Peggy Seeger: on tour at 86 and pondering the different functions of a Durham launderette

When is a launderette not only a launderette? As Peggy Seeger*, a mighty figure of folk music and activism, has come to know, it can in exceptional circumstances be a music venue, too. And a coffee bar. And as Peggy... Read more →


Music from North Eastern England. Season two (1): Geordie Black, a song in search of its true tune

December 2021: season two of Music from North Eastern England had its origins in this post from Bill Taylor, published in August. Now that I have reposted, with minor updates, all seven instalments of the original series, it is time... Read more →


Music from North Eastern England: (7) The Pitman's Poet, Alan Price, Unthanks, Whisky Priests and High Level Ranters

December 2021: this concludes the initial series on Music from North Eastern England and I honestly believe it to be the best of the seen, its quality greatly enhanced by Bill Taylor's memory in Comments of a stunning Alan Price... Read more →


Music from North Eastern England: (6) the Doonans, Fettlers, Kathryn Tickell ... and Coldplay?

December 2021 update: it's not yet Christmas, though it may have seemed that way in some shops since summer. But this was a special Christmas edition of the Music from North Eastern England series, appearing on December 25 last year,... Read more →


Music of North Eastern England: (5) Johnny Handle, Bob Fox and the Durham Big Meeting

November 2021 update: I set myself the task of republishing the seven-part series on Music from North Eastern England and have one or two instalments to go, including an item that I posted as the start of a ‘second season’.... Read more →


Music of North Eastern England: (4) Tom McConville, Barra MacNeils and Ed Pickford's sad Northern Front update

November 2021: while republishing this series - to general approval, judging by much higher than usual visitor numbers - it has occurred to me that the possibility of additional instalment/s I've contemplated and perhaps even mentioned should become a reality.... Read more →


Music from North Eastern England: (3) High Level Ranters, Unthanks and Ed Pickford

November 2021: the Salut! Live series on Music from North Eastern England ran over seven instalments starting around a year ago. It attracted a lot of interest and is doing so again as I reproduce those article with updates where... Read more →