Franc Cinelli is based in London and sets trends with his devil may care style of alternative folk while crafting songs that are heartfelt and sincere. Franc recently garnered support from WFUV New York and BBC Radio 2 after having complete an extensive tour in North America and Europe. This wildly successful tour included a televised performance at Milan’s Blue Note, two shows at the Royal Albert Hall, and a sold out show at New York City’s Living Room. Critics refer to Franc as “a breath of fresh air.”
Franc moved to London from his birth country of Italy when he was just four. His mother heavily influenced his interest in music with her record collection of Pink Floyd, The Police, Bob Marley, Dire Straits, and Bruce Springsteen.
Franc Cinelli’s recent tour was in support of his latest two releases on SongCircle Records: the “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight” album and the five song Alcatraz EP. Both of these releases were pressed by MaxDuplication. They can be purchased in Franc’s store.
Inspired by the famous prison and some of its most notable inmates, the Alcatraz EP is a fascinating five track journey. In this collection about repentance, the indelible human spirit, and faith, Franc Cinelli showcases his major influences, songwriters Mississippi John Hurt and Ry Cooder, with prison outlaw ballads that are saturated with defiance.
Franc’s most accomplished work to date is the seminal “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight.” From the alternative country song “Shot of Life” to the anthem “Julius Plays His Winning Ace,” this album takes the listener on a rollercoaster of a journey. “Fall into Heaven” provides a romantic runaway take on the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
The track “Fat Charlie Sings the Blues” is a flowing blues meets waltz hybrid. Franc returns to his roots with “Passera’” in which he sings in his native Italian for the first time. With Franc’s trademark rhythm and blues sound and traditional finger style picking blending together with spaghetti western style choruses and horn sections, “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight” ventures into new arrangement territories. We strongly recommend you check it out.