Acclaimed Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts is currently touring following the release of his new album ‘A Wonder Working Stone’. As is often the case with Alasdair’s songs, the tracks from A Wonder Working Stone draw heavily on the traditional song culture of Scotland (and, more widely, the British Isles), which is the basis of his musical research. However, that’s only one of the many influences to be felt in the work, which also has nods to rock, baroque, rap and New Orleans marching band musics; Roberts’s extraordinary lyricism takes its place in the lineage of a Scottish literary tradition encompassing modernist poets such as Ian Crichton Smith, Sorley MacLean and Hugh MacDiarmid, back through Robert Burns and Robert Tannahill to the mediaeval ‘makars’ and Gaelic bards of Dark Age Dalriada. At the core of ‘A Wonder Working Stone’ are Alasdair Roberts’ distinctive tenor voice and idiosyncratic open-tuned finger style guitar, which will be on full display when he performs an intimate solo set at The Mill.
Praise for A Wonder Working Stone by Alasdair Roberts & Friends:
“Few, if any, artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional music further.” Uncut 9/10.
“To describe Alasdair Roberts as a singer-songwriter is akin to saying Stephen Hawking is quite interested in physics.” Mojo 4/5.
“A master of scordatura techniques on the guitar… an exceptional lyricist… the sound of new myths and new music being hewn from folk’s stone.” The Wire
Hugh and Moira Taylor will be opening the evening. As always, it will be in the Faed Gallery. Be there by 7:20pm please. Reserved but unpaid tickets will be released for sale at 7:20pm. Tickets are £8.