In a Nutshell
Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents' Choice Gold Medal Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal 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 Boston Globe calls him calls him "one of the town's best and most adventurous
songwriters" and The Washington Post says "every song is a gem." 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 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 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 performed at some of the top listening rooms and outdoor events in the country, including the Newport and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, 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, Germany, Belgium, France, 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.
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. Both that album and its follow-up, 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, which became nearest and dearest to his heart. In July of 2012, one of Alastair’s daughters was diagnosed with leukemia (she’s now doing great). 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. With the help of an amazing fundraising campaign, Moock released Singing Our Way Through in July, 2013. Since then, nearly 3,000 albums have been distributed to hospitals, cancer organizations and patient families around the country.
This June, Moock will release 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. Like Thomas, Moock gathers an impressive group of musical friends to contribute to All Kinds of You and Me, 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