The passing of Paddy Moloney: the Chieftains, Van Morrison, Joan Osborne and a flake of his genius

In an updated post from the Salut! Live archive, I acknowledged with great regret the death of Paddy Moloney, co-founder of the Chieftains, a priceless champion of traditional Irish music and an innovator par excellence. I first saw his ensemble... Read more →


The Chieftains: when you can call on friends like Van Morrison. RIP Paddy Moloney

October 2021 update: when Salut! Live ran a mini-series to celebrate the life and work on Nanci Griffith, who died in August, one of the articles featured her partnership with the Chieftains to produce a gorgeous version of her song... Read more →


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 →