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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
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
Another welcome contribution from Bill Taylor gets Cover Story up to 20. Bill and I go back an awful long way; we were school misfits who somehow managed to get footholds in journalism and ended up being entrusted with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Salut! Live
Can Salut! Live's Cover Story series stagger back into life? It can. Apologies for the dearth of updates. I have been on holiday in Corsica - massively recommended - and trying to earn a living (not recommended). Today, I turn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Salut! Live
Fascinating stuff, thanks v much, I wouldn't want to choose😉😳— Olivia Chaney (@OliviaChaney) August 31, 2017 "What I love about working with you," The Daily Telegraph arts desk sub-editor said when I wrote about folk music for her section of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Salut! Live
Credit: Never let it be said that Salut! Live is stuck in the past. Why, I'm even aware of the fuss Jethro Tull are causing. But yes, it is important to look at artists much younger than those we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Salut! Live
I'll take that as positive, Caroline!
Long, long ago, I drank cup after cup of tea in the home of a charming woman, influential in a highly sensitive area of what she called the north of Ireland and the maps identify as Northern Ireland. We discussed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Salut! Live
There will always be journalism, however delivered. I still marvel at the superb coverage of, for example, France 2's reporters on the road and also the foreign coverage of Le Journal du Dimanche. I loathe the life view of the Daily Mail but admire the writing of its often bonkers columnists. I love my local paper in the Var (Var-Matin) for all its shortcomings. But print is dying. How many young people of our acquaintance ever read a newspaper?
Forget the striking melodic similarities with Boots of Spanish Leather, Bob Dylan's Girl From The North Country is a great song. But the same debate arises: is Dylan/s version better than an Irish interpretation? The song has a tangled history.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Salut! Live
Can, for once, a draw be called? I have already said Cover Story is not intended as a series of duels. It is merely a vehicle for alerting Salut! Live readers to - or, more likely - reminding them of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Salut! Live
Way, way back - well, all the way to 2000 - I was able to visit Newcastle University to write about its folk music course. The key contact was Richard Middleton, listed to this day as emeritus professor of music.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Salut! Live
Do essaytypers ask for evidence of writing ability before you're allowed to spam? I may have missed something in your witty, incisive comment ...
Here is one more entry to the growing body of work that is Salut! Live's Cover Story series, comparing and inviting comment on different versions of different songs ... I am open to suggestions for, and contributions to, the series... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Salut! Live
Bill Taylor's latest contribution is a break from our Cover Story series, charting instead the astonishing range of collaborations between the Chieftains and singers and musicians from most genres. Bill mentions Irish Heartbeat, an outstanding album made with Van Morrison... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Salut! Live
Mick Goulding responded quickly to an invitation to contribute to the series. Mick, like me (and another contributor, Bill Taylor), happens to support Sunderland AFC and writes occasionally for Salut! Sunderland. He classes himself as less of a folkie than... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Salut! Live
It is hard to believe that 68 years have passed since Ewan MacColl wrote perhaps his second best known song, Dirty Old Town. MacColl composed compellingly on many subjects, from the challenges of modern society to travelling people and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Salut! Live
First, a spot of housekeeping for the Cover Story series. As sharp observers will already have noticed, "or" replaces "vs" in the headline. I shall get round to changing the previous 10 posts in the series since the purpose of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Salut! Live
Does the fact that Sunderland supporters adapted the first big Herman's Hermit hit, I'm Into Something Good, make it - and the band - part of the folk tradition? You're right, it does not. Bill Taylor - I must be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Salut! Live