Let Us Be Frank & Walters

Right from the very first jingle-jangle guitar intro, The Frank And Walters were a band merrily out of time.

Which wasn’t drummer Ashley Keating’s fault, of course, this Cork foursome simply delivering the kind of power pop that sweetly cruised somewhere between mid-’60s Beatles and late ’80s working class zeroes such as The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg.

Having signed with Setanta in 1991, and scoring a hit with their economically-titled EP1, it was moving to Go! Discs and working with former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins that gave the boys that One Great Song That Never Fades Away.

So great, in fact, that After All was recently voted Cork’s Favourite Song earlier this year, beating out the old chestnut, My Own Lovely Lee, and such much-loved local artists as John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley and Mick Flannery.

It even beat The Sultans Of Ping F.C.’s Where’s Me Jumper?. We reckon After All‘s chart rebirth after being used in Cork-based sitcom The Young Offenders may have just swung it, After All reaching no.2 in the iTunes download charts in March 2018.

Over the last 31 years – and despite a few years in semi-retirement (due to, say the band, a “fear of music”) – Paul Linehan and the gang have continued writing and recording new music, all the while marking each new anniversary as the band and their fans grow ever more nostalgic, and fonder, of one another. And now Greystonians can join in the group hug, as Paul Linehan comes to town as part of a stripped down acoustic duo version of the band.

He’s just not sure yet who the other member will be, given that The Frank And Walters are having a little fun on their current unplugged tour playing mix’n’match.

One thing’s for sure, this will be a fun and quite possibly emotional look back over three decades of a very Corkian groove thang.

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