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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

If you read this item in or after August 2022, please bear in mind it originally appeared five years ago.'s vast archive is still accessible but the site is not mine and is woefully neglected by the people who... 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 →