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Winter Mountain (Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth) are a folk duo that incorporate a wide gamut of musical influences. It is hard to pigeonhole their style or their alliance to one specific sub-genre. But one thing remains: they are here to deliver high quality music for discriminating ears like you and me.
If you want to read about their interesting history, check this page: https://www.facebook.com/wintermountain/info
Below is the interview with Winter Mountain. Big thanks to my friend Paula who talked to the artists after the Cara Dillon concert she attended with our Gilly.
- On the scale of 1 to 10, how’s the UK tour going in terms of the excitement.
It’s extremely exciting. We are loving the opportunity to get out there and play our original music. It’s an honour.
- Your new album is out in different formats including CD which I love! How’s the experience recording the tracks.
Recording is perhaps the most rewarding of all the different components that make up a life in music. You get to witness a song you’ve written at home with an acoustic guitar grow into this enormous sonic piece of art. We recorded at some legendary Studios. Also, we were lucky enough to meet a couple of our heroes whilst recording the album. Robbie McIntosh of the Pretenders, Paul McCartney and John Mayer came and played slide guitar on a few tracks. We were honoured!
- Can you cite memorable experiences touring with Cara Dillon?
Touring with Cara is an amazing experience because she has one of the most beautiful voices in the world, and that’s no exaggeration. Between her, her husband/keyboard player/producer Sam Lakeman and her band there is so much that we can learn. Just being able to spend time talking and playing with musicians of that experience and calibre is an honour.
- Do you like meeting fans and hearing what they have to say about your music and why do you think it is important?
It’s great to hear from fans. There’s nothing better than hearing about how one of the songs you’ve written may have affected that persons life.
- I have many favorites including She a Little Light and Tell me. What pushed the move for both of you to release an album?
We wanted to spread our creative wings. We had recorded an EP which was going down well and we felt like we had more to offer. The album is in a fairly eclectic mix of styles and with both really pleased that we managed to draw on a lot of our individual different musical influences. There simply wasn’t room for that on the EP.
- Can you site your musical influences?
Where to begin?! Simon and Garfunkel, the Everly Bros, the Beatles, The Police, Ryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor… We could go on and on and on!
- What can we expect from Winter Mountain this year?
Touring, touring, touring! We have a full UK tour coming up in November and loads more dates in 2015 to come!
- Are you planning to work on another album next year?
We are writing all the time so there will probably be an album in 2015. We have so many live commitments currently that it’s difficult to find time to get in the studio!
- Message to your listeners?
Thanks to everyone for listening, thanks to everyone who came to our recent shows and to everyone who supported us in any way over the last few years. We hope to see you out on the road again on our November/December 2014 tour of the UK.
Know more about the Winter Mountain Autumn tour here:http://www.wintermountain.co.uk/