Allan's background in the Cape Breton musical tradition is the backbone of his ability to accompany any fiddler, past and present—from Jerry Holland, Carl MacKenzie, Buddy MacMaster, Howie MacDonald, John Morris Rankin and John Pellerin to the new generation fiddlers including Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton and Shelly Campbell—for dances and ceilidhs. Growing up in Halifax and Antigonish, Allan picked up the music at home, playing with his mother and sister. There was no formal training of any sort, but folks like Dave MacIsaac and anyone who was in town for a Cape Breton dance would drop by the house for tunes. Allan learned by ear and he attended every concert, dance and house party he could. Allan has toured all over the world with Jerry Holland, Ashley MacIsaac, Troy MacGillivray and others and was a full time member of Natalie MacMaster's band for five years. Allan is Music Director at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique and spends his time accompanying local fiddlers at dances, and in pubs and theatres.