|A pint on the battlements at Kilkea Castle
was born in Dublin where his interest in music began in his tender school years. De La Salle Primary School in Ballyfermot,
unusually for those days, put a heavy emphasis on music studies, and many Showband and Rock musicians in Dublin were first
introduced to their instuments there. When his teachers discovered Alan's interest in music, he was encouraged to join
the "Ballyfermot Schoolboys's Band"
He also attended the Municipal
School of Music" in Dublin, where he aquired a sound musical grounding, A love of Irish traditional music was instilled through
his teenage involvement and membership of Dublin's famous "Piper's Club" in Thomas Street, a nursery of Irish
Traditional Music. He formed his first band "The Peasants" while in his late teens, establishing himself
as an exciting traditional fiddle player.
Seeking new ground, Alan crossed
the Irish Sea where he became involved in the English folk scene, helping to run "The Peelers" Folk Club in
London where guest performers included, among others, "The Humblebums" with Billy Connolly and Jerry Rafferty,
Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, (later of Steeleye Span), Christy Moore and Jim McCann. During this time he played with
such folk luminaries as Barry Dransfield, Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Cobvention, bluegrass standout Pete Stanley, Peter Knight also
of Steelye Span and Finbar and Eddie Furey.
In the early seventies
old friend Johnny McEvoy persuaded Alan to return to Ireland to join his newly formed Country Band. During these years he honed
his style while touring throughout Ireland and Britain and playing with professional Rock and Jazz musicians.
with likeminded musicians, lead guitarist Buddy Boland and Bass player Tommy Kinsella he formed his own band "Buckshot"
a band that became an instant success with Country Music fans in Ireland, attaining a number of chart topping hits.
years he still frequented the trad sessions in Dublin. It was in these workshops his love of traditional Irish music
was rekindled. It was at one of these sessions he met Liam Tiernan, ex vocalist from the group "Barleycorn".
They soon teamed up and decided to ply their trade Stateside. For the next few years Alan and Liam toured the United States
extensively performing and recording albums as "Claddagh".
Liam eventually and amicably parted ways
with the group and was replaced by Tralee born Brian Gaffney and "Claddagh continued to entertain american audiences
throughout the States.
Alan was also Boston correspondant for the New York published "Irish Voice Newspaper" for a number of years
during which time he was also a frequent contributer to the popular RTE Irish radio program "Ireland Tonight".
recent years Alan has been playing with Dublin born Tommy Courtney. Alan and Tommy have had many interesting music experiences, being
the only Irish group to play at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. during President Clinton's
first Inaugeration in January 1993. The invitation was a follow up to their performanc at a Clinton election rally in
Boston the previous September. They also had a memorable eight week stint at The Westin Chosin Hotel in Seoul, South
Korea. They can still be heard playing around the Boston area. Alan is still kept busy in the recording studio
appearing as a guest on numerous recordings by other artists.
Alan resides in Cambridge,