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fRoots (pronounced "eff-Roots", originally Folk Roots) is a specialist music magazine published quarterly in the UK. It specialises in folk and world music, and features a compilation downloadable album with every issue, with occasional specials. In 2006, the circulation of the magazine was 12,000 worldwide.[1]

fRoots issue 289, cover-dated July 2007
EditorIan A. Anderson (1979–present)
CategoriesMusic (folk, world)
Circulation12,000 worldwide (2006)[1]
PublisherSouthern Rag Ltd
Year founded1979
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
Based inFarnham

The magazine is also involved in live music production, as well as the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, and the Europe in Union concert series.



In 1979, Southern Rag was founded[2] by folk musician Ian A. Anderson with Caroline Hurrell and Lawrence Heath. It was renamed as Folk Roots in 1985,[2] and in 1998 it became fRoots.

Since 1985, the magazine had been published on a monthly basis.[2] It has been published quarterly since April 2018. [1] The headquarters is in Farnham.[2]

Albums of the yearEdit

Folk Roots album of the year:

fRoots album of the year:

Later awards became merged with the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music:


Sources consulted
  • ""Ian A. Anderson" (interview)". Dirty Linen #59. August 1995.
  1. ^ a b, "About fRoots" (the year is matched from the "fRoots Advertising Information" that provides the same "readership of 40,000" data for their "2006 readership survey" as the main "around 12,000 worldwide (giving a readership of around 40,000)" claim).
  2. ^ a b c d Edward Komara (2006). Encyclopedia of the Blues. Psychology Press. p. 756. ISBN 978-0-415-92699-7. Retrieved 7 July 2016.

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