Welcome to the website for Singer/Songwriter Alan Maskell
Alan Maskell is an active Singer Songwriter originally from Bath , who after 5 years in Florida now resides in Dorstone , Herefordshire.
Alan’s Songs can be highly descriptive and cover many subjects , both of a personal nature and also as expressing his views on significant issues, both political and humanitarian.
Alan Maskell grew up in Bath, England. After an uneventful childhood he discovered music , firstly in the form of the French Horn, followed by the trumpet, before settling on the guitar, much to the relief of his family and neighbours.
After playing in a few local youth club bands he left Bath for University, where he started song writing in earnest, and had some local success with the band Stolen Goods.
Post University saw the release of the single “Seventeen” and the formation of the band who became Ulterior Motives , where Alan was one of the main songwriters, contributing 60% of the bands material. The band played together ,mainly in Oxfordshire, for 30 years and released two CD’s Rooks and Simple Schemes which are still available from their Bandcamp site.
In 2010 Alan started writing again , and pursing a more acoustic solo path , gigging regularily around Bath and Bristol, and released 3 solo CD’s Ghost, The Lake and the Winter ep, before heading off for the sunshine of Florida.
In Spring 2017 he released the “Live at Common Grounds” mini album recorded with Ted Fordney at Common Grounds Meeting Room in Northport Florida, as a stopgap between albums.
He has continued writing and performing and has just completed , new studio recordings , recorded partly in Florida , and partly in Mexico.. The album “Harvey” has now been mastered and will be released in Mid May 2018. The album is a much more electric album with a Rock/Pop feel, compared to his previous solo albums , harking back to the Ulterior Motives days.
2019 saw a return to the UK full time , and a recent move to Dorstone in Herefordshire near the Welsh Border.
2020 will see the release of a back to the roots collection of New, and a few old ,Acoustic songs on the “Wildflowers” album. The album release was delayed by the impact of the pandemic but will be available on streaming and download sites as well as a limited edition of CD’s in October.
It’s hard to believe it was 12 months ago that I played my last gig in Florida , when we took over JR’s Old Packinghouse for the evening . It was great to be joined on stage by Ted Fordney and Rico for the evening plus lots of individual guests . Big thanks to Roman, …
Dust on The Hill As Winter approaches I’ve started writing again , and in the last couple of weeks recorded this demo of the new song Dust on the Hill , with Ted Fordney adding the beautiful bass line from a socially distant Florida . It still needs refinement, but captures the idea.
This Album was conceived in early 2018 and most of the new original songs were written during late 2017 -mid 2018. This was personally a very difficult period for me as after undergoing surgery I also endured 7 months of Chemotherapy, in the middle of which I relocated from the USA to the UK. …
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