Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Francesca Sidoti is a mountains-bred songwriter, with an award-winning voice, and a style that Drum Magazine described as “smiles and laughter”. Her music reflects the mountains she comes from; it’s eccentric, prone to quick changes of style, and can occasionally stop in your tracks. It’s folk music that dwells on the magic in the mundane, presenting stories of places, and chasing down the ever-elusive idea of home.
Having won the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence at the National Folk Festival at the tender age of eighteen, Francesca has been a fixture of folk festivals in the decade (or so) since, having played the National, Cobargo, Illawarra, Wallaby Creek, Caloundra and Yackandandah festivals, among others. She was twice been shortlisted in the ASA songwriting awards, and has never once publicly performed her own version of Khe Sanh, no matter how many times it’s been requested.
Following the success of her 2010 album Bright City Light Fool, Francesca has returned to release her long-awaited second album Houses at the festival where it all began, the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Described as "an emotive and poetic writer" (The AU Review) and “an amazing songwriter” (Faster Louder), Francesca’s live style is not about bells and whistles, although there will be some rather nice guitar playing. Rather, it’s about words that matter, and the spaces that exist around the notes. This album launch is not to be missed.