“A set with this band is like a trip through the top shelf of the best liquor cabinet – all malt whisky, moonshine and sunlight…a tight-knit ensemble of power and delicacy and a rare treat.” - Shannon Beynan, stuff.co.nz.
Frank Burkitt is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. He formed his incredible backing band when he relocated to Wellington from Scotland.
Frank was brought up in the highlands of Scotland before moving to the ‘big smoke’ of Edinburgh at the tender age of 18. Despite an early musical career of singing the American standards with jazz quintets and big bands, his real musical education came from the pub session. After several (albeit hazy) years of late night music and drinking, Burkitt realised that a noisy pub full of drunk Scotsmen was possibly not the most ideal arena for a young songwriter to apply his craft. He found that the folk clubs of the UK and beyond were the perfect setting for his story-telling and original songwriting.
Always a keen traveller and with feet growing ever itchier, Burkitt moved to New Zealand in 2014. He’d fallen in love with the people, the natural and musical scenery and above all… the fly fishing! After settling in Wellington, Frank Burkitt was quick to form ‘The Frank Burkitt Band’ which includes Cameron Dusty Burnell (Mandolin), Kara Filbey (Backing Vocals and Percussion) and James Geluk (Double Bass).
“Frank Burkitt with a clear load of experience and nightclub savvy in his style. With strong songs and musicianship, his easy listening camaraderie lifted the evening to foot tapping entertainment with a wry sense of humour and professional patter.” - Theatreview.org.nz