Franco and the Dreadnought is a solo project combining Franco's heartfelt vocals and songwriting with his Dreadnought acoustic guitar. A few years ago he played a sell-out show here, and then moved over to America. He is briefly back from Los Angeles to play a few shows in the UK, so catch him here in York.
“In an industry that seems to be saturated with singer songwriters, there is reason to believe that Franco and the Dreadnought are very much the hidden treasure that need to be unearthed. As confident and as articulate as any Mancunian musician needs to be, Franco and the Dreadnought presents to the world, a collection of songs and live performances that are so heartfelt and honest they leave you hanging on to every word. His nimble fingers, flawless harmonies and dynamic voice, draw up the obvious connotations to fellow Northerners 'Paul Lidell', 'Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family' and 'John Bramwell (I am Kloot)', however, in terms of Franco's unbelievable melodies and pure rawness I feel that 'The Twang' are a more suitable reference point. There appears to be so much depth to Franco and the Dreadnought's intelligent songwriting ability, with each song filled with thoughtful hooks and heart on sleeve lyrics that seem capable of taking life by the scruff of it's neck to face ...”
Supersonic Media (a British record label) have just signed Franco to release 3 singles this year.
Franco is no stranger to success and as a testament to the power of his musical ability, he was asked personally by Desmond Tutu to write a song celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. The archbishop gave the song entitled "Inyaniso" (translation - "Truth") as a gift to Mr Mandela for his birthday.
Franco is now living in Los Angeles working in studios everyday with such great writers as Rick Garcia, Pam Sheyne (writer for Cristina Aguilera / Corin Bailey Rae / Miley Cirus) and Marcella Detroit (Shakespeare Sister / Bananarama) but is returning to England in March to tour and promote the forthcoming single release.
Last year alone unsigned/unmanaged Anna self-released her debut EP soaring to no.6 in the singer-songwriter itunes chart sandwiched in between James bay and Ed Sheeran and 52 in the main. Anna sold out her debut London headline show at Servant Jazz Quarters, has appeared and featured on the likes of Tom Robinson's BBC6 music as a Fresh Fave, BBC London and London Live. Anna toured the UK playing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival and supported Paper Aeroplanes, Skinny Living and Hunter and the Bear.
Anna completed her own full UK tour throughout October as well as supporting the likes of Kimberly Anne, Prides and Seafret. She also filmed with Levi's as part of their brand new lot 700 jean campaign for which they used the track she wrote and performed on too.
Anna has recently launched her own signature gin, named 'Joe's Gin' after her brother, who made elderflower cordial for their family as a child. 'Joe's Gin' is an elderflower infusion made exclusively by Yorkshire based Mason's, who's craft gin is sold across the UK in stores such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.
With 2016 having begun, if 2015 is anything to go by, for unsigned/unmanaged Anna the sky really is the limit. Anna has just finished recording her second EP with James Kenosha (Rhodes, Gavin James) being released on April 14th, 2016 at the St Pancras Old Church in London then headed on a US tour as a double headliner with Bryde.
Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Carol King. Anna's haunting, deep and mature vocals alongside her thought provoking and raw music promise to leave audiences as someone to remember.