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colin randall
Salut! Live reflects my passion for folk and related music - I'm a journalist and lifelong Sunderland supporter, based in France and London, from where I write about most things under the sun and the rain
Interests: film, football, france, badminton, folk music
Recent Activity
For two special editions of Cover Story, Salut! Live's series on different versions of the same songs, I am in the hands of a good friend Frank Gallagher, an exceptional musician and musical producer I first met through his work... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Salut! Live
Roll up for the 32nd instalment in my series Cover Story , which looks at different versions of the same songs ... Why am I even bothering with Fairytale of New York? As good a Christmas song as you'll encounter,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Salut! Live
Buy this book at the Salut! Live Amazon link here This has just appeared at another of my sites, Salut!. It is the promised Robb Johnson follow-up to his 2007 epic on Johnny Hallyday, reproduced here after news broke of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Salut! Live
Click this caption to buy this and other Johnny Hallyday publications at Salut! Live's Amazon link The French Elvis? Not quite. A French Cliff? Surely not. But when I awoke to news of the death at 74 of Johnny Hallyday,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Salut! Live
"The defendant shall stand. You have been convicted of serious offences and it is my duty to pass a sentence that serves as a deterrent. You shall be taken to a lawful place of punishment and made to listen non-stop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Salut! Live
I am proud of much that appears at Salut! Live, hoping my efforts and those of occasional contributors may help to spread word and sound about what is so good about folk, roots and associated musical genres. It can be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Salut! Live
The more I listen to Libertango, also known as I've Seen That Face Before, the more I wonder whether it is possible to make a bad recording of it. Ástor Piazzolla never intended it to be a song. The late... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Salut! Live
Here's a confession. Yesterday, I received a slightly unexpected £50 payment for advertising at the site I run for supporters of, mention the name sparingly, Sunderland AFC. It was one of those necessary evils, a dropped link to a betting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Salut! Live
Walking home with my granddaughter from her primary school, we chanced upon a sight that fascinated her, appalled me. Someone had just detached the nameplate of my favourite Indian (Nepalese if we are to be pedantic) restaurant in Ealing, west... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Salut! Live
November 2017 update: a former colleague, Bill Stock, wrote this at Facebook the day, prompting me to trawl through the Salut! Live archives and reproduce - from 10 years ago - the little piece that follows ... "Met my all-time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Salut! Live
If this site were a little more erudite, we would probably talk a lot more about the Child ballads. The phrase itself evokes a rural scene in which, perhaps, an earnest Oxbridge don called Child humours farm labourers, factory workers,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Salut! Live
UPDATE: the list has undergone a change; in comes Linda Thompson - a terrible oversight in the previous lists - and out, with regret, must go Dolores Keane ... If I remain convinced that lists of this kind are fun,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Salut! Live
Buy Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits album at Salut! Live's Amazon record shelf by clicking on this caption UPDATE: scroll down the article or check Comment No 24 for a revised Top 10 ... Of Nick Hornby's books - and I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Salut! Live
I have met Ian Anderson**, the editor of fRoots, on only a handful of occasions but spoken to or corresponded with him on many more. When I wrote about folk music for The Daily Telegraph, he called my work "right... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Salut! Live
Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. Is this the song, maybe one among many, that confounds my electronic (and previously slow-mail) friend Leon Rosselson, a master songsmith, and his stern view of Leonard Cohen? Read the linked piece at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Salut! Live
Tommy Sands takes a bow Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays October 2017 update (a further update appears below as a footnote) ...: I believe Salut! Live's archive deserves a wider audience, not for any merit in the writing but because it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Salut! Live
It is another of those off-piste moments for Salut! Live and the Cover Story series comparing the same song, different versions. First of all, join me in saluting the memory and achievements of Fats Domino, who has just died aged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Salut! Live
The little world of Salut! can be an incestuous place. The football corner of it, as many but not all readers will know, is Salut! Sunderland, the name giving newcomers a clue to the sad, troubled but - for those... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Salut! Live
Salut! Live's new series draws on the choices made by people of interest to this site, or on what others select from what we may loosely call our sort of music, on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. For the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Salut! Live
So many people have recorded the beautiful song, Mná na H-éireann, better known by its English title Women of Ireland, that it may seem a little shallow to discuss only two. But I have said previously that I believe the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Salut! Live
Buy this and/or other Christy Moore albums at the Salut! Live Amazon link by clicking anywhere on this caption Salut! Live likes its series. Some take off, and I cannot begin to explain how gratifying it is to see Cover... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Salut! Live
It's a perceived wisdom and I have been known to swallow it. French music, and especially pop/rock, may suit a domestic audience but does not easily appeal to the ears of Anglo-Saxons (as the French like to call us). Indeed,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Salut! Live
ALL ITEMS IN THE COVER STORY SERIES CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING ALONG THIS LINE It is not a case of brutal honesty, just honesty, to suggest that June Tabor is technically a more accomplished singer than Maggie Holland. Normally,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Salut! Live
My elder daughter and a friend stayed with us at the weekend in France. Noticing the print (above) that adorns the living room wall, the famous one showing Jacques Brel, Leo Ferré (for once not last) and Georges Brassens, she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Salut! Live
For the latest edition of Cover Story, I invited Dave Chamberlain, who presents a folk show Acoustic Routes on Dapper FM in South Wales, to suggest a candidate. His instant response was to ask whether the series had already looked... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Salut! Live