Salut! History

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

April 2022 update: this is an item first published between lockdowns in 2020 and republished for the sake of it. Before returning to the UK after our usual spell in France, we had spent a few days in Cinq Terre,... Read more →


Loft vinyl: (3) Francoise Hardy and the song she hated but her fans loved

This has had earlier airings but fits the new Loft Vinyl series as snugly as the perfect glove. I am featuring tracks from old LPs released from lengthy exile in the loft, my elder daughter having bought me a turntable... Read more →


Overpaid, oversexed, over here? 'Not a bit of it - I'm exploring British folk-rock'

Some variations of the phrase add overfed and overdressed. It goes without saying that I have no idea whether Peter Obermark was excessively remunerated when serving as a US marine in Britain in the 1970s nor indeed whether he ate... Read more →


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 →