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Folk Tui for Burkitt

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The Frank Burkitt Band has won this year’s Best Folk Artist Tui.

The Scottish-born singer-songwriter’s four piece was honoured at the Auckland Folk Festival for their third album Raconteur, which was released back in March last year.

The Frank Burkitt Band – Burkitt, Kara Filbey, Cameron Burnell and James Geluk – is now gearing up for the release of a live EP Lost But Alive, which is set to be supported with shows in New Zealand, Glasgow and the UK.

The other Folk Tui finalists were two winners Great North for the album The Golden Age and Jono Heyes for 9 Pilgrims.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says the diversity of finalists this year demonstrated the strength of the genre.

“Congratulations to Frank Burkitt and the band who work together to create such vibrant, interesting music to listen to,” he adds. “Their unique blend of folk with American roots, swing and jazz make for infectious listening.”

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