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205 issues
Launched in 1999, Songlines is the leading magazine covering traditional, contemporary, folk and fusion music from around the world. Each edition is packed with the latest album reviews, artist interviews, festival profiles and travel adventures from every corner of the globe. Music is about culture, politics, history and the environment and Songlines is your essential guide to it all.

If you’re new to Songlines, download our Aug/Sept 2014 issue (#102) for free. Features include an interview with Afrobeat pioneers Tony Allen & Orlando Julius, as they both celebrate 50-year careers with new albums.

There is also an interview with Scottish author, avid music consumer and vinyl addict Ian Rankin, who speaks to Jo Frost (Songlines editor) about how he’s always willing to take a punt on new music, especially if there’s a good story behind it.

Also featured in the trial issue: a feature on Israeli musician Idan Raichel and his collaboration with Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré; Malian jeli singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; and violinists Anna Phoebe and Jyotsna Srikanth. We also pick our Essential 10 Afrobeat albums that you must own, plus Chris Moss provides a Beginner’s Guide to salsa superstar Rubén Blades.

Latest issue
The June 2024 issue (#198) of Songlines is out now, and it’s a Folk & Festivals special. We head into the hinterlands of modern folk music from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with articles on Laura Cannell, Daisy Rickman, Landless, Malin Lewis, Ian Lynch, Jacken Elswyth, Goblin Band, Angharad Jenkins & Patrick Rimes, and others. With summer upon us we have our extensive UK Festival Guide, including the artists to keep an eye out for. Our cover star is Brazilian singer and social activist Margareth Menezes who has gone from being the queen of Salvador’s carnival to being the country’s Minister of Culture. We plot the evolution of Avalanche Kaito, talk to Guatemalan singer Sara Curruchich who is taking her Indigenous culture to the world stage, head to Festiwal Re:tradycja in Lublin, Poland and speak to Ana Lua Caiano, an exciting new voice in Portuguese music, and Sarāb, who are uniting contemporary jazz with Middle Eastern traditions. Screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce reveals the music that has shaped him for our My World interview, Finnish harmonica quartet Sväng get the Beginner’s Guide treatment, and we chat Fireside with Brazilian composer Arthur Verocai to hear about his extraordinary 1972 debut album. Plus, we have Ibibio Sound Machine, Altın Gün, Budapest Ritmo, Joe Mulheron, Big Ears Festival, Cowley Road Carnival and our Essential 10 Bagpipe Albums. Plus, all the usual news, listings, reviews, competitions and so much more. Subscribers will also receive our accompanying compilation (CD/digital) featuring ten tracks from the best new music releases, and five bonus selections to accompany the issue.

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  • First Issue: Spring 1999
  • Latest Issue: June 2024
  • Issue Count: 205
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782