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Al Stewart receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

On the 5th of April, 2017, Al Stewart received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Legendary radio presenter (who used to be in a band with Al) Tony Blackburn presented the award. Al also performed "On the Border" from his classic album, "Year of the Cat" at the awards ceremony.


In April and May 2017, Al will head out on the "Back to the Bedsit" tour of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Throughout the tour, Al will be joined by guitarists Dave Nachmanoff and Tim Renwick as they perform songs from Al's classic albums.

New date added on "Back to the Bedsit" tour of the UK!

Check out this new date that we've added to the "Back to the Bedsit" Tour of the UK:

Al Stewart,
Saturday 13th May.
Doors 8.00 pm
Cheese & Grain , Market Yard, Frome, Somerset, BA11. 1BE
Box Office: 01373-455420
Ticket prices:. Advance £32.00 Door £38.00
Onsale: now

Throughout the tour, Al will be joined by guitarists Dave Nachmanoff and Tim Renwick as they perform songs from Al's classic albums.   He'll perform in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Check out all the dates on the tour at .

Al Stewart to receive BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Al Stewart will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which will take place on 5 April 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Al will also perform at the awards ceremony.

Simon Mayo will broadcast a special show live from the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the awards. Listeners will be able to watch the ceremony live on the Radio 2 website, while highlights of the awards will be broadcast on the BBC iPlayer after the event and via the Red Button. Tickets and further details are available via the Radio 2 website:

This is in advance of Al's "Back to the Bedsit" tour of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, which will take place this April and May. Throughout the tour, Al will be joined by guitarists Dave Nachmanoff and Tim Renwick as they perform songs from Al's classic albums.

Al's guitarist Dave Nachmanoff releases new CD, "Spinoza's Dream"

Al Stewart's longtime guitarist and frequent opening act, Dave Nachmanoff has released a new album, titled "Spinoza's Dream". The album features Al Stewart and many of the musicians who performed on Al's classic albums in the 1970s, including the "Year of the Cat" album. Al appears as a guest vocalist on "Temptation", and there is a co-write with Al, "Never Enough". Pick up a copy at:

Esoteric Recordings in UK Reissues "Orange", "Past Present & Future" and "Modern Times"

ESOTERIC RECORDINGS in the UK will release newly remastered editions of Al's albums "Orange", "Past Present & Future" and "Modern Times", remastered from the original CBS master tapes with new booklets and an essay.

The release date is 30 October 2015.

For more information click here.

Jack Gleason passes away

From Al Stewart:

Those who saw us play the last few times at Eddie's Attic in Georgia will recall our guest bass player, Jack Gleason, sitting in on a couple of songs. He has sadly recently passed away from cancer.

Jack was a great guy - gregarious, friendly to everyone, and passionate about music. He will be missed by all who knew him (although he will live forever on YouTube). Say a prayer for him.

Check out the Al Stewart store

Check out the Al Stewart Store under the “BUY” button lots of new stuff in the coming weeks.  A number of previously unavailable C.D.s will be featured, as well as cool items like a new "Year Of The Cat” t shirt. Renowned Poster designer Gary Houston is working on a new piece that will definitely be a "must have”. Keep checking in, you don’t want to be left “Out in the Cold”.

Al Stewart to tour UK, Ireland in April/May 2015

Announcing a 2015 Tour performing the "Year of the Cat" album in the UK & Ireland.

Year of the Cat

On Tuesday October 15 2013 at The Royal Albert Hall, London for the first time ever Al Stewart performed the album “Year Of The Cat” in it’s entirety. The album first released in September of 1976 was the commercial breakthrough for Al in both Europe and the United States. Now he is bringing this show to audiences across the UK & Ireland in April - May 2015.

The shows will feature Al with his long-time collaborator Dave Nachmanoff  and Tim Renwick, playing acoustic versions of the classic album in its entirety, plus, in the first half, material from his musical back pages.

The Royal Albert Hall shows in London will feature a full band performing back to back classics, "Past Present and Future" and "Year of the Cat". The band will  be led by musical director Peter White. 

Musicians for the Royal Albert Hall include:

Dave Nachmanoff- gtr
Tim Renwick- gtr
Stuart Elliott- Drums
Mark Griffiths- bass
Peter White- keys/gtr
Marc Macisso -sax
Joe Beckett- percussion
Gabby Young- vocals

Show details below.


