I was born in Ireland in the  city of Waterford in a modest  family, and enjoyed a  sheltered upbringing with my  father and mother and my one  older sister. Being a fairly introspective  child I didn’t have a large circle  of friends, but in my teens I  discovered the wireless. After  saving up my pocket money for a long time I finally bought a  good wireless – and so began  my love of music. At about 16 I  started working in hotels, lost  my shyness and discovered  the guitar. I started playing in  pubs and sessions, got taught  a lot by lots of good players,  and haven’t stopped since. In 1988 I moved to Germany to  work in a 5-star hotel, and used  my spare time to improve my  guitar playing and singing. But I  didn’t have a lot of spare time,  so I decided I needed another  job. In 1994 I started working in  a musical instrument shop in  Frankfurt and began doing  public appearances. In 2003,  having realised that the  standard of service in the shop  was inadequate (to my mind), I  decided to open my own shop  in Berliner Str. 20 in Frankfurt.  So now I live from music.  Aaah... life’s good.  Copyright Alan Sherry 2014