Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Best Albums of 2014 and Jools Holland
The January/February 2015 (#105) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by TV presenter and all-round music enthusiast, Jools Holland.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Robert Plant and Andalusian singer Amparo Sánchez, plus a track from cover stars Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn who have released their first duo album together.
This issue also includes…
• Best Albums of 2014 – As 2014 draws to a close, editors Simon Broughton and Jo Frost trawl through the year’s excellent releases to select their ten favourite albums.
• Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – A banjo dynasty in the making? We head to Nashville, home to Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and their son Juno, to find out more about their first album as a duo.
• Kings of the South Seas – Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ben Nicholls dives into the dark history of the South Pacific whalers.
• Cuban Music Debate – Philip Sweeney and Jane Cornwell debate whether Buena Vista Social Club, who are gearing up for their Adios tour, were a blessing or a curse for Cuban music.
• Tools of the Trade: the Armenian Duduk – The melancholy sound of the duduk has come to represent Armenia. Simon Broughton meets the maestro of the instrument, Djivan Gasparyan.
• Beginner’s Guide to Africando: Philip Sweeney looks back at the incredible career of the salsa fusion band.
• Festival Pass: Druga Godba, Slovenia
• My World: A playlist and interview with BBC presenter and musician, Jools Holland
• Introducing… Maïa Barouh & Ashanti Omkar
• Spotlight on Amparo Sánchez.
• Quick Fire: Gary Hammond, Yasmin Levy & Simo Lagnawi
• What’s New, including Richard Alston’s new work Nomadic and the Inner Vision Orchestra.
• Cerys Matthews looks back on her last three years as a Songlines columnist in her final piece.
• Reviews of the latest CD and book releases.