Al Stewart
Classic Album Concert
“Year of the Cat”
Performed live

DATE: 28th April
CITY: Dublin
VENUE: Vicar St
BOX OFFICE TEL: 0818 719300
TICKET PRICES: €42 / €47 incl b/fee (€37.95 / €42.95 net)
DATE SHOW GOES ON SALE: Monday 29th Sept @ 9am


Al Stewart
Classic Album Concert
“Year of the Cat”
Performed live

DATE: 29th April 2015
CITY: Glasgow
VENUE: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall [GRCH]
BOX OFFICE TEL: 0844 844 0444
TICKET PRICES: £23.50/20.00
DATE SHOW GOES ON SALE: This Friday 26th September 2014

Al Stewart
Classic Album Concert
“Year of the Cat”
Performed live

24HR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 338 0000
TICKETS: £32.50, £28.50,
PRESALE: Thursday 25th September
GENERAL ON SALE: Friday 26 September

2015 Venue box office number
Fri 01 May MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall 0161 907 9000
Sat 02 May YORK Barbican 0844 854 2757
Sun 03 May GATESHEAD The Sage 0191 443 4661
Tue 05 May LIVERPOOL Philharmonic 0151 709 3789
Thu 07 May BRISTOL Colston Hall 0844 887 1500
Sat 09 May TORQUAY Princess Theatre 0844 871 3023
Sat 10 May CARDIFF St. David’s Hall 02920 878 444
Mon 11 May EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre 01323 412 000
Wed 13 May LEEDS Town Hall 0113 224 3801
Thu 14 May GUILDFORD GLive 0844 770 1797
Sun 17 May SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135
Wed 20 May COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524
Thu 21 May CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 01223 357 851

Back to Back Classics
“Past Present and Future” & “Year Of The Cat”
Complete with Band

Sat 16 May LONDON Royal Albert Hall 020 7589 8212
24HR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 338 0000
TICKETS: £45, £39.50, £34.50
PRESALE: Thursday 25th September
GENERAL ON SALE: Friday 26 September

Friday 22 May LONDON Royal Albert Hall 020 7589 8212
24HR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 338 0000


New interview with Al

Check out this interview with Al at Pods & Sods where Al discusses the first half of his career.  A great listen!



Winner of "Elvis at the Wheel" trivia contest

    The winner of the "Elvis at the Wheel" trivia contest (run by Distant Traveler Productions) is Tony Mastres. Incredibly, he only missed one question and it was by one model year on Mr. Juber's Fender. He said "56" and it was actually a "57". Congratulations to Tony and everyone who gave it their best shot. Hope you all had fun. Here are the correct answers:

    1. 1957, Cadillac series 62 Coupe or Coupe de Ville
    2. San Vincente Blvd
    3. Sparks of Ancient Light, Last Days of the Century, Modern Times, Year of the Cat, Russians and Americans, Beach full of Shells, Between the Wars, Time Passages, Past, Present and Future, Famous Last Words, 24 Carrots and Dan Simonis' West Texas Millionaires
    4. 57 Fender Stratocaster
    5. Al Stewart: True Life Adventures of a Folk Rock Troubadour & Al Stewart: True Life Adventures of a Folk Rock Troubadour: Fully Revised and Updated.
    6. 1 (Careless Love) Not counting titles on the bindings.
    7. Video Producer Bruce Northey's name spelled backwards Ecurb Yehtron
    8. Hereford (horned)
    9. Fender (64 bassman)
    10. Making the Sign of the Cross
    11. West Texas Millionaires logo
    12 Beethoven
    13. Yamaha
    14. Console Piano
    15. Janis Joplin

"Elvis at the Wheel" contest

Introducing the “Elvis at the Wheel” Trivia Contest, brought to you by Distant Traveler Productions. Test your observational skills and try to find hidden messages throughout the video.

You must answer all 15 questions correctly & completely, some are quite tricky.

Answers must be specific and detailed. For example; when asked, what Year, Make and Model of car used, the answer should read, ( 1965, Ford, Fairlane).

The Grand Prizes for the winner who for correctly answers the most questions accurately and the first e-mailed response to me ( , subject: Elvis at the Wheel trivia contest) based on the time stamp, are as follows:

1) a signed copy of “Sparks of Ancient Light” CD

2) a “Year of The Cat” poster

and, wait for it, wait for it.....

3) THE one and ONLY “Pink and Black St. Paul “ statue used in the video, complete with a custom display box.

