Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan and we announce the Songlines Music Awards nominees
The April/May 2015 (#107) 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 BBC presenter Gavin Esler.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from fado singer António Zambujo, Cretan lyra virtuoso Stelios Petrakis, and Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat.
This issue also includes…
• Songlines Music Awards – We announce the 16 nominees for this year’s awards. Find out who you’ve nominated.
• Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan – Rose Skelton speaks to them after their storming international debut at Celtic Connections.
• The Vahdat Sisters – Singers Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat talk about living in Iran and coping with the country’s music censorship.
• Stelios Petrakis – The Cretan lyra maestro talks to Simon Broughton about his instrument and new album.
• Mariana Sadovska– The avant-garde Ukranian folk singer prepares for a UK tour.
• Beginner’s Guide to Roma singer Esma Redžepova
• Festival Pass: Sommelo Festival, Finland
• My World: A playlist and interview with BBC presenter Gavin Esler
• Introducing… Plaza Francia & Ljova
• Spotlight on Lau-Land
• Quick Fire: Kiran Ahluwalia, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Alex Vann
• What’s New, including the A Guide to the Birdsong of South America, BBC Radio Folk Awards, and the Zomba Prison Project
• The Songlines Essential 10 Bluegrass & Newgrass Albums
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases