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 …

Sir Peter and St George

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What a dreadful year for musical loss. Still not three months old and some serious bereavements, whether you love or loathe the legacies, or lives, of David Bowie, George Martin, Keith Emerson and now Peter Maxwell Davies. The last of these, although the only one to have nothing to do with pop music, was arguably the most controversial. I never …

Meeting David Bowie

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People always said that when they saw David Bowie, they never knew exactly who, or what they were going to get. That’s not surprising, considering the man was a professional chameleon; a brilliant one at that, always fully committed to whatever incarnation he was inhabiting at the time; Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke, Tin Machinist, Neoclassicist and so on. And …

London Gallery Quire at National Portrait Gallery

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The choir you see here will be singing tomorrow evening (December 18th) at the National Portrait Gallery.    Founded in 1997 by its director Dr. Francis Roads, on the left of the picture, the London Gallery Quire gets its name from the style of its repertoire, which consists of the pre-Victorian English church music known as West Gallery. Mostly joyful, …