Really, other than bragging rights, how much better does it get than that!?!

The contest ends March 1, 2014 at midnight and the winner will be announced on the Al Stewart Official FB page and at on March 8, 2014 .

Good luck, and most importantly, enjoy the ride!!

1) What is the year, make & model of the car?
2) What major street in Brentwood CA. is seen in the background as Al walks up to the bookstore?
3) Name the 12 albums in the bookstore scenes
4) What is the year, make & model of the guitar Laurence Juber is playing?
5) What two Al Stewart books are seen in the bookstore?
6) How many book covers on display in the video are actual book titles?
7) The book entitled "The Life of Mrs. McGee" featured a pen named author. What relationship is that author to someone in the video?
8) What breed of cow is seen in the background with the sleeping Memphis Mafia?
9) What is the brand of the pre- Amp that Laurence Juber is playing through?
10) Besides shaking in his footsteps, what is Elvis seen doing in the background?
11) What is the decal on the passenger side windshield?
12) Other than the sexy clerk, who else is looking at Al from inside the bookstore?
13) What “ make” is the Bass guitar?
14) What “type” of piano is Al Stewart seen playing?
15) In the bookstore, what famous singer is set between Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia?

Individuals and their family members associated with the making of the “Elvis at The Wheel” music video are not eligible to enter this contest.


Al in fRoots Jan/Feb 2014 issue

Pick up a copy of the January-February 2014 issue of fRoots Magazine (UK) for an article about Al (available in both print and digital editions).

It’s 1965. Al Stewart arrives in London with a guitar and a few Dylan songs. Soon he’s living in the next room to Paul Simon, duetting with Peter Bellamy on Fugs songs, and Alex Campbell wants to kill him. Ian Anderson wonders where all this could possibly lead… "

New music video for "Elvis at the Wheel"

Created by Distant Traveler Productions.

This song is based on an actual event in Elvis Presley's life, as chronicled in the book “Careless Love” by author Peter Guralnick.

"Love Chronicles" makes Uncut magazine list

Uncut Magazine in the UK has compiled a listing of the 50 most powerful, confessional singer-songwriter albums for their December 2013 issue (with Joni Mitchell on the cover). Al's "Love Chronicles" came in at #4.

Al Stewart Writes Foreword To New Book

Bournemouth A Go! Go!

Al Stewart would like to let his fans know about a new book, Bournemouth A Go! Go!, written by his close friend for over 50 years, Jon Kremer. Al has written the book’s foreword (in rhyme!).

You can pick up a copy at Amazon ( for $8.24 on Kindle and from $18.69 for a paperback.

 You can also pick up a copy at Amazon UK ( or at his publisher's website - Natula Publications ( Here's more information:

The year is 1963. The year of Beatlemania and the Beatles are appearing in Bournemouth for a 6 day run of shows at the Gaumont theatre. In Bournemouth A Go! Go! Jon Kremer recalls those days when he and long-time friend Al Stewart, then teenagers, talked their way into the Beatles’ company that week in August.

Jon’s memoir tells of his role in Al’s journey from beat groups to worldwide success with Year of the Cat and includes the story The Men from Rickenbacker, when they each played John Lennon’s guitar, and the etiquette involved in offering a Beatle a cigarette.

Looking back at the Bournemouth music scene of the early 1960s – the time of Tony Blackburn, Zoot Money, Andy Summers, Robert Fripp, Greg Lake and many more – that exciting decade of pop-culture is explored, in conversational style, with warm nostalgia.


Here are two photos from the book, courtesy Jon Kremer:



New live DVD with Peter White and band

RS Productions is pleased to announce the upcoming release of "Live at Carmel-by-the-sea", Al Stewart's long awaited 2011 reunion show with Peter White. This full length concert DVD features classic performances of Al's most enduring music, backed by Peter on electric and acoustic guitar leading a full band of some of LA's hottest session players. Also included is an extensive video interview with Al and Peter and an attractive booklet of photographs from the show. This not-to-be-missed recording will be available starting in mid-September at Al's upcoming East Coast shows, and online at

Personalized "Chronicles: Best of Al Stewart" on eBay!

Personalized and Autographed "Chronicles- The Best of Al Stewart" Vinyl LP for the consummate Al Stewart fan.

