THE 'HOLLOWNECK TROUBADOUR'
To say that Alex has many strings to his bow would be a metaphor forgiven for the fact that it helps to conjure his presence as a musical magician. Almost totemic, whether it’s finger-style acoustic guitar, lap-steel, or bouzouki, Alex plays with a mastery borne of years of graft, craft, and of a man who seems to straddle boundaries of time.
His lyrics offer a fusion of cultural pertinence, generated by an acute appreciation for our earth and ancestry, and a raw gift for storytelling. His musical oeuvre is enriched by his travels and immersive living experiences, the result is an oasis of mini ‘odysseys’ in which each song feels like it has been specially harvested for our appreciation.
Alex has been actively engaged in a number of progressive musical and initiatives, from Billy Bragg’s ‘Jail Guitar Doors’ - supporting rehabilitation with music in young offenders institutes, to music therapy with disabled people. He is also a founding member of the Far Flung Collective . Alex’s music has been featured on film and television, he also composes music for film. Most recently he collaborated with Double-Bassist, Graeme Ross on a new album: ‘Meridians & Superpowers’. Released in February 2023.
With titles bestowed upon him such as ‘the Bard of Dorset’ and ‘Hollowneck Troubadour’ (after his award winning use of the lap-steel guitar), Alex continues to respond to his calling as a troubadour.
‘Alex’s music comes from the heart & will touch your heart. His songs weave stories, & the music wraps them up in magic.
Be prepared to be swept away’
Wimborne Folk Festival
‘This is the best kind of music for me, beautifully written and wonderfully executed’
Mark Chadwick - The Levellers
‘Superb musicianship and great songs. A true gem’
Kashmir Stage, Isle of Wight Festival
'Alex plays bloody wonderfully!'
'A firm favourite!'
Larmer Tree Festival
...take that classic Martyn, Chapman, Harper blend of blissed reflection and funky light strum, mixing ancient and modern to make something fulfilling, engaging, very listenable and often genuinely moving. A contender for my best of the year list.