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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Only Natural

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“Wonderful songs. Vetta sings her heart out. I’d defy anyone to better this all-round display of perfection” –┬áRock n’ Reel “Alan Franks is a modern-day Sydney Carter. In their own very individual way, his songs are as classic as Lord Of the Dance” –┬áJohn Rety, co-founder, Torriano Poetry Alan Franks and Patty Vetta’s latest CD, Only Natural, is available to …