MEET THE FUNTIME FRANKIES

Over the past few years The Funtime Frankies have recruited a small number of outstandingly talented performers, fully immersed in the ancient philosophy of Funtime-ism. It’s core belief ‘CLIENT DANCE = CLIENT HAPPY’ guides all their actions and you can see most of them below. This means that we are capable of putting out up to 4 bands in one night, all equally awesomely Funtime, and also have lots of redundancy in the rare instances of illness. We have done over 1000 events and never cancelled a single one.

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Alan

Keys / Vocals
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Alan is a professional musician, tutor and musical director. Alan trained as a singer at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, whilst later gaining a BA Hons Degree in Music at Liverpool Hope University. CLICK FOR MORE


Alan is a professional musician, tutor and musical director. Alan trained as a singer at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, whilst later gaining a BA Hons Degree in Music at Liverpool Hope University. Working as an MD based in Liverpool, he has worked with all sorts of performers from across a wide range of art forms. Alan is a self-taught musician and singer who enjoys performing, arranging, directing, and teaching.

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Alex

Drums / Vocals
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Alex has been dated to be 500,000 years old and is believed to be one of the very first archaic humans. CLICK FOR MORE


Alex has been dated to be 500,000 years old and is believed to be one of the very first archaic humans. From an early age, the desire for Alex to hit things with sticks was a strong influencing factor on his development, and had learnt the art of rhythm before speech was invented. Over the millennia, he has turned in to a semi respectable homo sapien, yet is cautious of electricity and prefers to hit membranes with sticks. Alex is now located in the Manchester area of the United Kingdom and cared for by The Funtime Frankies as of 2016 AD. He can also sing too, though still doesn’t know how to speak. In addition to his work with the Frankies, Alex can also be found displaying his rhythmic craft with many other artists and bands and has played all over Europe and the USA, most recently working for Frontiers Music Srl record label, adding to his many millennia of experience.

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Andrew

Guitar / Vocals
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By day, mild-mannered, slightly twee organic food enthusiast Andrew Clark, by night, mild-mannered, slightly twee organic food enthusiast and original music writer and performer with two albums under his belt. CLICK FOR MORE


By day, mild-mannered, slightly twee organic food enthusiast Andrew Clark, by night, mild-mannered, slightly twee organic food enthusiast and original music writer and performer with two albums under his belt. Andrew has been near lifelong friends of the Baker brothers and has been a professional musician for as long as the Earth has been spinning. Catch him at a Frankies gig or check his Facebook page where he goes under the mild-mannered, slightly twee, organic name, Liam Blake, for his original tour dates and gigs.

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Dave

Bass / Vocals
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When he isn’t playing with the Frankies, Dave can be found playing with so many other people that it’s easy to lose track of where he is, though modern GPS technology has allowed him to have some idea. CLICK FOR MORE


When he isn’t playing with the Frankies, Dave can be found playing with so many other people that it’s easy to lose track of where he is, though modern GPS technology has allowed him to have some idea. Dave is from a musical family, (his father is a trombone and his mother is a harp). Having gone on to study at and graduate from Huddersfield Uuni with a BA(Hons) degree in Popular Music Performance in 2014, he has since been playing full time as a professional musician, gigging with numerous other musicians all over the world.

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Jim

Drums / Vocals
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Jim has been playing drums since convincing a music teacher in school that it was worth letting him have a go on a drum kit, aged 11. CLICK FOR MORE


Jim has been playing drums since convincing a music teacher in school that it was worth letting him have a go on a drum kit, aged 11. Since that initial, perhaps optimistic, act of blind faith he has gone on to perform and record with bands/artists across the UK/Internationally, both on tours and TV.


Jim was surgically attached to Mike, another regular Frankie, back in the 1960’s when it was a popular thing to do, with whom he runs probably the best soul and funk band in the known universe, alongside performing with other amazing bands in the area.


Jim likes old drums, big cymbals and football too, though he is much better at playing drums than he is at playing football by a approximate factor of 72.4.

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Max M

Guitar / Vocals
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Max was raised in the jungles of France but was saved by a kind scouser who brought him back to LIPA where he was nurtured in the art of being awesome. CLICK FOR MORE


Max was raised in the jungles of France but was saved by a kind scouser who brought him back to LIPA where he was nurtured in the art of being awesome. There he finally discarded his savage French ways to become the amazing singer and guitarist he is today. Max tries to hide it, but he learnt how to speak Australian as his favourite food is Fosters. Please don’t ask him about his horrendous accent as he is trying his best. Language skills aside, he has been very successful on the local original music scene with awesome outfits such as Oya Paya and Breakfast Monkey, names which indicate his confused international heritage.

