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Cathal Francis

Indie // Culmore, Derry // he/him

Cathal Francis is a 23-year-old indie folk singer-songwriter from the townland of Culmore on the Derry/Donegal border. With a vulnerable and intimate style, he has been likened to artists such as Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith and Greg Mendez.

His self-released debut EP, 'Rewind', showcases the foundational qualities of his distinctly melancholic sound: stripped back, raw and flecked with poignancy. However, it’s not just in the music where Cathal shows an affection for the bittersweet - he is unafraid to communicate both light and heavy subject matter in his lyrics, often grappling with the themes of alienation, lost love and mental health.

Given that Cathal self-released 'Rewind' during his final year at university, it has already gained great Irish support from Hot Press Magazine, Chordblossom and BBC Introducing’s Across The Line. His first self-released single ‘Filters’ was placed in Spotify’s ‘A Breath Of Fresh Éire’ playlist and NewDad’s Julie added his song ‘Lamppost 49’ to her 'JulieDad' Spotify playlist.

In early 2023 Cathal caught the attention of Belfast songwriter/producer Thom Southern who signed him to his new indie record label, Mighty Good Leader. His sophomore EP, 'Kind', was released in January 2024.

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