Alastair Moock

Alastair Moock with kids
Photo by Mara Brod

Alastair Moock is a 2014 GRAMMY Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, and has twice been voted by the Fids & Kamily Industry Critics’ Poll among the Top 3 Albums of the Year. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twins in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!

Alastair’s performance at First Event will include several songs he has written about gender, identity, and different kinds of families. He will preview a song from his upcoming album that is about Elm, his non-binary 13-year old. Alastair will be joined in his First Event performance by Elm and their twin Clio, and his wife Jane Roper. Both Alastair and Jane have published commentaries on WBUR Cognoscenti about their experiences parenting a non-binary child, with Jane advocating acceptance of they/them pronouns and Alastair discussing Elm’s membership in Boy Scouts at a time when Elm still identified as female and before the Boy Scouts changed their gender rules.

Learn more about Alastair and his music at

Hear Alastair perform at 4pm Saturday Feb. 1 in Avenue 34.