Alan Brown was born in Dundee and since 1970 has lived near Aberfeldy in the heart of Scotland where he is a full-time entertainer - a singer, musician, writer, broadcaster, compere, public speaker and journalist. He has twice won the prestigious Scottish Folk Directory Songwriter Contest and released two albums of his own songs, which have been local best-sellers, and plays tenor banjo/guitar and acts as dance caller and compere for several ceilidh bands.
He has been a producer/presenter with Heartland FM since its beginnings in 1992 and his weekly programme Scene Around won Station Awards and welcomed musical guests from all over the world. His current programme Broadband (Sundays 1-3 pm) celebrates 20th Century popular music. He has broadcast also on BBC Radio Scotland, Clare FM (Ireland) and Radio Tay.
He is much in demand on the Burns Supper circuit, whether singing, addressing the haggis, performing his all-action Tam o’ Shanter, or proposing The Immortal Memory in hotels, village halls, McDiarmid Park in Perth for St Johnstone FC and Northwood Country Club, Dallas, Texas for the Caledonian Society.Recent engagements have included playing for 100 diners at a local hotel on Hogmanay, entertaining coach parties, introducing students from the USA to Scottish dance and song, compering ceilidhs and Pitlochry’s famous Highland Nights, performing in folk clubs in rural Pennsylvania.