When the call of the black crow - and the clanging of Sunderland's shipyards - go still

As 'Jake', John Clark was an inspired member of the little team that made Salut! Sunderland a half-decent site for fans of Sunderland AFC, also respected by many supporters of other football clubs. At the end of 2019, repeated technical... Read more →


At last: the Pitmen Poets singing The Workers’ Song. And how to resolve the winter of discontent

Just when I thought I had one solution to the failure of my attempts to showcase Ed Pickford's noble anthem in appreciations of ordinary people, The Workers’ Song, as sung by the Pitmen Poets, a much better one popped along.... Read more →


For Christmas present, greetings from Salut! Live and a tracklist without hits

Salut! Live wishes as a happy Christmas and prosperous a new year as our masters will allow. It's been a strange year for this site, exhilaration at some astonishing statistics recording many hundreds and sometimes even thousands of daily visitors... Read more →


Cover Story: (55) The Parting Glass by Wisconsin women, Voice Squad, Glen Hansard - plus Dylan and Bill Jones approximately

December 2022 update: thoughts of reviving this post from my Cover Story series, this instalment comparing different versions of the heartwarming song of farewell, The Parting Glass, came to mind as I joined relatives, friends and acquaintances at the funeral... Read more →


Song and performance of the year: Pitmen Poets and Ed Pickford's Workers' Song

I do not always nominate a best-of- year album or other piece of work. This year, I feel bound to do so. I have heard nothing better all year than the Pitmen Poets' rousing and timely rendering of one of... Read more →


Linda Thompson: giving that fabulous voice back to its owner

In praise of Linda Thompson. It'll take just a little while to get there unless you scroll down ... One of the perks of working for the arts desks of the bigger newspapers was, in happier times for journalism, the... Read more →


Christmas folk: seasonal antidotes to corporate festive jollity

Colin Randall writes: into my e-mail inbox popped a seasonal offering from the Albion Band, one of the most important evolving musical projects from decades of British folk and folk-rock. I am not the world's greatest fan of Christmas songs,... Read more →