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Biography

  • Born

    1951

  • Born In

    Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Died

    28 January 2010 (aged 59)

Alistair Hulett (15 October 1951 – 28 January 2010) was a Scottish acoustic folk singer and life-long socialist best remembered as the singer of the folk punk band, Roaring Jack. In addition to his solo albums, Hulett recorded as Alistair Hulett & Dave Swarbrick and, towards the end of his life, formed the band, The Malkies.

Born in Glasgow, Hulett discovered traditional music as an early teen and began playing the folk circuit in New Zealand in 1968, after immigrating with his family. By 1971, he relocated to Australia continuing to perform at festivals. In the early 1980s, Hulett founded the folk punk five-piece, Roaring Jack. The band was nominated for two ARIA Music Awards during their career.

Hullett's first solo CD, Dance of the Underclass, was released in 1991 and was completely acoustic, featuring contributions from other members of Roaring Jack. A second album, In The Back Streets Of Paradise, was released in 1994, and was a collection of songs originally intended as the next Roaring Jack release.

He has also written, and performs, three workshop presentations, each one lasting approximately 90 minutes. "From Blackheath To Trafalgar Square" looks at "insurrection and resistance in the Disunited Kingdom" from the Peasants' Revolt to the Poll Tax Riots. "The Fire Last Time" is a study of the protest song movement of the 1960's and "Red Clydeside" examines the working class unrest on the Clyde between 1915 and 1920.

In addition to his solo albums, Hulett worked with Dave Swarbrick, producing three albums, and towards the end of his life, formed a new band, The Malkies.

Hulett sadly passed away on Thursday 28 January 2010. Rest in Peace

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