Thanks for stopping by. My name is Franc, I write songs. Usually the folky kind, but sometimes the other kind as well. I was born in Rome and grew up in London. I was raised on a sterling collection of blues, folk, country and wholesome rock n roll music. Muddy Waters, Lucio Dalla, Lucinda Williams, Blaze Foley are some of my favourite artists. I write songs to try and figure out my place in this world, how I relate to my surroundings and try and learn to be a better man. I share my songs to try and find a common thread with other people, knowing that someone else is going through it too is both empowering and soothing. Maybe you will identify with things I write about, maybe I will identify with how you’re feeling.
My new album is called "Night Songs". It will be on general release is September but subscribers to my mailing list can order it right and now and receive it as soon as the vinyls are ready. Order your copy here.
I wrote Night Songs throughout 2018 without any thought of making a record. I suppose they’ve all come from a place of introspection. They were songs I needed to write, plain and simple. But the songs on the record definitely feel to me like they belong together and the title Night Songs helps me understand them better. There’s a special beauty found only in the stillness of night, in the silent lonely darkness dreams are born and reflections make way for answers. Night time isnt the end of anything, it’s the beginning, it’s the seed of a brand new start.
I'm really excited to finally be sharing this music. I'm putting out a song every few weeks until the album release, follow me on you tube and spotify to hear them as soon as they're up. There will be a few of the album tracks together with other new songs & some older songs I felt the need to rework and rerecord...maybe a cover or two as well!
Order your copy of "Night Songs" here.
Thanks for listening
SongCircle Records LP/CD/DL
Release date 20 September 2019
Following on from the his acclaimed The Marvel Age, Franc Cinelli returns with a long-awaited new album in September. Night Songs was written throughout the last year and recorded once again in his SongCircle Studio in West London and is probably his most soulful collection of material yet.
Having begun 2018 in New York City, creating a series of straight-to-vinyl 7” singles through Leesta Vall Recordings in Brooklyn, Cinelli returned to London to commence work on a new set of songs, some of which would eventually fall together in the completion of Night Songs. This new collection joins together a healthy dose of spiritual cleansing and demon conquering with the help of varied influences crossing both Eastern and Western folk music, from Blaze Foley and John Martyn to N. Ravikiran and Ravi Shankar.
“I suppose they’ve all come from a place of introspection,” he considers. “They were songs I needed to write, plain and simple. But the songs on the record definitely feel to me like they belong together and the title Night Songs helps me understand them better. There’s a special beauty found only in the stillness of night, in the silent lonely darkness dreams are born and reflections make way for answers. Night time isn’t the end of anything; it’s the beginning, it’s the seed of a brand new start.”
Playing guitar, keyboards and percussion, Cinelli is joined on Night Songs by his regular bandmates, Drew Manley on drums and Laurence Saywood on bass, alongside guest vocalist Chantal Brown from the band Vodun.
Born in Rome, Franc moved to London at a young age, learning to play violin and guitar while surrounded by a wide range of musical influences from Muddy Waters to Lucio Dalla. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring before making his first records. His previous album The Marvel Age received effusive coverage from the likes of RNR, Classic Rock and Acoustic magazines, as well as Folk Radio UK who rated it Album of the Month, while his songs have been played on BBC national and regional shows, including Dermot O’Leary, Janice Long and Roddy Hart.
"The Marvel Age summons images of endless horizons, straight rails and songs sung for a place to sleep; jump the train and listen.” Folk Radio UK
"A rootsy, bluesy, folky confection whose superpower appears to be the ability to fuse a hummable tune with thoughtful, thought-provoking lyrics." ✮✮✮✮ RNR Magazine
"Singer-songwriter with inviting rambling tendencies..." 8/10 AmericanaUK
"A road album evoking images of long distance car journeys through barren wastelands.” Acoustic Magazine
"Never has an album made me want to throw a guitar into the back of the car and head out into the unknown this much.” Dancing About Architecture
"His most compelling effort to date, embracing the sounds of folk and rock & roll." Exposed Magazine
"Franc Cinelli comes of age." Rock N Roll Creations
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