THE Frank and Walters will return to the pub where they played their very first gig next year to celebrate 30 years in the business.
From venues in Cork, to Glastonbury, Top of the Pops and stages across Europe, the Cork group have carved out their own niche since they were formed in 1989.
To mark their 30th anniversary, the After All singers have plans to release a retrospective box set of their seven studio albums, on CD and Vinyl.
They will also return to where it all began — De Barra’s in Clonakilty — where the band played their first gig on October 14, 1989.
“We’re going back there on October 14, 2019 to mark the occasion,” drummer Ashley Keating confirmed to the Evening Echo.
“It’s mad to think we’ve put in 30 years,” he admitted.
“It’s scary in one sense and in another sense, it just flew. Myself and Paul [Linehan] are in our 50s now but it doesn’t feel like it,” he laughed. “We still have the energy and the appetite for it, we love the buzz of it.
As well as touring Spain and France in early 2019, Ashley promised a few Cork gigs in their Autumn tour of Ireland and the UK, as well as some new material.
“We’ll probably get something recorded in 2019, maybe a single or an EP and touring. A new album, realistically will be around 2020,” he added.
The Frank and Walters released their hit single ‘After All’ in 1992. Ashley admitted they could never have predicted how the song would blow up once again, after it was featured on hit TV show, The Young Offenders.
“That was nuts,” he said. “They asked us for permission to use the song and we said yeah but we didn’t know what they were going to do but we trusted them.
“When we saw it for the first time at the premiere, it was just brilliant.” As well as giving the song a fresh lease of life, Ashley said the band have noticed a huge impact. “To open ourselves up to a whole new audience, it was just mad.
“We were seeing videos on Facebook of kids on the altar at their communion singing it,” he laughed.
“It became this mad anthem for all ages, from seven- and eight-year-old kids to people in their 70s or 80s.”