Redshirt & Alan Thornton

[fvplayer src=”″]Redshirt (Matt Hicks) and Alan Thornton are two songwriters from two very opposite sides of the Atlantic. Both have been honing their songwriting skills for some time but met only this year on the Original Ukulele Song Project Facebook Page. Alan had written a set of lyrics which he felt very endeared to but had hit a wall with where to take them. They were incredibly personal words about trying to maintain wisdom in ones latter years and finding guidance in a member of a younger generation.

Redshirt offered to take them off his hands for a bit and left them to stew until the words began to grow on him and gain a meaning of their own for him. It was at this point that he felt able to add some of his own lyrics to the already fine collection of words and the commit it to a simple tune that effectively carries the song but allows the listener to focus on Alan’s incredible words.

If there’s one thing that characterises this collaboration it is the lack of haste and the willingness to wait out until something good rolls in. With their common ground in folk and roots American genres, it hasn’t taken long for them to find a trusting and effective working relationship and are already committed to future collaborations albeit with a large amount of water sitting between them.

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4 Responses to Redshirt & Alan Thornton

  1. Jennifer Lane 2nd October 2016 at 8:02 am #

    Well played, gentlemen, well played. Love this song! Congrats on your successful collaboration.

  2. Iain Glencross 19th October 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    So effective. Lovely. I liked the “hair in the gate” effect.

  3. Alan Thornton 19th November 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Thanks dear friends. So kind of you to post here. I’ve only just found my way to this page myself! Many and varied are the ways of OUS!

  4. Alan Thornton 21st November 2016 at 3:26 am #

    Redshirt asked me to send him my version of the song now that I’ve played it in public and had a good time with it.
    Here’s the link:

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