A Cow Says Moock
A Cow Says Moock is Alastair Moock's sixth album and first specifically for kids and families. The album, inspired by the birth of his twin daughters, is clearly a departure for Moock, but longtime fans will not be surprised by this new direction. Alastair has been working with and performing for kids for many years between stints on the road. In 2002, he brought his roots hootenanny, Pastures of Plenty, to the family stage at the Newport Folk Festival. For the last several years, he has been doing educational performances and workshops on Woody Guthrie and songwriting at schools from Massachusetts to Poland. Since releasing the album, he has been playing to full houses of enthusiastic families throughout New England. The shows, generally performed with his Rowdy Roots band, are high energy romps that get kids singing, jumping, and dancing. A Cow Says Moock, in addition to winning high praise from such standard-bearers as the School Library Journal, Midwest Book Review, and Sing Out! Magazine, has won a 2010 NAPPA Gold Award and Parents' Choice "Recommended" Award, and was a Boston Children's Music Favorite Album of the Year. Jeff Bogle of Out With the Kids put it in his "running top ten list" for the year, calling it "a classy, stunning work." The songs on A Cow blend tradition, tenderness, and inspired silliness. There is a distinct arc to the album - building up and releasing steam as it moves along, and finally giving way to a sweet slumber at the end. There are four covers on the record - tributes to American musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Huddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter, Mississippi John Hurt, and Taj Mahal (via a song adapted from Henry Thomas's earlier version). The seven originals are cut from the same cloth. As silly as they get (and several get awfully silly) or as contemporary the subject matter (particularly in the case of "Two Mommies"), the songs are all painted in the vibrant hues of America's roots music heritage. As implied by the album's subtitle, these songs are intended to be enjoyed by kids (of various ages) and parents alike. It's clear from the first song that both the humor and the musicality work on multiple levels. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. In 2000 he started a roots music series called Pastures of Plenty which continues to bring together some of the region's best songwriters and musicians for shows that The Boston Globe calls "the hippest hootenannies in town." He was nominated in 2007 for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year.