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 unique songs can be highly descriptive and cover many subjects , both of a personal nature and also his views on significant political and humanitarian issues .
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 ,stripped down, 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 .
As 2022 sees the return to an almost normal level of “live” music he can be found gigging around Herefordshire, Bristol and occasionally Oxfordshire .
“One Life ” a digital only album featuring songs recorded during lockdown periods with his American bass player, Ted Fordney, joining remotely, has just been released on Bandcamp.
Latest News and Historic Posts
Encouraged by some musical friends in Hereford I decided to take part in FAWM ( February Album Writing Month ) this year . This is a web based enterprise that originated a number of years ago in the US with the objective of writing and recording 14 songs during the month of February and recording …
Troll Music Show
Back in November I played a show at Troll Music in Venice Florida accompanied by Ted Fordney on Double Bass and vocals and Rico Bloomquist on percussion and harmonica. Support on the night was by the fabulous ( now defunct) Martin Sisters , Wendy Kaneko, Barbara Goldman who joined us on vocals for the final …
2023 is here !
So it’s another New Year and almost the end of a quiet January on the music front . Not too much booked yet in terms of live shows but am working on some things . In the Interim , here are a couple of video clips from our Warm-up gig /rehearsal at The Shoulder of …
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