Through songwriting and performance, Francesca weaves her audiences into dream worlds. These worlds are spun by story tale and poetic imagery, a dynamic voice bold in experimentalism - "sounds like birds singing, rain falling, stars shining" - and a diversity of song-form created on banjo and electric guitars.
“There is the drama of her light voice wrestling with raw material, her lyrical scenarios, her wandering, mysterious rhythms, sometimes abrupt and unexpected, with their “exotic” folk components, faint ghosts of gamelan and ravanhata. A thinking, innovative chanteuse, she has something of Joni Mitchell, something of Bjork. The Baines sound is a spirited and spiritual intervention in the world-music it celebrates.” Derek Mahon
Brightening the spectrum of contemporary folk, audiences also liken her to Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, and Bobby McFerrin. Always seeking new horizons to nourish a creative mind; her touring has brought her across France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Chile, the UK, and Ireland. Transmitting a universe of raw imagination, in Italy she has been named “una cantastorie dell’ anima”; “storyteller of the soul”.
Born from the mist and lichen of south-west Ireland, Francesca has always felt a sensitivity and inquisitiveness for her natural surroundings. This led her to study Practical Sustainability (permaculture, woodland management, natural building, organic horticulture, transition, non-violent communication, ecology and more). She then began to establish projects at festivals to inspire Earth-connection; work that continues a decade later under the direction of Earth Spirit Arts Collective.
Francesca released her first EP in 2009 in a performance between tides in Rocky Bay caves, and followed with the self-produced debut Vela in 2012. Her compositional approach was to create a sonic setting for stories to unfold, via choice of instrumentation, materials and found sound samples. It was in gathering these environmental sounds that she discovered a heightened state of qualitative listening and a deeper connectivity form between herself and her surroundings.
Vela has received regular play on RTE Lyric fm’s “Blue of the Night”, Philip King’s “South Wind Blows” on RTE Radio1, RTE 2 fm’s “The Alternative” and Dublin City fm’s “Off the Record”, Italy’s Radio Off and Radio Cicletta, and Catalonia’s Radio Pinsania. It has been reviewed by the Irish Examiner, and by the poet Derek Mahon in his essay on innovative musicians.
Francesca is focused now on merging her loves - Earth Connection, Community and Sustainability, with Music, Creativity and Culture - through this emerging platform; muse-ecology.
Coming on the Horizon...
... new worlds of song ... tales of vibrant landscapes unfurling ... Nurture a flourishing creative ecology.