Alistair HULETT im Cobbler's Irish Pub in Germering, 13.Mai.2002
Alistair Hulett was born in Glasgow and discovered traditional music in his early teens. In 1968 he and his family moved to New Zealand where he established a reputation on the folk circuit with his large repertoire of songs and his interpretation of the big narrative ballads.
In 1971, at the age of eighteen, Alistair moved over to Australia. For a couple of years he sang his way around Australia's festivals and clubs before "going bush" for several years. During this time he began to write his own songs and, following a two year stint on the "hippy trail" in India, he returned to Australia in 1979 to find the punk movement in full swing. He joined in with the garage ethos in a band called The Furious Chrome Dolls.
In the early 80's Alistair was again performing folk material around Sydney and was a founding member of a five piece punk folk outfit called ROARING JACK.
For the next five years the Jacks made a startling impression on the Australian music scene. Their first album, "Street Celtabillity", was released in 1986 and reached No. 1 on the local Indie charts. By the time the second album, "The Cat Among The Pigeons" was released in 1988 the band were headlining in major Australian rock venues as well as opening for overseas acts including BILLY BRAGG, THE POGUES and THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG. The second album was nominated for an Australian Music Industry Association (ARIA) award and was released in Europe by the German label Intercord.
Alistair's solo work was always a part of the Jacks live shows and offers to appear at festivals and clubs in his own right drew him further back into the folk orbit. By 1989 his songs were being extensively covered by several stalwarts of the Australian folk establishment, most notably JOHN McAUSLAN and KATE DELANEY & GORDON McINTYRE. The demise of Roaring Jack coincided with this period and after the release of their third album, "Through The Smoke of Innocence", the band decided to call it a day despite another ARIA nomination.
Alistair's first solo CD, "Dance of the Underclass", was recorded in 1991. Completely acoustic, with contributions from other members of Roaring Jack, the album was instantly hailed as a folk classic and proved to be the turning point in Alistair's return to the folk fold. His position as one of the most influential musicians on the Australian scene was now beyond dispute. In the U.K. his song "He Fades Away" was picked up by ROY BAILEY and by JUNE TABOR and later by ANDY IRVINE. All three performers recorded uniquely different but thoroughly compelling interpretations of the song.
Rather than follow with more of the same Alistair recorded his solo CD with a return to the punk fuelled energy of the days with Roaring Jack. "In the Backstreets of Paradise" was a collection of songs originally intended as the next Jack's release and rather than let the songs go to waste Alistair formed an acoustic outfit called THE HOOLIGANS to complete the cycle. The album caught some of Alistair's new found admirers among the purists unawares but during the next two years The Hooligans won them over with blistering live performances at every major folk festival in Australia. In the meantime Alistair continued his solo gigs with an ever growing reliance on the traditional songs that have always formed the backbone of his writing.
In 1995 Alistair compiled a collection of songs that owed little to punk ad everything to the Folk Revival that inspired him in the sixties. "Saturday Johnny and Jimmy The Rat" was originally intended as a solo affair in homage to the likes of EWAN MacCOLL, JEANNIE ROBERTSON and DAVIE STEWART as well as an acknowledgment of the time when the folk movement was a vital political and musical force. At the time DAVE SWARBRICK was living in Australia and Alistair toyed with the idea of inviting Swarb to join him in the studio.
Nothing more would have come of the notion had it not been for a 'phone call from a riend saying that Swarb wouldn't mind working with the bloke who had written "The Swaggies Have All Waltzed Matilda Away". Thus was forged a musical partnership that has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
Following a hugely successful Australian tour the duo returned to the U.K. A triumphant perormance at Sidmouth in 1996 was broadcast by the BBC and was followed by a live in studio session a few weeks later. Since then Alistair and Dave have toured extensively in the U.K., returned to Australia for another successful tour and recorded their second album together. "The Cold Grey Light of Dawn" was enthusiastically received and gathered some impressive reviews.
Alistair, based once again in Glasgow, continues to work solo and with Swarb. He has also written, and performs, three workshop presentations, each one lasting approximately 90 minutes. "From Blackheath To Trafalgar Square" looks at "insurrection and resistance in the Disunited Kingdom" from the Peasants' Revolt to the Poll Tax Riots. "The Fire Last Time" is a study of the protest song movement of the 1960's and "Red Clydeside" examines the working class unrest on the Clyde between 1915 and 1920. For details of current activities check the gig page on Alistair's homepage.
Internet: Alistair Hulett Official Website
eine Veranstaltung des The Munich Folk Club /D.I.F. Bayern
am Montag, den 13.Mai 2002 im Cobbler's Irish Pub
Beginn: 20:00 Einlass: 19:00 Eintritt: 7,00 €
Kartenverkauf im Cobbler's Irish Pub ab 13.April
Telefonische Kartenbestellung unter: 089 - 894 46 159
Weitere Musikveranstaltungen im Cobbler's soweit bisher angekündigt für die Saison 2002/3: Andy Irvine, Burning Biscuit Band, Jake Walton & Eric Liorzou, The Tannahill Weavers, Pipeline, Ben Sands & Breandan Monaghan.
1991 - "Dance of the Underclass" (Red Rattler, RATCD 001)
1994 - "In The Back Streets Of Paradise" (Red Rattler, RATCD 002)
Seit kurzem werden jetzt die älteren CDs von Alistair Hulett in Deutschland neu verlegt, und zwar bei:
JUMPUP RECORDS ("linker Plattenversand")
Fax: 0049-421-49 88 535