Al Stewart has been leaving his mark on the music world for nearly three decades. His distinctive voice and imaginative lyrics, telling the tales of history's more colorful people, places, and events, gained wide recognition in the mid-1970s with the release of two hit albums, Year of the Cat and Time Passages. Al's music has undergone a crucial refining and shifting of gears with a return to his folk roots. Early in his career he shared evenings with Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. These roots are apparent in Al's 1999 album, Between the Wars, a collection of sharply focused musical snapshots inspired by the turbulent times of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. His recent album, A Beach Full of Shells, is another striking collection of songs suffused with history and vivid detail, marked by Al's signature blend of good humor, sharp wit, and sincere emotion. Appropriate for all ages.