Italian-born Londoner Franc Cinelli is a new name for Irvine Folk Club and Wednesday 21st June is the date to hear for the first time in this neck of the woods this much-travelled artist.
Having arrived in London aged 4, it was his Mum’s Album collection that made a strong impression on Franc as he grew up. Springsteen, The Police, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley was the music he was exposed to and after abandoning Violin lessons at 10 he took up the guitar some years later. Like all good troubadours, Franc spent a lot of time on the road. From Hastings to Stornoway and throughout the East Coast of the USA and his native Italy, Franc played and listened and observed and learned.
He cites Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues – as his songwriting hero and that may explain why he went under the name of Goodtimes Goodtimes before playing under his own name. Franc describes his musical style as freewheeling alternative Folk. This means that the Irvine audience can expect to hear uptempo blues, lovestruck serenades and defiant prison outlaw ballads. The Marvel Age is Franc’s new album and was recorded in his own studio in London after extensive tours in 2013 and 2014.
Wednesday 21st June – the Summer Solstice – is the date to hear Franc Cinelli at Irvine Folk Club in Quarry Road. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB. Franc has had sold-out shows in New York and London, has played the Albert Hall twice ….and now he is due to be playing in Irvine. Plainly a man who likes to be on the road and sing wherever the road takes him.