From the age of 13 when his Uncle placed a guitar in his lap at a family party, Alan was hooked. He managed to convince his Grandad to part with his 30 year old acoustic guitar and promised it wasn't just a phase by playing ‘Half the World Away’ by his favourite childhood band, Oasis.
Coming from the working class town of Birkenhead, Wirral, his Dad was often non existent being an ex-herion addict and having spent numerous spells in prison.
This made him even more determined not to turn out like his Dad and to make his long suffering Mum proud of the eldest of her 3 children. Alan continued to hone his craft as a guitar player and later at the age of 18 found he had a natural tone and ability to sing. From the age of 18-24 he was a bedroom musician, lacking the confidence to ever play in public.
This all changed when he accepted a random request from an old school friend to sing at her wedding. This sparked something inside and he set about the start of a music career.
He then spent several years earning his chops as a covers artist playing in local pubs/bars/restaurants and the occasional wedding.
A chance meeting with Andy McCluskey from OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) came about when Alan was working on Andy’s car at a local garage he worked at when he asked Andy for any advice to which he replied “start writing your own songs”
Six months later he self released his debut EP and gave a copy to Mr McCluskey. Days later Andy rang him to offer his compliments on the songs and urged him to keep writing.
The lead track on his debut EP ‘Algy’ was written about his Dad’s struggles as an unemployed alcoholic. This catchy and tragically relatable bittersweet song quickly became a fan favourite with lines like “Wakes up in the P.M, Carpe Diem” and “Fiver on the leccy, beer for his brekky” - The song was released in December 2015 along with a hard hitting emotional music video that starred his real Dad “Sipping on Tennents Super, smoking roll ups to the bone”
In the last few years he has become a familiar name in the Northwest music scene, with an ever growing fanbase gaining internet and commercial radio plays, local TV performances on the “Made in Liverpool” channel playing numerous festival slots and supporting the likes of Cast's John Power, Ocean Colour Scene’s Andy Bennett, Inspiral Carpets' Tom Hingley and There Bluetones' Mark Morriss. He also played an exclusive in-store gig for Pretty Green in their Liverpool store.
Recent releases such as Fly Away, The Air I Breathe and Moonlit Mersey have seen him rise through the ranks to headline gigs and draw larger crowds each time he plays live. With the addition of a full band behind him, his songs have gone to the next level.
Drawing influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Noel Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft.
The raw honesty, humour and empathy within his songs create finely balanced personal portraits of working class lives, told with toughness, wit and common wisdom. He captures the real issues the modern working class face in todays society, creating the soundtrack to our troubles.