A slew of new tour dates have been added to the Live page of this website.
Alasdair spent a week in Montreal, playing two concerts – one at Casa del Popolo (thanks to everybody there) and one under a motorway/freeway flyover beside a railway/railroad track (thanks to Lisa Gambletron for organising this). Other Scots visiting Montreal as part of the same project (which was generously funded by Creative Scotland) were: Tattie Toes (in duo form), Sarah Kenchington and The One Ensemble. Alasdair played alone for both gigs and also joined Sarah Kenchington for a song in both of her sets on one of her newest home-made instruments. There is a blog in development about the trip here. Check back there for updates!
Alasdair just enjoyed solo appearances at festivals in Gatehouse of Fleet and Leigh-on-Sea (where he was joined by Olivia Chaney on a couple of songs) – many thanks to the people of those places who facilitated these performances. The next live appearance is at Schlachtfest Sigmaringen in Germany on 21st July. Alasdair won’t be playing a musical gig – he’ll be collaborating with Shane Connolly of Sokobauno Puppet Theatre again on their co-production of the Scottish folk play ‘Galoshins’ which originally toured in October 2011. Of course, he’ll have his guitar with him in Germany so there’s bound to be a song or two also at some point.
It won’t be his usual beautiful guitar hand-made in Glasgow in the early seventies by Les Brown but rather his still eminently playable K Yairi, as the Les guitar was damaged (but not irreparably) on a budget airline flight between Belfast and Glasgow.