On Sunday, October 28 at 11am, Boston roots musician and family entertainer Alastair Moock will play a special Halloween show for kids and families at 92Y Tribeca as part of the club's Bring Your Own Kid series. Alastair will be accompanied by his band and will be performing a number of "slightly scary" tunes as well as favorites from his own repertoire. 92Y Tribeca is located at 200 Hudson St. Tickets are $15 and free for kids under 2. For more information and reservations, contact the club at 212-601-1000 or online at www.92y.org/Tribeca.
Like Pete Seeger and others from an earlier generation of folk music, Moock makes little distinction between his own songs and cover material. For him, it's all part of a continuum. His live performances typically feature tunes by Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly, and other folk and blues legends, as well as Moock's own witty contributions to the genre. His shows are raucous affairs, full of audience participation, singing and dancing.
Moock's latest release, These Are My Friends, is his seventh album and second specifically for kids and families. It features several of Moock's friends from the Boston folk and family music scenes, including Rani Arbo, Lori McKenna, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, and Vanessa Trien; plus his wife, author Jane Roper, and twin five-year-old girls, Elsa and Clio. The album won a 2011 NAPPA Gold Award, a 2012 Parents' Choice Silver Award, and was named to multiple Best of the Year lists. Time Out New York calls Moock "a musical descendant of Woody Guthrie [who] refreshes the classic brand of acoustic folk with a zany sense of humor."
Before he launched his family music career in 2009, Alastair Moock was already a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter on the Boston folk scene. Since 1995, he has toured throughout the US and Europe and won top honors at many of the country's most prestigious songwriting contests. He was nominated in 2007 for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe calls him one of "Boston's best and most adventurous songwriters."