A FAMOUS face from down under opened up to a Dumbarton radio host about his excitement ahead of the launch of his latest album.

Alan Fletcher - best known as Dr Karl Kennedy from Australian soap Neighbours - had a chat with Charlie Mac at Lomond Radio on Thursday about all things musical as he and his band Waiting Room prepare to release their brand new album ‘The Point’.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: The Point album coverThe Point album cover (Image: Lomond Radio)

Fletcher, who has played the role of Dr Kennedy for over 28 years now, is set to join his rock band on tour next month, with the group scheduled to make an appearance at Oran Mor in Glasgow on April 6.

He said: “I love this venue, having performed there before.

"When I was planning the tour I contacted them to see if we could add it to the tour and they were delighted with the idea.

“It’s going to be a very intimate gig and hopefully everyone will enjoy it.”

The band has spent the last 18 months writing and recording ‘The Point’ which includes a number of witty and heartfelt original songs.

Fletcher explained he was inspired by his heroes such as Jason Isbell, John Prine, and Guy Clark.

The record will be launched live for UK audiences with a tour of intimate venues across Scotland and England.

Dr Kennedy will also join other cast members of the popular Aussie soap at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in March for what was meant to be the ‘Neighbours Farewell Tour’.

However, after it was confirmed that the show is being saved by Amazon Freevee the tour has turned into more of a celebration.

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The shock save came after Neighbours was axed last year prompting a number of former stars such as Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, and Guy Pearce to join together in a grand finale.

Fletcher added: “More than five million people watched the last episode in the UK and it was the highest rating programme here in Australia.

“I think that people just recognise that and realise this show is too popular to let slip, so we’re very, very pleased that Amazon has picked the show up.”

Dumbarton presenter Charlie Mac said: “It was lovely to speak to Alan. He has a lot of passion for this album and is looking forward to performing it live for UK fans.”

Neighbours will return to screens later this year, with new episodes – and classic episodes - available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

The interview will be broadcast on Lomond Radio during the Friday Breakfast Show on Friday, March 3.