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Originally from Dreghorn, Irvine, Alan grew up in a musical family listening to all forms of grassroots music embracing many different genres from Bossa nova to country blues and Americana and in turn defining his own tangible style.
Citing his late father Ian Frew, also a singer songwriter, guitarist as in influence, along with John Martyn, JJ Cale and bossa legend João Gilberto, Alan released his debut album ‘Go Easy’ in 2010 which was well received by major press and radio stations.
Since beginning a songwriting career and during his time playing with local bands Alan opened for Scottish acts Paolo Nutini and Texas before going solo and playing supports to king of country guitar Albert Lee, Irish folk legend Sharon Shannon and jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor.
In 2013 Alan was asked to play and sing at Celtic Connections main event with the Rafferty Family as a tribute to the late Gerry Rafferty at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The show included performances by The Proclaimers, Jack Bruce and Paul Brady selling out on the first day and was later shown on BBC 2 and Sky Arts.
Since then Alan went onto perform at most of the country's top festivals, averaging around 160 solo shows per year in the uk and Europe.
European shows have included residencies at The Ma Nolans venues in Nice and Cannes during the Cannes Film Fest, The Plazza Stage at the Blueballs Festival Switzerland, live TV performances in Holland and regular tours in Italy, Denmark and Germany
This upcoming gig at HAC will see the release and launch of 2 new eps, including 10 songs, some written since the release of Go Easy and some up to date new songs. The first EP `London To Paris’ is being produced in Venice, Italy by Damien McFly and the second `Little Star is being produced and recorded locally in Ayr by JP Reid ( Marmaduke Duke, Sucioperro ). Alan will appear onstage with Brian Fleming on drums, percussion and a guest bassist.
Support from Damien McFly an upcoming Italian artist and producer who, having headlined a show playing to thousands at St Marks Square Venice, is now beginning to tour in the uk
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