Favourite 10 bands. Usual suspects - Fairport and Steeleye - with Coldplay, Cranberries and Dire Straits varying the mix
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I love folk music and folk-rock but what about all the blues, rock, pop and even country groups I've thoroughly enjoyed, not to mention classical ensembles?
For the purposes of this little list, then, I shall exclude classical music altogether and restrict my choice to bands I have seen live. And even then its tough.
This is my selection. I have listed them in order of how much pleasure each has given me, not because I necessarily believe them to be the best band in bather world, second best and so on
* 1 Fairport Convention - never saw them with Sandy Denny but the recreation of the Liege and Lief album at the 2007 Cropredy festival, with Chris While taking Sandy's place to near-perfection, was sensational
* 2 Steeleye Span - seen repeatedly, including the London gig where they showered the audience with money floating down from the ceiling. Maddy Prior and co transformed English folk
* 3 Oysterband - an electrifying experience
* 4 De Dannan - from the line-up with Mary Black and Dolores Keane sharing the vocals
* 5 Cranberries - my guilty pleasure. A memorable night on the Cote d'Azur.
* 6 Dire Straits - gave me a glorious Parisian soiree, lighting up the City of Light
* 7 Coldplay - my unfashionable choice. Superb in Nice and Lyon
* 8 Lindisfarne - the best Christmas show I've attended (Newcastle upon Tyne) and I did see them in an amazing support set for Ralph McTell in Sunderland (he had to be good just to follow them, and was)
*.9 Chieftains - reliably inspirational, especially on the night they shared the Royal Albert Halt stage with Van Morrison, with John Peel as compere
* 10 John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - sneaking a place on the basis of a gig on the Med coast, with Buddy Whittington on lead guitar. How I wish I'd seen them back when Clapton filled that role.
Sadly, the limit of 10 leaves no room for the Stones, Geno Washington's Ram Jam Band, Altan, Dervish, Pentangle, the Doonans, the Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Alan Stivell and Ron Kavana bands or any of the marvellous people I've caught at the London blues bar, Ain't Nothing But ....
And that's just the bands I have seen live. Excluding those I haven't means no Byrds, Cream (I did see Blind Faith and they disappointed), Beach Boys, Beatles, Queen, Paul Butterfield, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Planxty, Bothy Band .. that list would be hard to exhaust.
Now over to the small but perfectly formed Salut! Live jury ...