NEW ALBUM - 'LIVE AT THE OLD VIC' out 20/04/21
'Exciting, Intriguing and Very Intimate'
'Outstanding, Exemplary, Original'
'Alex Roberts comes from the school of folk musicians that spawned John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch and arguably the young Tom Waits and that’s not too much of a stretch, trust me'
'Be prepared to be swept away'
ABOUT ALEX ROBERTS
To say that Alex has many strings to his bow would be a metaphor forgiven for the fact that it helps to conjure his presence as a musical magician, in which any number of guitars seamlessly pop into set, beautifully played and adored. Almost totemic, each wood and strings take their part, whether it’s the finger-style acoustic guitar, lap-steel playing, or the Bouzouki, Alex plays with a sincerity borne of years of graft, craft, and a man who seems to straddle multiple time boundaries.
His lyrics offer a fusion of cultural and intercultural pertinence, generated by an acute appreciation for our earth and its ancestry, and a raw gift for storytelling. His musical oeuvre is enriched by his travels and immersive living experiences, the result is an oasis of mini ‘odysseys’ in which each song feels like it has been specially harvested for our appreciation. Through years of musical study together with an inimitable, intuitive flair for rhythm and the written word, Alex not only turns life into music, but enables us to see that music provides life with its heartbeat. He urges us to listen.
With titles bestowed upon him such as ‘the Bard of Dorset’ and ‘Hollowneck Troubadour’ (after his award winning use of the lap-steel guitar), eight studio albums released and clocking up to 150 shows a year, Alex continues to respond to his calling as a troubadour.
MUSIC IN EDUCATION
Keeping Music Alive
My life as a musician, writer and performer has always been integrated with education. It is my belief that music is the glue that joins all subjects of study together; a study of music can deepen our ability to comprehend and communicate.
For twenty years I have taught music in schools, colleges and universities, centres of special needs, prisons and community centres. I hold regular immersive ‘guitar retreats’ and facilitate a wide range of workshops.
I am determined to share the best of my musical knowledge and ability.
Far Flung corners is my most recent project; a musical collaboration inspired by the connections and differences, past and present, of landscape, culture and language within the British Isles. (Click the link below for more info)