Dipping into the past

The Byrds: when folk-rock got higher and higher

"John and Michi were getting kind of itchy, just to leave the folk music behind." As every 1960s schoolboy probably knew, the line opened Creeque Alley, a quirkily pleasing Mamas and Papas song which, when not bidding farewell to folk,... Read more →


Cover Story (35): Jack Haggerty - Touchstone, Tony Furtado or Celtic Mayhem

Jan 2021 update: as regular readers will know, I have been updating and re-promoting older items. Maybe this is of benefit to those who are new to the site, like some of what they find but haven't the time to... Read more →


Dipping into the Past: John Mayall's part in my journey from blues to folk

November 2017 update: a former colleague, Bill Stock, wrote this at Facebook the day, prompting me to trawl through the Salut! Live archives and reproduce - from 10 years ago - the little piece that follows ... "Met my all-time... Read more →


Dipping into the Past: Eddi Reader and Burns, bawdiness and romance

November 2017 update: as I browse the extensive Salut! Live archive for gems from the past to share with a (slightly) expanding audience, live reviews are not obvious choices. I make an exception for Eddi Reader and this corker of... Read more →


Dipping into the Past: Sharon Shannon - the Salut! Live interview

Please forgive Salut! Live for yet another dip into the past. I am working on a new article in which Sharon Shannon features prominently so it seems a good moment to begin by reintroducing readers to a giant of traditional... Read more →