Allan's background in the Cape Breton Musical Tradition is the backbone of his ability to accompany any fiddler, past and present. Allan's first 13 years growing up in Halifax consisted of regular visits from Dave MacIsaac and most anyone who came for a Cape Breton Dance. His musical beginnings were on acoustic guitar, playing for his sister on fiddle and mother on piano. Allan has toured all over the world with Jerry Holland and many others and was a full time member of Natalie MacMaster's band from 2001-2006. Allan is the Music Director at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre and spends his "free time" accompanying local fiddlers at dances, pubs and theatres from Nova Scotia to Scotland and beyond.