The FrannyO Show
Welcome from the FrannyO Show! We are lovers of music sharing our art with folks near and far. We play original songs crafted by FrannyO as well as popular covers. FrannyO’s music is heavily influenced by rock, folk, rhythm blues, Americana and country genres.
The FrannyO Show features Fran O’Connell, singer and guitarist, who you’ll also catch blowing on the harmonica. FrannyO is often accompanied by a variety of local and national musicians. For your special events, we can play as a solo act, duo, trio or four piece band.
Fran and the band call The Pioneer Valley home and are proud to be a part of the healthy and vibrant local music and arts scene. We hope you'll catch us playing sometime soon! Check out our upcoming events here.
Much to his wife’s consternation, he took up the bass, which he struggled to learn and love. Then, one day, when in Puerto Rico, he noticed a fundamental guitar under the bed in a guest room. It was a guitar from Downtown Sounds in Northampton, that came with a little booklet. He started strumming and got the grasp of guitar playing in a day.
Fran always wanted to be like his dad, but his singing wasn’t spot on as a child. He never knew if had the potential. Lucky for him, he found his voice with Celia’s Voice Studio after returning from Puerto Rico. Celia used techniques for event registration and other voice techniques to help Fran find his own unique voice. He initially attended an event where Celia worked with inspiring singers who showed immediate transformation. Fran thought they were plants, the transformation was that astounding! She helped him through the process of becoming confident in his singing and his singing improved exponentially. Celia shared that many children have stifled singing voices without the opportunity to grow in that area as a youngster.
Fran went on to get additional voice coaching with Jamie Kent and Jane Hanson. Not forgetting the importance of improving upon his guitar work, he even attended the Fur Peace guitar camp of Jorma Koukonen.
Fran is a consummate songwriter and can wile away the hours crafting new songs for the band. He surrounds himself with respected musicians, constantly learning from them. He lives in the former Frank Lucchesi Luthier building (the 518) and has set up a “salon” inviting artists to play, break bread together and enjoy each other’s company. Music feeds Fran's soul. As someone who is in a profession exposing to death and dying, he has learned that time is fleeting. Becoming a part of the world of music is just one of the ways that Fran has grasped onto a challenge and turned it into a great success.
Fran will always be grateful to other area musicians who were both gracious and generous. They always cut him some slack and gave so much. Musicians can be discounted in our society and the music industry is becoming more in favor of the industry itself than the musicians. For that reason, support from the local community of musicians has such a big impact.