Rhiannon Giddens

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The 10 best folk albums of 2021
From Doran’s intimate take on Appalachian and eastern European music to Welsh-Indian collab Khasi-Cymru Collective, and John Francis Flynn’s folk-horror vibrations

Jude Rogers

20, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi: They’re Calling Me Home review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
From lockdown in Ireland, Giddens and Turrisi range across folk traditions on exceptional covers and originals

Jude Rogers

16, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Wormwood Scrubs blues: inside the gig mixing prisoners with the free
As part of London jazz festival, Rhiannon Giddens performed in the chapel at Wormwood Scrubs prison – supported by a choir of inmates

Nigel Williamson

22, Nov, 2019 @5:07 PM

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Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi: There Is No Other review | Jude Rogers' folk album of the month
Stellar folk musician joins forces with Italian multi-instrumentalist to connect African and Arabic sounds with traditional forms – it’s stunning

Jude Rogers

03, May, 2019 @7:30 AM

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Rhiannon Giddens: ‘I see this album as part of a movement to reclaim black female history’
The Grammy-winning artist’s collaborative project Songs of Our Native Daughters puts poems and narratives about slavery to music

Jude Rogers

24, Feb, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Our Native Daughters: Songs of Our Native Daughters review – devastating beauty from banjo supergroup
Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah have joined forces to confront the abuse of African American women with authority and pride

Laura Barton

21, Feb, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Cambridge folk festival review – verve and energy in a female-focused weekend
Rhiannon Giddens, Patti Smith and First Aid Kit kicked up a storm, but with mellower moments from the likes of Eric Bibb and Darlingside this was a wide-ranging and happy festival

Colin Irwin

06, Aug, 2018 @10:40 AM

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'White people are so fragile, bless 'em' … meet Rhiannon Giddens, banjo warrior
She pours fire and fury into powerful songs that target everything from police shootings to slavery. The musician reveals all about her mission to put the black back into bluegrass – and Shakespeare

Emma John

23, Jul, 2018 @3:06 PM

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Secret sounds: the best songs you didn't hear in 2017
Guardian writers pick their ones that got away this year, from mournful Swedish house music to sun-drenched soul

Rachel Aroesti, Maura Johnston, Kate Hutchinson, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Benjamin Lee, Jon Bernstein Jim Farber, Lanre Bakare, Harriet Gibsone and Bryan Armen Graham

28, Dec, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Rhiannon Giddens review – contagious delight and furious defiance
From slavery to the civil rights struggle, Giddens’s material covers solemn material but her history lessons are thrilling and delivered with pure enjoyment

Robin Denselow

20, Nov, 2017 @1:19 PM

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Rhiannon Giddens review – a virtuoso slice of Americana
Factory Theatre, Sydney
A great selection of new songs rooted in Southern traditions, plus some stirring covers, make for a magnificent set

Martin Farrer

09, Apr, 2017 @3:03 AM

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Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway review – powerful and timely

Robin Denselow

23, Feb, 2017 @6:00 PM

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