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December 2023

A ‘Fairytale’ ending for Shane MacGowan

Continuing our series of small Salut! Live Christmas treats, today’s contribution manages to combine another tribute to Shane MacGowan with another version of ‘Fairytale of New York’ — played by some of the many Irish musicians at his packed funeral... Read more →

My Christmas Day choice: Sunnyvista by Richard and Linda Thompson, and Lindisfarne's Broon

Each Christmas, if I remember, I look around for something quirky to post, (the editor writes). I've done the greetings, incorporated within the piece introducing Andrew Curry as Salut! Live’s new deputy editor. I’ve posted/reposted interpretations of Fairytale of New... Read more →

Christmas folk: seasonal antidotes to corporate festive jollity

Colin Randall writes: into my e-mail inbox popped a seasonal offering from the Albion Band, one of the most important evolving musical projects from decades of British folk and folk-rock. I am not the world's greatest fan of Christmas songs,... Read more →

Cover Story (32): Fairytale of New York. The Pogues but also O'Hooley & Tidow and now Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden in extraordinary remakes

Dec 2023: a further update. We've had a bit of Martin Carthy lately, a review of his talking/singing tour and a look back at his version, with Dave Swarbrick, of Byker Hill. But there's also Eliza Cartthy, Martin's daughter of... Read more →