Al Stewart Announces Acoustic Tour
... (Prog) Al Stewart
will return to the UK for a 12-date tour in October. It's set to be an acoustic affair, with the exception of his appearance with a full band at London's Albert Hall, where he'll play 1976 classic "Year Of The Cat" in full. Scots-born Stewart, who grew up in Dorset and moved to Los Angeles in the 70s, is joined by long-time collaborator Dave Nachmanoff on the road. His most recent studio album was 2008′s Sparks of Ancient Light, and he released a live record with Nachmanoff entitled Uncorked in 2010. more on this story Prog Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Prog Magazine - Excerpted here with permission. Al Stewart
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Al Stewart to play benefit gig to save West Yorkshire boozer
... a community asset, and is now putting together a bid to secure its future. Among a range of fundraising activities, the group has already successfully secured funding from a national network of community organisations to help establish it as an incorporated body enabling it to bid to take over the Holywell Inn. Al Stewart
said: "I am proud to be able to support such a worthwhile cause and to help the community in Holywell Green. When John asked me to help I didn't hesitate to become involved." www.holywellinn.co.uk Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Al Stewart
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Interview: Al Stewart (Part 1)
Al Stewart (September 5, 1945)
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Alastair Ian Stewart was born in Glasgow, the only child of Joan Stewart, a Northamptonshire-born widow, and daughter of a professional trumpet player. Al's father was tragically killed when his plane exploded in March 1945; he was not quite 25 years old. Al's pregnant mother went first to live with her father-in-law at Greenock, and later moved to the South-West of England and sent her son to boarding school. Many of Al's earlier songs were inspired by his boyhood and youth.
After leaving school Al would move to London where he became a well known figure on the Folk circuit before eventually relocating to California.
During his teens, Al played in a group called The Sabres along with Tony Blackburn, who would go on to become a BBC DJ; later he traded his electric guitar for an acoustic one, and single-handedly invented historical Folk Rock.
His first album, Bedsitter Images, was rather strangely orchestrated; his second album Love Chronicles featured an epic song, the title track, about his life and loves to date, and was named Folk Album Of The Year by Melody Maker in January 1970. Over the next 30 and more years Al performed solo, with a full band and with other guitarists such as Laurence Juber, producing a steady stream of memorable songs with beautiful melodies and dazzling or simply hilarious lyrics on subject as diverse as Nazi war criminals, mystics, politicians, prostitutes and people who wear red toupees.
His devoted fan base believes he has never achieved the commercial success he deserves; by far his biggest hit was his 1976 single "Year Of The Cat
The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal.