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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
Over at the parent Salut! site, you will find a couple of reproduced articles of mine dealing with First World War anniversaries. All I wish to do tonight, at the start of the weekend that marks the centenary of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Salut! Live
I will admit I was marching more against Brexit than for a second poll. I regard this as an issue that should never have been put to a referendum.
Yes, Jon, it was a useless campaign and that is where our friend Saint Jeremy comes in since he was in large measure responsible for its uselessness. Even his silence about the march has been lamentable.
Fair point. In recent seasons, i'd have marched in favour of changing most of Sunderland AFC's results. The difference here is that people voted yes or no without a proper appreciation of facts that are now known: the dishonesty of the NHS pledge, the sad but real threat to jobs, the strong suspicion of illegal tampering with the referendum campaign and more. To be honest, I am not even sure a second vote would produce a different result - and I'd still be embittered. But it's the least the country deserves given that we chose to decide such a complex issue in this absurd manner in the first place..
Image: Jim Pietryga via Wikipedia Salut! Live limps back into life with another entry in the Cover Story series comparing and contrasting different versions of the same song. Many years ago in Paris, maybe 2006, I paid a fortune for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Salut! Live
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
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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