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 …

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 …