Braemar Residency: New Approaches to Traditional Music

‘New Approaches to Traditional Music’ is the name of a musical residency which Alasdair is undertaking with Aberdeen-based composer Ross Whyte, initiated by Sound Festival and Woodend Barn, Banchory.

Ross and Alasdair have just spent a week in Braemar, Deeside, developing their collaboration. They will spend some more time in Braemar throughout the year and the residency will culminate in a performance at this year’s Sound Festival in late October or early November.

A blog relating the residency has been set up and can be viewed here.

In other news: please check the Live page of this website for details of upcoming solo gigs by Alasdair in Leicester, Sheffield and Carnforth on 23rd, 25th and 26th April respectively.

March gigs

Alasdair has some solo gigs in England this month: March 21st in Guildford, March 22nd in Brighton and March 23rd in Bristol. Then there’s the previously mentioned Outlandish Nights event in London on 27th-29th March, in which Alasdair is involved. Please check out the ‘Live’ page of this website for more details.

Outlandish Nights

Alasdair Roberts and award-winning Scottish poet Robin Robertson will present a one-off full-band performance of Hirta Songs, their album about the archipelago of St Kilda, at a special festival named Outlandish Nights at Kings Place in London on 27th March. Alasdair will also perform as part of The Furrow Collective on 28th March. Here is more information about Outlandish Nights.

The Furrow Collective

Alasdair Roberts is part of The Furrow Collective along with Emily Portman, Rachel Newton and Lucy Farrell. The Furrow Collective tour in the UK in February 2014 in support of their album release At Our Next Meeting – check out the tour dates here.

A Recent Recording

Please follow this link to hear a recent recording by Alasdair Roberts & James Green of ‘The Ugly Mountain’, a song with words by Timothy Neat. ‘The Ugly Mountain’ was first released on a CD entitled Between the Late and the Early which was produced for the 187th Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, 2013.


Happy Soul Records releases Alasdair Roberts & Ivor Kallin performing The Legend of Saint Columba’s Oxter Packet on one side of a seven-inch single with Jesus Christ (aka Eric Gaffney ex-Grey Matter, Sebadoh) performing America’s Drug and The Newts and the Salamanders.

The single comes in a limited edition of 300, on Saint John’s Wort coloured yellow vinyl, and is available from the Happy Soul Records website.


Alasdair Roberts has just finished a recording session with Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton. The session took place near Sheffield and was recorded by Andy Bell. The results of the session will be released next year.

Some upcoming concert appearances have been added to the Live page of this website, including:

Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival on 23rd August
Ullapool on 24th August
Inver Cottage, Argyll on 6th September
London Kings Place on 13th September
Brighton The Green Door Store on 14th September
Glasgow Platform – Eastern Promise on 4th October
London The Slaughtered Lamb on 2nd December


Alasdair Roberts is doing a solo gig on 13th August at The Star Folk Club (Live at the Star) which is now held at The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow. Tickets are £9, doors at 8pm. Tel 0141 563 0454

North American Tour underway

The July 2013 North American tour of Alasdair Roberts & Friends will soon be underway. The first date is on Saturday 12th July at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Please check the ‘Live’ page of this website for more information on all North American tour dates.

The line-up for this tour is:

Alasdair Roberts: acoustic guitar, voice
Stevie Jones: upright bass, voice
Ben Reynolds, electric guitar, harmonica, voice

North American Tour Dates Announced

Alasdair Roberts & Friends’ North American tour dates can now be found on the ‘Live’ page of this website, kicking off at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on 13th July.