Sunday Aug 25, 2019 @ 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Winter Mountain is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Joseph ‘Joe’ Francis, based in Cornwall. Through his Indie folk/rock he is becoming known for his songwriting abilities, high energy live performances and soulful voice.
Initially a duo with Irish songwriter Marty Smyth, Winter Mountain toured the UK and Ireland extensively, being recognised for their close vocal harmonies and distinctive songwriting. They attracted the attention of many major record companies before signing to indie label ‘Charcoal Records’ in 2011. In 2015, after releasing one album together, Smyth left Winter Mountain and Francis opted to keep the name for his solo work.
In summer of 2016 Francis performed solo as Winter Mountain, opening for Seal, The Feeling and the lead singer of Elbow, Guy Garvey.
Winter Mountain released the self-produced ‘I Swear I Flew’ on his ‘Astral Fox Records’ label in 2016, and received radio play across the UK and Europe including BBC Radio 2. Extensive grass roots touring followed the release, including support for occasional Winter Mountain collaborator Seth Lakeman on his March ’17 UK tour, who also joined Joe when he appeared on the FAR stage last year.
‘A great gig, beautiful songs. You really must see Winter Mountain live’
Janice Long, Radio 2
‘Amazing…awesome singing, such beautiful songs.’