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Alistair Sherwood is a singer-songwriter from Co. Offaly Ireland. He graduated from The University of Gloucestershire (Three Counties School of Music) with a Fellowship in Singer-songwriting and Acoustic Guitar Playing. 

Sherwood grew up beside The Clara Bog Nature Reserve in a family of three boys. He was educated in Dublin and bought his first guitar at the age of 20 in Galway. His musical influence came from Irish, British and American Folk Artists such as Phil Lynott, Christy Moore, Ralph McTell, Andy Irvin, Jez Lowe and Bob Dylan. Other literary influences came from poets like W.B.Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Charles Bukowski and Philip Larkin.

Alistair emigrated to England in 1985 where he played 1,000 Irish pubs, English folk clubs and Art Centre over a 10 year period.

Other artistic accomplishments include an R C Sherriff Trust Literary Award for Poetry in 2014.

"Kent Folk" Music Magazine Reviewed his 2014 Album Release "Grounded" "An excellent Guitarist and Singer" Trawlermen "Brilliant Singalong" 

Joint winner of a Talent contest followed with Naomi Thomas in 2016.

Sherwood also an Educator for The Surrey Arts, launched a teaching resource album of traditional Irish tunes which lead to him being interviewed by Clive Price for a two page feature in The Irish Music Magazine December 2017. A Dublin City Radio interview succeeded with K.Kelly. 

Best collaborations to date are "THE MOUNTAIN" with Jay Van Rensburg, (electric guitar) former member of metal band Lithium. "I RECALL A GYPSY WOMAN" with Chris Haigh (British fiddle playing royalty) Steps 5,6,7,8 and "GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY" with Matt Constantine (Cello) Recorded works for Dr Who and has performed at both the Sydney Opera House and The Albert Hall. 

In recent years Alistair has been performing An American Troubadour Songs and Stories show at Art Centres such as The Landmark, Cranleigh Arts, South Street Reading, Birmingham MAC, The Artrix and G-Live. Reviews from the show include. "An engaging and humorous performance" "I could hear every word sung clearly." "Scarborough Fair was Magical."

During the Lockdown period of 2020 he has been working on a New Solo Folk Album called "Boy from the Bog" it features self-penned songs about his experiences in both Ireland and UK. A book of Alistair's poems is also due for release at the same time.