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 continued writing and performing and completed , an album of new studio recordings , recorded partly in Florida , and partly in Mexico.. The album “Harvey” was released in May 2018. It’s a return to 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 saw 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 became available on streaming and download sites as well as a limited edition of CD’s in October.
On Wednesday 7th April I’ll be broadcast a 30 minute “Live ” solo set as part of the Common Grounds weekly open mic on www.KDWradio.com .The set was recorded in a single take in my Shepherds Hut in Herefordshire so is complete with mistakes etc but felt that was the best way to capture it. …
A couple of new Demo recordings this month : Way back when I first started out playing music and songwriting as a teenager in Bath I wrote my first song “Moving On ” as a straightforward electric blues song . I’ve played with it periodically over the years and recently rewrote and updated it some …
One thing that the periods spent in Lockdown has enabled me to do is to revisit my computer hard drives and music archives and re-look at tracks that might be of interest . I initially transferred my oldest band recordings from some very old cassette tapes into a digital format . After cleaning them up …
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