Al appears on guitarist / opening act Dave Nachmanoff's new CD

In late May 2011, Al Stewart went into the studio to sing on his guitarist & opening act Dave Nachmanoff's new CD, "Step Up", on a song they co-wrote, "Sheila Won't Be Coming Home". You can now order a copy of the CD from CDBaby or iTunes, and at Al shows. In this video, Al, Dave, Liz Bligan, Bob Malone, and producer Ronan Chris Murphy add handclaps to the song.

Sgt. Al contest winner announcement and answer key

From RS Productions: "RS Productions is pleased to announce the winner of the "SGT. AL" poster contest. Having labored on for five months, the highly acclaimed honor goes to Tom, Shelly and Lisa Allen with an unbelievable misfire of just one mistake. The Allens have been notified and are the recipients of a dinner engagement with the esteemed Sir Al Stewart. Congratulations to the Allens. A big RS Productions thank you to all the participants of the contest, the response was magnificent.

Here is the long awaited key (answers) to the characters of the popular " Sgt. Al" poster. Here is the answer key in PDF format: Link   .  RS Productions would like to thank all of the hard core fans who participated in our contest.  Stay tuned for the next RS Productions project with Al Stewart.

"There are those that can tell you what your fantasies mean. But I don't feel the need to understand everything." AS  "

Al Stewart and Peter White stage rare musical reunion


Singer-songwriter Al Stewart (Year of the Cat, Time Passages) and his former keyboard and guitar player, Peter White, will stage a rare musical reunion at the Sunset Center in Carmel, CA on Saturday, May 7, 2011

The concert, featuring a full band of spectacular performers hand-chosen by White, represents a reunion of good friends and former band mates who have not had the chance to play together for more than 20 years.

White was a key member of Stewart’s band for 19 years before pursuing his remarkable solo career in the smooth jazz format. "I can’t believe it’s been that long," Stewart says. "I know it’s a cliché, but it seems like only yesterday we were touring and playing side by side. This will be an extraordinary evening for me and, I hope, everyone in the audience." "I am really looking forward to this." adds White. "We will definitely have a great time being together again on stage."

The special musical guest for the evening will be Katelyn Clampett, a rising pop and country singer-songwriter with a local connection. Her father, Bobby, is a longtime PGA Tour player and network commentator who grew up on the Peninsula.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tyler Heart Institute at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, which provides a full range of cardiac care, from prevention to open-heart surgery. A portion of each ticket will be tax deductible. Everyone who attends will also receive a commemorative poster on the evening of the concert.

New Al Stewart poster from RS Productions

From a dressing room discussion several years ago, until now...The latest Al Stewart poster, from RS Productions, inspired by designers Jann Haworth and Peter Blake. All the characters in Al's songs from the beginning of his illustrious songwriting career, on one poster. "...this is simply awesome, this is incredible, I love it, the fans will have an adventure with this. Absolutely the best one to date..." Al Stewart 12/15/10

Videos from I Migliori Anni

"Time Passages"

"Year of the Cat"

Al Stewart in Italy

On November 26 2010 Al will be in Rome Italy performing on an Italian TV show called "I Miggliori Anni" ( The Best years)

He will be performing short versions of Year of the Cat, Time Passages and On The Border with the studio orchestra.

Watch This Space.

Al profiled in Mark Oldman's new book

"Wine makes me dream . . . I dreamt the chorus to my song “Post World War Two Blues.” I’ve also dreamt the same album about three times. Although I never made it, I still remember the chord shapes . . . I’m more imaginative with wine." —Al Stewart

Al Stewart is one of the many celebrity wine lovers to be profiled in Mark Oldman’s new book, OLDMAN’S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE. In the book—a fun-filled and carefully-researched tour of the best, most affordable, and most adventurous wines from around the globe—Al discusses his favorite wines and the many fun experiences he’s had with them, from imaging himself in a Parisian bistro to drinking Tori Amos’s boyfriend under the table. His comments join those from dozens of other notable wine lovers, including actors Hilary Swank and Kevin Bacon, novelist Jay McInerney, designer Zac Posen, and even Bill Nye, the “Science Guy.”

OLDMAN’S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE will be available at book retailers everywhere on September 6th. The book is already available at . For more information, view the book’s official trailer ( ) or visit

The Art of an Album

Al Stewart met recently with Joseph Vella of to talk about the "Year of the Cat" album.  Check out Joseph's blog at Huffington Post and click the YouTube link (14 minutes runtime):

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