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Fast Five: Alan Bonner

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I’ve been singing since I was 11 ( it was the first thing that anyone ever told me I was any good at, I sucked at just about everything else) and writing songs since my teens, then I was in an out of various bands at university which never got off the ground, but I only really started taking it seriously as a career about 5 years ago when I put my first album out independently. Thats when I knew that I would always be doing it.  I’ve had  all kinds of jobs to make ends meet over the years and I am still not at the stage where I can survive financially from music alone, so when I’m not on the road I work a as a support worker for a homeless charity. So in a way I already have another career alongside music (studio time won’t pay for itself). My dream is to do music full time though. Everyone knows that the music industry is in a real state of change so no one can tell what the future holds for musicians trying to earn a living from music so if it all goes tits up I’d like to do something where I’m helping people less fortunate than myself. Or I could open a pub? I like pubs. Pubs are good.

How would you describe your music?

A man. A Piano. Some strings. Some guitars. A little heartbreak. A little joy, and Lots of red wine.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Well I spent last year working on my new album  Balladeer which is out March 4th and touring all over the UK and Europe. I’m on tour in the UK throughout March (so please, readers come along to the shows and and  say hi and we can have a beer or three).

In May and June I’ll be in the states for my first ever US tour which I am stupidly excited about. Followed by some dates in Italy hopefully in July. I really want to play some Festivals this year as well, although Its not easy getting those shows without a ball breaker of a booking agent. Any ball breakers reading this should hit me up!

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Cyndi Lauper. I saw her Live in London a couple of years ago with a full blues band behind her and she was amazing. Pushing 60 and still able to hit notes the rest of us can only dream of.  I think she’s a really underrated artist She’s a badass.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

The answer to that question changes every day, but today it would be Rufus Wainwright Want One.  I first heard that album on a new years eve 2004 and it totally lit up my world. I was 21. It reminds me of my university days and I’ve a lot of happy memories associated to it. It makes me feel nostalgic in a really lovely way. I challenge anyone to listen to Oh what a World or 11:11 and not feel that all is well with the world.

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