If you haven't heard of Al Stewart, check out his official website
, the stories behind a few dozen of his songs on SongFacts
, and videos of the man himself on YouTube. Al was born at Glasgow, moved to London to find fame and fortune, and after his monster hit Year Of The Cat
- song and album - moved to California, which begs the question, is Lucy
appears to be?
If that sounds unnecessarily cryptic, Al tells a lucid tale when explaining the stories behind some of his songs. Some of them are off-beat, but unlike another performer
who will be appearing at one of the same venues next month, Al's stories are generally credible. He plays Croydon's Fairfield Halls on October 24; Croydon is a short train ride from Sydenham, which begs the question which correspondent from this website will be in the audience? Alternatively, or perhaps as well, the Royal Albert Hall is only marginally further. Al will be appearing at this major London venue earlier, on October 15, where the ticket prices are a little higher. This will be a special performance that is said to feature the first ever cover to cover rendition of the entire Year Of The Cat
album. It will include Peter White, who was with Al way back in 1976 when it was released, and who has also been known to appear with him over the years.
All the tracks bar one on this album were written by Al; the exception is the title track which was co-written with Peter Wood, who sadly died way back in 1993.
Also appearing with him on and off will be acolyte Dave Nachmanoff and bass player Mike Lindauer.
Details of all the other venues and dates can currently be found here