Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has been performing for the last 15 years throughout the UK, New Zealand, Australia and North America. His entertaining, rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music.
When he relocated to Wellington from Edinburgh with his partner and backing vocalist
Kara Filbey, they formed The Frank Burkitt Band, with blues and country mandolin player
Cameron Burnell and jazz double bassist James Geluk.
The last 5 years have seen the band tour NZ, Australia and the UK extensively, supporting
the release of two albums and two EPs. Their highly acclaimed album Raconteur prompted a Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019 and was produced by acclaimed producer Gerry Paul (Grada, Tim O'Brien, Mel Parsons) and recorded at The Surgery Studios, Wellington by award winning engineer Lee Prebble (Pheonix Foundation, The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties).
Inspired by artists such as Van Morrison, James Taylor, Tim O'Brien and Pokey LaFarge, they play high energy, original music written by Burkitt and arranged by the band.