‘The Fiery Margin’ Tour

October 2019 will see Alasdair touring in Scotland and England in support of his most recent Drag City LP/CD release The Fiery Margin. All dates are with Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (viola), Alex Neilson (drums) and Stevie Jones (bass) (except *solo); Mary Hampton will join the group for the London concert only.

OCTOBER 2019
17th: GLASGOW The Blue Arrow
18th: ST MONANS Futtle Organic*
19th: EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
20th: NEWCASTLE Gosforth Civic Theatre
21st: MANCHESTER The Talleyrand
22nd: TODMORDEN The Golden Lion
23rd: BRISTOL Colston Hall
24th: LONDON St John on Bethnal Green
25th: BRIGHTON The Rose Hill*
26th: SHEFFIELD The HUBS*

Green Ribbons

Green Ribbons is a new project focussing on unaccompanied singing and currently featuring Debbie Armour, Frankie Armstrong, Jinnwoo and Alasdair Roberts. Green Ribbons’ self-titled debut album will be released on 25th June 2019 on Belgian record label Matière Mémoire.

Okraina Records is releasing Au Cube, a collaboration between French singing trio Tartine de Clous, Scottish fiddler Neil McDermott and Alasdair Roberts. It was recorded in residency at the Cube Cinema, Bristol in December 2017 (with additional recording at The Old Dentist in London). The quintet will tour in support of the release from 29th November until 5th December 2018.

POSTPONEMENT

The Edinburgh gig at Sneaky Pete’s by Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness scheduled for 28th September has been postponed until 15th February 2019.

New Recording

Alasdair recently did some recording in Brighton with singers Debbie Armour, Frankie Armstrong and Ben Webb. Watch this space for developments.

What News

On 23rd March 2018 Drag City Records will release What News, a new album by Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse and David McGuinness. A collection of eight traditional Scots ballads arranged for piano, voice and electronics, it was recorded by Neil McDermott in Glasgow and mastered by Calum Malcolm in Edinburgh.

The What News album launch will take place at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow on Tuesday 27th March. Cucina Povera will perform an opening set.

Here are some kind words about What News from the great English folk singer Shirley Collins:

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been so excited and enthralled by an album, an immediate response to those first beautiful, brave and brilliant opening notes of ‘The Dun Broon Bride’. There is an urgency to Alasdair Roberts’ commanding performances – a need for the story to be told – that underlines each of his interpretations of the ballads.
He has never sung better nor more fearlessly, yet with such subtlety, gravity and beauty.

The arrangements written and played by keyboard genius David McGuinness and Amble Skuse work perfectly with the ballads – uncompromising, spirited, thrilling, tender and heart-breaking. Audacious, too. Their pride and confidence in their Scots ballad tradition is clear in every note. The quality and brilliance of the sound is like stars bursting in your bloodstream!

What News is a triumph – a masterpiece; a powerful and intriguing album that demands and holds your attention. Album of the Year? Album of the Decade, I’d say.

Howls

Film director Catriona MacInnes, who made the pop video for the song ‘Pangs’ from Alasdair’s album of the same name, has recently directed a new short film. The drama, entitled Howls, is a Third Film Production and features music and performance from Alasdair and friends.

Howie Reeve Album

Alasdair sings guest vocals on the new album Not So Secret Garden by Howie Reeve. The album is a joint release by Red Wig and Mon Cul and can be found on Howie’s Bandcamp page.

BBC Radio Two Folk Awards

Delighted to announce that The Furrow Collective (Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts) have won the award of Best Group at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards.