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March 2021

Music of the West Country: (1) We are Family - clan Lakeman and sounds from Dartmoor, Derry and Barnsley

Crossing England diagonally as far as can be travelled on land from the North East takes us to the West Country, the setting for my second series on regional folk and related music. Music from North Eastern England - see... Read more →


Song of the Day Revisited: Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Dancing at Whitsun

March 2021 update. Colin Randall writes: in a recent post about the Steeleye Span album Sails of Silver, which has been known to divide opinion among fans of the band, I reminisced about my first meeting with the lead singer,... Read more →


Cover Story: (61) Underneath the Stars. Kate Rusby, Voces8 or Western Illinois University Singers

Choirs can work wonders with songs created for other settings. In St Bride's, just off Fleet Street in London and commonly known as the journalists' church, I have attended several moving memorial services for former colleagues. And I remember in... Read more →


What was your route to folk music? Here's John Mayall's part in mine

A former colleague, Bill Stock, once wrote this at Facebook, prompting me to trawl through Salut! Live archives and reproduce, from 2007, the little piece that follows. It was originally published just ahead of a John Mayall gig in the... Read more →


'What's the news, what's the news?' Christy Moore asked the reporter

News has dominated my working life in the half century since I escaped the humdrum of clerical employment in railway construction, doomed livestock and diesel engines in County Durham. Music has dominated Christy Moore's life since he escaped the humdrum... Read more →


Lily Langtry: candlelit campfire folk and a small-town trio better than the New Christy Minstrels

Friday's stats for visits to Salut! Live carried a sharp message. There had been exactly 100 in 24 hours. Every one of them is appreciated (I'm told I should even be grateful for the 'Google bots' among them though I... Read more →