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Pagoda Project Clarion (Sylvafield Records); Plantec Kontakt (Aztec Musique); Kimmo Pohjonen Sensitive Skin (Octopus); Ragged Union Hard Row To Hoe (Shining Castle Music); Haley Richardson with Dylan Richardson Heart On A String (own label); Paula Ryan Let Me Try (own label); Tom Robinson Only The Now (Castaway Northwest); John Shaw Says Plato (Current Cat Records); Show Of Hands The Long Way Home (Hands On Music); Skillet Licorice Skillet Licorice (own label); Slim Chance On The Move (Fishpool Records); Kyrre Slind Open Airs (Music & Nature); Vilma Timonen Quartet Drops (Bafe’s Factory); Sonny Terry His Best 21 Songs (Wolf Records); Trader Horne Morning Way (Earth Records); TriBeCaStaN Goddess Polka Dotess (Evergreene Music); The Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave Trio (own label); Harry Upton Why Can’t It Always Be Saturday? (Musical Traditions); Various Bali 1928: Vols III – V (World Arbiter); Various Bali 1928: Anthology I – V (World Arbiter); Various Belenzukc Fallen From The Sky (WMAS Records); Various Bella Ciao (Buda Musique); Various Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs Of Ted Hawkins (Continental Song City); Various Joe Bussard Presents The Year Of Jubilo: 78RPM Recordings Of Songs From The Civil War (Dust-To-Digital); Various Live At Foxrock Folk Club (Cornelscourt Records); Various Percussion Around The World (Saydisc); Various Serbian Song (WMAS Records); Various Songs Of Separation (Navigator); Various Zydeco: Black Creole, French Music & Blues 1929 – 1972 (Frémeaux & Associés); Varrtina Viena (Westpark); Ellen Wade Then & Now (own label); You Shouldn’t Know From It It’s Klezmer (Oriente Musik).


We are sad to report the passing of Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad guitarist Simon Cowe on 30th September; of morris and mumming researcher Roy Dommett on 2nd November aged 82; of US folk-rock drummer Eddie Hoh on 7th November,

Roy Dommett

aged 71; of Singing From The Floor author J P Bean on 8th November aged 66; of New Orleans musician and producer Allen Toussaint on 9th November aged 77; of Scottish radio producer and Travelling Folk mastermind Stewart Cruickshank on 16th November aged 64; of folklorist, record producer and writer Mack McCormick on 18th November aged 85; of Greek musicologist and instrument/record shop host Giorgos Xilouris on 19th November; and of Pakistani poet and songwriter Jamiluddin Aali on 23 November, aged 90.

BBC Radio 3’s World On

Three (Fridays at 11pm) has Mary Ann Kennedy presenting highlights from Womad (24th Dec), while Lopa Kothari presents more from Awa and Baraji on 1st Jan and Pat Thomas and Iberi (8th). The rest of January’s shows will come live from Celtic Connections.

BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show

with Mark Radcliffe (Wednesdays at 7pm) has guests Emily Smith (23rd Dec), a best of 2015 sessions (30th), Show Of Hands (6th Jan), Archie Fisher (13th Jan), Fay Hield (10th Feb) and The Gloaming (24th Feb) – other weeks t.b.c. at press date

DJ Ritu’s A World In London,

Wednesdays at 6.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM in London and online, features Maria Camahort Quintet (13th Jan), Don Kipper (20th), Brickworks Lizards (27th) and Griselda Sanderson (17th Feb) – other weeks t.b.c too.

Debby Golt’s The

Outerglobe, with guests and African music and wider arts across the diaspora, goes out on London station Resonance 104.4FM ( on Mondays 5 – 6pm, repeated Fridays 2am with archives at

New fRoots writer Kitty

Macfarlane won Gold as Best Specialist Music Programming at the National Student Radio Awards in November for her show Pop Up Folk on Warwick University’s RaW 1251AM

Womad founder Peter

Gabriel received an Outstanding Contribution To Festivals Award at the UK Festival Awards & Conference in November.

Stick In The Wheel, imagined by David Owen – The North American Folk

Alliance have announced that the keynote speaker at their February conference in Kansas City will be singer Judy Collins.

A feature length

documentary exploring the life and music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is in development, with the production team aiming towards a 2016 cinematic release via Madman Entertainment. The documentary will be produced by Shannon Swan and directed by Gurrumul’s close friend Paul Williams.

Afropop Worldwide has set up a feature series called Best Of The Beat, to showcase that late magazine's coverage of reggae, African, Caribbean and world music on the international scene for 28 years. The first feature has two Youssou N'Dour interviews, in 1987, and 1994, to complement his current North American tour, and the US release of Fatteliku.

The first UK Americana

Awards will be held on 3rd February at St. John at Hackney, London. The awards show will be hosted by Bob Harris, with musical direction by Ethan Johns, and nominated artists include UK Album Of The Year: Danny & The Champions Of The World What Kind of Love, The Dreaming Spires Searching for the Supertruth, Emily Barker The Toerag Sessions and The Staves If I Was; International Album Of The Year: Jason Isbell Something More Than Free, Kacey Musgraves Pageant

Mack McCormick

Material, Gretchen Peters Blackbirds, Cale Tyson Introducing Cale Tyson; UK Artist Of The Year: Bear’s Den, Danny & The Champions Of The World, The Dreaming Spires, Lewis & Leigh; International Artist Of The Year: The Bros. Landreth, Jason Isbell, Gretchen Peters, Sturgill Simpson and UK Instrumentalist Of The Year: Joseph Bennett, BJ Cole, Spencer Cullum Jr and Paul Lush.

John Kirkpatrick is forming a new ceilidh band called Kirkophany with his four sons – Jobie, Benji, George and Fergus. They have spots at Sidmouth and Towersey Festivals next year, and will consider anything!

Guitar and mandolin maker,

Richard Osborne is running 'no experience necessary', one-month guitar making courses from a new workshop in Llanidloes, Powys. He runs three courses per year in which three students at a time complete a beautifully crafted acoustic guitar from scratch with top grade timbers. He has overseen the building of 65+ instruments on these courses with some returning to build a second time. Courses now booking for Spring and Autumn 2016.

We apologise for missing a couple of photographer credits from the Algerian music feature in fR390. The photo of Chaabi Au Feminin was by Akmi Skmito and of Amal Zen was provided by Amal Zen.

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