ALAN BONNER – Singer, Songwriter, Balladeer
Alan Bonner is a singer-songwriter based in London. After leaving his small village in Suffolk for the bright lights of London at 18, he’s spent the past few years writing, recording and playing at venues across the UK and Europe, all the while writing lyrics on beer mats and bashing out chords on a beaten Piano.
Since graduating from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2007, Alan's emotionally-charged live shows have left audiences stunned, not only by the intensity of his performances and quality of his vocals, but by the honesty and confessional nature of his songs.
Having supported acts such as FYFE DANGERFEILD, DAVID FORD, IN ME, GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY, and SONS OF NOEL AND ADRIAN, he has built up a loyal following and has played at festivals throughout the UK including OXJAM, GLOBAL GATHERING and BRIGHTON LIVE. He has taken his music overseas, playing a cluster of shows in Australia in 2010, and embarking on a European Tour in 2011 covering the UK, Italy and Germany.
When back in Britain, he frequently gigs on the London circuit, immersing himself in London's thriving Brit-Folk scene. 2008 saw the independent release of his debut album Songs for the Heart Shaped, which is available from all major digital music retailers [itunes, HMV digital, Napster, and Amazon to name a few], as well as in physical format at selected UK stores.
Alan’s songs have also been featured in UK Drama series The Glue, and the short film and TV pilot His Uterus, Her Lover. Having been compared by critics to the likes of Rufus Wainwright and David Bowie, finishing touches are currently being made to Alan’s second album Balladeer, due for release in spring 2012. The album will be followed by a supporting UK and European Tour.
Balladeer is a set of beautifully-crafted songs of love, loss, hope and redemption from a 21st-century Troubadour with folk leanings and a pop sensibility. With gentle orchestration by cello, piano, ukulele, accordion and guitar, it’s a much more stripped-back affair than its 2008 predecessor.
Listen to Balladeer and you’ll hear Alan’s own unique take on the romantic and the political, the heart-breaking and the uplifting. There’s Talia, the heart-warming ode to a best friend, and Rainbow Man, a vitriolic protest song inspired by the infamous hate-killing of Matthew Shepherd.
The nostalgic Autumn is a lonely reflection on a love long-since lost, the hopeful Ocean urges the listener to ‘love like you’ve never been hurt and just dive in', and a happy-clappy dose of perfect folk-pop comes in the form of Lighthouse Song. Alan is currently looking for management, publishing and label distribution to build on the foundations he's already laid as an artist, taking his career to the next level and helping him to expand his already growing following.
“Alan Bonner came to create a sort of poetic oasis amongst the more vivacious and aggressive guitar-based bands. His music was an onomatopoeic melange of sounds, where the melodic piano meets the melancholic cello and the softly-stroked guitar. All instruments were then embraced by Alan’s gritty yet mellifluous vocals and the sound of it was interesting. Pieces like Narcissist's Wet Dream and Talia stood out as possible singles, both reminiscent of Tori Amos' evocative airs and with decadent themes à la Bowie.” LIVE REVIEW FROM THE WATER RATS, LONDON, NOISE MAKES ENEMIES MAGAZINE
“Alan Bonner plays glam-tinged Piano ballads. You will want to steal his fabulously vintage outfits.”
TIME OUT LONDON