Scottish folk rocker Al Stewart

Al Stewart was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1945, and moved with his family to Bournemouth, a seaside town in the south of England, at an early age.

A strong dose of Bob Dylan’s original songs shifted his focus from instrumentalist to lyricist and vocalist. In 1965, Al moved to London and became the emcee at the famed Les Cousins folk club, rubbing shoulders with young talents like Paul Simon, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, and Cat Stevens.

After several albums written in autobiographical mode, Al shifted his lyrical gaze outward, into history, literature and current events, an approach debuted on 1973’s “Past, Present & Future.” Al’s next album exploded in America: “Year of the Cat,” released in 1976, spawned two Top 20 hits (the title song and “On the Border”), and itself became a million-selling record.

After Al relocated to California, where he still resides, his next album, 1978’s “Time Passages,” repeated the success of its predecessor, selling another million copies and spinning off the Top 10 title track and Top 30 single, “Song on the Radio.”

He’s never stopped creating completely original music—or being able to conjure other times and distant places with well-chosen words and evocative music.

What:          Al Stewart and the Empty Pockets

When:         Monday, May 22, 2023

Where:        The Ark (316 S. Main st, Ann Arbor, MI)

Time:          7:30 p.m. doors/ 8:00 p.m. show

Cost:           $40.00

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Scottish folk rocker Al Stewart (photo by Al Stewart)

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