Born into a musical family in his native country, Ireland, Allen started playing various musical instruments at an early age. He began to write his own songs in his early teens . His siblings and he started a band and performed the pub circuit in Ireland and festivals in Europe. After studying at the famed Academy of Music and Ballyfermot College of Music in Dublin, Allen went out on his own performing in Ireland and Europe. Allen gained much notoriety and was asked to open for both Suzanne Vega and Status Quo . Currently Allen is in New York City playing both as a solo artist and with his new powerhouse band, the Wads.