerrak - Jon Wilks - Ahn Sook-sun - Africa Negra - Okinawa Americana - Etnosfäär - Dave Arcari - Courtney Marie Andrews - Rachael McShane.

Here’s what’s in the Autumn 2018 issue of fRoots, the third in our new bigger! better! quarterly format.

THE EDITOR’S BOX

Ian Anderson’s comment column. Read it here.

RANTING AND REELING

Tim Chipping’s column. Read it here.

THE ELUSIVE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST

Elizabeth Kinder’s column. Read it here.

fROOTS PLAYLIST

Recent stuff we like. Listen to it 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…

fROOTS 70 

Your free download compilation album. See what’s on it here.

ROOT SALAD

Mississippi gospel queens Como Mamas, Welsh guitar sensation Gwenifer Raymond, Scandiwegian fiddle singers Fru Skagerrak, guitar-wrangling folkbloke Jon Wilks, South Korea’s Ahn Sook-sun, São Tomé & Príncipe veterans Africa Negra, blues meets sanshin in Okinawa Americana, Estonia’s Etnosfäär, Scottish trash country blues from Dave Arcari, Americana songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, and Rachael McShane answering the Rocket Launcher questions.

MAGIC BY MOONLIGHT

Moonlight Benjamin has astonished everybody who has heard her new album Siltane, and took this year’s WOMAD apart. All in a day’s work for this electrifying Haitian Voodoo priestess. Elizabeth Kinder invites her home for tea…

FRET YE NOT

In which intrepid Cara Gibney has too much fun and almost fails to get her interview with virtuoso nearly-Canadian quartet The Fretless.

CUMBIA CUMBIA!

What started in Colombia and was seeded beyond by ’80s compilations has long since gone global. Jamie Renton checks out three fine current examples of alt. cumbia – Malphino, La Yegros and Cumbia Chicharra.

FIELD GOOD MUSIC

WOMAD meets Brexit and survives (sort of). Cathia Randrianarivo reports on the annual world picnic, plus a photo spread from Judith Burrows.

THE LIKELY DUO

A good folk pairing is more than the sum of the individual parts. Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are a good example of that, suggests Ian Anderson.

3 QUEBECOIS 3

It’s foot-tapping in all directions for music of the Canadian province. Tony Montague profiles three of the current hot outfits – Le Vent Du Nord, Les Chauffeurs à Pied, and Bon Débarras.

THE FOLK CLUB WARS

By universal agreement, things ain’t what they used to be. Colin Irwin looks back in nostalgia and tries to look forward to see if they have a future. Definitely maybe, or perhaps not…

MAMA’S ON THE ROAD

Nova Scotia duo Mama’s Broke make music that’s weather-beaten, minimalist but joyful too. Cara Gibney hears about their journey(s).

THE CHIME CHILD

The enigmatic Ruth Tongue was a Somerset folklorist, song collector, white witch… or maybe… Kitty Macfarlane looks into her life.

THE LOST & FOUND

Nick Dow made a series of fine folk albums with awful covers in the ’70s and ’80s, before quietly slipping away. But lately he’s been back in action. Tim Chipping asks the question…

OMIRI ON THE WALL

Portugal’s Vasco Ribeiro Casais, aka Omiri, is doing innovative things performing to videos of traditional field recordings made by Tiago Pereira. Andrew Cronshaw has seen the future!

FIFTY PERCENT FOLK

A Sussex University conference titled Locating Women In The Folk proved to be inspiring for Elizabeth Kinder – academic but witty and passionate (even if with the odd clash!)

FROM BRAZIL TO BIX

The first of three features this issue on veterans with a blues influence who began recording in the 1960s and are still going strong. We kick off with Dave Peabody listening to Geoff Muldaur.

STILL NO REGRETS…

1960s American veteran No.2 was as well known as a finder and interpreter of songs by then-unknowns like Joni Mitchell as he was as a fine relaxed, funky, bluesy writer himself. Tom Rush tells John Kruth what he’s been doing lately,

PEABODY CHRONICLE

Last but not least of this issue’s veteran blues geezers, Garth Cartwright turns the journalistic table on the UK’s under-rated Dave Peabody. He twangs as well as photographs, you know…

CARTHY’S COMMITMENT

From the archives, the first of this issue’s two major conversations with Martin Carthy came nearly two decades after his debut album was released. Ian Anderson talked with the Big C. for Southern Rag 24, Spring 1985.

CURRENTLY CARTHY

Thirty-three years after our earlier interview, Jon Wilks had a few hours with the Great Man.

BIFF!

Our exclusive cartoon strip.

Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

Photo caption: Moonlight Benjamin (photo: Judith Burrows)