Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people
who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. He began his
career helping out in the folk clubs of his native Scotland during what
Utah Phillips called the great folk scare of the 60s, opening bottles
(and occasionally concerts) for many of the great names in folk music.
From 1972 to 2002, he lived in Canada, where he was active in many aspects of folk
song and dance, as a recording artist, radio broadcaster, reviewer,
columnist, festival director, dance teacher, university lecturer, and
program director at folk music and dance camps. With several visits each
year, he continues to make regular appearances in North American folk
clubs and festivals, performing solo, or with the Friends of Fiddler's Green, with whom he has played for over 40 years.
When he's not performing solo, he sings and plays with Peter Wray. He is also a member of the Golowan Band, which leads the processions for the Mazey Day and Montol festivities in Penzance. He joins Bagas Porthia several times a year to take part in St Eia Day celebrations and to lead the guisers around at midwinter.
Audiences at concerts and festivals across North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have responded enthusiastically to his performances, covering the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art - all this accompanied by anglo concertina, button accordion and harmonica.