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Francie Conway

From: Kerry, Ireland

Active: 70s onwards

Style: Pop/Rock

Bio:

Kerry-born Francie Conway was a member of Clutch in the mid-70s. Clutch attracted a good deal of attention and appeared on TV (Our Times, April 2nd, 1979) but never signed a deal nor as far as I know did they record anything. Francie moved to Europe, basing himself in Geneva where he signed to the Swiss Jungle Records label and began a long term association with the associated studio and a pool of local musicians (and he must've run into Kevin Flynn too). He released his debut album 'I Know' in 1984-85. This was Pop/Rock/Singer-Songwriter material which drew comparisons to people like Bruce Springsteen and John Prine. His later material moved in a more folk-rock direction. He moved to Amsterdam later in the decade and made his second album 'Wake Up' in 1990. He also released several singles on various labels. He continues to perform and record. Satellite Records is his own label, I believe, with an address in Dublin. There are undoubtedly more CD releases I've missedf. Check the website for more details.



Discography

• Do You Want To Make Love? / Up Against The Wall Again
7" - RCA Records - RCA 139 - UK - 1981 - no PS

Notes: The backing band on this recording includes Russ Ballard and Tim Renwick.



• Something I Heard / One Night Love
7" - WEA Records - CON 1 - IRL - 1983 - no PS


• Fly With The Night / Do You Want To Make Love
7" - Jungle Records - SI0047 - Switzerland - 1983 - PS

Notes: Recorded at Aquarius, Geneva. Engineer Jean Ristori, Executive Production Christian Joller & Christian Manzoni. Credits:
• Francie Conway - Vocals
• Denis Magadant - Guitar
• Benoit Corboz - Keyboards
• Gianni Di Paulo - Drums



• Listen To The Silence / One Night In Amsterdam
7" - Jungle Records - SI0060 - Switzerland - 1984? - PS
• One Night In Amsterdam / Listen To The Silence
7" - Rainbow Records - RS 103 - IRL - 1985 - no PS


• I Know
LP - Teldec Records - 625995AP - Germany - 1984
LP - WEA Records - FC LP 1 - IRL - 1984
LP - Jungle Records - 70096 - Switzerland - 1984
LP - Lamborghini Records - MGLP 5000 - Norway - 1984
LP - Lamborghini Records - 656.062 - Netherlands - 1984
LP - Victoria Records - 558-LP-VRP - Portugal - 1984
• To The Edge Of Time
LP - El-Baze Records - 11012 - France - 1985
LP - Vidisco Records - 99.30.27 - Portugal - 1987
• Stepping Into The Night
CD - Satellite Records - SRCD003 - IRL - 1995
Re-titled and resequenced CD edition of 'I Know'.

Notes: Credits:
John Woolloff - Guitar, Bass
John Verity - Keyboards
Sebastian Santa Maria - Piano, Keyboards
Don Harris - Drums, Percussion
Nick Ryan - Saxophone
Alan Silson - Backing Vocals
Terry Uttley - Backing Vocals
Denis Margadant - Guitar on 'Fly With The Night'
Benoit Corboz - Keyboards on 'Fly With The Night'
Gianni Di Paulo - Drums on 'Fly With The Night'



• To The Edge Of Time / The City Is Going Down
7" - WEA Records - CON 2 - IRL - 1984 - no PS?
7" - Lamborghini Records - LMG 15 - UK - 1984 - PS
7" - Jungle/Black Scorpio Records - SMC 1242 - France - 1984 - PS
Produced by Chris White & John Woolloff
Lamborghini Records distributed by PRT.


• To The Edge Of Time / Stepping Into The Night
7" - El-Baze Records - 11529 - France - 1985 - PS
Produced by Chris White & John Woolloff
(P) 1984 Jungle Records


• Don't Mess With My Heart EP
12" - Utopia - none - UK - 19?? - white label test pressing
Undated WLTP made at Utopia with 3 tracks.


• Striking It Rich / Don't Mess With My Heart
7" - Ringsend Road - FCS 1 - IRL - 1989 - PS


• Somebody Stole My Girl / Now That You're Gone
7" - Round Tower - RTMS 25 - IRL - 1989 - PS
A-side produced by Francie Conway, Dom Torsch, Kevin Flynn
B-side produced by Chris White, John Woolloff


• New York Sky Line / Fly With The Night
7" - Round Tower - RTMS 27 - IRL - 1990 - PS


• Wake Up
LP - Round Tower - RTMLP22 - IRL - 1990
CD - Round Tower - RTMCD22 - IRL - 1990
CD - Satelllite Records - SRC002 - IRL - 1995? - resequenced


Francie Conway with The Works - Something Borrowed
CD - ??? - ??? - ??? - 1993
13-track CD


• Worth The Wait (compilation)
CD - Satellite Records - SRCD 006 - IRL - 1996?
15 track, 15 year retrospective commissioned by Guinness and available only from them.


Francie Conway with The Works - Hold Your Head Up (single)
CDS - Satellite Records - SRCD 007 - IRL - 2000?


Francie Conway with The Works - The Green Album
CD - Satellite Records - SRCD 008 - IRL - 2000

Credits:
• Francie Conway - Lead Vocals, 12-string Guitar
• Peter Lundgren - Percussion
• Siard de Jong - Violin, Bouzouki, Whistles
• Guests Finbar Furey, Don Baker, Keith Donald and Ronnie Drew.



• s/t
CD - Satelllite Records - SRC010 - IRL - 2004
Singles compilation? Best of? Live album perhaps?




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