Here’s what’s in the Spring 2019 issue of fRoots, the latest 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.
Recent stuff we like. Read about it here.
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.
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 1
Jon Langford, Hickory Signals, Quinie, Cormac Begley, Myles O’Reilly, Etenesh Wassie, Piet Maris
“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.
In this interview with Ian Anderson published in Southern Rag in 1982, Martin Simpson talks about his early career and making guitars work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Musicport, Fire In The Mountain, Folk East, Premio Andrea Parodi
FESTIVAL DIARY 2019
Hundreds of the blighters, all over the UK and mainland Europe
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.