Alastair Ian "Al" Stewart
(born 5 September 1945) is a Scottish
Stewart is best known for his 1976 hit single "Year of the Cat", the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Though Year of the Cat
and its 1978 platinum follow-up Time Passages
brought Stewart his biggest worldwide commercial successes, earlier albums such as Past, Present and Future
from 1973 are often seen as better examples of his intimate brand of historical folk-rock – a style to which he has returned in recent albums.
Stewart was a key figure in British music and he appears throughout the musical folklore of the revivalist era. He played at the first-ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, shared a London flat with a young Paul Simon, and hosted at the Les Cousins folk club in London in the 1960s.
Stewart has released sixteen studio and three live albums since his debut album Bedsitter Images
in 1967, and continues to tour extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and the UK. His latest release is Uncorked
, which was released on his independent label, Wallaby Trails Recordings.
Stewart has worked with Peter White, Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Francis Monkman, Tori Amos, and Tim Renwick, and more recently has played with Dave Nachmanoff and former Wings lead-guitarist Laurence Juber.