In a Nutshell
Alastair Moock is a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, three-time NAPPA Gold Award Winner, and now a 2014 Grammy Nominee for Best Children’s Album. 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 "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 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. 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. Both that album and its follow-up, These Are My Friends, were 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. With the help of an amazing fundraising campaign and the musical talents of friends including co-producer Anand Nayak, Chris Smither, Aoife O’Donovan, Rani Arbo, Mark Erelli, The Okee Dokee Brothers, and (fellow 2014 Grammy nominee) Elizabeth Mitchell, Moock released Singing Our Way Through in July, 2013. Since then, more than 2,000 albums have been distributed to hospitals, cancer organizations and patient families around the country.
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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 Award
- 2013, 2011, 2010 NAPPA Gold Award
- 2011 Parents Choice Silver Award
- 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