AN AIRLINE pilot from Mochdre has reached new heights with an album two decades in the making.

Reflections of Your Face is the fourth offering from North Wales singer-songwriter Allan Dawson.

Completed during lockdown, the collection ranges from piano ballad Undeterred and joyful Snowclear, to the bittersweet first single, Bubble, and epic I Wish This Would Last Forever.

Released on Monday, September 21, Mr Dawson said the album is “everything he hoped it would be” and comes after decades of weird and wonderful jobs, from radio show host to executive skydiver and even a business advisor for the Welsh Government.

However it is his passion for flying that drove him to finish the record and share it with listeners, almost 20 years after the journey began.

“Music and flying are my two greatest passions in life,” said the 45 year-old.

“Reflections was always there in the background, and though it’s my fourth album I actually started it before albums two and three.

“It’s very much about things we’ve all gone through in life, especially when chasing a dream and realising it wasn’t what you expected.

“It’s about friendship, struggles and realising life isn’t about goals, it’s the pain you take to reach them.”

A former pupil at Eirias High School, Mr Dawson was in a string of bands as a teenager before attending Preston University and later moving to London, where he would spend most of his career.

Before the coronavirus pandemic he split his time between cargo and passenger planes but in March he was grounded and used the time to finally fulfil his musical destiny.

“Not only did I write the album, I did everything,” said Mr Dawson.

“It’s light years ahead of anything I’ve done before and I hope others feel the same.

“I love to fly but music keeps coming back to me; now that I’ve completed Reflections I can move on and create new songs.”

Reflections of Your Face and the single Bubble are now available online including Spotify and Deezer.

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