Originally from Leith, Alan studied at the art college in Dundee, where he started writing songs, then went onto train and work in community education in and around Glasgow for some thirty years, where he still lives. His main website is at www.rowth.com .
He describes his music as being in the 'roots' tradition drawing on his Scottish literary interests; Scottish, Irish and American folk; with a touch of country, blues and reggae. His lyrics are often infused by his social and political conscience, focused on everyday lives and aspirations. He accompanies himself on guitar (plectrum and fingerstyle) and harmonica.
Alan was one of the first acts to appear at Danny Kyle's Open Stage at Celtic Connections. Currently he is reworking Scottish songs and lyrical poems from the 18th/19th century, many of which have been forgotten by the established folk-canon.