The Frank Burkitt Band announce first UK tour

The Frank Burkitt Band

All the way from New Zealand (via Scotland) The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be embarking on their debut UK Tour in May and June 2019.

Following on from four months of shows in the antipodes, where they were announced as winners of the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019, the band will be travelling the UK for 6 weeks to as far north as Inverness and as far south as Falmouth.

A set with the band can be described as American roots music infused with folk, blues, country and a sprinkling of swing. Unique and profound songwriting, arranged with precision and creativity. A true genre spanning performance awaits. Add to that Frank’s rambling anecdotes and you are in for a special night that will both move and entertain.

They will be joined on their travels by the enchanting Becka Wolfe who will be adding sumptuous fiddle and vocal harmony to the band’s songs as well as singing her own songs in Arabic, French and English.

The band are:

Frank Burkitt – vocals, guitar
Cameron Burnell – mandolin and lapsteel
James Geluk – double bass
Becka Wolfe – violin, vocals

Tickets and info at: www.frankburkitt.co.nz/shows

‘Simple’ – official video:

THE FRANK BURKITT BAND – Raconteur (Frank Burkitt Music FWB004)

RaconteurHaving left Edinburgh, Scotland, for Wellington, New Zealand in 2014, The Frank Burkitt Band took shape over the coming months, honing a unique, rootsy sound which lies somewhere between country/ Americana and swing and jazz music. Raconteur is their latest offering, made up of ten original songs, direct from the pen of Mr Burkitt himself.

The album opens with ‘Work So Hard’; a brilliant piece of Americana, accompanied by clarinet licks which float in and around the music, like the smoke of a cigarette, drifting through the song’s bar room setting…slowly leading the listener to the song’s slightly hypnotic lyrical warning “Don’t go chasing shadows”. ‘Simple’ follows this track. There is nothing overstated here. Everything has a place and purpose; from the delicious double bass which follows the vocal, to the gentle shades of the Hammond organ and cello, which ease in and out of the song, doing just enough to compliment the lyric, without overplaying or overstaying their welcome.

The longer the album continues, the more we are offered the opportunity to hear the different dimensions of the The Frank Burkitt Band; the musically lonesome title track (with its ‘night time in the city’ type brass accompaniment); the full on fusion of Americana and big band swing in ‘Paint The Town’, the easy listening vibe of ‘The Gypsy Barber’, the jazzy charm of ‘Walkin’ Right’ and the slower, reflective, folkie, a cappella ‘My Heart Waits’, which concludes a very convincing record.

Christopher James Sheridan

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Artists’ website: www.frankburkitt.co.nz

‘Simple’ – the single. Official video: