Alistair appeared at The Dog in 2016 & 2018, & after a gap of more than the usual 2 years, he’s back. He cancelled his 2020 appearance a few days beforehand & got out of Oz just before the barriers went up & the world closed down.
For many years, he lived in Canada, where he was active in many aspects of folk song and dance, as a recording artist, radio broadcaster, reviewer, columnist, festival director, dance teacher, university lecturer, and program director at folk music and dance camps. With several visits each year, he continues to make regular appearances in North American folk clubs and festivals, performing solo, or with the Friends of Fiddler’s Green, a band which celebrated its half century in 2021, without maturing in the slightest.
Now he lives in Cornwall, on England’s Mediterranean coast, where he calls dances with the Newlyn Reelers and Tinners, and performs regularly in folk clubs, festivals, pub sessions and several ancient seasonal rituals that require the presence of accordions. When he’s not performing solo, he sings and plays with Peter Wray. He is also a member of the Golowan Band, which leads the processions for the Mazey Day festivities in Penzance, and numerous other Cornish festivals. He joins Bagas Porthia several times a year to take part in St Eia Day celebrations in St Ives, and to lead the guisers around at midwinter.
Audiences at concerts and festivals across North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have responded enthusiastically to his performances, covering the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art – all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion.
Support – Sophie has sung in folk scenes throughout Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, and internationally during covid when she and Margaret Walters took singing sessions online from Alaska to Paris. She performs with Sydney a capella groups The Fossickers, Andsome Friends and Song Brother, and is a lead in Clark Gormley’s Sydney the Folk Musical coming up soon at the National Folk Festival. Here she will showcase her solo voice, in collaboration with some friends.
Disability access. Back Hall, Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale
doors open 7 for 7.30 start, light supper available, BYO. $20/18 – CASH AT DOOR
15th April (3rd Sat) – Madeleine Gray (UK & Vic) + Ian Mcintosh
27th May – Karen Law (Qld) + Baggage & Stuff