Alan Franks & Friends playing in Richmond, 7.30pm Sat May 6, Oddfellows, Parkshot

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A gig to launch the album Wherever You Go which features the lyrics of playwright and journalist Alan Franks. The tunes, which range from jazz, through pop ballads to folk, are the work of many musicians, including the internationally renowned saxophonist Tim Whitehead, Indie rock star Glen Strachan, and Franks himself. This is the sixth CD of Alan’s songs. The …

‘Looking At Lucian’ Starring Henry Goodman

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Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio will stage the World Premiere of mesmerising fly-on-the-wall drama Looking at Lucian by Alan Franks, directed by Tom Attenborough. Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman will star as Lucian Freud, widely regarded when he died in 2011 aged 88 as the greatest living portrait painter of our time, as he works in his Kensington Studio, painting …

Only Natural – CD Out Now On iTunes

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Only Natural is beautiful collection of soulful ballads, folk, country and roots music, all original songs by Alan Franks and sung by Patty Vetta. The title track sees Patty returning to her country influences, with stylish assistance from Steve Reynolds’s piano and Tony Harris’s steel guitar. Here too are several powerful narrative ballads in the English folk tradition. Perhaps the …

Bird in Flames

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Patty Vetta and Alan Franks’s fourth album, Bird in Flames, contains two of Franks’s most ambitious story-telling songs: As I Walked Out, which revisits the life of Brendan Macreadie, a popular item from their first album; and the title track Bird In Flames, relating tells a passionate, enigmatic tale of betrayal in wartime France. While the first of these shows …

Barnes Music Festival – 23 March

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Alan is performing with West End star Charlotte Moore and the Barnes Community Choir at the Barnes Music Festival. Community Evening – Barnes Community Choir 23 March 7.30 pm at Holy Trinity, Barnes Barnes Community Choir is for singers of all ages and backgrounds, who share a love of song and an enthusiasm for making music together. There’s no audition, …

The Arms Of The Enemy

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The Arms Of The Enemy is the third album by Alan and Patty. It is now available to buy on iTunes or to stream on Apple Music. Like the first two of their CDs, its tracks run through a broad range of styles. It opens with the poignantly sung period pop of Beautiful Music, with magnificent double-tracked vocals from Patty. …

Songs And Poems With Alan Franks, Chrys Salt And Charlotte Moore

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Alan Franks’s songs are an extraordinary mixture of comedy, love, satire and Blues. His recordings with the singers Patty Vetta and Charlotte Moore over the past twenty-five years have drawn ecstatic reviews from the music press. The lyrics are often narrative, telling stories as diverse as the Wall Street Crash (The Day It Started Raining Millionaires on Wall Street), the …

Ladders of Daylight Now On iTunes

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Like Will, Ladders of Daylight , now available to purchase on iTunes, contains a broad range of styles, from the wartime nostalgia of Take Good Care of Your Memories and I Try To Fall In Love, through the blues-inflected I’d Rather Be Blind to the narrative ballad of We’re Going To Be Revealed. One of the most popular numbers was …