As part of our Summer Folk in the Bar series, the Turner Centre is excited to welcome, The Frank Burkitt Band, all the way from Manchester, UK.
4 long years since their last tour, The Frank Burkitt Band are returning to stages across Aotearoa for a 5 week tour in January and February 2023. Performing in Kerikeri for the first time in 15 years, don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy a night of rambling storytelling, top quality songwriting and close knit harmony.
Since 2014, the band have already completed 5 extensive NZ tours, performing well over 100 gigs, selling out shows in every corner of the country. Their debut album (Fools & Kings) reached no.12 on the Official NZ Music Charts and in 2019, their second album (Raconteur) landed them the Vodafone NZ Music Award (Tui) for Best Folk Artist.
Older but not much wiser, the last few years have seen Frank and Kara re-settle in the UK, release their first home recorded album (Silvereye) and when pandemics have allowed, perform around the UK as an intimate duo. They haven’t stopped missing New Zealand and are ecstatic to be returning.
Joining Frank and Kara at the Turner Centre for what will be their last gig of their NZ Tour will be Sam Frangos-Rhodes on double bass (You, Me, Everybody and Rhodeworks) and Cameron Burnell on mandolin and slide guitar. Cameron is also a founding member of the amazing Americana outfit T-Bone, who recently took NZ by storm as part of their Good ‘N Greasy album release tour.
The show will feature Frank’s most recent songs; stripped back, pensive folk ballads that are a result of too much time spent with one’s own mind and a yearning for the interaction and pace of the world that was. Self-indulgent yes, but intimate, honest and heartfelt. The band will also be performing a choice selection of their brand of foot tappin’ Americana, complete with harmonies, horns and rambling anecdotes to get you in the mood.
With a mixture of duo and full band performances, they will be travelling through Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Northland, Hawke’s Bay and beyond so grab your tickets now!