Fran Smith: Wakefield folk singer who wowed Radio 4 listeners is set to embark on UK tour

Fran Smith.
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A talented singer-songwriter from Wakefield is set to embark on a 17 date tour of the UK

Folk singer Fran Smith is supporting acclaimed musician and BBC Radio 2 favourite Thea Gilmore on the tour, which starts in Exeter on October 31.

Following a string of summer festival appearances, Fran was recently invited to sing live on the prestigious BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends.

The performance saw her CD sales rocket within hours of its broadcast.

Fran said: “I can’t wait to get on that stage. I love performing live, and this tour takes us to many towns and cities where I haven’t had the pleasure of playing before. Thea is an amazing singer and one of my favourite songwriters, so I’ll be very proud to open the show for her each night.”

Thea Gilmore said: “Fran’s songs absolutely blew me away. She deserves massive success. Fran’s songwriting really is something truly special. She has a poetic but pithy turn of phrase and a knack for charting the navigational points in the trajectory of a love affair. Her distinctive voice is gracefully assured, its quietly impassioned Northern tones calling to mind folk sirens such as Norma Waterson or Rachel Unthank. Musically, however, Fran will transport you somewhere else entirely. Her piano-based songs reference the likes of Antony and the Johnsons and Joanna Newsom, but ultimately leave you feeling like you’ve stumbled upon a completely new, unique, quintessentially English talent, who transcends lazy comparisons.”

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