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colin randall
London/France
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
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CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS PARAGRAPH TO EXPLORE THE FULL COVER STORY SERIES - COMPARING DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE SAME SONGS AND SOMETIMES TUNES Among the certainties of human existence, death and tax rank fairly high. So, a cynic might say,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Salut! Live
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Salut! Live, as I explained when responding to this appeal, has no income (beyond the very occasional and usually out-of-the-blue online donation). Yet I had no hesitation in coming up with a small contribution to this worthiest of causes: finding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Salut! Live
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Politics invade this site from time to time. I am writing from France which has again resisted the best efforts of the extreme right to take power. It got closer than ever this time - Emmanuel Macron's comfortable 17-point majority... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at Salut! Live
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CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS PARAGRAPH TO EXPLORE THE FULL COVER STORY SERIES - COMPARING DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE SAME SONGS AND SOMETIMES TUNES Bill Taylor revives Salut! Live's popular but neglected Cover Story series with another look at songs of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Salut! Live
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This originally appeared at Salut! Live's parent site, Salut! but belongs here, too ... I have chosen different images Concert debout, it said on the printout of the ticket. I saw that only after I had booked. The realisation that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2022 at Salut! Live
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John Prine was a compelling, combative, heart-in-the-right-place American singer-songwriter who died two years ago next Thursday at the age of 73. He had successfully fought two cancers but succumbed to the wretched Covid. This is how I recorded his passing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at Salut! Live
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It was impossible to grow up in the North East of England, love folk music and not know of the immense role of the Elliotts of Birtley in performing, nurturing and spreading that musical form. To my immense regret, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2022 at Salut! Live
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As we recoil in horror from the evil of Moscow’s war on Ukraine, and feel disgust at the hard-of-thinking whataboutery of Putin apologists in the UK, let us not forget conflict at home. Even what Mo Mowlam called, when Secretary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2022 at Salut! Live
Time will tell whether Putin's evil aggression in Ukraine, and perhaps beyond if observers are right about his further ambitions, produces great songs of war. Conflict and adversity often do inspire musicians and composers as well as artists, writers and,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2022 at Salut! Live
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SEE THE FULL LOFT VINYL SERIES at https://www.salutlive.com/loft-vinyl/ The loss of a cat freed up a lot of space in the car for the grand return to France. With Monette to transport, room had to be found for her cage,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at Salut! Live
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I knew there was more. When I retrieved and photographed the Steeleye Span vinyl albums featured here in a previous edition of the Loft vinyl series, I was aware my search though the attic - floorboarded but unconverted so on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2022 at Salut! Live
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When I started my Loft Vinyl series after my elder daughter gave me a turntable for Christmas, one of the first old LPs retrieved from the loft was instrumental (1940s boogie woogie from the piano-playing of Albert Ammons). Over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at Salut! Live
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When I began my Loft vinyl series - see previous entries here - the harvest from ploughing through a vast but long-neglected collection of old LPs stored haphazardly in the loft, I expected to find albums by Steeleye Span. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2022 at Salut! Live
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When I wrote about Clannad in a recent instalment of Salut! Live's Loft Vinyl series, I recalled a hitchhiking trip to Ireland towards the end of the 1960s. Yes, I'm that old. The itinerary was mostly unplanned but one stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at Salut! Live
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At two of my favourite Facebook groups, Uncharted Jukebox and 60s 70s Folk Music, I have been banging on about Norma Waterson, who died on Jan 30 aged 82. And why not? She was a great and versatile singer and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2022 at Salut! Live
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Back in the 1960s, British music was awash with groups of fashionable-looking young people, usually though not exclusively all-male, who belted out the Mersey Sound and its Manchester, Tyneside, Scottish, Irish and London equivalents. But folkies had their special band,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Salut! Live
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I was shocked and saddened to hear today of the death of Norma Waterson, wife of Martin Carthy, mother of Eliza and a wonderful woman who has been so prominent in British folk music for so many decades. She was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Salut! Live
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CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS PARAGRAPH TO EXPLORE THE FULL COVER STORY SERIES - COMPARING DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE SAME SONGS AND SOMETIMES TUNES My Sunderland AFC losing 6-0 today will be labelled a disaster. It is nothing of the sort.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2022 at Salut! Live
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In the last edition of my Loft vinyl series I mentioned Clannad unfavourably. Someone who has newly followed me at Twitter shared my view as you can see below, but felt like me that pre-Harry's Game, and even included that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2022 at Salut! Live
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The second item in my new series, featuring music rediscovered in the loft on vinyl after my elder daughter gave me a turntable for Christmas, celebrates a truly remarkable Irish supergroup, Moving Hearts, and their classic album The Storm... The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at Salut! Live
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Another series: Loft Vinyl For Christmas, my elder daughter Christelle bought me a turntable which I picked up from her home in Lewes. The excellent Union vinyl record shop around the corner was closed so first purchases had to wait... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2022 at Salut! Live
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Lots of us loved the Byrds in rock mode or when their Bob Dylan or Pete Seeger covers made them sound like entirely different songs. Eight Miles High and 5th Dimension, as well as Mr Tambourine Man and Turn Turn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2022 at Salut! Live
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Salut! Live began life in May 2007, one of the offshoots of Salut!, launched the previous year as a sort of privatised version of the blog I contributed to The Daily Telegraph website when that paper's Paris correspondent. I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2021 at Salut! Live
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What is it about folk music that makes some folk or folksy artists want to disown it and smug rockers want to sneer? Think how many acoustic musicians and people associated historically with folk have sought to create distance. Briefly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at Salut! Live
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The cynic in me - and cynicism occupies a large part of my soul - says "best Christmas song" is a bit like "best trainspotter" or, worse, "best thing about medieval dentistry". But I'm not entirely Scrooge. I like John... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at Salut! Live