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Realta, Lau, Bellowhead ... over and out, but just for now


This neglected site - neglected because of the need to do paid work but also, to an extent, beacuse the tiny number of visitors, even when it is highly active, is frankly demoralising - faces a further short period of silence as I head off, snow permitting, on holiday to Sri Lanka.

On my return, I resolve to post overdue reviews of albums by Lau, Realta, Bellowhead (all excellent by the way) and others.


Apologies to the named artists, and the "others", who have sent albums and sat patiently waiting for the career break that is a mention at Salut! Live.

If this is of any consolation, there will also be a dearth of activity at Salut! and less than normal at Salut! Sunderland, where the usual coverage of matches should still be found if things go to plan. In each cases, there is a rich archive to explore.


Bob Fox, top songman and now War Horse's Songman

Great news, on two counts, from Bob Fox, singer of the highest quality, Sunderland supporter and general all-round good bloke.

Bob has landed the role of Songman in the West End production of War Horse. He starts with the new cast on Nov 16.

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Seasonal greetings from Salut! Live


We don't yet run to a staff photographer, but this is Kevin Dooley's third outing this week at Salut! sites.

The traffic towards Salut! Live has been thin of late, as have been the postings, but I wish all readers, present and past (and, indeed, still to come) a happy Christmas and great new year.

I will return soonish with more thoughts on Liam Clancy's death - and life - and my own list of best albums for 2009 ... à bientôt.