Originally from Leith, Alan has been described as a 'modern troubadour' (most recently by Maggie Craig in her latest book 'One Week in April'). After studying town planning at the art college in Dundee, he became disillusioned with planning; dropped out and went onto train and work in community education in and around Glasgow for over thirty years. Alan said “Outside work, I’d find myself writing songs reflecting on the daily struggles of people’s lives. Songwriting became a release for me - not just an accompaniment to life, but core it." Since Alan retired in 2013 he has been focusing on his songwriting, collecting old Scottish songs and writing poetry. He describes his music as being in the ‘roots’ tradition drawing on his Scottish literary interests and Scottish, Irish and American folk music.
In the spirit of haiku, this collection of poems pack life’s whole gamut into 144 three line verses with reference to music, art, politics, nature, identity, people, places, religion and work. They were written as a kind of ‘retuning’ exercise towards the reaffirmation of life - our greatest and most valuable possession in this age of coronavirus.