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The miners, disunited, were soundly defeated (by tyranny)

Colin Randall writes: an anniversary worth noting is that of protracted miners' strike of the mid-1980s. For musical illustration, I have chosen Ed Pickford's lament for a vanishing trade, Farewell Johnny Miner, by Dick Gaughan, Blackleg Mining Man by Pitmen... Read more →

The Watersons on the road

Andrew Curry writes: In among the comments on our recent piece on Anne Briggs, reader Chris Brady reminded us that Derrick Knight’s 1966 documentary about the Watersons, Travelling for a Living, is available free on the BFI Player. Knight was... Read more →

Tales from the 1960s: Nick Drake, and ‘a celeste, a Hammond, and a clavichord.’

Andrew Curry writes: The third part of the conversation between Joe Boyd, John Wood, and Folk on Foot’s Matthew Bannister is about the short but influential career of Nick Drake. Read more →

Tales from the ‘60s: Fairport’s breakout year and John Martyn’s ‘terrible’ rhythm section

Andrew Curry with Part Two of his series on the interview with producer Joe Boyd and engineer/producer John Wood on the early days of folk-rock. In which Fairport Convention hit their stride in 1969 and invent folk-rock. It all comes... Read more →

Tales from the 1960s: Joe Boyd, John Wood, and listening to Sgt. Pepper in a cloakroom with Sandy Denny

Andrew Curry writes: One of the features of the Magpie Arc indoor folk festival festival in both of its incarnations has been an extended interview by Matthew Bannister of Folk on Foot with luminaries of folk music. Last year it... Read more →

Les Cousins: the story of a historic folk dive packed into three CDs

Join the Salut! Live Facebook group. Visit this link now Colin Randall writes: We’ve had a fair bit of nostalgia here about the Soho folk haunt Les Cousins so I posted my own thoughts at my new Substack pages, which... Read more →