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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
PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL & MARTIN, VIA SONY About a year ago the French singer Jain was quoted in France as saying the follow-up to her excellent debut album Zanaka would be released at the end of 2017 or in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Salut! Live
Image: by Appalachian Encounters (Rhiannon Giddens) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Why has Salut! Live been silent? It is a long story but can be told briefly. I was pleased with the way things were going here but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall Time for another of those lists. We all have them, songs or tunes we just cannot get out of our heads. A friend who is fairly contemptuous of Ed Sheeran - I am not, incidentally, and like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall What a find. Bill Taylor, responding to my Cover Story piece on Anna McGarrigle's Heart Like a Wheel and its versions by the McGarrigle sisters, Mary Black and Linda Ronstadt - posted a comment with a link... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall For once, I really have no strong opinion. I love Mary Black's singing and I love the McGarrigles (Anna and the sadly departed Kate). Linda Ronstadt has a great voice. It's just that I have no special... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall In 2010, after a concert in Nice, I described the Cranberries as a guilty pleasure. I shall quote the odd extract as we go on but you can read one of the articles I wrote then at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall If you have not dipped into the Cover Story series, it's time you did. Have your say on same songs, different versions just as the series attempts to do. Suggest your own contenders - write about them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall Cover Story - same songs, different versions - has been running for a while now. This is a slightly unusual addition to the series ... But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Salut! Live
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Jan 8, 2018
Author: Colin Randall A British folk-rock fiddler exemplaire, I called Dave Swarbrick when he died on June 23 2016. He had left family and friends in no doubt that he wanted no funeral when his time came, and none was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Salut! Live
Thanks, Colin. Good memories and you encouraged me to back and correct a couple of typos ...
Author: Colin Randall Just for fun and also because I never tire of hearing Jack Haggerty, I thought I'd combine nostalgia (Dipping into the Past via Salut! Live's extensive archive) and our regular look at different treatments of the same... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Salut! Live
Author: Colin Randall Click here to check Bert Jansch's music at Amazon Just as I indulged in a spot of self-deprecation, mocking Salut! Live's improving but still modest readership figures, the unexpected happened. Andrew Curry's guest contribution to the Cover... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Salut! Live
Salut! Live wishes its scores of readers, sometimes hundreds (OK 100+) as it is creeping up if slowly, a happy and healthy 2018. Cover Story, our look at the same songs by different singers, reaches its 34th instalment today. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Salut! Live
Salut! North is the Cinderella of the already modest household of the Salut! empire. For shaming proof of that, I needed only to check when the last new posting appeared here: the Christmas greetings of 2016. But the seasonal message... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Salut! North
Not me in the photo but my friend from boyhood, Pete Sixsmith, who each year forgets the decades he toiled in the classrooms and serves the children of the North East as Father Christmas. Pete has contributed superbly to Salut!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Salut! Live
Shujana: I will look back in my files and try to locate contact details. If I am successful, I will try to put you in touch (naturally provided Dany Laurent is agreeable to this) but it is more than five years on so while I will do my best, I cannot make any promises ...
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 Dec 14, 2017 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 Dec 11, 2017 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