Salut! History

What was your route to folk music? Here's John Mayall's part in mine

A former colleague, Bill Stock, once wrote this at Facebook, prompting me to trawl through Salut! Live archives and reproduce, from 2007, the little piece that follows. It was originally published just ahead of a John Mayall gig in the... Read more →


'What's the news, what's the news?' Christy Moore asked the reporter

News has dominated my working life in the half century since I escaped the humdrum of clerical employment in railway construction, doomed livestock and diesel engines in County Durham. Music has dominated Christy Moore's life since he escaped the humdrum... Read more →


Lily Langtry: candlelit campfire folk and a small-town trio better than the New Christy Minstrels

Friday's stats for visits to Salut! Live carried a sharp message. There had been exactly 100 in 24 hours. Every one of them is appreciated (I'm told I should even be grateful for the 'Google bots' among them though I... Read more →


Bella Ciao; big on Netflix, remembered from the 1960s London-Irish folk scene, discouraged in Italy

On each of two nights recently spent in the Italian resort of Alassio, we ate at a restaurant called the Galeon. The food was good but the second visit was made because, as for the first, entertainment was to be... Read more →


A notable century: 'Who Knows' crowns a series of 100 gems from Sandy Denny's career

Image: Jef Aerosol It has been a remarkable labour of love undertaken by a writer for whom Sandy Denny's voice "touches the soul" each time he hears it. More than 40 years after Sandy's untimely death at 31, Mick Donovan... Read more →


Turn it down, better still turn it off: Dylan went electric but Alan Hull, Bowie and McGuinn had unplugged moments

Anyone who reads Salut! or Salut! Live will recognise Bill Taylor as a prolific and compelling writer. Example: he is up to nearly 50 slices of lockdown life from Toronto and more than half of these little treasures have been... Read more →