Born in Arkansas in the United States, Alec has been a classically trained cellist for the past nineteen years and has performed in many professional settings including the Conway Symphony Orchestra as well as hired string quartets during that time. Having found a love for Irish music and culture, he moved to Limerick, Ireland to pursue a Master's degree in Irish traditional music performance on the flute at the University of Limerick in 2010. During his time in Limerick, he has had the opportunity to study under several masters of the Irish flute and to make music with some of the best musicians in the world. Afterward, he enrolled in the optional second year of this MA degree on the cello in order to learn how to further the role of the cello in Irish traditional music. He is currently completing this PhD in the University of Limerick in this area of study.
Throughout his years of studying music, Alec has incorporated a number of styles and influences into his cello playing to make him a unique force to be reckoned with on the instrument. He utilises Classical technique mixed with folk styles of cellists Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston, Trevor Exter, Ben Sollee and more, as well as drawing from instrumentalists in many other genres to create his unique sound.
Alec has had the privilege to perform with and record music for many influential musicians, including: De Danann, Lisa Canny, Daoirí Farrell, Emma Langford, Teresa Horgan, and more.