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 …

Alan’s first album ‘Will’ now on iTunes

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‘Will’, the first album Alan Franks released with Patty Vetta, is now on iTunes. Released in 1995 by Road Goes On Forever, Will was hailed by Time Out as one of the best Roots albums of the year. Several of its tracks were covered by other artists, most notably The Wishfulness Waltz by Fairport Convention. ‘Wonderful songs’, wrote the influential …

Wherever You Go

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  Alan Franks’s new album, Wherever You Go, is now available on iTunes. It has seventeen superb songs, in styles ranging from top British jazz to the astonishing voice of the fourteen-year-old West End sensation Isabella Pappas. Here are some tremendous ballads of love and loss as well as lyrics full of sharp wit and brightness. All bear the stamp …

And do these feet in present time…

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So what is it about going on foot? It was, and is, our primary means of transport, and the only one apart from swimming in which we are our own vehicle. Some can’t stand it, never mind walk it; the only place to which it takes them is the dire memory of school crocodiles. Since God, working through Man of …