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Francis "Frank" Dunnery - Born 25 December 1962 (Egremont, UK)

Francis DUNNERY was born on Christmas Day, 1962 in Egremont, Cumbria, U.K. and joined IT BITES in 1984, leaving after three albums in 1990. During this period he co-wrote and sang their #6 UK hit single, CALLING ALL THE HEROES. He was asked to audition for GENESIS after the departure of Phil COLLINS, and has worked as a sideman and musical contributor for artists as diverse as Robert PLANT, Ian BROWN, Lauren HILL, Carlos SANTANA, John MELLENCAMP, Steve HACKETT and ANDERSON BRUFORD WAKEMAN HOWE. He was also a member of the reformed 1960s beat/prog band THE SYN between 2008 and mid-2009 and owns and runs his own AQUARIAN NATION record label. On top of this he has somehow managed to release many solo albums as well as working in humour, astrology, video, literature, performance art and philosophy

See also: WiKi

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4.20 | 5 ratings
Welcome To The Wild Country
3.25 | 4 ratings
3.20 | 5 ratings
Tall Blonde Helicopter
3.40 | 5 ratings
Let's Go Do What Happens
3.50 | 4 ratings
3.83 | 3 ratings
The Gulley Flats Boys
3.75 | 4 ratings
There's A Whole New World Out There
2.00 | 1 ratings
Made In Space
3.75 | 8 ratings
Frankenstein Monster
4.00 | 1 ratings

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5.00 | 1 ratings
One Night in Sauchiehall Street
5.00 | 1 ratings
Hometown 2001

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 The Gulley Flats Boys by DUNNERY, FRANCIS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.83 | 3 ratings

The Gulley Flats Boys
Francis Dunnery Crossover Prog

Review by bertolino

4 stars First regard on an album from 2005... Well, better late!

Francis Dunnery is known as the former frontman of IT BITES, then as an independant pop rock singer, always on the fringe of Prog, frequent collaborator of quite a few big names (won't repeat his bio, have a look up). I've listen to a number of his solos, always found some interesting things, yet never managed to be enthusiastic as a whole. Then i stumbled on this one, quite lately, as i was searching within two discographies, first one being Dorie Jackson (daughter of Dave of VDGG fame) a frequent Dunnery's collaborator. For the second one, words will follow soon...

First of all, this record is the ultimate one for those who thought they knew all about Dunnery. Not really proggier, yet very different. In a word, the unplugged one, but yet there's more.

Reduced as a trio, as Dorie is the congruent part with light back vocals, Francis is doing nearly all, knowing he is a more than competent guitarist and producer. All but the keys and ivories. And here is the ace, at least for me.

I'm a sucker for all things David Sancious. Need a bio? Springsteen E Street band, Stanley Clarke, Narada Michael Walden first album Garden Of Love Light where he is omnipresent, Jack Bruce, Jon Anderson's Animation, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and on an on, just to stay within Prog confine. Add to this that his solo discography is grossly underestimated. Forest of Feelings, DS and Tone, Just as I Thought (a personal favorite), The Bridge, are part of what's best on the western front of prog fusion music. Here, on this occasion, he's not stealing the show, that's not the purpose, even if the music takes the form of a conversation between him and Dunnery. Light parts, small embellishments, short solos, in equal parts using synthesizers and acoustic piano; all's done with gusto and restraint. Yet a fan ( like me) will recognize is sound at once. And The Gulley Flats Boys being a double cd set, there's much to enjoy.

But i'd be very impolite not to give the main credit to the master of ceremony. This is a sort of mid life (crisis?) and career stand point of reflection for him. Lyrics are quite personal and intimate. His voice and singing, so nicely suited by this filtered and epured sound, had never sounded better to me. At the end, this is the one Dunnery record that i won't shuffle or wouldn't retire any piece of. Have to listen to it as a whole.

This is part of my pleasure to write these small recensions on this site. I'm not english speaking, words are often difficult to find and just sometime don't give credit, both to my thinking and the artist work. But unburying these little treasures, often being the first one, more than value the hard work, at least to me. Give it a chance.

As a post script, i'm in the discovering of his "Vampires" album, all reprises of his former It Bites' band songs. Could well be added to the "don't shuffle ones"...

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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