About Me

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.