Alasdair Roberts appears at Ropery Hall day after latest album released

Just a day after his latest album, Pangs, is released Alasdair Roberts appears at Ropery Hall in the company of bassist Stevie Jones and drummer Alex Neilson.

Playing at the Maltkiln Road venue as part of Mad Dog Folk’s monthly folk nights, Alasdair is based in Glasgow Scotland.

He has worked with Drag City Records since 1997, firstly releasing three albums of self-written material under the name Appendix Out and then several albums under his own name, the most recent until now being A Wonder Working Stone by Alasdair Roberts & Friends (Drag City, 2013).

“His work mainly consists of two parallel strands: self-written song material (which can be heard on albums such as Farewell Sorrow, The Amber Gatherers, Spoils and A Wonder Working Stone) and interpretations of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond (which can be heard on albums such as The Crook of My Arm, No Earthly Man and Too Long In This Condition),” said Mick Harding of promoters Mad Dog Folk.

“He  has collaborated widely with many different musicians throughout his musical career, including the Scottish Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison, as well as with artists from other disciplines such as puppeteers (Shane Connolly, with whom he worked on a puppet theatre interpretation of the Scottish folk play ‘Galoshins’), film makers (including Luke Fowler, contributing a soundtrack to his film ‘All Divided Selves’) and, most recently, a poet (fellow Scot Robin Robertson, with whom he made the 2013 album Hirta Songs).

A tireless gigging musician, Alasdair has toured extensively throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, North America and Australia, both alone and with various bands and collaborators.

In 2013 Alasdair became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Emily Portman. The Furrow Collective has released two albums 2014’s At Our Next Meeting and last autumn’s  Wild Hog.

The Furrow Collective was nominated in the 2015 and 2016 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and  Alasdair was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year in the 2013 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

The Alasdair Roberts Trio will be on stage on Saturday (February 25) starting at 8pm.  Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380

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