Born Alan James-Carr and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Alan was a major player in the Irish showband scene for many years. These bands traveled the length and breadth of Ireland, the UK and Europe including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Paris, Frankfurt, and Madrid, The Canary Islands and many other place.
Alan first played B-flat cornet with the Blanchardstown Brass Band in the early 1960's.
Bandleader Mr. Tommy Smith, suggested to Alan's parents that he would be better served attending The Royal School of Music in Dublin. Alan studied music theory, trumpet and vocals for many years there. Somewhere along the way, between the School of Music, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Alan picked up the guitar and piano and started experimenting with a wider range of music. Alan tells us his older sister Aileen showed him his first chord on the guitar, little did she know where that would take him.
At the ripe old age of fourteen he got his first taste of "rock n' roll" when he abandoned the trumpet(temporarily) and took up the guitar and put his first band together, The Silver Clouds with three of his friends, Leslie Norris on drums (Leslie sadly passed away Feb. 15, 2006 in the South of Spain), Bernard Fagan on guitar/vocals and Shay Martin on the bass guitar.