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Sam C

Guitar / Bass / Vocals
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A product of extensive genetic modification and bionic enhancement, The Ultimate Musician Development Program's Guitarist Model no. 3S87A18M1 (Designation: Sam C) has been touted as the last line of defence and ultimate weapon against boring, rote performances in any musical setting. CLICK FOR MORE


A product of extensive genetic modification and bionic enhancement, The Ultimate Musician Development Program’s Guitarist Model no. 3S87A18M1 (Designation: Sam C) has been touted as the last line of defence and ultimate weapon against boring, rote performances in any musical setting. The unit has been a professional musician for over 13 years now, and has travelled all over the globe and played with countless artists and bands in venues of every size. While the unit can’t make a cup of tea, or even tie it’s own shoes laces, the unit is now mostly house trained and can play the life out of any guitar it comes across (Also, in contravention to it’s programming, it also plays Bass and sings, a worrying show that it’s power is greater than anticipated). Not everyone who has encountered this unit’s blues-rock tinged solos has survived, but even the casualties said it sounded great. When not leading a small and elite unit of Funtime Frankies on surgical musical strikes around the globe, this guitar unit can be found playing the blues in many small venues around the U.K, Writing it’s own original music, recording sessions and playing for any artist with the correct resources to hire and recharge this Weapon of Musical Destruction. The unit is also extremely professional, friendly and personable for a construct that is almost 90 percent carbon fibre.

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Alasdair

Bass / Drums / Vocals
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Alasdair is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music Popular Music Course (on bass guitar, not drums, but he’s pretty good at drums). CLICK FOR MORE


Alasdair is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music Popular Music Course (on bass guitar, not drums, but he’s pretty good at drums). Despite being Manchester based, he has even made the excursion to London a few times, which means he’s handy to have around for navigational purposes.


When Alasdair isn’t wearing red trousers, he can be seen playing in various original projects on the Manchester circuit. These include Agbeko (afrobeat), artephis (contemporary jazz) and XMenBTeam (hip hop, ska, punk, alternative).


If you need somebody to sing Simply the Best, drive 500 miles, or provide an in depth knowledge of the UK rail network, Al is your man.

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Ali M

Drums / Vocals
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According to his tinder profile, Ali is the perfect man, and has over five million right swipes. CLICK FOR MORE


According to his tinder profile, Ali is the perfect man, and has over five million right swipes. What a man. 10 years of performance experience culminate in a talented and experienced performer with a professional attitude and friendly demeanour. In 2009 he was awarded with a BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies, but these days chooses to play almost every other style of music instead. He’s toured Europe, the UK, The Caribbean & South America, performed in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Fest and Latitude with various artists. In 2014 Ali signed a record deal with Virgin/EMI Records as a songwriter and recording artist and can regularly be found taking advantage of free coffee in Universal HQ’s canteen. Freeloader.

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Clark

Drums / Vocals
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A talented drummer and singer, who has also been repeatedly voted Yorkshire's Nicest Man* every year since 1956. CLICK FOR MORE


A talented drummer and singer, who has also been repeatedly voted Yorkshire’s Nicest Man* every year since 1956. Impressive considering he wasn’t born then. Clark Howard combines a love of perfoming with nice teeth and an annoyingly ripped six pack. When he’s not making all the other Frankies feel fat and ugly, he can be found fronting and running his own function band as well. What a guy.


*May or may not be actually true

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Ewan

Keys / Vocals
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Born to unknown parents and raised by wolves, Ewan is a classically trained pianist who works for the Northern Ballet Theatre when he's not a Frankie. CLICK FOR MORE


Born to unknown parents and raised by wolves, Ewan is a classically trained pianist who works for the Northern Ballet Theatre when he’s not a Frankie. Ewan’s considerable expertise has been in the band for a few years now, and is one of the longest serving members. He still forgets not to howl at the moon though.

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Jon

Bass / Guitar / Vocals
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The defining characteristic of Jon Baker's musical career is that he plays a red bass. CLICK FOR MORE


The defining characteristic of Jon Baker’s musical career is that he plays a red bass. A true trailblazer in the world of red basses, he informs us that this is in fact the only red bass in the universe. Who are we to question this? He also tries to play guitar too. Jon also runs the Frankies alongside his Brother Yew Han, and is a founding member.

