Saturday, May 25, 2013

ON TOUR: Alasdair Roberts

From the desks of Drag City:

(photo: Alex Woodward)
Summer 2013, will likely be a memorable one, with Alasdair Roberts & Friends heading to the states and Canada for an extensive tour in support of A Wonder Working Stone, which came out on Drag City last January, which continues Alasdair's long-standing love affair and deeply creative interaction with the traditional music of has native Scotland (and beyond), offering an idiosyncratic and nuanced radicalization of that tradition. Indeed, he questions the very notion of 'tradition' in the modern age, with songs addressing topics such as mortality (as ever), life, love, sex, faith and history. Make sure to come out and share in the experience!
Sat. 7/13: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Sun. 7/14: Chicago, IL @ Square Roots Festival
Mon. 7/15: Chicago, IL @ Downtown Sound: New Music Monday Series
Tue. 7/16: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Wed. 7/17: Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Thu. 7/18: New Salem, MA @ 1794 Meetinghouse
Fri. 7/19:  Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival
Sun. 7/21: Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Mon. 7/22: Kalamazoo, MI @ The 411 Club
Tue. 7/23: Cedar Rapids, IA @ CSPS
Wed. 7/24: Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
Fri. 7/26: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
Sat. 7/27: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
Sun. 7/28: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
Mon. 7/29: Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
Wed. 7/31: Washington, DC @ Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center
Thu. 8/1: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
“Few, if any, artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional music further.” 
Graeme Thomson, Uncut, rating: 9/10

“It's funny, touching, thoughtful, more than a little bit weird...and rather wonderful."
Colin Irwin, MOJO, rating: ★★★★
"Alasdair Roberts knows what is at stake if we are to peer behind tradition's veil and hear folk music as living and new. His attitude to the tradition is clear and iconoclastic." Nick Southgate, WIRE, Issue 347

"His themes are universal and mystical, yet never beholden to the images and phrasings of the past" Nick Southgate, WIRE, Issue 347

"Alasdair Roberts writes new songs that seem to be hundreds of years old. He also sings songs that are hundreds of years old but sound like they were written yesterday. He is the most exciting young musician currently working within the folk tradition of these islands and is, in my opinion, a kind of genius.” --Robin Robertson

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