Salut! Live is on holiday. But catch up on a massive folk and folk-rock archive


"What I love about working with you," The Daily Telegraph arts desk sub-editor said when I wrote about folk music for her section of the paper, "is that when I have query, you just ring up the artist and they answer it."

It was true, and remains so to some extent. I may have been a mere hack but I had the phone numbers of most of the people I wrote about, or at least those of people close to them.

Sometimes, they'd call me.

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Cover Story: (18) Sheepcrook and Black Dog. Steeleye Span or Offa Rex

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Never let it be said that Salut! Live is stuck in the past. Why, I'm even aware of the fuss Jethro Tull are causing.

But yes, it is important to look at artists much younger than those we saw as young 'uns ourselves back in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. It is an especially enjoyable pursuit when fresh talent takes a new look at the same material our older heroes performed.

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Cover Story: (17) Reconciliation. Ron Kavana, Dick Gaughan, the Cottars or Voice Squad

Long, long ago, I drank cup after cup of tea in the home of a charming woman, influential in a highly sensitive area of what she called the north of Ireland and the maps identify as Northern Ireland. We discussed burning issues affecting her troubled land.

I had a reason for being there which even now might be inappropriate and perhaps unsafe to explain. In order to bring to wider attention a grievance (with the authorities) that she was eager to expose, I needed - as a reporter representing a fair, as it was then, but conservative newspaper - to be sure in my own mind that she was personally hostile to terrorism.

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