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Treasures rediscovered: (7) Vin Garbutt's Valley of Tees

Here is the latest in Salut! Live's Treasures rediscovered series of items I post after coming across them again on record, tape, CD or clip ...

Once, I called Vin Garbutt self-opinionated and he objected, rightly as I later conceded. Opinionated was not only the correct word, but fine with him.

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When Mike Elliott, Vin Garbutt and Nigel Denver graced the Liffey Club

Golden cockPhoto: Ian S


Trish O’Brien is a member of the Cork-Kerry-Darlington Sheehan family, close friends for an unmentionably long period of my life. After a globetrotting existence following her husband John, a ship's master who has performed a variety of seagoing functions, she settled in Scotland.

The Sheehans ran one of the three folk clubs that made the Golden Cock pub in Darlington their home. One of the others, the Darlington Folk Workshop, was exactly what she describes the Liffey as not having been, though it also gave me many Tuesday evenings of great music and craic. Later, I opened the Spinning Wheel folk club in the same room.

And here, after an unpardonable delay since she wrote it for me - or was it for the writing circle she belonged to? - is Trish's charming reminiscence of wonderful days past ...

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Treasures rediscovered: (6) Christy Moore, Sinead O'Connor and Ewan MacColl flow softly



June 2017 update: whether I am in London or here in France, the news has been uniformly rotten. I was home immediately after the Westminster Bridge attack and there again when the London Bridge/Borough Market atrocity happened. Now, worst of all, the catastrophe of Grenfell Tower. The grief is immense, the anger justified. Music cannot possibly hope to heal all that is cruel and wrong, but at least here is a wonderful song, beautifully performed, that evokes a different feeling about the city ...

Sometimes it's hard to let go. It was a good idea for a series - posting clips of great tracks or snippets re-encountered on disc, tape or CD - but, put into practice, it has its addictive aspect for the blogger.

So here, Sandy Denny and the Strawbs still sounding fresh from a day or two ago, we go again.

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Treasures rediscovered: (5) Sandy Denny, the Strawbs and purple and green eyes

Another episode in an occasional series recalling pieces of music that have given much pleasure and suddenly flow back into the mind or are encountered among my thousands of CDs, cassettes and vinyl ...

There is never a need to apologise for turning for Salut! Live material to Sandy Denny, as gifted a singer and songwriter as England has produced in living memory and sorely missed still, fully 36 years after her death at just 31.

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