Gigs & Purchases Info.

For a gig of WalkaboutsVerse, & E. trads with some tenor-recorder introductions plus, perhaps, keyboard accompaniment, please e-mail or write to D. Franks, P.O. Box 999, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 4UL, England. I go through my whole repertoire once a fortnight, so can, thus, take requests from it. For a homemade C.D. &/or A4 paperback book (see WalkaboutsVerse - page-link to the right), again use either address, above.  (P.S:  in case you are wondering, I didn’t ask Royal Mail for England’s emergency number, P.O. Box 999, but can assure that it is genuine and checked quite often.)

All my gigs are posted as blogs on the Home page (above-right); and, for possible new gigs, you may check my work at -

Although tempted to turn pro., everything I've done so far has been as an amateur, including mini-gigs (since 2006) at venues in N.E. England, such as: The Sage Gateshead; Morpeth's Chantry Bagpipe Museum; Lanchester Community Centre; Newcastle's Lit. and Phil., Dance City, Urban Cafe, and Leazes Park during the Green Festival (June 2010). Furthermore, I've participatied in the weekend singarounds and competitions (below) of folk festivals in Durham and Northumberland, as well as in the folk- and poetry-club scene, mainly, around Newcastle.  Plus some WalkaboutsVerse has also been published in The North East Poetry Journal,  The Northern Lines poetry journal, Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle newspaper, Gateshead Library’s talking newspaper, Kent Folk News, etc., and has been recited on radio broadcasts - Ive had brief spots on local radio (NE1fm), plus BBC Radio 3's Night Waves.

Morpeth: 1st place in Open Traditional Ballad, 3rd place in Open Accompanied Solo Song
Durham: 1st place in Open Unac. Song, thrice 3rd in Misc. Inst., once 3rd for Tune Writing
Rothbury: 3rd place in Open Original Composition Song
Alnwick: 2nd place in Unaccompanied Singing, 2nd & 3rd place in Miscellaneous Instruments