Francie Conway Releases ‘Peace, Love & Rock’n’Roll’
Acclaimed Irish rock musician, singer, songwriter Francie Conway is joined by David Richards (producer with QUEEN, David Bowie), Vivienne Boucherat and Chris White (from The Zombies who was inducted into The Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame in NYC 2019), for this special version of Peace, Love & Rock’n’Roll. The song was recorded in the legendary Mountain Studio, Montreux, Switzerland.
Francie’s current album Hidden Gems continues to gain momentum in different parts of the world and the album features outstanding performances by musicians from Pink Floyd, The Zombies, Argent, Focus, Moving Hearts, The Kinks, The Fureys & Aslan. The summer single ‘Staycation’ was well received by radio in many countries and continues to get attention.
Francie started his recording career with RCA Records, London with notable hits including ‘To The Edge Of Time’ & ‘One Night In Amsterdam’, with notable gigs including ‘Paleo’ festival, Nyon, Switzerland with 4,000 expected but 25,000 attending thanks to the popularity of ‘To the Edge of Time’ and with notable song covers including ‘Striking It Rich’ recorded by Stevie Wright from the legendary Australian band The Easybeats, the song became the title track for one of his albums and featured on many compilations.
David Richards and Francie first met at the Montreux Jazz Festival and this was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. David was the house engineer in Mountain Studio, attracting major artists to record in Montreux including The Rolling Stones & AC/DC. David was mixing ‘To The Edge Of Time’ with Chris White & John Woolloff when David Bowie invited him to dinner that evening. This led to the two Davids producing the Iggy Pop album ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’, Bowie’s ‘Lets Dance’ and many more. At this time QUEEN bought Mountain Studio and David Richards became the co-producer for all the QUEEN and Freddie Mercury’s recordings. David Richards’ star was shining bright and as they say, “the rest is history”.
Francie had been out of the music scene for a few years due to family reasons when one day he got a random call from David saying “got any unfinished songs mate, why not come out to Montreux and let’s see what will happen” This led to the writing of Peace, Love & Rock’n’Roll.