Dipping into the Past: John Mayall, Eric Clapton and Rambling on My Mind

Jan 2021 update: the reason I am promoting archived material is that when it first appeared, Salut! Live had a pitifully small readership. It's not huge now but is a good deal larger and I believe there is content that... Read more →


Song of the Day (Revisited): Kate Rusby ... Who Will Sing Me Lullabies?

Sept 2021 update: Monday morning blues and I needed one of my regular Kate Rusby fixes. What appears below originally appeared in 20-11 and was updated few years after that. Please bear that in mind when reading the text. This... Read more →


Cover Story (66): Brexit's empty shelves, missing lorry drivers and Ewan MacColl classic song of the road. Bob Fox, Dubliners or MacColl

Brexit is the poisoned chalice that just keeps on dispensing its noxious social and economic pollutants. Whichever way you look - exporters, importers, farmers, fishermen, musicians, students, the NI peace process - it causes problems. And the stock response of... Read more →


Cover Story: (65) Rag Doll. Four Seasons or Steeleye Span

In my relentless drive to update all sorts of archived files at Salut! Live, I risk losing count of where we are in the Cover Story series that draws attention to different versions of the same songs. I think we're... Read more →


Song of the Day Revisited: Flossie Malavialle ... Dans Le Port d'Amsterdam

Sept 2021 update: how times have changed since this was first posted 10 years ago. Times have changed further since a follow-up entry in the Salut! Live Cover Story series. Covid-19 cut off Flossie Malavialle's source of income in the... Read more →


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

Sept 2021 update: the late Mo Mowlam, so decent and passionate a Northern Ireland Secretary that you can be but amazed that Brandon Lewis occupies the same post, called it the flawed peace. That is pretty much what we had... Read more →


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

August 2021 update: The Doonan Family Band, the Doonans, the Mighty Doonans. Call them what you will, they've been a brilliant fixture of the folk scene for a long time. I look for pretty much any excuse to showcase them,... Read more →