About the ALAN HULL songbook, the early demo tapes and the album "Some Other Time".
When Dave Hull-Denholm, son-in-law of Lindisfarne legend Alan Hull, was given the task by Alan’s widow of sorting through his home studio he never imagined that he would discover a hoard of old reel to reel tapes with enough unreleased songs to fill at least four albums worth of material, let alone some of the best songs he had ever written.
Taking their time to sort through the 120 or so quarter inch tapes both Dave, who had been playing live with Alan at the time of his death in 1995, and later married his daughter Francesca, and fellow Lindisfarne member Ian Thomson were astonished to discover that these weren’t the master tapes or demos for Lindisfarne or Alan’s solo albums, but a whole series of recordings made between 1967 and 1969 by Alan that had never seen the light of day.
Dave had been playing as Alan’s sideman for the last few years of Alan’s life, and had been working on his final album ‘Statues, and Liberties’ when he died in November 1995. Dave then took on the role of producer so that the album could be released posthumously. Those few years on the road helped him to gain an insight into Alan’s mind and music, and he would go on to take on the role of lead vocalist in the band bringing an authenticity that no other singer would have been able to do.
While the quality of the songs that they found was never in doubt, unfortunately many of the recordings had deteriorated significantly, and Dave and Ian realised that while the tapes could not be preserved and released, the songs themselves were more than worthy of being made public, and so they set about recording them. What has emerged is the first of potentially several albums. It is a fitting tribute to a songwriter who has been name-checked over the years by many other artists from Elvis Costello to Noel Gallagher as one of the greats of his time.
The album showcases what a fine songwriter Alan was and represents his most prolific period of creativity. It was released on the 27th May 2016 and both Dave and Ian are anxious that the public should hear the first of what may become a series of albums of lost songs that they genuinely believe are amongst the finest to have come from the pen of one of Britain’s greatest and most well-loved songwriters. Alan himself would have been proud of what they have done in re-recording some of his earliest songs so superbly and sensitively, and in keeping his memory alive.