Lockdown sounds: now for acoustic bands and duos. Planxty and the McGarrigles top my lists
Covid-19. Songs of endurance (3) Mary Coughlan: My Land is too Green

Lockdown sounds: anything I can do, you can do better ...


A photograph I have hanging on the wall in France. It shows my reflection in the mirror as I interview Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh one night in Donegal


I am grateful to everyone
who has taken the trouble to respond to my series of Lockdown sounds, artists male and female, duos, bands seen live and so on .. with singer-songwriters to come.

Those responses have come directly to Salut! Live and at Twitter or Facebook. From Jon Marks came a quite exceptional effort.

He's lovely bloke I've met all of once (drinks before a Portsmouth-Sunderland match; I support Sunderland, he supports Spurs but lives in Pompey after which the detail of connections loses relevance to a folk music site).

But he has gone to the bother of replicating my device of listing top 10s in each category (when not inventing his own). His follow:

Best 10 solo artists male seen live

Paul Brady

John Martyn

Jackson Browne

Van Morrison

Bob Dylan

Johnny Marr

Cat Stevens

Eric Clapton

Christy Moore

Paul Weller

Best folk acts seen live


Amazing Blondel



Steeleye Span

Ralph McTell

Tom Paxton

Luka Bloom

Fairport Convention

Paddy Maloney and Matt Molloy

Best female artists seen in concert

Emmylou Harris

Sharleen Spiteri

Eleanor McAvoy

Mary Black

Sinead O’Connor

Dolores Keane

Mary Coughlan

Kirsty MacColl

Joan Armstrading

Judie Tzuke

Best bands seen live ⁦

War on Drugs



The Kinks

Fleetwood Mac


The Coral

Graham Parker and The Rumour

The Proclaimers



Johnny Marks

Thanks to Colin for uploading these. Procul Harum, Richie Havens, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry and BB King could have been in the mix too and The Who, all of them I saw live but maybe not in their prime. There are so many artists I wish I had seen to include them - Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Lindisfarne, Dire Straits, Kings of Leon, Aimee Mann, Davy Graham, Nick Drake, Steve Winwood,
Cranberries, Cowboy Junkies, David Gray (might have at a fleadh), Davy Spillane, Sharon Shannon, The Doors, Florence
and the Machine, Gordon Lightfoot, Jethro Tull, Kings of Convenience, Leon Russell, Michael Nesmith, Neil Halstead, Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, The Pretenders, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robert Cray, The Band, The Byrds, Rory Gallagher, Ry Cooder, Sade, Santana, Free, The Shins, The Waifs, Snow Patrol, Tom Petty, The Police, Blondie, Tracy Chapman, The Traveling Wilburys, Ultan Conlan, Warren Zevron - alas and alack

Colin Randall

What a great list of the unlisted. Thanks, Jon ...

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