Alasdair and Ross Whyte are both blogging about their collaboration in Braemar.
The Supernormal festival in Oxfordshire in August includes Alasdair on the programme.
Nothing like amber, in fact. But here we collect the work of Alasdair Roberts, especially the droppings and chaff that don't get mentioned on his official site — this is a remora to that turtle.
If you have links or stuff to contribute, use the Ask or Submit links below, or email to davidjennings at me dot com and I'll do my best to help.
See also the sister site, The Library of Aethers. If this is the stream; that's the pool.
May brings more Roberts/Robertson performances of Hirta Songs around the celtic ray:
Is Bill Callaghan coming back to Europe in August with Alasdair in support?
Un vieil album d’Alasdair Roberts dans les oreilles et le monde devient plus beau…— Julien Courbe (@rockohblogo) April 10, 2014
For anyone who doesn’t check Alasdair’s official site as frequently as this one (bizarrely at least one such person exists), there are quite a few new dates on the live page. But not included there is this puppet show with Shane Connolly in a caravan next Sunday. Ages 5 and over.
A review of the recent Hirta Songs performance in London from the Financial Times: “He sings in a very listenable, endearingly wobbly, occasionally yelping tenor brogue, and has a strong feel for the natural world, as well as a love of droll, poetic word play.”
Want to play Farewell to the Fowler? This transcript of the chords probably flouts all kinds of rights, but may help.
I’m spending next week in Braemar making music with this man… http://t.co/kqtAWvDBnQ— Ross Whyte (@rosswhyte242) April 4, 2014
Martin Carthy has some typically generous words for Alasdair and other singers of a younger generation in this interview.
Point Google Translate or similar at this Dutch review of The Furrow Collective and see what you get.
Robin Robertson returns to his native Aberdeen for this May festival performance with Alasdair.
A quick note about Alasdair’s recent performances in London.
Thursday’s show was curtailed by the late arrival on Alasdair and his Glaswegian friends, following a travel nightmare. Robin Robertson opened with a half-hour reading of his poems, including By Clachan Bridge and Leaving St Kilda. The second set comprised largely a performance of the rest of Hirta Songs, minus the harp and in a slightly different order (I think the first two songs were switched), with each song introduced by Robin. This was followed by two fiddle and guitar tunes by Alasdair and Neil McDermott and a band performance of Waxwing before the venue curfew brought an end to proceedings.
Friday’s Furrow Collective show was all (I think) of the songs from At Our Next Meeting, again slightly reordered, plus, as an encore, a performance of Light of the Moon, from the singing of Packie Byrne (Spotify), accompanied by Marry Waterson and Neill MacColl.
A couple of collaborative festival appearances:
A review of The Furrow Collective gig in Bury last month.