Keir Nuttall

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Keir Nuttall is a Brisbane guitarist, singer and songwriter. He performs and records in the band of his wife Kate Miller-Heidke, the Brisbane singer-songwriter and Sony-BMG artist, as well as in the progressive rock trio Transport.

Kate Miller-Heidke has recorded or performed a number of songs written by Nuttall,[1] including her 2004 single "Space They Cannot Touch", her ARIA-nominated 2007 single "Words"[2] and other tracks on Little Eve (2007). Nuttall and Miller-Heidke have increasingly written together, and they collaborated on all of the songs on Miller-Heidke's 2008 album Curiouser.[3]

As 'Franky Walnut', during Kate Miller-Heidke concerts, Keir Nuttall has performed his comic songs "Where Have I Been All Your Life?" and "Three Word Review", both of which he has recorded.[4] His first solo album as Franky Walnut, The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster was nominated for Best Comedy Release at the 2014 ARIAs.[5]

Before joining Transport and Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall played in a number of Brisbane bands,[6] including Complicated Game, experimental rock-funk trio More (formed in Toowoomba with Phil Lepherd and Lachlan Stewart) and 80s covers band Space Invaders.

Together with Miller-Heidke, he wrote the songs for the musical Muriel's Wedding. Muriel's Wedding premiered to positive reviews in Sydney, Australia, in late 2017. In 2019, "Zero Gravity," a song co-written by Nuttall and Miller-Heidke, was selected to represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

"Caught in the Crowd"[edit]

In May 2009 Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall were awarded the $US25,000 Grand Prize in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition for their composition "Caught in the Crowd".[7]



  • The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster (2013) (as Franky Walnut)


  1. ^ Profile by Noel Mengel, Something for Kate among the rock hits, Brisbane Courier-Mail, 10 August 2006
  2. ^ "Diversity Rules the Day!" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 19 October 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
  3. ^ Mengel, Noel (17 October 2008). "Kate Miller-Heidke finds a songwriter in her heart". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  4. ^ "MySpace page: Franky Walnut". Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  5. ^ Retrieved 25 November 2014
  6. ^ Chris Spencer et al., Who's Who of Australian Rock, Five Mile Press, 5th edition (2002),
  7. ^ "ISC: 2008 Grand Prize Winner". International Songwriting Competition. Archived from the original on 7 August 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2009.

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