In a Nutshell
Alastair Moock is a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner and three-time NAPPA Gold Award Winner. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, he turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin girls in 2006. The Boston Globe calls him "a Tom Waits for your tots" and Time Out New York calls him "a musical descendant of Woody Guthrie [who] refreshes the classic brand of acoustic folk with a zany sense of humor." Alastair Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!
Beyond the Nut
Nearly twenty years into his career on the international folk circuit, Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself: He is an artist 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 all the way down to preschoolers, and he
plays everything from nightclubs to theaters 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, Massachusetts.
After honing his skills on Boston's open mike stages and working his way up through the local coffeehouse and club circuit,
he began touring around the U.S. By 2002, he had traveled extensively throughout the East and Midwest, performing at some
of the top listening rooms and outdoor events in the country, including the Newport, Falcon Ridge, and Boston
Folk Festivals, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, The Birchmere in Washington D.C., and
The Bluebird Café in Nashville. In 2003 he made his
first trip to Europe, where he performed at the prestigious Bergen Music Fest in Norway. Since then he has made numerous
trips across the pond with appearances in Scandinavia, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.
In 2007, on the heels of Fortune Street, his fifth album and second on CoraZong Records, Moock was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer/Songwriter
of the Year. The Boston Globe calls him "one of the town's best and most adventurous
songwriters" and The Washington Post says "every song is a gem."
Throughout his career, Moock had worked with and 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 students throughout the state. That same year, he released his first family music album, A Cow Says Moock. That album and its follow-up, These Are My Friends, were both met with critical acclaim.
But it is Moock’s newest album, Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids, which is nearest and dearest to his heart. In July of 2012, one of Alastair’s daughter’s was diagnosed with leukemia. 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 – the love, the pride, the (surprising amount of) joy, and some of the more difficult parts too.
Moock decided he wanted to record an album for other families traveling similar paths. He was joined by friends and collaborators from the world of Americana music, including blues legend Chris Smither, folk singer Aoife O’Donovan, and family music artists Rani Arbo, The Okee Dokee Brothers (2013 Grammy-winners, Best Children’s Album), Elizabeth Mitchell (2013 Grammy-nominee, Best Children’s Album), and co-producer Anand Nayak. The album was released in July, 2013 and, in less than two months, was distributed to more than 1,500 patient families around the country. Ongoing distribution and live concerts for patients have since become a major part of Alastair’s work.
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