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Cropredy: the winner's take

No sooner had I invited readers' thoughts on Fairport Convention and Cropredy than a detailed, thought-provoking missive arrived from Martin Sellers, who won a pair of tickets for the festival in the competition linked to Salut! Live's interview with Simon Nicol.

From a big thumbs-up for Show of Hands, Marie-Louise O'Connor and the Demon Barbers Roadshow to disappointment with Seth Lakeman and a mixed, measured assessment of Fairport, he has views on three days of music in and around the festival.

But I will let Martin do the talking:

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Making Smiley smile

Early in the short life of Salut! Live, I offered a prize of three CDs, randomly chosen, to the reader who came up with the best suggestion "for what Salut! Live should aim to do/cover if it has any raison d'être beyond just another hobby for me".

The posting attracted only two replies, which was not especially surprising since Salut! Live then had precious few readers at all (we still have rather fewer than suggested by the country-by-country table down the right hand column, but that is because the figure is an aggregate of the number of visits over the past few weeks to all three of my sites: Salut Live!, Salut! and Salut! Sunderland).

But the numbers are steadily growing - as the little turnstile figure below that table shows - and I am grateful for your support or interest.

Back to that competition. One of the replies was really just a slice of Be Good Tanyas fan worship from someone who had taken the photograph illustrating my posting. The other came from "Smiley" and read thus:

My music collection ranges from Abba to Zwan and encompases most genres. However 'Folk' is a notable absentee. As mentioned in a prevous comment, The Seeger Sessions by Bruce Springsteen is about the nearest I can offer. I do have a Billy Bragg CD but it is the fairly commercial "Don't Try This At Home" so that doesn't count. Therefore, I look forward to some reviews and suggestions. I have looked longingly at the listings on the right of the of the blog with some interest, but can't bring myself to buy anything without knowing a little more.

It was a good reply. More to the point, there was none other to qualify for my consideration. So it won.

I rooted around in the garage and dug out the following albums:

The Chieftains The Wide World Over

Pentangle Sweet Child (that's Pentangle's Jacqui McShee in the picture)

Jackson C Frank Blues Run the Game (in a slightly battered CD box, I am afraid)

Smiley has now given them a bit of his time and come back to me with his verdict:........

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Cropredy awaits: Martin found safe and sound

As noted briefly yesterday - adding a Stop Press took me back to local evening newspaper days - the Cropredy competition was won by Martin Sellers.

His name was chosen at random from those of readers who correctly answered my question on who wrote Dave Swarbrick's premature obituary for the Daily Telegraph.

He wins a pair of tickets for Fairport Convention's Cropredy festival next month and I will now be putting Martin and the Fairport office in communication with each other.

And I am pleased to report that after initial concern about the whereabouts of Martin, he has reappeared, explaining that one of his e-mail addresses has been playing up. So he stays the winner and I will be putting him in touch with the Cropredy folk to ensure that he collects his pair of festival tickets.

The author of the article to which my question referred was Colin Irwin. It was not his fault that it appeared and nor, though I had a hand in commissioning the obituary, was it mine. Swarb had indeed been very ill at the time; newspapers very sensibly make preparations in advance when someone notable seems in danger of dying.

The piece written, it then found its way into the Telegraph because of a misunderstanding, not the first to occur in newspaper history. I was in Skopje at the time, covering the Kosovo conflict, and knew nothing of the error until the following evening when another batch of journalists flew in; one of them tossed that day's Telegraph at me, urging me to read the "best correction I've ever seen in a paper".

Luckily, Swarb came to see the funny side of it and was really quite pleased to have been able to read such a complimentary appraisal of his life.

I told him when I interviewed him in 2003 that my part-namesake was the author, and I sought Colin Irwin's permission to use his identity as my competition question.

Another reader pointed out that I was wrong to think I had found a question to which the internet did not provide a spoil-the-fun answer, but that, I am afraid, is a function of the age. My thanks, incidentally, to Fairport Convention for cooperating with the competition.

Meanwhile, the fame of Salut! Live is spreading. From Chipping Norton came a request, readily granted of course, to reproduce my two-part Simon Nicol interview at this site .

Cropredy competition: the dying hours, and news of a winner


Please do not be distracted from the closing instalment of the Simon Nicol interview, but do take note of my final reminder of the Who Killed Off Swarb? competition. Midnight tonight, which I am happy to regard as midnight UK time, is the deadline for entries to be received.

Details appear in previous postings.

But while on the subject of competitions, I declare Smiley - as he prefers to sign himself - the winner of the first, which appeared very early in the life of this site. That earlyness also accounted for the fact that his was the only true response, so winning was not on this occasion a great accomplishment.

His prizes: three CDs.

The Chieftains The Wide World Over

Pentangle Sweet Child (that's Pentangle's Jacqui McShee in the picture)

Jackson C Frank Blues Run the Game (in a slightly battered CD box, I am afraid)

Happy listening, Smiley.

Swarb then and now: amazing pictures

Some time today, the essential Simon Nicol interview - being posted in stages as I fit Salut! Live duties around trying to earn a living - should appear in full.Swarb3

But on related matters, I do have to remind readers that the competition for a pair of Cropredy festival tickets is nearing its climax. June 30 - Saturday - is the deadline for sending the correct answer to this question:

Who, in 1999, wrote the Daily Telegraph's premature obituary of the former Fairport fiddler Dave Swarbrick?

1) Colin Harper

2) Colin Irwin

3) Colin Randall

4) Colin Firth

It's your last chance to phone a friend (if Swarb happens to be a friend, so much the better since he knows the answer). There is no option here to ask the audience, go 50-50 or switch to another question (a lifeline the French version of Millionaire has added since I've been living here, but I assume they merely followed Tarrant & Co).

Answers to me via e-mail - see link at top right of this page or go back to previous postings about the competition. The winner will be drawn at random from all correct replies received by close of play Saturday June 30.

A great Swarb one-liner on Sandy Denny, promised earlier, appears on the continuation do some illuminating photographs*, including one taken less than half an hour ago as I write.

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Competition reminder

A spot of help for those who rather like the idea of freebies but could not be bothered to venture beyond the first page of my last posting.

The great Salut! Live Fairport Convention competition - prize: two tickets for the Cropredy festival (Aug 9-11) - is already attracting replies. But the closing date is not until June 30.

My question: who, in 1999, wrote the Daily Telegraph's premature obituary of the former Fairport fiddler Dave Swarbrick?

1) Colin Harper

2) Colin Irwin

3) Colin Randall

4) Colin Firth

The admirable Swarb is, of course, very much alive and will be playing at Cropredy.

Send answers by e-mail, here or by using the e-mail link top right. The winner will be drawn at random from correct replies. See the previous item - in full! - for more information.