Keir Nuttall

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Keir Nuttall
Nuttall in 2018
Background information
Birth nameKeir Francis Nuttall
Also known asFranky Walnut
Born1974 (age 49–50)
OriginToowoomba, Queensland, Australia
  • Pop
  • rock
  • comedy
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years activeca. 1995–present

Keir Francis Nuttall (born 1974) is a Brisbane-based guitarist-singer-songwriter. He is a founding mainstay member of the rock trio, Transport, which formed in 2001. He married Australian singer-songwriter and actor, Kate Miller-Heidke, in 2007. Since 2004 he has performed and recorded in her backing band. Nuttall's songs have been recorded by Miller-Heidke, including her singles, "Space They Cannot Touch" (March 2008), "Words" and other tracks on her debut album, Little Eve (both 2007). As Franky Walnut, Nuttall performs comic songs such as, "Where Have I Been All Your Life?" and "Three Word Review", both of which he recorded. His first solo album, The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster (2013), was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release in 2014.


Keir Francis Nuttall,[1] was born in 1974,[2] and raised in Toowoomba by Lyn, a primary school teacher, and Robyn Nuttall.[3] He attended Toowoomba Grammar School before studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2001. Nuttall played in a number of Brisbane bands,[4] including Complicated Game, experimental rock-funk trio More (formed in Toowoomba with Phil Lepherd and Lachlan Stewart), industrial metallers Dogmachine,[5] and 1980s covers band Space Invaders. In 2001 he formed Transport, on lead guitar and vocals, as a progressive rock band with fellow conservatorium students, Steve Pope on drums and Scott Saunders on bass guitar and vocals.

Nuttall has written songs recorded by his then-girlfriend (now wife), Kate Miller-Heidke, since 2004.[6] His written work include her single, "Space They Cannot Touch" (March 2008), which first appeared on her debut extended play, Telegram, in July 2004. With his band mates from Transport, Nuttall is also a member of her backing band. Another composition for his now-wife, "Words" (May 2007) was nominated for ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Single in 2007.[7] Nuttall and Miller-Heidke collaborated on all tracks on her second album, Curiouser (October 2008).[8] In May 2009 the pair were awarded the Grand Prize of $US25,000 in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition for their composition, "Caught in the Crowd".[9] It was released as the second single from Curiouser, in February 2009, which peaked in the ARIA Singles Chart top 40.[10]

As Franky Walnut, during Miller-Heidke concerts, Nuttall performs comic songs such as, "Where Have I Been All Your Life?" and "Three Word Review", both of which he recorded.[11] His first solo album, The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster (2013), was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release in 2014.[12] The pair formed a side-project, Fatty Gets a Stylist, and issued a self-titled album in June 2011, which reached the ARIA Albums Chart top 100.[13] Internationally it was re-titled as Liberty Bell.[13]

Together with Miller-Heidke, he co-wrote the score and additional songs for the stage musical version of Muriel's Wedding.[14][15][16] It premiered to positive reviews in Sydney, in November 2017 and continued in its run to late January of the following year.[17] In 2019, "Zero Gravity," a song co-written by Nuttall and Miller-Heidke with Julian Hamilton, was selected to represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.[18] It was performed by Miller-Heidke, where it reached the final and finished in ninth place.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Nuttall took part in an unplugged band competition at Toowong's Regatta Hotel and won against a fellow Brisbane group.[19] Nuttall started dating that group's lead singer, Kate Miller-Heidke, while both attended Queensland Conservatorium of Music.[3][19] The couple married in November 2007,[8] and in 2016 the couple had their first child.[20]



List of albums
Title Album details
The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster
(as Franky Walnut)
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: One Louder Recordings (TAP012)
  • Formats: CD, download

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2014 The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster Best Comedy Release Nominated [21]

Helpmann Awards[edit]

The Helpmann Awards is an awards show, celebrating live entertainment and performing arts in Australia, presented by industry group Live Performance Australia since 2001.[22] Note: 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Muriel's Wedding The Musical (with Kate Miller-Heidke) Best Original Score Won [23]
2019 Twelfth Night (with Kate Miller-Heidke) Nominated [24]


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  9. ^ "ISC: 2008 Grand Prize Winner". International Songwriting Competition. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Kate Miller-Heidke - 'Caught in the Crowd'". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
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  14. ^ Hetrick, Adam (8 September 2016). "Muriel's Wedding Stage Musical Will Feature ABBA Songs". Playbill. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  15. ^ Taylor, Andrew (8 September 2016). "Muriel's Wedding revived as a musical in Sydney Theatre Company's 2017 season". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  16. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (8 September 2016). "Musical Muriel's Wedding Set To Become Global Creatures' Latest Stage Venture". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Event: Muriel's Wedding". AusStage. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Results of the Grand Final - Detailed voting results". Archived from the original on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  19. ^ a b Baker, Candida (7 March 2014). "Diva Brisvegas Kate Miller-Heidke: from opera to pop and back again". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Kate Miller-Heidke gives birth to baby boy", The Courier-Mail, 7 June 2016
  21. ^ "ARIA Awards Best Comedy Release". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Events & Programs". Live Performance Australia. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  23. ^ "2018 Helpmann Awards Nominees & Winners". Helpmann Awards. Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  24. ^ "2019 Helpmann Awards Nominees & Winners". Helpmann Awards. Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Retrieved 8 October 2022.

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