{{Infobox magazine | title = fRoots | italic title = no | image_file = froots-mag.jpg | image_size = | image_caption = fRoots issue 289, cover-dated July 2007 | publisher = Southern Rag Ltd | circulation = 12,000 worldwide (2006)

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

On 2 July 2019, the editor, Ian A. Anderson, announced that the magazine was suspending publication due to lack of funding, and that the Summer 2019 issue (issue 425) would be its last.


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

Since 1985, the magazine had been published on a monthly basis. It has been published quarterly since April 2018. The headquarters was in Bristol.

Albums of the year

Folk Roots album of the year:
  • 1986 Graceland by Paul Simon
  • 1987 Soro by Salif Keita
  • 1988 Amnesia by Richard Thompson
  • 1989 Djam Leelii by Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck
  • 1992 Lam Toro by Baaba Maal
  • 1993 A Meeting by the River by Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt
  • 1994 Waterson:Carthy by Waterson–Carthy
  • 1995 Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts by Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts
  • 1996 Norma Waterson by Norma Waterson
  • 1997 Buena Vista Social Club by Buena Vista Social Club

    fRoots album of the year:
  • 1998 Red Rice by Eliza Carthy
  • 1999 Kulanjan by Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabaté
  • 2000 Wanita by Rokia Traoré

    Later awards became merged with the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music:
  • 2005 Dimanche à Bamako by Amadou & Mariam
  • 2006 Savane by Ali Farka Touré
  • 2007 Segu Blue by Bassekou Kouyate