As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit, Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, as well as his own music, which has grown out of his love of these traditions.
“What allows Anderson to be highly entertaining without seeming too much the showman is his complete mastery of the subtle, complex, frequently brilliant music he plays. The audience loved it.”Santa Barbara News, California
“….an evening of unique musical pleasure. This musician, full of vitality, charm and superb musicianship enthralled his audience with a programme of remarkable scope. His love of the instruments and their music was apparent in every note he played.” Hamilton Journal, New Zealand
“On both concertina and Northumbrian pipes, Anderson’s control, sheer rhythmic drive and great sensitivity are the first things to hit you. There was never any doubt about his ability to hold the attention of the audience with two fifty minute sets of instrumentals; even the Steel Skies tunes, which we’re used to hearing with fiddles, flutes and mandolin, stood up as solos. If anything we were better able to enjoy how well he shapes phrases, especially in his own slow airs.
“Anderson is a treat to watch, as well; his own involvement and delight in the music are infectious. Beautiful music, played with skill, taste and affection. His own tunes are particularly welcome; recognisably working from traditional styles he nevertheless introduces quirky personal touches which give them a real charm and individuality. My only complaint is that the slow airs never last quite as long as I want them to.” Folk Roots