Al Stewart with Rachael Sage - 10/31 - The Show is On!

Wednesday, October 31 2012 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
Wed Oct 31 2012

Al Stewart with Rachael Sage - 10/31 - The Show is On!

at City Winery New York City





Al Stewart is in town and is looking forward to performing for you as scheduled, even though there is no electricity below 30th street! We are following a tradition of "the show must go on!". Al has agreed to perform an acoustic, mostly candlelit show. We feel that this atmosphere, paired with our fine wines, should prove to be a rare and romantic memory made at City Winery.

While we are still without full electricity, we have limited generator power for our kitchen and refrigeration, and emergency equipment. Our space will be lit by candles and the concert will be semi-acoustic. A limited food menu, along with full bar and wines on tap are available for purchase - cash only. We hope you will join us for this very unique experience at City Winery!

We do understand that some of you may not have the ability to get to City Winery due to lack of transportation and or damage to your property. Please know we will be sensitive to those limitations. Please reach out to us by email if this is the case for you, and you are unable to attend, and we will issue store credit for your ticket value, which may be used for any upcoming non-sold out shows, or refunds. We're hoping to be able to offer some light snacks, and even full meals if we can get deliveries in as planned. Either way, we will have our full bar and of course delicious house-made wines flowing to keep you warm.

Service will be cash only, so please keep that in mind when traveling in.

Tickets will be available at the door for purchase, again, cash only.

If you are looking for more information regarding the show, please understand most of our staff is working remotely with spotty email service, so please be patient as our replies may not get to you as quick as our normal service. We'll also respond in the order we receive emails.

Please be safe, and we look forward to seeing you at City Winery.




Magical history tours have been Al Stewart’s trademark since the early 1970s, when he switched from writing about his own romantic turmoil to a wider view of the world and its rich cast of characters and events. While his 1976 international hit single, “Year of the Cat,” was tied to no specific time (other than “a moment from a Bogart movie”), his albums immediately surrounding it (Past, Present & Future, Modern Times, The Year of the Cat, Times Passages) yielded other accessible but more historically anchored hits that combined finely drawn character studies and detailed settings that ranged across continents and centuries, forming the template for Al’s subsequent recordings.     

Everything changes with time – except basic human motivations. Sparks of Ancient Light, Al’s latest collection of songs (following 2005’s A Beach Full Of Shells), spans at least 2500 years of history in its tales of exotic locations and situations, all tied to an underlying theme of “certainly and uncertainty” as his characters face the future. Something’s happening in each of these songs, a sense of change and movement beneath the sometimes sedate, sometimes dramatic facades. The larger context isn’t always obvious, but the emotions behind the actions are always recognizable – love, greed, wanderlust, jealousy, complacency, curiosity, regret, hope.

With appropriately varied arrangements mixing folk, rock, classical and jazz, and immaculate production from longtime Stewart associate and multiple-Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber (formerly of Paul McCartney’s Wings), the CD both starts and ends with songs set in 1896.

Historically-minded singer-songwriter Al Stewart’s career violates his own “50-year rule,” in which he tries to avoid incorporating events less than a half-century in the past into his songs. “Until you have some distance, people get hysterical about overstatement. You have to put things in perspective.” But in the past few years, Stewart’s 40-year musical output (18 original albums, plus best-ofs) has been the subject of a boxed set (the 5-CD Just Yesterday), a large-scale US reissue program to meet the demand for his back catalogue, and Al’s 2002 biography, “The True Life Adventures of a Folk Rock Troubadour” by Neville Judd, has been reissued as an updated paperback. Oh yes, and Al still plays 70 or 80 shows yearly and has a splendid new CD, Sparks of Ancient Light, his second for Appleseed, following 2005’s acclaimed A Beach Full of Shells.


A soulful vocalist and innovative keyboardist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 150+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her infectious melodies, poetic lyrics, and often-outrageous, colorful stage banter. Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, Colin Hay, Marshall Crenshaw, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. MPress Records has just released her 10th album, “Haunted By You”.