Bert Jansch: thoughts on a departed giant of acoustic music

July 2022: no pressing reason to update what I wrote in 2011. No looming anniversary I'm aware of, no hitherto unknown detail. It's just that every so often, I think about Bert Jansch, the exceptional music he made and the... Read more →


Song of the Day: Tommy Sands ... There Were Roses and the Brexit threat to peace

June 2021/July 2022 updates: re-reading this item first published in Salut! Live's Song of the Day series 10 or 11 years ago, I am struck by a phrase I used to describe why the rationale for the Northern Ireland peace... Read more →


His way: 65 years after Diana, Paul Anka charms the French Riviera

Salut! Live is essentially a folk music site. Every so often it veers off in other directions ... On stage at the open-air Pinede arena in the French Riviera resort of Juan-Les-Pins, Paul Anka cruised with impressive professionalism and style... Read more →


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

July 2022 update; reposted because the clip of Kate Rusby's own singing of her charming song was leading to a dead end. It has now been replaced and is the last video shown in this article ... Choirs can work... Read more →