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NEWS

Alastair has just released 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 ORDER IT HERE!

Moock’s latest family album is also available. 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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Boston-based singer-songwriter Alastair Moock made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit starting in 1995, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing major venues including the Newport Folk Festival and Norway’s Bergen Music Fest. He won songwriter contests at the Falcon Ridge, Sisters, and Great Waters folk festivals and was nominated for a 2007 Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year.

Still, critical success did not translate into commercial success. When his twin daughters were born in 2006, Moock concluded it was time to move on. As his swan song, he decided to make one more album: a tribute both to his own newborn daughters and to a generation of musical heroes — Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt — who wrote and played, proudly and undiscriminatingly, for both adults and kids.

The album, A Cow Says Moock, became Moock’s most successful project to date. It led to three more family albums which together garnered most of the top awards in American children’s music, including a 2013 GRAMMY Nomination for the album he made with his daughter, Clio, after she was diagnosed with leukemia (she’s now healthy and doing great).

Moock never stopped playing concerts for adults, but he did have a long dry spell where new 'grownup' material just didn't seem to come to him. The spell finally broke last year when he realized he needed "to get past the songs of my 20s and 30s and start writing from the perspective of who I am now: a father, a husband, a guy who's been through some stuff."

He brought his new material to his old friend Mark Erelli (Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter trio) who signed on as producer and brought in some of the top talent in the area, including Marco Giovino on drums (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller) and Marty Ballou on bass (Peter Wolf, John Hammond Jr.). The end result is ten shimmering new originals, plus a cover of an Erelli tune, that evoke a wide breadth of American musical textures: early Nashville, country blues, Western swing, a tinge of gospel. But most of all, the album is infused with the kind of intimate storyteller's approach at which Moock excels.

The songs on ALASTAIR MOOCK touch on death and love, politics, marriage and family, big universal questions and minute everyday observations. It’s a hard album to pin down, but then Moock has always been a hard songwriter to pin down. "I don’t care who I'm singing to," he says, "I just want to tell stories."

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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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