Alex started playing bass semi-professionally with jazz bands in Glasgow during the trad jazz revival in the xxxties. He soon moved on to modern jazz, then while working abroad he joined a folk group. On returning to Scotland he became a regular performer at Dunblane Folk Club and he is a founder member of the Lugs. He is also involved in the local jazz scene, but he particularly enjoys playing in whisky distilleries. He has only managed this twice so far.