Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Alastair Moock, critically acclaimed Boston folk songwriter, will present a lecture recital at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in Eastern's Student Center. The presentation is part of the Eastern's University Hour series. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Moock will discuss performing for young people; his process of writing and adapting songs; his passion for American roots music; and the music of Woody Guthrie, with whom he is often compared. Similar to Guthrie, Moock uses simple harmonic forms and tight rhythm patterns to illuminate contemporary topics. His mix of his own music, spoken word pieces, storytelling, traditional blues and ballads prove to be a can't miss show. The Boston Globe says Moock is "one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters and the Washington Post says of his music "every song is a gem,"."
Moock has been awarded numerous awards and was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding singer/songwriter of the year in 2007.
In 2010, Moock released his first children's album, "A Cow Says Moock." In recognition of the album, he received the Recommended Award by the Parents' Choice Foundation, which honors music for children.
Moock has performed all over the world in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands, just to name a few of the countries he has visited. He also serves as impresario of a roots music series called "Pastures of Plenty," which serves to help intersect the contemporary and traditional styles with a wide-range of players.