Frankie & The Heartstrings

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The band that never fails to impress I've been to quite a number of their gigs especially at the cluny. But this one was great with a reintroduction of Want You Back to the live set after possibly 4 and a half years of being left out. It would be good to see that remain in the set for a good while. The new single The Night a cover of Frankie Valli's great hit was good to hear live. The on stage banter between the lads is funny as ever. This band ought to be bigger but the reality shows on tv ensure people don't want to go watch a better act in a small venue when they work just as hard with their own material. But a really good night and a definitely must see for anyone that likes a good gig.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frankie & The Heartstrings - The Best From The Wear On The Banks of The Tyne Frankie Francis and his four Heartstrings received a raucous welcome as they came onto the Cluny stage, and opened with some of the best known tracks from their three albums. ‘Photograph’ went down well, and ‘Ungrateful’ even better, with the guitar strings quickly into the groove. I love this song, and would really like to know who the venom is aimed at - it appears to be someone that is/was loved, but despite their best efforts, the love is unrequited, so that love has turned sour enough that they want the target of the venom to swallow the poison. “We can only try our best, Every time I see you I love you less” is how the song opens.....quite the opposite to my emotions after seeing the band tonight for the third time.... Frankie is ‘coolness’ personified as he dances around the stage in a long blue and white wide-striped shirt. Is this an attempt to break out onto neutral ground - neither black and white nor red and white? Er, no.....”We’re from Sunderland!” he announces, perhaps not so coolly, and maybe a bit unwisely? Er, no again....Frankie clearly knows his audience - this maybe the banks of the Ouseburn, nee Tyne, but the majority of those crammed into the Cluny appear to have made the journey through from the banks of the Wear! It’s a shame that the energy of this band cannot be harnessed and put on the National Grid! Drummer Dave Harper is as infectious as the rest, keeping the toes tapping and on ‘I Still Follow You’ really gives it some, from the intro right on through to the outro....Magic! About half way through the set, the band are joined by a brass section - trumpet, small (alto?) sax and trombone - and I wonder how often they have eight piece bands on this small stage. For the second time tonight, the sound desk didn’t appear to be quite tuned in, as it was hard to distinguish any contribution from the new guys on ‘Save It For Tonight’. Thankfully, all was well again on the next track - ‘Money’ - another from the most recent album, ‘Decency’, and they really came into their own on ‘Think Yourself Lucky’. I know there are some tracks on the first two albums - ‘Hunger’ and ‘The Days Run Away’ - that have some brass instruments, but I think it’s on ‘Decency’ that they're used most extensively. They certainly are a welcome addition - a new sound that really adds something different. It’s pleasing Frankie and the Heartstrings are keen to progress and not stick to what works, which is further demonstrated by the new single that is due for digital release on 16th April. The band write all their own music, but have decided to do a cover of ‘The Night’, which was a hit for Franki Valli and The Four Seasons in 1975. This Frankie played it live for only the second time tonight, and it sounded tremendous, with the sax, the trumpet and the trombone really coming into their own. Newcastle was the third of six gigs on a tour that has taken the band right round the country. Let’s hope that all the other shows were as successful as this one, and that the word spreads far and wide about this crackin’ north-east band. Geoff Scott 15/3/16
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gig in march ever Went to THE CLUNY in Newcastle to see Frankie and The Heartstrings. Brilliant venue, good ales and ciders. The performance was awesome as always. Can't wait to see the lads at the Corbridge Festival
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crackin gig. A great live band Another excellent performance from a great live band. I first saw them about 3 years ago & they just get bettet with an brilliant last album.A good quality supprt & an excellent venue. All good
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous band, great venue Went to gig having seen them once before, they are a lot tighter now and well worth a look.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great night out. Girls night out and yet again 'Frankie and the heartstrings' were great again.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frankie and the Heartstrings Fantastic night,Frankie and the Heartstrings never disappoint.
Date published: 2016-03-10
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