Hailing from the beautiful city of Exeter, Al’s musical influences include Cream, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and The Beatles. He began his professional career in 1978 with First Class, who had a no. 1 hit with ‘Beach Baby’.
In 1983, Al answered an advert in Melody Maker and joined a club band led by Phil Aldridge. He left a year later for a world tour with the French singer Julian Clerc as a backing singer, subsequently touring Australia, America and Europe with Freddie and The Dreamers. In 1990, Al joined London Beat, who had a hit with ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’ and this led to many tours and shows with Paul Young.
In August 1996, Al received a call from Phil asking him to join an Eagles show he was forming called The Beagles. Al suggested he call it The Illegal Eagles. Phil wisely agreed and the show was born there and then.
Three months later, Al left to pursue his career as a free-lance musician. His playing credits include Lulu, Paul Young, David Essex, David Cassidy, Joe Cocker, Beverley Knight, Paul Carrack, Sarah Brightman, Bananarama, En Vogue, Alfie Boe, Il Divo and recording a version of ‘Hotel California’ with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Genesis’ Mike Rutherford.
In his free time, Al enjoys backpacking around the world.
Al plays a 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom, a 1976 Fender Stratocaster, a 1989 Takamine 6-string acoustic and a Dobro. He uses a Fender Hotrod Deluxe amp with Wampler, Boss and TC Electronics pedals and a Cry Baby wah.