Alan Russell RIP

Another muso friend has left us. I first played on the same bill as Alan in 76, at the “Totley Frolic”. He was in a band called Xero, alongside Max Wall and John O’Hanlon.  He later formed a band called The Chant, about whom I have no memories, other than supporting them at the Maze Bar. Next came probably his highest profile band, The Junk, alongside Walter Wray (vox), Andy Hobson (bass) and Dave Bloom (drums). Their album Cuckooland was released by Native Records (home of Dig Vis Drill and They Must Be Russians) in 1986 and from it came the single “The World Doesn’t Turn”. A second album followed, but that was sadly that. At some point, Alan took over my post as guitarist in blues/R&B band the Loose Halos and he continued to play in one outfit or another until the end.

Nobody had a bad word about Alan, he was almost always to be seen with a  smile on his face and was a true gentleman as well as an excellent musician.  In his later years he developed a remarkable talent as a painter. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Barbara and their family.

If you have any more details or photos of his musical life, please share with us.

The Junk