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October 2017

Dipping into the Past: the beauty and power of English folk yields a personal top 10

Image of Bellowhead by Candy Schwartz, Boston USA OCTOBER 2017 Update: this eloquently presented list of one man's favourite 10 pieces from the vast reserves of English folk music deserves another airing. I still disagree with him about Steeleye Span.... Read more →


Dipping into the Past: the Irish Troubles and music

Tommy Sands takes a bow Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays October 2017 update (a further update appears below as a footnote) ...: I believe Salut! Live's archive deserves a wider audience, not for any merit in the writing but because it... Read more →


Cover Story: (25) Blueberry Hill. Fats Domino or Johnny Hallyday and Celine Dion

It is another of those off-piste moments for Salut! Live and the Cover Story series comparing the same song, different versions. First of all, join me in saluting the memory and achievements of Fats Domino, who has just died aged... Read more →


Cover Story: (24) The Bells of Rhymney by John Denver. A welcome discovery

The little world of Salut! can be an incestuous place. The football corner of it, as many but not all readers will know, is Salut! Sunderland, the name giving newcomers a clue to the sad, troubled but - for those... Read more →


Dipping into the Past: The Unthanks ... The Testament of Patience Kershaw

In my constant campaign to draw attention to gems from the Salut! Live archive, now that the site attracts a more respectable number of readers, here is piece of music that combines compelling artistry and painful social history. It recalls... Read more →


Desert Island Folk: (2) Sir Mark Rylance and a Paul Brady/Andy Irvine classic

Salut! Live's new series draws on the choices made by people of interest to this site, or on what others select from what we may loosely call our sort of music, on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. For the... Read more →