Alan Lennon

Alan Lennon

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When Irish Shred Is Smiling

An Irish shredder on a mission, Alan Lennon submitted his 8 song instrumental guitar demo on CD-R, entitled Heaven's Call. The opening track, "Missing You", was written for his best friend who passed away, and is a great example of the dynamics that Lennon uses in his composing. The song rises from melancholy to ripping shred in a heartbeat, and the guitarist uses a variety of tones (ala Marty Friedman) to give each section in the song an appropriate quality. An example of a blazing fretfest would be "Cherry Bomb", loaded with technical playing and a balls-to-the-walls sound. Overall, his compositions have a cinematic presence to them - you can picture them being used in movies or documentaries. Lennon is on the fast track to recording some excellent instrumental work - let's hope he devotes himself to this task. Alan Lennon was originally profiled in the February-March, 2001 edition of The Undiscovered.

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Alan has been playing guitar for the past seven years and interestingly, his biggest influence is not a guitarist, but the Irish singer Enya. Alan has a strong interest in instrumental music, as he feels it does not hide behind lyrics and because it uses melody and passion to drive the message home. His only dislike is guitar players who play fast just because they can.

Lennon's goal is to reach a very high level of technique on the guitar so he can stop practicing and spend more time composing. He would also like to write film scores eventually.

Contact Information

Alan Lennnon
Ardamine, Donore, Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow
Ireland

E-mail: alansemail@eircom.net