Alan has gained the reputation as one of the most identifiable and respected flute players in Irish music. He is widely recognised as a lead soloist on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and for his time with the band GrĂˇda, that he co-founded in 2001. His freewheeling, â€śsoaring flute playingâ€ť was a major part of GrĂˇdaâ€™s sound. There is a jazzy edge and improvisation element to Alanâ€™s playing that has earned him fans in other genres including Jazz and Bluegrass. Recently he has been making guest appearances with Irish high fliers.