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September 2011

June Tabor and Oysterband: Ragged Kingdom ... glories past and present

Ragged When listening to Ragged Kingdom (Topic) for the first time, I was in a moderately bad mood, up against a deadline and having to get to and from the airport before even beginning to try to meet it.

So I decided it was not a patch on Freedom and Rain, a breathtaking album from 1990 that deepened my admiration for June Tabor and gave me the severe shaking I needed to reverse an inexplicable failure to appreciate Oysterband.

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Ray Fisher RIP: 'a joy to know'

Salut! Live is sad to report that Ray Fisher, a member of the eminent family of Scottish folk singers and musicians, has died aged 70 after a protracted struggle with illness.

The warmth and the distress evident in responses to news of her passing offer some measure of the affection and regard in which she was held, and a few examples of the messages will be included in this account.

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