Cornish singer / songwriter Joe Francis is Winter Mountain.
Hailing from the wild northern shores of Cornwall, UK Winter Mountain is a blend of 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 live performance and the essence of the song. A promising songwriter from a young age, Joe signed his first record deal at just 21 and went on to record his bands debut album at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios. Driven by talent and creativity Joe journeyed to the southern United States where he demoed new material at the legendary Sun Studios, Memphis.
Indeed, 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 the self titled debut album in 2013 to unanimous critical acclaim with The Sunday Express naming "Winter Mountain" 'an utterly fabulous record' and awarding it a 5 star review, The Irish Post calling 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!'.
At present there are over thirty 5 star reviews on Amazon for the album.
Tracks from Winter Mountains 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.
Following the release Joe signed with Faber Music Publishing.
Winter Mountain have toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland opening for some of the worlds most talented artists including Seal, The Feeling, Guy Garvey, Richard Thomson, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Rosanne Cash, Leann Rhimes, Patty Griffin, legendary songwriter Benny Gallagher, Paolo Nutini, Fleet Foxes and many others, and have graced the stage at some of those countries most distinguished venues inc The Ulster Hall (Belfast), Union Chapel (London), The Belfast Waterfront, Vicar Street (Dublin) and headline sets to sell-out crowds at the likes of the infamous Camden Barfly and Dublins Whelans Bar. While opening for some of Cara Dillons' bigger shows they outsold her on the merchandise stand and, unbelievably, whilst opening for Sara Watkins (Jackson Browne / Nickle Creek, The Decemberists) they won over audiences so much that they were often invited back for an encore, before the main act had even taken to the stage!