“A set with the band is like a trip through the top shelf of the best liquor cabinet - all malt whiskey, moonshine, and sunlight…a tight-knit ensemble of power and delicacy and a rare treat.”
Shannon Beynan - stuff.co.nz
The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be playing for the first time in Gisborne at The Dome Cinema. They have extensively toured all over New Zealand and regrettably never made it sunny Gisborne. Now, they are coming all the way from Wellington for a special one-off gig.
The Frank Burkitt Band have become one of New Zealand’s finest string bands, and their style can best be described as ‘Acoustic Swing.' Drawing influence from American roots music and artists such as The Wood Brothers, Pokey LaFarge and Nina Simone, Burkitt’s entertaining and occasionally rambling anecdotes give audiences a chance to really relate to his songs. The originality of the songs stand out, and the arrangements will keep your mind guessing and your foot tapping.
- Frank Burkitt (vocals, guitar).
- Kara Filbey (vocals, percussion).
- Cameron Dusty Burnell (mandolin, tenor banjo).
- James Geluk (double bass).
What is even more unbelievably exciting is that the one man band that is Oscar Laven (tenor sax, trumpet, clarinet, and trombone) will be joining the band for a few select gigs around NZ in 2017. Regularly found the front of stage leading the Wellington City Shake-Em-Downers or his own big band the Neo Hot Jive Orchestra, he adds sumptuous brass and woodwind to The Frank Burkitt Band’s jazz undertones.
A marriage made in musical heaven and a night not to be missed.
“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.