Cornish singer / songwriter Joe Francis is Winter Mountain.
With his highly anticipated second album ‘I Swear I Flew’ (Astral Fox Records, 2016) garnering rave reviews and nationwide radio play, strengthened by extensive touring which included support sets for the legendary Seal, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Cara Dillon, The Feeling and Ben Ottewell of Gomez, it’s safe to say that 2016 has been a hell of year for Winter Mountain!
In the Spring of 2017 Joe will be taking his full band on the road for the first time. Together they are a blistering, shimmering 4 piece comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and re-energise the soulful, folk-rock songs from both of the extraordinary albums that have won Winter Mountain so much acclaim. The musicians playing credits between them include Joss Stone, Beverly Knight, Seth Lakeman, Sandy Shaw, Madness, Mark Ronson, Jamiroquai – the list goes on!
Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Joe Francis AKA Winter Mountain blends melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of the live performance and the essence of the song.
It was these very qualities that inspired folk star Cara Dillon and her husband/producer Sam Lakeman to sign Winter Mountain to their ‘Charcoal Records’ label after watching a performance in Donegal, Ireland.
Winter Mountain released a self titled debut album in 2013 to unanimous critical acclaim with The Sunday Express stating it to be ‘an utterly fabulous record’ and awarding it a 5 star review. The Irish Post called it ‘A smashing album, a terrific, classy debut’, whilst Maverick Magazine had this to say: ‘Winter Mountain make them like they used to, and three cheers for that!’.
Tracks from Winter Mountain’s debut album still receive regular national radio play from the likes of Janice Long, Dermot O’Leary, Clare Balding (BBC Radio 2), on RTE Radio 1 and from local stations in both the UK and Ireland – with the new album also following suit!
2017 promises to be a huge step forward for this incredible songwriter, please do get in touch if you are interested in discussing a booking.
“They’re amazing…awesome harmony singing and such beautiful songs!” – Rosanne Cash
“an utterly fabulous record!! …barely a wasted note on the whole album” (Album of the Week) – The Sunday Express 5/5
“Winter Mountain make ’em like they used to, and three cheers for that” – Maverick 4/4
“A great gig, beautiful songs. You really must see them” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“One of my favourite bands” – Claire Balding