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Max O

Keys / Vocals
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Max O. A slightly upgraded version of Max M, but this time playing keyboards and singing as recent developments have enabled these massive improvements in musical skill. CLICK FOR MORE


Max O. A slightly upgraded version of Max M, but this time playing keyboards and singing as recent developments have enabled these massive improvements in musical skill. He was also forcibly taken from his nest as a young sapling but soon accepted his new life of rhythm and melody and was eventually drawn to the bright lights of Liverpool from where he thanks you for the music, the songs he’s singing and last but not least, the joy he’s bringing.

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Yew Han

Keys / Vocals / Boss
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Yew Han Baker is a gold robot who invented music a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. CLICK FOR MORE


Yew Han Baker is a gold robot who invented music a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. With a Masters Degree in Music from Oxford University, everything he says is recorded for posterity. Having established The Funtime Frankies with his brother Jon in 2005, he was an illegal immigrant for a few years in Malaysia during which time he released a duet on Sony Records with the winner of Malaysian Idol, and produced tracks for TV shows and other artistes. He also performed with one of the most popular Austrian party bands ‘Keep Cool’ (because it is very hot in Austria) for a few months before returning the UK in 2014, and has since returned to manage The Funtime Frankies.

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Aleks

Keys / Vocals
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Known as 'Pod', because that's where he was first found, inside a strange pod of unknown origin, Aleks is an excellent keys players and a huge fan of keeping local and national jazz alive. CLICK FOR MORE


Known as ‘Pod’, because that’s where he was first found, inside a strange pod of unknown origin, Aleks is an excellent keys players and a huge fan of keeping local and national jazz alive. Aleks graduated from Leeds College of Music on the Jazz Pathway in 2014. Ever since then he has been working as a professional musician, having played with original artists Melinda Ortner, Faheem, and the great Cinematic Orchestra, as well some of the top flight of events and wedding bands in the north including of course the most awesome Funtime Frankies!

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Dale

Bass / Vocals
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Dale began playing drums at the age of 11, although rumour has it he started in the womb. CLICK FOR MORE


Dale began playing drums at the age of 11, although rumour has it he started in the womb. Since then he became a real musician and started bass guitar & singing, even at the same time. Thinking back as far as his memory allows, he has always been in love with music, so much so that Dale & Music got married in a moving ceremony when he was 14. Since then he got very clever and got an honours degree in music, and has been a working musician all over the world, venturing places such as Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, U.S.A and of course the U.K.

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Greg

Drums / Vocals
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Since graduating with a music degree from LIPA before he even started primary school, Greg has remained in Liverpool working as a professional Session Drummer & Percussionist, Songwriter, and Musician Actor (a type of job where one pretends to be a musician.) CLICK FOR MORE


Since graduating with a music degree from LIPA before he even started primary school, Greg has remained in Liverpool working as a professional Session Drummer & Percussionist, Songwriter, and Musician Actor (a type of job where one pretends to be a musician.)


He has also played for signed artists such as Warner Brothers’ Maika Makovski, which has taken him touring all over the world.


Greg is well known for his energetic and passionate performances, (just ask your neighbour) most credited for performing with hit bands such as China Crisis and The Farm, where he has successfully reduced their average age by 75%.

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Lakshmi

Vocals
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Lakshmi has so much talent in her body, that occasionally she explodes with the force of a nuclear bomb. CLICK FOR MORE


Lakshmi has so much talent in her body, that occasionally she explodes with the force of a nuclear bomb. TV presenter, TV producer, Miss India Malaysia, Lawyer, Singer. This list is only 0.5% complete, as it is considered too dangerous to reveal all her abilities and accolades. Suffice it to say, many expect her to ascend to a higher plane of existence at some point, but even if she does, she has always promised to corporealise for Funtime Frankies gigs.

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Mike

Bass / Vocals
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Unusual amongst people from Liverpool in that he's not actually one of the founding members of the Beatles, Mike Roberts is actually the reincarnation of every funk and Motown legend ever. CLICK FOR MORE


Unusual amongst people from Liverpool in that he’s not actually one of the founding members of the Beatles, Mike Roberts is actually the reincarnation of every funk and Motown legend ever. He also runs and plays in his own awesome funk and soul function band, and is a key member of staff at LIPA. Mike Roberts is also an Ashdown endorsing artist, and has really nice shiny teeth.