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Hi Alistair Like you I have been diagnosed with MND, from start of symptoms last October to no...

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My dear friend Keith was diagnosed with MND within 9 months he passed away in Dec 2010. Such an a...

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To Alistair, Keep going. I saw you on BBC Breakfast this morning and haven't stopped listening...

posted by Lizzie

Hi Alistair. Amazing to hear you on the radio this morning. I have done a similar project to you ...

posted by Ronnie Upton

Alistair Saw you on BBC this morning and bought your record immediately. It is just brilliant. Y...

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A Message from Alistair’s Family

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Alistair Banks has passed away.

Alistair’s family have today published:

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Alistair passed away yesterday afternoon. Alistair went peacefully with his family beside him, with the dignity he deserved after enduring this wicked disease.

We are so very proud of the way that despite the disease he has inspired so many people and left such an incredible legacy for his children and others.

As a family we will continue to raise awareness of MND and hope you will join us.

The Banks family.

Sally Light, Chief Executive of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, said: “Alistair has been an outstanding supporter of the MND Association, in his commitment to raising awareness on behalf of all people with motor neurone disease.

I am aware of the enormous efforts he made in inspiring countless people, including many who had no previous knowledge of the disease, and the profound impact he had on those who met him, including staff here at the MND Association.

“He will be missed by everyone here, and will continue to inspire us in our work to ultimately find a cure for this devastating disease. Our best wishes and sincere condolences go to the Banks family at this sad time.”

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Alistair please donate here. This will be added to a Tribute Fund for Alistair.

Alistair The Optimist’ album

Alistair The Optimst Album CoverThe album is now available to buy on CD from the MND Association, please call 01604 250505 for £10.95.  All proceeds go to the MND Association.
For an idea of what the album sounds like, here are a couple of videos:

`In the Wake’

‘No One’, shot in Los Angeles by Louise Baker Lee and Rich Lee.

The album is also available to download from the following sites, and can also be streamed in full on Bandcamp. A donation will be made to the MND Association for every download bought.

Bandcamp (£7)

Amazon (£7.49)

- iTunes (£7.90)

7digital (£7.99)

‘No One’ is available to download for free  from Bandcamp.

I hope you enjoy listening to our songs as much as we have enjoyed making this record. I feel very proud of what we have achieved and hope we are able to spread the message of incurable optimism through the album.

Please buy it now and tell your friends.

Sing and play along with, record or perform the ‘Alistair The Optimist’ songs!

Yes Yes Yes! You can now download the lyrics and guitar chords for all 10 songs on my album.

Not quite sure what the songs are about? Fear not…simply click on any of the titles below and all will be revealed, and you will be able to sing along to the album with confidence.

Alternatively, if you are interested in playing your own version of any of my tracks then a simple guitar tab with relevant chord shapes is included.

In The Wake Leading Eye Metal Men No One Nothing To Me Now

The New Regime So Long Survivors Precipice Now What

Get recording and send in your versions to show you are an ‘Incurable Optimist’ – you could even post your clip on You Tube.

I have already been asked by several people who want to perform songs from ‘Alistair The Optimist’ including a choir – brilliant, I can’t wait to hear them.


Why I’m an Incurable Optimist

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is killing me. It will gradually leave me unable to walk, talk, eat and breathe. I’ll miss out on my kids growing up. There will be things that I will no longer be able to do like record and play the music I love.

Time is running out. I decided that I needed to finish an album with my band before my muscles stopped working. We recorded the ten tracks just before my arms became too weak for me to drum and we have now released the ‘Alistair The Optimist’ album. I need to leave this legacy for my family and friends.

Alistair and family

But I’m not going to let it defeat me. MND may be incurable but I am an incurable optimist. I’m determined to carry on making music for as long as I can and to help promote the album, so it can reach as wide an audience as possible. The songs I have recorded with my band are dedicated to all the incurable optimists helping to beat MND.

Take a look at what I am doing and see how you can get involved to help others and support the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. I know that through optimism we will find the cure to MND.

Some of you may remember Patrick Joyce, another incurable optimist. Find out more about Patrick by clicking on the link below.

Visit Patrick's site

Read my blog

Me and my friend Matt finally finished the film about our float to the coast adventure. Brings back lots of happy memories. All songs in the film are available on the album ‘Alistair the Optimist’. Buy it now at the MND Association shop. All proceeds go to the MND Association. Float to the Coast You

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Listen to clips from tracks on the album 'Alistair The Optimist'.

Whet your appetite with In The Wake and The New Regime