Salut! Lists

Roaring 90s: best of the decade

Roberts and Rusby: Barnsley's finest Picture: Bryan Ledgard MY FOLK ALBUMS OF THE 1990s * Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts (Pure), album of the 1990s (1995) * How Are You Off For Coals? (Fellside) Bob Fox and Benny Graham (1997);... Read more →

Lockdown sounds: now for acoustic bands and duos. Planxty and the McGarrigles top my lists

Paul Brady performs Arthur McBride. Image reproduced from Flickr with kind consent of David Sutherland MUSIC TO HELP US THROUGH LOCKDOWN Not even the readers of Salut! Live are wholly on my side. My folk tastes are unusual and I... Read more →

Favourite 10 singers. (2) Male - Ray Charles tops my list with room for Dylan and Christy Moore

MUSIC TO HELP US THROUGH LOCKDOWN I promised a top 10 of male singers - just my own preferences - and invite you to list yours. You may also pop back to and offer your top 10 female vocalists.... Read more →

Favourite 10 singers: (1) female - Sandy Denny and Billie Holiday head my list. But yours?

Image: Jef Aerosol MUSIC TO HELP US THROUGH LOCKDOWN This was an evolving Salut! Live post. It attracted gratifying reader response although most of the 33 comments originated at social media mentions of the piece, not here. Since we're all... Read more →

Dipping into the Past: the beauty and power of English folk yields a personal top 10

Image of Bellowhead by Candy Schwartz, Boston USA OCTOBER 2017 Update: this eloquently presented list of one man's favourite 10 pieces from the vast reserves of English folk music deserves another airing. I still disagree with him about Steeleye Span.... Read more →