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Nolwenn Leroy, Alan Stivell and not letting go ...


No, this is not a sneaky way of reopening the Song of the Day series, though it may, as I have said elsewhere, become Song of the Week/Month/Millennium as the mood takes.

But the message from Janet, published here as a comment yesterday, and another from my old electronic acquaintance "Sir Robert Peel", at Talkawhile, made it clear that the hit rate for the series, and indeed this site generally, is a little higher than I feared.

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Song of the Day: the end of a series

Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Dervish, Damien Dempsey, Eliza Carthy, Tony Capstick, High Level Ranters, Doonan Family Band, Jez lowe and the Bad Pennies, Republica, Capercaillie, Show of Hands, Jackson C Frank, Simon Mayor and Hilary James, Martin Simpson, David Campbell, Tom Paxton, Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon/Kirsty MacColl, Danu, Tommy Sands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, The Cottars, Flossie Malavialle, De Dannan with Dolores Keane, Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, Vin Garbutt, Joan Osborne, Touchstone, Bothy Band, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bob Dylan, Linda Thompson, Oysterband, Altan, Mary Black, Nic Jones, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Françoise Hardy, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kate Rusby, The Watersons, Bob Fox & Stu Luckley, Del Shannon, Christy Moore, Eric Clapton, Sharon Shannon/Dessie O'Halloran, Joan Baez, Luke Kelly and The Dubliners, Steeleye Span, The Unthanks ...

... have all figured in the Song of the Day series at Salut Live which began on June 24, immediately before I discovered Jon Boden had been doing something remarkably similar for a year and had just finished.

I pressed on despite this inconvenient reminder of how far out of the loop I am these days ... Sandy Denny's wonderful song, Who Knows Where The Times Goes?, one of the Fairport versions of which appeared here yesterday, was essentially the closing clip, though I have added a bonus from Mary Coughlan above.

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Song of the Day: Albion Band ... The Gresford Disaster


In our discussions of folk-rock, we have tended to overlook the Albion Band.

This grossly unfair oversight is put right today by the inclusion in our Song of the Day series of the power mining disaster song (commemorating one of Britain's worst such tragedies) the band performed so well.

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Song of the Day: Eliza Carthy ... Mr Magnifico

So Salut! Sunderland gets 17,000 hits over a grim weekend (doubtless a clear majority from gloating Newcastle supporters), and Eliza's sparkling music will struggle to get into three figures. For folk's sake, has anyone got an answer? ...

Eliza Carthy has achieved so much in music that it may seem odd to choose a track on which we have to wait an awful long time for her voice to appear.

But it such a wonderful piece of music that I could not resist it.

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Song of the Day: Doonan Family Band ... I'll Tell Me Ma/Route 66

Song of the Week is on a bit of a North-eastern kick this week.

We've had Republica, for no better reason than that their Ready To Go hit used to take over from Sergei Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights as the teams reached the pitch at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

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