After touring for the last year in the USA with his band the Empty Pockets, Al has decided to bring this show to the UK shores. They will be joined by Al’s long time saxophonist Marc Macisso. He will be playing selections from his deep catalogue along with favorites Year Of The Cat, Time Passages, On the Border, Nostradamus and Roads To Moscow.
The Scottish-born singer-songwriter has released nearly 20 introspective and lyrically powerful records featuring brilliant backing musicians (Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, Richard Thompson, Peter White, etc.). His biggest platinum successes, “Year Of The Cat” and “Time Passages”, were released in 1976 & 1978 respectively. He’s had several top 20 singles, including the above-mentioned titles, as well as “On the Border” and “Song On The Radio”. In Al’s own Words: “I’m just a folk singer that is interested in history and wine that got lucky with some hit records! It’s as simple as that really. I was always a huge music fan and originally, I had wanted to be Brian Jones and then Bob Dylan, but those two jobs were already taken. And in many ways, I’m still pretty much the same troubadour that I was back in 1965. I still get a kick out of hearing the Zombies, Hendrix or They Might be Giants on the radio.”
Al Stewart's Electric Band
Sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals. The Empty Pockets’ sound is built upon a strong foundation of the timeless Americana, Blues, and Soul that came before them. “Marked by their versatility… the Empty Pockets have a style of their own, but have also learned the ropes from working with other talented artists” (AllMusic.com). They have an old-school sensibility, showcasing multiple lead singers, rich harmonies, and skilled instrumentalists to create what Rolling Stone calls a “polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit.”
“When The Empty Pockets play, they don’t just go through the motions of belting out tunes and revving their guitars to impress you – their performances are offset with a vibrancy and a sort of energetic showmanship so that space and distance don’t matter in the end – rather it’s more of which of their carefully crafted songs will strike a chord within you first.” (My Nguyen, AMDEntertainment)