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NEWS
In June, Alastair releases his first ‘grownup’ album in ten years. The self-titled project was produced by Mark Erelli (Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter Trio) and features an all-star band, including Marco Giovino (Robert Plant's Band of Joy), Marty Ballou (Peter Wolf Band), and many more. Read more and PRE-ORDER IT HERE!

Meanwhile, Moock’s latest family album is available right now. Over the past year and a half, All Kinds of You and Me has won the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, first prize in the International Songwriting Competition, and was voted the #2 Album of the Year by The Fids & Kamily Industry Poll. ORDER IT HERE or read more about Moock's family music career here.

Biography

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Twenty years into his performing career, Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself: He is a songwriter committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. Today, his audiences range from adults to preschoolers, and he plays everything from theaters to nightclubs to schoolrooms. Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide.

Moock started performing in 1995, moving from his home outside New York City to the folk haven of Boston. After working his way up through the local coffeehouse and club circuit, he began touring the U.S. and Europe, eventually graduating to renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival and Norway’s Bergen Music Fest. In 2007 Moock was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe called him "one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters" and The Washington Post declared "every song a gem."

Over the years, Moock had occasionally performed for kids on the side, but it wasn't until his twin daughters were born in 2006 that he was inspired to make his first foray into family music. In 2010, he joined the roster of Young Audiences of Massachusetts to bring his program Music and Social Change to schools throughout the state. That same year, he released his first family music album, A Cow Says Moock. Both that album and the next, These Are My Friends, were met with critical acclaim.

But it was Moock's third family album, Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids, that became nearest and dearest to his heart. In 2012, one of Alastair's daughters was diagnosed with leukemia (she’s doing great today). The Singing Our Way Through project began when they started writing songs together in the hospital. Over the next several months, Moock continued to write and collect songs that reflected his family's experiences, and those songs coalesced into an album for kids "with (and without) cancer." The album was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," "Katie's Take" with Katie Couric and Good Morning America, and received top honors from Parents' Choice and The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as well as a 2013 Grammy Nomination for Best Children’s Album. With the help of a fantastic fundraising campaign, over 3,500 copies of the album have so far been distributed to families through hospitals and cancer organizations around the country.

In June 2015, Moock once again proved his unique ability to write material for families that's both meaningful and fun. His new release, All Kinds of You and Me, reflects on gender, ethnicity, and identity today, as well as the evolving concept of family in America. Featuring folk and kindie stars Rani Arbo, Jennifer Kimball (The Story), Samirah Evans, Debbie Lan, Mark Erelli, and producer Anand Nayak, the album again won gold medals from both Parents' Choice and NAPPA and was voted the #2 Album of the Year by the Fids & Kamily Industry Critics' Poll. Parents' Choice called it "everything children’s music can and should be."

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Awards

  • 2015 International Songwriting Competition, First Prize for Children’s Music
  • 2015 ASCAP Joe Raposo Children's Music Award
  • 2015 Parents' Choice Gold Medal
  • 2015 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Medal
  • 2015 Fids & Kamily Industry Critics' Poll #2 Album of the Year
  • 2013 GRAMMY Nomination, Best Children's Album
  • 2013 People Magazine Best Kids' Album Pick
  • 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Medal
  • 2013 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Medal
  • 2013 Fids & Kamily Industry Critics' Poll #3 Album of the Year
  • 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Medal
  • 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Medal
  • 2010 Parents' Choice Recommended Award
  • 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Medal
  • 2007 Boston Music Award Nominee, Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year
  • 2006 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition Finalist
  • 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Contest Winner
  • 2004 Great Waters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest Winner
  • 2004 Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest Winner
  • 2004 Telluride Troubadour Competition Honorable Mention
  • 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Contest Finalist




Selected Appearances

  • 92Y Tribecca (New York, NY)
  • Bergen Music Fest (Bergen, Norway)
  • The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA)
  • The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)
  • CBGB's Gallery (New York, NY)
  • Celtic Connections Festival (Glasgow, UK)
  • Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
  • The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Hillsdale, NY)
  • The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Green River Festival (Greenfield, MA)
  • The Guthrie Center (Great Barrington, MA)
  • The Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA)
  • The Kennedy Library (Boston, MA)
  • Music Star (Norderstedt, Germany)
  • Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA)
  • The Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)
  • The Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL)
  • La Pomme d'Eve (Paris, France)
  • The Ram's Head Tavern (Annapolis, MD)
  • Sisters Folk Festival (Sisters, OR)
  • Symphony Space (New York, NY)
  • Toogenblik (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Wolf Trap Theatre-in-the-Woods (Vienna, VA)
  • World Music Cafe (Philadelphia, PA)



Selected Openings and Shared Bills

  • Greg Brown
  • Carlene Carter
  • Peter Case
  • Catie Curtis
  • Kasey Chambers
  • Slaid Cleaves
  • Marshall Crenshaw
  • Guy Davis
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Cliff Eberhardt
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  • Jay Farrar
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Patty Larkin
  • Taj Mahal
  • David Mallett
  • Lori McKenna
  • Lynn Miles
  • Bill Morrissey
  • Peter Mulvey
  • Carrie Newcomer
  • Ellis Paul
  • Kelly Joe Phelps
  • Utah Phillips
  • Willy Porter
  • Bill Staines
  • John Stewart
  • Susan Werner
  • Dan Zanes






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