My friend of many years Alistair Hulett, Guitarist, Song Writer and Rights activist sadly died last week
He had only just launched into a new venture, a new group "The Malkies" which had a growing following.
I was lucky and privileged to be at one of the seminal live sessions at the "Mad Nannys" folk club in 2008 where Alistair and Phil Snell did a run through of some of the album tracks destined for the first Malkies album.
As a tribute to a great man, his friendship and compassion, I am going to present some live recordings that were done as a sound test for the "Mad Nannys" session. These are NOT studio quality, their purpose was just to assess the balance of the live presentation and to air the new tunes to a live audience.
I would request anyone that enjoys Alistair's music to visit the MALKIES web site and buy a copy of "Suited & Booted" You can even sample some of the tracks LIVE on UTUBE
Or listen to the "Mad Nannys" session HERE
A very good review of Alistair's involvement with music, from his early days in New Zealand, on to Australia and the Punk scene, through rock and finally to folk and landing back in the UK can be found in the excellent Living Tradition article of 1999 HERE
Password for this file is gonzoAHPS
Pictures taken at Korks Wine Bar, Otley July 11, 2008 by Ian Watkinson
OK I know I spelt Nannies wrong, and got the "Mad" wrong in the tracks, but to be honest I was feeling
rather low at the loss of a good friend, its hard to think straight at such times.. R.I.P dear Alistair.
Judging by the amount of downloads of this live session, there must be quite a bit of interest in Alistair's performances, I hope that at least SOME of you have taken up the purchase option of the Malkies material, Alistair's partner Fatima has set up a charity to benefit from and manage contributions.