Peter Bellamy, courtesy Folk Images
From today, Salut! Live has a new feature. Down near the foot of the right hand column you will find a sub-heading Salut! Lives, which will build into an archive of obituaries I have written on folk singers and musicians who are no longer with us.
Obits on my former newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, are not signed, though people close to the subjects will often know - through the contacts necessarily made at the time the articles are prepared - the identity of the author.
More will be added as I remember or locate them. You will not, however, find the premature obit on Dave Swarbrick in my list. As those familiar with my recent Cropredy competition will know, I was not the writer (that was Colin Irwin, though he was blameless in the affair).
One limitation occurs to me that means my archive will not be a complete record of all the obituaries I have written for the Telegraph (while a member of staff until 2006 and subsequently as a freelance).
The electronic libraries of newspapers are naturally a development of relatively recent times. I have been writing about folk music since before they existed, so some of my earlier obituaries may prove difficult to trace.
Peter Bellamy, so fondly remembered from the Young Tradition among his many impressive projects, was the subject of one of my first such articles, and I do not know how easy it will be to dig it out.
I may in the end experiment with scanning or photographing cuttings, but be warned: my paper files are in a sorry state, having been moved from London to Paris to the south of France in the space of three years. This promises to be a protracted work in progress.
* Just located and photographed (Salut! Live has no scanner, I fear) the Peter Bellamy cutting, which may or may not seem legible.