Alasdair Roberts’ new album, Grief in the Kitchen and Mirth in the Hall, serves to highlight the intersection of the mythic, the eternal and the mundane at which we all find ourselves. The latest pre-release peek is here: “The Bonny Moorhen”, a Jacobite-era allegorical song that was originally heard by Alasdair from an anonymous recording, made at the 1985 Orkney Folk Festival.
“The Bonny Moorhen” is a fond paean to a waterbird whose regal profile compares to none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie, the rebel Scottish king who dared stand up against the redcoats. Imperiled by events, the bird’s beauty only grows – a song of Scottish pride, played with processional grace and a wink of shared secrets.
With the same loving fabric of DIY informing it’s creation, the song’s animated video (created by Jonathan Farr) shares the spirit wonderfully.
3/23/23 Summerhall Edinburgh Scotland
3/24/23 The Tangled Parrot Carmarthen Wales
3/25/23 Bluestone Brewery Cilgwyn, Newport Wales
3/26/23 Wardrobe Theatre Bristol England
3/28/23– 3/29/23 Sutton House London England
3/31/23 South Street Arts Centre Reading England
4/1/23 The Blue Moon Cambridge England
4/4/23 The Hug and Pint Glasgow Scotland
4/5/23 Kitchen Garden Cafe Birmingham England
4/6/23 Hyde Tavern Winchester England
4/7/23 Florence Park Community Centre Oxford England
4/8/23 Medina Bookshop Cowes, Isle of Wight England