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Alan Dunham

Flying Alone

At 18 years old, Alan Dunham converted his parent’s Upstate New York basement into a meager recording studio. The product of a childhood obsession with the British Invasion and songwriters of the early ‘70s, 1980’s Flying Alone was his only album to escape the subterranean confines. In true private-press fashion, each of the one hundred copies of the LP was sold in a blank jacket, hand-pasted with the album’s artwork and xeroxed collages. While the record’s pop flourishes come off as naïve and lighthearted, Dunham’s songs are tinged with the bittersweet melancholy of a young adult grappling with the turmoil of growing up. As its title suggests, there’s an undercurrent of loneliness that ripples across Flying Alone’s 16 tracks—even at its most joyful; “We can run the field, we can fly the sky,” Dunham sang. “I can see a teardrop in your eye.”

Alan’s life-long commitment to his introspective brand of folk music began in an old farmhouse at the end of a dirt road, recording songs with his brothers beside a kitchen oven during the bleak east coast winters to keep their fingers from freezing. At 18, he transformed his parents' upstate New York basement into a recording studio, which led to a period of wild creativity. “It seemed almost magical,” Dunham reflected. Sixteen of the tracks written in that frenzied ’79-’81 period became Flying Alone, Dunham’s lone, privately pressed LP. Throughout his career he worked tirelessly to establish himself as a songwriter and performer, he took his few wins with earnest humility, and the losses with patient resilience. Even today, you can find him in his Glens Falls, New York, studio, writing, recording, and playing music. “At 59, I’ve realized that music isn’t just one song, one year or decade, but that it can encompass a lifetime. Like life, it’s brought me to highs and lows and all in between.” Reach out to join the Alan Dunham Fan Club.

Track List

  1. Alan Dunham Hello! It's Nice To Meet You
  2. Alan Dunham Sally
  3. Alan Dunham Move On Down The Road
  4. Alan Dunham The Game
  5. Alan Dunham Little Sparrow
  6. Alan Dunham My Song To You
  7. Alan Dunham Happiness Is Good
  8. Alan Dunham For You, My Love
  9. Alan Dunham Let's Take A Ride
  10. Alan Dunham Wishing Willow Tree
  11. Alan Dunham Shake It
  12. Alan Dunham Castles In My Mind
  13. Alan Dunham Teardrops
  14. Alan Dunham Get Away
  15. Alan Dunham Live Again
  16. Alan Dunham A Little Bit Longer
  • Little Sparrow b/w A Little Bit Longer
    Alan Dunham
  • Circles
    Charles Brown
  • 2nd Look
    Jim Spencer
  • Songs From Down the Hall
    Kevin Vicalvi