Here’s what’s in the Spring 2019 issue of fRoots, the latest in our new bigger! better! quarterly format.

Issue 424, Spring 2019 - (Martin Simpson cover) - PRINT EDITION
Issue 424, Spring 2019 - (Martin Simpson cover) - PRINT EDITION
Issue 424, Spring 2019 (Martin Simpson cover) New 148 page better quality quarterly issue with Free fRoots 72 Album - 2019 Festival Diary & Supplement - Martin Simpson - Amira Kheir - Topic Records & Norma Waterson @ 80 - Rowan Rheingans - Joan Baez - Kevin Burke - Oran Bagraidh - Rioghnach Connolly - Najma Akhtar - Festival Overview - Jon Langford - Hickory Signals - Quinie - Cormac Begley - Myles O’Reilly - Etenesh Wassie - Piet Maris - Lingua Franca - Trio Mio - Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy - Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - MusicPort - Fire In The Mountain - Folk East - Premio Andrea Parodi

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. Read about 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 72 

Your free download compilation album.

ROOT SALAD 1

Jon Langford, Hickory Signals, Quinie, Cormac Begley, Myles O’Reilly, Etenesh Wassie, Piet Maris

Martin Simpson, 2019, on the cover of the new fRoots issue, 424. Photo by Judith Burrows.

“A GOOD THING I PRACTISED!”

That might explain why he’s fairly good at this twangery stuff, we reckon. Over fRoots’ 40 years, Martin Simpson has evolved from the boy wonder of Britfolk to a global guitar and banjo hero. Jon Wilks takes him backwards and forwards.

SIMPSON SPEAKS…

In this interview with Ian Anderson published in Southern Rag in 1982, Martin Simpson talks about his early career and making guitars work.

SUDANCING QUEEN

London-based Sudanese singer Amira Kheir has made a great leap forward, reckons Jamie Renton.

TOPIC OF EIGHTY

By coincidence, in the year that Topic Records hits eighty, the great Norma Waterson, long associated with the label, reaches the same birthday. Colin Irwin sends the telegrams.

DRESS REHEARSAL

Rowan Rheingans has been road-testing an intriguing new one-woman show, Dispatches On The Red Dress. Ian Anderson cornered her to find out more.

BAEZ BOWS OUT

It’s six decades since she catapulted to attention as a teenage folk star, and now Joan Baez is bringing down the curtain. Liz Thomson catches up with the story.

REMEMBERED ROOTS

Fiddle master Kevin Burke talks to Tony Montague about the London Irish music scene of the 1960s.

IN GALLOWAY GAELIC

Oran Bagraidh is a fabulous album bringing together speakers and singers of many of the old languages of the British Isles along with mediæval specialists and instrument makers. Let Elizabeth Kinder explain…

ARMAGH TO HERE

What with The Breath, Afro Celts, Honeyfeet and numerous other projects, Ríoghnach Connolly is a little bit busy. Cara Gibney hears about her roots, and runs to catch up.

STILL GHAZALING…

Najma was the very first Asian artist who we put on the cover of (then) Folk Roots, way back in 1987. Thos Brooman does the water, bridges bit…

ROOT SALAD 2

Lingua Franca, Trio Mio, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

THE FESTIVE SEASON

No, not that one, this one. For more than sixty years, folk(ish) festivals have been multiplying and diversifying. Colin Irwin does a Festival Overview.

FESTIVAL FOCUS

Musicport, Fire In The Mountain, Folk East, Premio Andrea Parodi

FESTIVAL DIARY 2019

Hundreds of the blighters, all over the UK and mainland Europe

BIFF!

Our exclusive cartoon strip.

Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

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