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Alan Hull (1945-1995) was an English singer-songwriter and founding member of the Tyneside folk rock band, Lindisfarne.

Born James Alan Hull in Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne on 20th February1945, he became a member of the band The Chosen Few alongside keyboard player Mick Gallagher in 1962. He supported himself one year by working as a nurse at a mental hospital while appearing as a folk singer and guitarist in local clubs before helping to form Brethren and Downtown Faction, which evolved into Lindisfarne in 1970. He also released a one-off solo single, “We Can Swing Together”, which was re-recorded with the group on their first album, Nicely Out of Tune, and became a regular favourite in their stage performances.

As the group’s most prolific songwriter and joint lead vocalist, Hull came to be regarded as its leader. In 1972, dissatisfied with the sound and critical reception of their third album Dingly Dell, he considered leaving the group, but instead he and joint lead vocalist Ray “Jacka” Jackson formed a new six-piece Lindisfarne the following year, leaving the three other original members to form Jack The Lad. He also released a first solo album, Pipedream, in the same year, and published a book of poems, Mocking Horse.

Lindisfarne disbanded in 1975, and Hull released a second solo album, Squire, then formed the short-lived Radiator, which also included drummer Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne and Jack the Lad.


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  • dnorthumbria

    Bought Pipedream when it first came out. Lost it sometime (too many parties). Never fogot it, got it again now. Just enjoying it, wonderful songs.

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • la-brava

    Amazing musician.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • battleaxed

    'dan the plan' is very... john lennon

    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • condoc

    Makes you wonder what this guy would be doing now, if he lived to reach his full potential..... the mind boggles !! one of the best songwriters ever.... :)

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ThomasdSt

    Wow, surprisingly few listeners.. Great singer/songwriter.

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Catterick

    STD 0632 is a really beautiful song, I also like One More Bottle of Wine

    7 Apr 2007 Reply
  • javamonk

    Indeed. Died far too young. Statues & Liberties shows that he had a lot more to give.

    9 Sep 2006 Reply
  • Pilchard Chops

    Alan Hull one of the worlds most underated singer-songwriters.

    11 Jul 2006 Reply

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