It's still a hippy dilly crazy world as Cork institution The Frank & Walters celebrate their 25th anniversary with a gig at Cork's Opera House on October 25. 

The Bishopstown band formed in October 1989 and played their first live show at De Barra’s of Clonakilty before signing to industrious London-based Irish label Setanta Records.

The Franks became a seasonal whim for the capricious and then influential UK music magazines of the day and moved to Go! Discs and were partnered with producer Edwyn Collins. An Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds) remix of After All reached the UK Top 20 and put them on the hallowed stage of Top of the Pops.

Following the Grand Parade album in 1997, the band relocated to New York and began work on what was eventually to become the urban sounding Beauty Becomes More Than Life in 1998.

The band explored electronica with the Glass album in 2000 and a homecoming set called A Renewed Interest in Happiness was released in 2006. 

The Franks’ sixth studio album was titled Greenwich Mean Time and released on March 2012. Tickets for their 25th anniversary gig at Cork's Opera House on October 25 are priced €25.00.