Jamie Francis

Jamie Francis is a Cornwall based banjo player, guitarist and songwriter. He started gigging at the age of 12, and grew up surrounded by both the blues music popular in his home town of Maryport, and the Irish folk music played by his father. His playing and songwriting styles reflect these varied influences.

​Jamie Francis attended the Brighton Institute of Modern Music where he received a 1st Class BA Hons in Music Performance. At University he met his long time musical collaborator Sam Kelly, who’s band Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys has won a BBC Folk Award and seen Jamie play all over the world. As well as the international gigging, Jamie has played live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 3, played in Seth Lakeman‘s band and supported numerous folk legends such as Cara Dillon and Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts.

Jamie Francis has shown his sensitivity in The Patient Neighbour. More than simply a good player, he has shown himself to be an adept arranger, particularly in regards to texture. An album of subtle backing and relaxed playing, The Patient Neighbour is soothing but exciting.Bright Young Folk

Whilst mention of an album of banjo music would normally generate a list of jokes as long as my arm in this household, Francis puts the doubters to shame with this more-than-accessible collection.Northern Sky



  • Angeline The Baker
  • Dodd Wood
  • Elk River Blues/ Farewell Trion
  • Harbour Line
  • Kitchen Girl
  • Last Sun on the Solway
  • The Burning Thread/ Slip Through Your Fingers
  • The Patient Neighbour Set
  • Thirlmere
  • Wedding Reel/ Ducks on the Millpond