After several years in different groups Alan joined Bristol based group New Federation in 1972. New Federation became Federation and appeared on TV talent shows Opportunity Knocks and New Faces and released five singles on EMI written and produced by Peter Morris.
In 1979 he joined Marmalade on rythmn guitar and added keyboards in 1998 when they toured the UK with Del Shannon.
In 1999 a review in The Irish Times called him Marmalde’s multi instrumentalist and failed acrobat Alan Holmes.
And he still is……….