Got this in the email today so thought I'd share with y'all:
Below is some information about Scottish singer Alistair Hulett who is touring New Zealand in January/February 2005.
Alistair has long had a reputation as a left-wing thinker and a singer who gives voice to some of the burning issues in society – including workers' struggles, asbestos poisoning, unemployment, the plight of minorities such as Gypsies and refugees. Alistair lived for some time in NZ and Australia, and many of his songs are about issues from Down Under.
His latest CD Red Clydeside tells the story of the charismatic leader John Maclean and the Scottish workers' opposition to the slaughter of World War One. In addition Alistair is a fine singer of traditional Scottish songs and ballads and an entertaining performer. His website is www.folkicons.co.uk/alistair
So, if you're wondering where the politics went out of folk music, if you want to hear a singer who's passionate about voicing important issues, or you just want to enjoy Scottish music and a great night out, check out Alistair's itinerary below and go to the concerts. Alistair plays in Taranaki, Auckland, Upper Hutt, Takaka, Auckland Folk Festival, Nelson and I'd be grateful if you could also pass this on to other Green or musical friends.
Thanks very much
Gill Winter, NZ tour agent
FLYING PIGLETS PRESENT
Powerful original songs, traditional Scots ballads
Alistair Hulett is a powerful and impassioned singer who proudly carries on the folk tradition of the singer as social and political commentator, protester and witness bearer. "One of the defining voices of Scottish music’ said Folk on Tap.
Alistair's original songs cover a range of topics from life on the mean city streets to union struggles on the barricades, from love songs to songs about the plight of refugees and Gypsies.
The Scots-born singer, guitarist, songwriter and former front man of the Sydney based band Roaring Jack built quite a reputation for himself during the twenty five years he spent in Australia as one of the Folk/Punk scene’s most outspoken exponents.
At the same time Alistair was also making his mark on the folk festival circuit around New Zealand and Australia as a fine performer of traditional and self penned songs, backed by his distinctive modal-tuned acoustic guitar. His debut solo release, Dance Of The Underclass is still regarded by many as one of the classic Australian folk albums.
When Alistair left Australia in 1996 to return to his native Glasgow, his new collaboration with veteran British fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick, had already produced their much acclaimed CD release, Saturday Johnny & Jimmy The Rat, and a farewell tour that took the pair round all the major Australian cities. Since then Alistair Hulett and Dave Swarbrick have enthralled audiences throughout Britain, with several national tours and a welcome return jaunt Down Under in 1998.
Alistair has also established a solid career as a solo performer. In Sleepy Scotland, his CD of mainly traditional ballads, elicited a glowing response from the now renamed but still as influential Froots magazine, concluding with ‘ a powerful album that demands, – and deserves – one’s full attention and definitely merits seeking out.’
In contrast to the mainly traditional bias of In Sleepy Scotland, the follow-up album, Red Clydeside, saw Dave Swarbrick back on fiddle duties and the emphasis once again fully focussed on Hulett’s own writing. Red Clydeside relates the story of the massive opposition by the workers of Industrial Scotland, led by the charismatic John Maclean, to the slaughter of the First World War. Alistair will present Red Clydeside at Auckland Folk Festival.
Alistair Hulett tours New Zealand solo from 22 January to 7 February 2005. He is a headline guest at Auckland Folk Festival and at Waihi Bush Music Festival (Woodbury, near Geraldine)
NZ TOUR ITINERARY:
Sat 22 Jan 8pm The Upstairs Room, Taranaki. Info: 06 754 6928 or http://www.flyingpiglets.co.nz">www.flyingpiglets.co.nz
Sun 23 Jan 8pm Devonport Folk Club. Info and bookings 09 445 2227.
Tues 25 Jan 8pm Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt. Bookings 04 527 2168 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.expressions.org.nz
Thurs 27 Jan 9pm The Mussel Inn, Takaka.
28 – 31 Jan Auckland Folk Festival. www.aucklandfolkfestival.org
Wed 2 Feb Acoustic Routes, Nelson. Info: 03 546 7262
Thurs 3 – Sun 6 Feb Waihi Bush Music Festival, Woodbury, near Geraldine. Info 03 692 2889 or email@example.com
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT ALISTAIR HULETT:
'an intense singer, radiating conviction, and a genuinely imaginative lyricist’. – Folk Roots
'A powerful album that demands, – and deserves – one’s full attention and definitely merits seeking out.’ – Froots magazine reviewing Alistair's solo album In Sleepy Scotland
The Living Tradition praised Hulett’s command of traditional ballads and suggested ‘if you’ve seen him live you’ll want to buy this. If you buy it you’ll want to see him live'
'A singer, songwriter and interpreter of traditional song par excellence,’ whose knack for song writing ‘propels him into greatness.' Sing Out
TOUR CONTACT: www.flyingpiglets.co.nz Gill Winter ph 06 754 6928 firstname.lastname@example.org