Salut! Lives

Doreen Henderson RIP: the sad loss of a fixture of the the Elliotts of Birtley

It was impossible to grow up in the North East of England, love folk music and not know of the immense role of the Elliotts of Birtley in performing, nurturing and spreading that musical form. To my immense regret, I... Read more →


Norma Waterson: a distinctive voice of English folk

Back in the 1960s, British music was awash with groups of fashionable-looking young people, usually though not exclusively all-male, who belted out the Mersey Sound and its Manchester, Tyneside, Scottish, Irish and London equivalents. But folkies had their special band,... Read more →


Derek Jolly RIP: from Shildon and Bishop to Bulgaria with his grandfather's ferret

Just a few months after the death of Phil Steele, I learnt that another fixture of the folk scene of South West Durham from the late 1960s had also died, some months earlier. And there are links. I was alerted... Read more →