Originally from the UK, Alan is a writer, poet, songwriter, performer and occasional actor — a troubadour who could be found in any one of a number of European locations, having lived and worked in France, Sweden, Germany and Spain. There came a point in his life, shortly before the turn of the century, when he determined to live entirely from his art or starve (inspired by the central character in Knut Hamsun's groundbreaking 1890 novel, “Hunger”). Since then, thanks to the encouraging generosity of others, he has survived and created much, having written numerous articles, published a 200-poem book, performed many concerts, worked with many musicians and created three CD albums. Now another album is being released in October 2016!!
Although Alan’s music has been described by one reviewer as a mixture of “English folk rock, progressive folk and alternative country”, it is so much more than that. Whether it is a slow ballad to tear out your heart or a more upbeat piece to shake up your mind or a ‘song of conscience’ on a controversial social issue, its aim is always lyrical communication. One musician listener said: “Your music always makes me want to sing and cry!”
Creating profound, thought-provoking poems and lyrics with fine-lined melodies — coupled with an empathy for the privileges and perils of human passion — Alan creates messages of love and conscience: music from the heart for the soul. You can hear samples of his music at: https://soundcloud.com/alan-morrison.
During the past few years, as a multi-disciplinary artist, Alan has been involved in a number of creative projects. In 2006, he released a 12-track pilot CD album, entitled “A Trace of Sky”, which was recorded in France and distributed to selected people and on a word-of-mouth basis. Through this, he was testing the relationship he believes that all art should have between the creator and those who receive it.
In 2010, he released the CD album, “Ride my Heart”, recorded in Stockholm, Sweden by Grammy-nominated producer, Lasse Englund. For international distribution, this received a good public response. “Hard not to like... powerful songs with good lyrics and a warm voice”, said IKON Magazine. “Alan Morrison creates smart, beautiful love lyrics that live beyond the ‘oh baby’”, said Kristianstads Newspaper.
In the first half of 2012, Alan was organising performance projects in France, where he was acting in the professional theatrical production of a touring English theatre company as well as writing and performing the incidental music for the stage in the same production.
In June 2012, he began recording his next CD, “The End of the Song” — again in Stockholm. Containing sixteen top-class musicians playing twenty-one instruments (including a string section, cor anglais and French horn), this CD was released in Tarifa, Spain, in March 2014.
In March 2015, Alan designed and published an eBook containing more than 200 of his poems, entitled “Vagrant on the Hinterland of Time: Poems, Songs & Sonnets”.
In May/June 2016, Alan recorded his latest album, “The Key” at Kingside Studios, Gnesta, Sweden. This is a 14-track album with 24 musicians playing 34 instruments, including an orchestra and backing vocals. The album will be released at a concert in Stockholm on 12th October in the Södra Teatern - Stora Scen, with the same forces onstage as were in the studio.
Alongside of his work as poet, songwriter and performer, Alan also writes many articles and is working on a didactic novel, entitled “Reluctant Angels”. Alan believes that the fulfilment of art lies in communication and he loves to interact with those who receive his work. Please see the contact page for further details.
The above mentioned albums "Ride my Heart" and "The End of the Song" as well as Alan's eBook "Vagrant on the Hinterland of Time: Poems, Songs & Sonnets", can be purchased through this website.
© Copyright, 2016, Alan Morrison
SB - Söderhamn, Sweden
MEH - Lillestrøm, Norway
Vivien Scotson, songwriter-performer - Glasgow, Scotland
Here you can buy Alan Morrison's albums "The End of the Song", "Ride my Heart" or his newly released e-book "Vagrant on the Hinterland of Time" now!
Alan Morrison's 2014 CD album, "The End of the Song". All original songs. Made in Sweden, it has 14 tracks with 16 musicians playing 21 instruments, including string quartet. The style is folk-rock/ contemporary folk/ alt. country.
You'll get 16 files. 14 MP3 tracks plus JPG images of the front and rear album cover!
Alan Morrison's 2010 CD album, "Ride my Heart".
Made in Sweden, it has 12 tracks with 13 musicians playing 15 instruments. The style is folk-rock/ contemporary folk/ alt. country.
One of the many listeners who have written to Alan about this album said these words:
"I don’t know how or why you came into my life but your latest album is absolutely fantastic! I have enjoyed every single millimeter of it! And I have really been listening, with the lyrics in my hand. You are absolutely a gift for the poetic and lyrical ear and understanding… I experienced you as a fabulous connection to the people. Thank you, Alan, for being you!" MEH — Lillestrøm, Norway
Containing 193 works in 220 pages and 54,000 words, you can now purchase this eBook!
What readers say:
"With the singular, intricate skill of a modern troubadour, Alan Morrison impresses through an outstanding command of the poetic language and a richness of vocabulary. His verse is daring, uninhibited and many-faceted and ranges from the intimate sphere of personal issues to wide social realms and global threats to human welfare. A quintessential humanist, he can equally charm with sensitivity, humour, wit and a profound approach to the ‘condition humaine’." Dr. Aprilia Zank (author, poet, lecturer) — Munich, Germany
DJS – San Diego, USA