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

I il 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... 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 →

Fotheringay: 'Sandy Denny's finest moments' and how a lost album was rescued

Image: Linda Fitzgerald-Moore Eleven years is a long time, even in folk music. The article I reproduce below tells the story of the release of Fotheringay's 'lost' second album and dates from the end of 2008. I was living in... Read more →

From Raglan Road to the shores of Normandy. Jim Radford's glorious D-Day tribute

Forgive me for being late with this but, come to think of it, the timing is right. On French news this lunchtime, amid generous and impressive coverage of commemorations on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this song popped up. I... Read more →

Blues Run the Game: a starring role in The Old Man & the Gun

I noted with surprise today that I have not mentioned the late Jackson C Frank's gripping song, The Blues Run the Game, for three years (plus three days). But yesterday, screening room number five at Picturehouse Central just off Piccadilly... Read more →