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Friday, February 1, 2019

Punch Brothers: A Beginner's Guide

Punch Brothers have been pushing the boundaries of bluegrass for over a decade and show no signs of stopping. Alexandra Petropoulos tells their story;

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Dudu Tassa: An Iraqi Revival

The songs of the Jewish-Arabic band the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers were much loved across the Arab world. Robin Denselow speaks to Dudu Tassa, the grandson of Daoud Al-Kuwaiti, about reviving these songs;

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Show of Hands: A Beginner's Guide

Nathaniel Handy looks back at the humble beginnings of the Devonshire folk duo who are now at the forefront of the British folk scene;

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Julie Fowlis: A Beginner's Guide

A leading light in the Scottish Gaelic music scene, the singer is also a tireless collaborator, as Nathaniel Handy finds out as he looks back over her career;

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Djivan Gasparyan: A Beginner's Guide

If there was one sound emblematic of Armenia it would be the duduk. Simon Broughton appraises the career of the instrument’s most famous exponent who has just turned 90;

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What Next for Brazil?

Bolsonaro’s election win and incendiary rhetoric have brought uncertainty and division to the country. Alex Robinson reports from Salvador where its deeply rooted Afro-Brazilian culture is under fire;

Monday, January 7, 2019

Field Recordings – The Essential 10

Field recordings may have started life as the preserve of the ethnomusicologist, but they have influenced countless musicians and become vital for documenting disappearing musics. Mike Gavin highlights ten of the best field recording compilations;

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

David Attenborough – The World Music Collector

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the release, Julian May, producer of 'David Attenborough – My Field Recordings from Across the Planet', explains how this extraordinary album came about, with photos courtesy of David Attenborough;

Monday, November 19, 2018

Squeezebox Albums – The Essential 10

Piano accordions, melodeons, concertinas, bandoneóns – squeezeboxes come in many forms, and have spread all over the globe, adapting to all kinds of traditions. Julian May picks his favourite squeezebox albums;

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