Allan Webster attended St Georges School from 1957-1961.
On leaving school Allan worked as an apprentice electrician
with Cammell Lairds before emigrated to Australia in December 1963 with his parents, five brothers and two sisters, saying goodbye to their home at No.303 Twickenham Drive Leasowe.
Now 42 years later, Keith Mason managed to get in touch with Allan and was lucky enough to meet up with him in Inverleigh, Australia. Accompanying this article are two pictures of Allan, one with Allan and his Wife and one with Keith Mason.
Allan is a famous Singer and Song-writer in Australia and has two albums to his credit.
Back in the days when he lived in Wallasey, Allan played in a local band with his brother Ken and Alan Gaskel. Beginning his musical career at the age of 14, he later played with merseyside bands at the Cavern
^ ^ ^ ^ Allan is pictured above and here on the right > > > >
On arrival in Australia, Allan wasted no time in pursuit of his musical career and joined a band called 'The Road Runners', later joining a band called 'The Dukes'. Over the years Allan has worked along side many artists, including The
Searchers, Gerry and The Pacemakers The Merseybeats and The Big Three, Freddy
and The Dreamers. When overseas, with interstate artists such as Lee Conway, John
Farnham, Marcia Hines, Scott Brothers, Ray Brown and the Whispers, Denise
Drysdale Ernie Sigley, Anatol Lowas, Franky Howard, performed in Whyalla in the
70’s, Allan with a band "The Dukes" comprising of John Caldwell, Harry Neil and
Ken Webster and Brian Woodfield provided the backing. In recent years he has
supported The Dead Ringer Band, Billy Bridge, Troy Cassar-Daley, Sandra
Humphries, and James Ray, (New Zealand).
Keith meets with Allan > > > >
With two albums to his credit, Allan has also had success with his songwriting.
“The Joker’s Wild” won first place at Riverland Festival in
2001, and is the title track of his first CD. “Grandpa’s Words” which was
co-written with Gary Telford, (now living in Tasmania,) won the SA APRA Song of
The Year in the Traditional Section in November 2003, and is also
recorded on his latest CD, “Guitar Man” Allan also ranked
second, (out of 119 entries), in the Tasmanian New Zealand Songwriting Awards
for a song he penned for Sandra Humphries, “Love On The Side”, which is
recorded as a duet with Bill Chambers on her “Every Road” album. In May 2004 “Grandpa’s Words” was placed 2nd in the Australian
Songwriter’s Associations 24th National songwriting contest. “Love On The Side”
also won at the January 2005, TIARA Awards at Tamworth in the vocal
< < < < Allan with his wife
To read more about Allan and hear his music, visit the following Website from which part of this article was reproduced.
(Thanks to Keith, Allan and his Wife for the great picture.)