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December 2020

Music from North Eastern England: (6) Christmas edition with the Doonans, Fettlers, Kathryn Tickell ... and Coldplay?

Boris Johnson told us all to enjoy a merry little Christmas before doing away with the "merry" bit. But Salut! Live is pleased to wish all its readers, even those who voted for Boris and/or Brexit, the happiest festive season... Read more →

Music of North Eastern England: (5) Johnny Handle, Bob Fox and the Durham Big Meeting

Coalmining features prominently in this series on music from my regional's, the North East of England. Mining produces work and great camaraderie as well as tragedy, exploitation and ill-health. It also yields wonderful music and art, and the North East... Read more →

Cover Story: (53) Arthur McBride is back courtesy of Sir Mark Rylance (and Christmas)

Again, I hear regular readers groaning. Not that Arthur McBride once more. Hasn't Salut! Live finally exhausted its interest in the song? I suppose the answer to those three actual or implied questions are, in order: yes, yes and no.... Read more →

Music of North Eastern England: (4) Tom McConville, Barra MacNeils and Ed Pickford's sad Northern Front update

Heaven knows we all need cheering up. I hope the latest instalment of Music from the North East (which extends its geographical remit to include Eastern Canada) offers some respite from the stream of wretched news ... For the fourth... Read more →

Music from North Eastern England: (3) High Level Ranters, Unthanks and Ed Pickford

First of all, I owe a big thank you to the many hundreds of people who, in many cases for the first time, have been visiting these pages this month, bringing Salut! Live the nearest thing to Sunlit Uplands we... Read more →

Music from North Eastern England: (2) Vin Garbutt, Jez Lowe, Bob Fox and Lindisfarne

When the Teesside troubadour Vin Garbutt was alive and in his prime, and again when he died at the age of 69 in 2017, I wrote that if the River Tees could sing, it would surely sound like him. No... Read more →