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Crushing Death & Grief: Alasdair Roberts + Ian. A Anderson

April 1 @ 8:00 pm BST

Ian A. Anderson and Alisdair Roberts at Crushing Grief and Death

Ian A. Anderson and Alasdair Roberts play a double headliner at The Blue Moon, Cambridge, as part of the Crushing Grief and Death Series.


Over 25 years since he first emerged into the public consciousness as the leader of Appendix Out, the didactic folkist Alasdair Roberts continues to enthral with his very particular take on traditional Scottish music. Whether reinterpreting existing material from the repertoire or conjuring up his own original lore his distinctively persistent and crisp voice carries tales of love and death across histories, both actual and perceived, into the here and now. Whether solo or as one of his numerous collaborations (with the likes of Alex Nielson, Jason Molina, Will Oldham, or as part of BBC Radio 2 Folk award winners, The Furrow Collective) Roberts splices the familiar with the uncommon to create music that is at once immediate and apparent, yet tantalisingly other and warranting persistence. His long association with the estimable Drag City continues into 2023 with his latest release, “Grief in the Kitchen and Mirth in the Hall”, a collection of twelve traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond, delivered in his inimitable style.


Ian A. Anderson began his musical career in the mid 1960s, heavily influenced by old country blues players, before taking a left-swerve in the early ’70s with a trio of psych-folk albums for the pioneering and now highly collectable independent label Village Thing. He eventually settled into a personal and notably English style drawn from traditional folk, blues, old-time and world roots musics, making some dozen albums with projects such as Hot Vultures (with Maggie Holland), the English Country Blues Band and Tiger Moth. More recent collaborations include activities with PiL’s Lu Edmonds and 3 Mustaphas 3’s Ben Mandelson and a double-header partnership with Northumbrian traditional music master Alistair Anderson.


April 1
8:00 pm BST
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The Blue Moon
2 Norfolk St
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 2LF United Kingdom
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