Cover Story: (61) Underneath the Stars. Kate Rusby, Voces8 or Western Illinois University Singers

July 2022 update; reposted because the clip of Kate Rusby's own singing of her charming song was leading to a dead end. It has now been replaced and is the last video shown in this article ... Choirs can work... Read more →


Turning Silence into Song: a Covid-age tribute to the towering songwriting of Leon Rosselson

This started out as an add-on to an outstanding essay written by the gifted and versatile Leon Rosselson, possibly my favourite songwriter in the face of enormous competition. It fully deserves its own slot and here it is, promoted from... Read more →


Leon Rosselson: me, Brassens and the Last Chance, touching on Brel, Sylvestre and (always last) Ferré

June 2022 update: while browsing the Salut! Live archives, I came across this tremendous piece of writing by Leon Rosselson, a singer-songwriter-author I've always admired and was even allowed by The Daily Telegraph - despite a leftwing outlook that paper... Read more →


The Grehan Sisters: a short rediscovery

June 2022 update: 13, nearly 14 years on from when this item originally appeared, I have finally got round to adding the song I most easily associate with the Grehan Sisters, Cricklewood. There was something irresistable about the Grehan Sisters,... Read more →


Windsor some, lose some. Did I see Cream there in 1967?

A few days before the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we took our 13-year-old granddaughter, Maya, to Windsor. In truth, the castle, flags, bunting and stately emblems left her cold until we chanced on a Reuters broadcast crew interviewing a suitably costumed... Read more →


Geordie girls, Mackem lads (and lasses). When the Unthanks and Sunderland came to town

Rachel and Becky Unthank are Geordies, loyal to Newcastle but with family ties to Middlesbrough. Salut! Live is edited by me, a Sunderland supporter, and by happy coincidence most contributors share my allegiance so were chuffed to bits by events... Read more →


Treasures rediscovered: (8) Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley perform Dylan's Boots of Spanish Leather

May 2022 update: Bob Dylan's 81st gave the prolific and much-followed Twitterman Eric Alper a perfect excuse to ask one of those questions of his: effectively 'name your favourite Dylan cover'. I reported it at this link and listed a... Read more →