Don Franks has played piano, ukulele, banjo and guitar since he was a boy, and has lived mainly off music for many years.
Beginning as a busker in the Wellington, Don’s professional career has had him playing at restaurants, dances, race meetings, pubs, concerts, festivals, weddings and funerals. He’s also taught music in schools, night classes, prisons, and to private students. Learning Media recorded several of his songs for children, and he’s just completed a CD of ukulele instrumentals.
Don’s first book, Next to Gods, presented a worker’s view of the cleaning industry, drawing on his own experience. Now, in Nice Work If You Can Get It, he tells lively tales from the life of a gigging musician as few outside the business know it.