Previous month:
November 2014
Next month:
January 2015

December 2014

Song of the Day Revisited: High Level Ranters ... The South Medomsley Strike

Let's take the Song of the Day Revisited series right back to where it all started for me. I grew up in thew North East and it was through the music of the region that I first gained an appreciation of folk. I'd gone to a folk club in search of hearing some Dylan or blues; I found a little of that but much more of the songs evoking the workplace tribulations and everyday lives of working people, especially miners. This is how I introduced my choice from the High Level Ranters' rich repertoire when Song of the Day first ran at Salut! Live in 2011 ...

Continue reading "Song of the Day Revisited: High Level Ranters ... The South Medomsley Strike" »


Song of the Day Revisited: Eliza Carthy ...Cold, Wet and Rainy Night/The Grand Hornpipe

Again Salut! Live refines the old Song of the Day series by choosing same artist, different tracks and clip. Pete Sixsmith, like me, is besotted with the music of Eliza Carthy, standard-bearer of the great Waterson.Carthy dynasty. In fact, Pete was partly responsible for the choice made back in 2011 since I recall him singing the praises of Mr Magnifico before I had properly heard it. Let Pete tell his own story and that of his selection ...

Continue reading "Song of the Day Revisited: Eliza Carthy ...Cold, Wet and Rainy Night/The Grand Hornpipe" »


Song of the Day Revisited: Tony Capstick... Capstick Comes Home



I had been wondering when I should add the magical gem of northern comedy that was Tony Capstick's pastiche of the Hovis bread advert, Capstick Comes Home. The time is now. If you do not laugh at this, our senses of humour are miles apart ...


Continue reading "Song of the Day Revisited: Tony Capstick... Capstick Comes Home" »


Song of the Day Revisited: Altan ... song, tunes and memories of Frankie


There was a time when I had a real friendship with Altan, one that persists with occasional electronic communication but is otherwise dormant. It was more of a professional bond than anything; we'd see one another at concerts or festivals and get on quite well.

Continue reading "Song of the Day Revisited: Altan ... song, tunes and memories of Frankie" »