Frankie was deeply involved with the British folk song revival of the early 1960s and studied, performed and recorded with leading figures of the folk revival such as Ewan MacColl and Bert Lloyd and Peggy Seeger. She has a wide repertoire of British songs and ballads, which, along with contemporary British songs, still form the basis of her musical vocabulary, including rural, industrial, music hall and contemporary songs – her own and those of other songwriters such as Sandra Kerr, Leon Rosselson and Bertolt Brecht.
Frankie has made 9 solo albums as well as featuring on numerous shared and themed recordings, contributed chapters to 11 books, written an autobiography and co-edited Well Tuned Women (on women and voice) with Jenny Pearson.
Her passion for the traditional styles of singing in the British Isles and from around the world influenced the development of her extremely popular voice and singing workshops, that are ere also informed by her background as a trainer in social and youth work. She has taught and performed throughout the world and was key to the foundation of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network.