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 falling-out of childhood friends (Brendan Macreadie) and the pursuit of partnership (The Wishfulness Waltz), the last of which was famously covered by the veteran folk-rock band Fairport Convention.
Some of these songs will feature in his set at ‘Locally Sourced’ at Brioche, as will recent numbers on the love rivalry between twins and a family’s struggle with mental illness.
Also an award-winning poet and author, Alan has been compared to the late Sydney Carter, writer of The Lord of the Dance.
Alan will be joined by the brilliant Charlotte Moore, the celebrated West End actor whose many credits include David Harrower’s award-winning play Blackbird and Peter Morgan’s Audience.
With Alan and singer Patty Vetta, she has been performing his songs for more than twenty years at clubs and festivals throughout the country.
Listen to her, below, sing with Alan and Patty on The Goose And The Beak, a song composed by Alan with lyrics adapted from an anonymous 19th century poem about land enclosures and the resulting social injustice.