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I Dreamed a Stream/I Streamed a Dream. Kate Rusby's new lockdown antidote

Christmas 2021: out of the blue, a lot of visitors started to appear here from the Kate Rusby fans’ group at Facebook. It turned out that my mention of this piece had finally been published many months after being submitted. Obviously it’s now a little out of date since the stream ran its course long ago, though my comments below need no amendment.

But I should extend special seasonal greetings to all those welcome new visitors to Salut! Live where, with a little navigation, they will find lots to read about and plenty to hear from - Kate, I also wish the Rusby  and O’Kane families a wonderful Christmas …

From an old folk PR
friend, Claire Horton, comes news of Kate Rusby's plans to stream her album of pop covers, Hand Me Down 

No,the song from Les Miserables is not among the 12 tracks on Kate's most successful album, in chart terms. Nor is a Barnsley Nightingale version of the Eurythmics' 1983 smash hit Sweet Dreams (are made of this) or even the Everly Brothers' All I Have to Do is Dream  any more than was. But I couldn't resist a pun, even a bad one, for my headline or choosing another a day later and then a third.

Back in the real world, if you buy the album or decide to swim with the stream, you will come across Kate and family doing Bob Marley, the Bangles, James Taylor, the Cure,Taylor Swift, the Kinks,  Cyndi Lauper and more ...


Image001 (1) Photo supplied by Kate's team


Here, then, are the details, as supplied by Claire, of what is billed as the Kate Rusby Worldwide Streamed Album Concert. It's the logical extension of the home recordings of individual tracks that she uploaded to YouTube to help make lockdown less gruesome and, doubtless, remind fans she had not gone away.

The album is a cracker. I have audaciously added a snippet from my own review to the list of plaudits below and you may read it in a full at

I gather a single view, watching on April 10, the day of the virtual gig, costs £12.50 and a gift ticket/Springtide pass allowing unlimited views between then and May 22, when the abandoned spring tour was due to have ended. How to book? Read on ...

Kate Rusby Worldwide Streamed Album Concert

10 April 2021, 7.30pm BST

The first full play of acclaimed album

Hand Me Down

Tickets Available now at

Album trailer here:

Kate Rusby brings to the stage, for the first time, a full-album play of her recent covers release Hand Me Down, her highest-charting album to date. This unique, globally streamed concert will be available on demand until 22nd of May which would have been the last day of Kate’s Spring Tour.

Recorded in lockdown 2020, Hand Me Down is a collection of Kate’s favourite songs. It debuted in the Official Album Charts at #12 (#3 in the CD album chart and #4 in the Independent release chart).  The vinyl version was released on January 15 2021.

Hand Me Down features Kate’s version of “Manic Monday” which climbed to the Radio 2 A list. 


“My favourite cover ever” – Steve Wright, Radio 2

“A cheering dose of pure escapism” – The Big Album, The Sun

“A dazzling home-made treasure” 4 stars, Daily Mail

“a performance so striking” – Sunday Times

5* album reviews from Music Republic and BBC Music Magazine

"Fans of the covered artists may insist she cannot touch the originals, but they'd be wrong. Rusby brings something fresh to her selections, as the former Bangle Susanna Hoffs generously acknowledges with regard to Manic Monday' - Salut! Live (cruelly overlooked by Claire but cheekily added by me)

Homemade Video Tracks recorded during lockdown:

Manic Monday:

Shake it Off:

Friday I’m in Love:

Three Little Birds:

Littlest Hobo:


Tickets Available now at




Bill Taylor

What a great idea! I might just be in for this...

Enid Buhler

I'm a great fan, but - living in Germany - I never ever had the chance to see her live. "Thanks to Corona", her Christmas gig was an online one ... and it was wonderful!
Really looking forward to the "Hand Me Down" gig. An incredibly good album, btw.

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