Alan R Davison

Alan R Davison

 Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR

If it takes 20 years to become an overnight success, it should come as no surprise that Alan R Davison’s musical star continues to rise.

A veteran of the Edinburgh music scene over the last 12 years, Davison has steadily built up his profile and gathered momentum behind a career that may yet count 2011 as a breakthrough year.


Gigs include billing with artists such as ASH, Nizlopi, Foy Vance, Gary Go, Jonny McDaid, The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, Eskimo 1, The Hedrons, Jill Jackson and, notably a few acoustic performances with Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly – most recently when Alan was invited to play a showcase for Polar Patrol Publishing (Patrol’s brand new label) in London in April of last year.

Solo success
Alan has put debut solo album, ‘The White Eagle Lounge’, into action. Pre-production has started on the 14 track debut with a super-group of players signed up and ready to go. Recording will start in March 2011. The album will act as both a release for Alan as an artist as well as a portfolio for getting into song-writing for other artists and for film and TV. Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly will also be appearing on the record. The 2008 solo track Superhero captured the attention and support of many a local Edinburgh musician. The song and video features a choir of 30 of some of most dedicated of Scottish musical talent. Superhero is a commercial track designed to promote local bands and collaborative relationships, to attract attention from
TV and film industries and to just be good fun! (Video on Youtube: In 2005 Alan’s solo single I’m Glad You Talked Me Round won him a place in the heats for T-Break (T in the Park’s annual unsigned competition) and meant the airing of the single’s title track on BBC Radio 1 Scotland.

The Elements
Efforts are being poured into Alan’s solo album but also side project, The Elements. The Elements began as a ‘collective’ on the back of Alan’s Identity Parade music showcase, bringing together some of Edinburgh’s most hard-working musicians, collaborations with whom led to the formation of the band, properly, in early 2008. The Elements recorded a promo video for a track called New York City after American indie film company, Southern Gothic Promotions, picked up the song to use as part of a fundraiser event to make a film called Pedestrian sometime next year. SoGoPro was started by One Tree Hill producer Kelly Tenney and actress, Hilarie Burton. The interest prompted The Elements to make a great little video of their own to accompany the release. The band will release the New York City EP on Wednesday 2 February having promoted the release at six different Edinburgh festival appearances, including the much-respected Acoustic Edinburgh event when The Elements shared the bill with Alex Cornish and the hotly-tipped Mersault (24.8.10).

Alan fronted Edinburgh four-piece, Underbelly, between 2003 and 2008. After some defining musical experiences in Belfast and collaborative gigs with local Edinburgh musicians Alan found his feet and started Underbelly in March 03 which was to bring success in 2005 with their EP Come in to Land hitting the airwaves on XFM Scotland and even enjoying airplay on Radio 1 Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as earning them some great reviews from The Daily Record, The Belfast Telegraph and The Evening News as well as a variety of online review sites.
Success again in 2006 for Underbelly when they too were invited to perform at T-Break, this time chosen out of a record 1,000 entries from around Scotland boosting both Alan’s and Underbelly’s profiles impressively. Before calling it a day, Underbelly ended 2008 on a high with invitations to perform at prestigious showcase, The Mill, then the Forth One to Watch award and the Evening News’ battle of the bands.

Not all strictly influences but bands I am loving the work of...
Carey Brothers, Tom Petty, Elbow, Snow Patrol, Sun Kil Moon, I Am Kloot, Death Cab For Cutie, Doves, Ambulance Ltd, Foo Fighters, Editors, Reindeer Section, Ash.


I'm Glad You Talked Me Round EP - Alan Davison
Twenty Fifteen EP - Alan Davison
Come Into Land - Underbelly
Empty Faces - Underbelly