In a Nutshell
Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The New York Times calls him "a Tom Waits for kids" and The Boston Globe declares that, "in the footsteps of [Pete] Seeger and [Woody] Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy." Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!
Beyond the Nut
Nearly 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, for all occasions.
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's Webcast, and received top honors from Parents' Choice and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) as well as a 2014 Grammy nomination for Children's Album of the Year. With the help of a fantastic fundraising campaign, over 3,000 copies of the album have been distributed to families through hospitals and cancer organizations around the country.
This June, Moock releases a new album: All Kinds of You and Me. The project is largely inspired by Marlo Thomas' landmark 1972 album Free To Be... You and Me. For that groundbreaking release, Thomas gathered musical friends to celebrate individuality, tolerance, and changing cultural ideas about gender roles. Moock's new album builds on those themes, reflecting on gender, ethnicity, and identity today, as well as the evolving concept of family in America. Moock, like Thomas, gathered an impressive group of contributors, including Rani Arbo (of Daisy Mayhem fame), producer Anand Nayak (who frequently performs with Moock and Arbo), Jennifer Kimball (of The Story), Samirah Evans, Debbie Lan, and Mark Erelli.
Awards and Accolades
- 2014 GRAMMY Nomination, Best Children's Album
- 2013 People Magazine Best Kids' Album Pick
- 2013 Fids & Kamily Poll #3 Album of the Year
- 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Medal
- 2013, 2011, 2010 NAPPA Gold Medal
- 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Medal
- Nominee, 2007 Boston Music Award, Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year
- Finalist, 2006 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition
- Winner, 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Contest
- Winner, 2004 Great Waters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
- Winner, 2004 Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
- Finalist, 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
- Honorable Mention, 2004 Telluride Troubadour Competition
- Finalist, 2002 USA Songwriting Competition