Alan MacEwen got his start in music touring the world fronting Washington, DC-based Americana quartet The Grandsons. As the group’s principle songwriter, he released seven albums-worth of upbeat, wry tunes on subjects ranging from love and heartbreak to indicted congressmen and wealthy arts patrons. He comes by his calypso stage name, Sir Alan, honestly. You see, he was briefly a Trinidadian from 1969 to 1970. His five year-old self could not help but absorb the sounds of calypso music at the height of the big band calypso era in the days when the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener battled it out for the calypso crown. Decades later he could no longer resist the pull of island music. He released a calypso album of his own, and began incorporating the music of the Caribbean into his performances. Sir Alan’s genial presence on the bandstand brings warmth and laughter to every performance.