Salut! Reviews

Martin Simpson: guitar-playing genius and possibly 'Britain’s finest 21st century folk song’

Andrew Curry is a regular, valued contributor to the pages of Salut! Live, frequently suggesting - among other ideas - gigs or festivals he might review. And whatever he had done to convince himself he deserved a special treat, another... Read more →


'Can I please be Linda Thompson?' Rachel Unthank's dream

What a heroine and what a tribute. Moonlighting from her band, Rachel Unthank joined another North-eastern artist, Paul Smith, for a short tour, which our Andrew Curry caught at the Bush Theatre in London. The heroine? Linda Thompson, once famously... Read more →


Elephants in the room. Leon Rosselson’s life of song and protest

Here's one for the media studies class. How do you get a complimentary piece about a radical leftwing enemy of the capitalist system into a newspaper nicknamed the house journal of the Conservative party? Do you damn with faint praise,... Read more →


Celtic Connections: Duncan Chisholm gives musical life to Scottish hills

Andrew Curry is a neglectful music website editor's dream. He comes up with ideas for which gigs he should review, pays his own way there and into the venue and files his articles as promptly, cleanly and engagingly as if... Read more →


The Unthanks: cast sorrows away and relish an outstanding musical triumph

It is hard to think that it was as long ago as 2009 that I sat in front of my laptop in Abu Dhabi - where I was then working - and sent Rachel Unthank a stream of questions which... Read more →