Music from North Eastern England

Music from North Eastern England. Season two: Geordie Black and in search of a tune

One of the most popular series to appear at Salut! Live featured the songs and music of North-eastern England. It stretched to seven instalments but it was clear to me that there was scope for more. Bill Taylor, who like... Read more →


Music from North Eastern England: (7) The Pitman's Poet, Alan Price, Unthanks, Whisky Priests and High Level Ranters

Salut! Live wishes readers as happy a new year as Covid and Brexit permit and thanks you heartily for taking the trouble to visit the site in such large numbers ... Six seemed a perfectly good number on which to... Read more →


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 →


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 →