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Cathal Francis

Acoustic // Culmore, Derry // he/him

Cathal Francis is an independent indie folk singer-songwriter from the townland of Culmore on the Derry-Donegal border. With a vulnerable and intimate style of writing and playing, he has been likened to songwriters such as Elliott Smith, Paul Simon and Nick Drake.

His first self-released single, 'Filters', was placed in Spotify's 'A Breath of Fresh Éire' editorial playlist. This was soon followed by the release of his second single, 'Lamppost 49', which received airplay on BBC Ulster's Across The Line Introducing.

'Rewind', a collection of songs that he wrote during his time attending university, was released as an EP in November 2022 (produced by Lee Russell and mastered by Joel Harkin).

“The gently plucked acoustic guitar and Francis’ soft vocals recall [Elliott] Smith’s work but there’s plenty of Francis’ own personality in here to entice.” – Chordblossom

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