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 …

From Judas to Jesus? Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Next year will be the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s infamous Manchester concert at which one member of the audience, enraged by the presence of the singer’s hugely amplified band, stood up and yelled: “Judas!” Surely it is now only a matter of time before someone calls out: “Jesus!” from the stalls. Alan Franks was a journalist on The Times …

Plays and Music

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Details of Alan’s plays and music have now been posted in pages on the site. We’ve also added a couple of poems, Waiting Room and The Old Tunes, winner of the Petra Kenney Prize, 2004, judged by Andrew Motion. There is so much still to do but we have made a start!