Salut! Commentary

I Dreamed a Stream/I Streamed a Dream. Kate Rusby's new lockdown antidote

Christmas 2021: out of the blue, a lot of visitors started to appear here from the Kate Rusby fans’ group at Facebook. It turned out that my mention of this piece had finally been published many months after being submitted.... Read more →


Folk: a dirty four-letter word?

What is it about folk music that makes some folk or folksy artists want to disown it and smug rockers want to sneer? Think how many acoustic musicians and people associated historically with folk have sought to create distance. Briefly... Read more →


The Chieftains: when you can call on friends like Van Morrison. RIP Paddy Moloney

October 2021 update: when Salut! Live ran a mini-series to celebrate the life and work on Nanci Griffith, who died in August, one of the articles featured her partnership with the Chieftains to produce a gorgeous version of her song... Read more →


Liechtenstein here we come. Boris's world-beating, oven-ready deal clears a musical path back into Europe

Who said Brexit would bring only pain once the euphoria of establishing sovrinty innit had worn off? The folk world has joined exporters, importers, student explorers and all manner of Britons in rejoicing at news of the world-beating trade deal... Read more →


Happy 80th Martin Carthy. And Eliza's greeting to her dad tops all

Salut! Live followed the example of Eliza Carthy in wishing her dad, the British folk legend Martin Carthy, a happy 80th birthday a few days before the actual event. In fact, his birthday is today, Friday May 21. We send... Read more →