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Monday, February 25, 2019

The Pipa: a guide to the Chinese lute

A masterful instrument played by masterful players – Michael Church talks to internationally acclaimed artist Wu Man and looks at the historical importance of the Chinese lute

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gaye Su Akyol: fantasy is reality

Gaye Su Akyol is taking the world by storm with her psychedelic, surrealist take on Turkish rock. She tells Robert Rigney how she bridges worlds: between East and West, fantasy and reality, old and new

Monday, February 18, 2019

The best fusion albums of 2018

All of these Fusion albums received the maximum of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Baul Meets Saz, Xylouris White and more

Friday, February 15, 2019

The 13 best American albums of 2018

These 13 inspirational albums received the maximum of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Ry Cooder, Mélissa Laveaux, Afro-Cuban All Stars, I’m With Her and more

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The 15 best European albums of 2018

All of these albums received the maximum of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Mariza, Karine Polwart, Kapela Maliszów, and many more

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The 11 five-star African albums of 2018

All 11 of these amazing albums received the maximum award of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Dobet Gnahoré, Angélique Kidjo, Gili Yalo, and many more

Monday, February 4, 2019

Michael McGoldrick: A Beginner's Guide

The Mancunian Irish flute and whistles player’s output is as prolific as it is varied. Dave McNally considers the career of this unstoppable musician

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sharon Shannon: A Beginner's Guide

The Irish button accordionist from County Clare is known for her genre-crossing collaborations, taking traditional Irish music to places it’s never been before. Michael Quinn looks back over her impressive career

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

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