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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 live performance and the essence of the song.

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 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!’.

Following the release Joe signed with the prestigious Faber Music Publishing.
Winter Mountain has toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland opening for some of the worlds most talented artists including Seal, Paolo Nutini, Guy Garvey, Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Richard Thomson, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Rosanne Cash (Daughter of Johnny...), Leann Rhimes, Patty Griffin, legendary songwriter Benny Gallagher and many others, and have graced the stage at some of those countries most distinguished venues inc The Ulster Hall and Waterfront Theatre (Belfast), Union Chapel (London), Vicar Street (Dublin) and headline sets to sell-out crowds at the likes of the infamous Camden Barfly and Dublins Whelans Bar.

Winter Mountain released the new album 'I Swear I Flew' in November 2016 - the response and the reviews were fantastic.
To support the release Winter Mountain toured solo and acoustic for 3 months throughout the Autumn, a fortnight of which was spent opening for Ben Ottewell of Gomez.
Tracks from 'I Swear I Flew' have received national radio play (Extending to Ireland and the EU) with Huey Morgan and Clare Balding playing my latest release 'The Lucky Ones' on Radio 2 a number times over the Christmas period.

Tracks from both of Winter Mountains amazing albums receive regular national radio play from the likes of Janice Long, Huey Morgan, Dermot O’Leary, Clare Balding (BBC Radio 2), on RTE Radio 1 and from local stations in both the UK and Ireland.

“A great gig, beautiful songs. You really must see Winter Mountain” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“One of my favourite bands” – Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2

‘Absolutely incredible’ - Cara Dillon, Artist

A cracking debut at the Epstein Theatre for Winter Mountain, who is fast becoming a leading light of Cornish culture, in a theatre made perfectly for his tremendous voice - Liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk, Live music Blog

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