Joe Francis, AKA Winter Mountain, hails from the wild northern shores of Cornwall and delivers 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!'.
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 including 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.
''A sound that spans decades, hypnotic'
Spiral Earth Magazine
''Winter Mountain make them like they used to, and three cheers for that!
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