I am lucky enough to have been profiled in Geoff Nicholls book “Banging On: “Alan has developed the ability to play at wrist breaking speeds” (Geoff Nicholls, Rhythm Magazine/Making Music).
I’ve been playing drums since I was a lad. I did my first gigs in my fathers Irish Ceilidh band. Starting on Bodhran, I saved up for my first kit by playing at folk festivals & busking jigs & reels with my Dad. I come from a long line of much better musicians than me. My great Grandfather was a drum maker and received silver drum sticks for his service as a military drummer. I have a good tradition to maintain and a lot to aspire to.
I’ve been a session drummer for many years. I’m a JHS, RhythmTech & Regal Tip “Keyplayer” and Dream Cymbals endorser. My Drumming highlights include: playing
tours and festival gigs including Glastonbury, playing Djembe with Gambian band Roots Manding in West Africa, making a dub album with legendary lyricist Benjamin Zephaniah, an acoustic album with award winning artist Emma Rugg, a chart topping country album with Glenn Williams and many more.
I’ve also been in Gear Magazine, Music Week and many other publications. I’ve played countless radio sessions & had BBC Radio 1 air play. I have also had the honour of being profiled by the late great John Peel on Channel 4 and have not only played on, but also directed videos on MTV.
I am currently gigging with legendary world dance fusion band Celtarabia, Duo The Verne Duels & electro hip hop with endoflevelbaddie
Alan Raw’s profile in Gear Magazine:
For Drum Lessons visit my drum school site: