Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper.
I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music.
I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970’s Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up.
I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music.
I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene.
I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season. Fortunately I am now the proud owner of a camper van. I bought it about three years ago to make life a little more comfortable when we attend festivals. At the ripe old age of 53 I confess that spending 4 or 5 days sleeping on the ground in a tent is just too much hard work. Having a decent bed to sleep in makes the festival experience so much better 🙂
This year I am going to blog about my music and festival experiences. I have already attended a number of festivals and there are a few more to come. I hope you enjoy sharing my experiences. Please leave a comment to let me know if you enjoy my blog.
I also occasionally blog about freemasonry and depression.