Songlines

Archived since Spring 1999 Complete Archive

186 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 July 2022 issue (#179) of Songlines is now on sale. For this issue’s cover feature, we celebrate 50 years of Glastonbury Festival, looking at the history of one of the world’s greatest events and uncovering what it’s done to support global artists. Other features include a deep dive into the rich musical traditions of Morocco’s Jebala mountains; an interview with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, who is returning to his roots; we visit Budapest’s impressive new House of Music, a museum and venue dedicated to the sounds of Hungary and beyond; a Spotlight on folk big band Bellowhead, who are reassembling for a November road trip; a My World interview with BBC Radio 3 presenter Georgia Mann; a Festival Pass from LEAF Festival in the mountains of North Carolina; a Beginner’s Guide to folk-rock veterans Steeleye Span; plus all the latest news, concert reviews, CD and world cinema reviews. As well as streaming excerpts from the ten Top of the World albums, digital edition subscribers can download all tracks, which this issue includes Sonny Singh, Vieux Farka Touré and Sam Shackleton, plus an extra five bonus tracks featuring music from Bellowhead, The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar and LASS.

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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.

  • First Issue: Spring 1999
  • Latest Issue: July 2022
  • Issue Count: 186
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782