were very few cuttings available from those early times as John J
didn't collect any and we didn't really know where to look. John's
sister, Dawn, partly came to the rescue with various clippings she
had collected here and there. No doubt why God invented proud sisters
:). Many thanks, Dawn. If you have any clippings, photo's, stories
or information about JJ we would really like to hear from you. Click
the 'contact link' above ...
PACT Folk (according to Pattison & Mulhallen, Australian Music Directory, 1982, p.105):
... encouraged the blossoming of Australian singer-songwriters, contemporary folk artists and acoustic musicians in general ... it is to Frank French that many ... [subsequently] prominent musicians owe a large part of their careers. The list is long and includes Mike McClellan, Doug Ashdown, Marian Henderson, Don Henderson, Graham Lowndes, Margret Roadknight, Jeannie Lewis, Bob Hudson, Al Head, Bernard Bolan, the East Neasden Spasm Band ... Al Ward ...
John J. Francis, Terry Hannagan ... and Richard Clapton.
HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN FOLK REVIVAL
' The album, 'Rock and Roll Refugee', gets released in Australia this month. The music is a spectrum of very human, very vital moods. John J. Francis moods. This man is a very valuable talent. His music can make you sad. It can make you laugh. It can make you dance. He's not in any mainstream. He's so individual you'll have to listen a few times before you pick up on what he's doing. When you do, you'll go along with it. Cause what he is giving you is what he is feeling. It's a gift worth having.'- SoundBlast magazine.
'The first album, titled 'Rock and Roll Refugee' exhibited varying directions and a mixture of expressions. Many critics overlooked this album as a significant product of its time. Still, John's high standard of musicianship, thought and songwriting gently rippled throughout it. The second album is 'Breaks, Works and Thoughts'. A progression from his first album. Better and tighter arrangements, some new ideas and more concentration.......' - Darel Nugent, Go Set magazine.
' The second side of Open Fist is where it all happens. Francis' Headin' for Armageddon and Despair puts an explorative edge and much needed muscle into the symphonic rock concept. And fortunately Francis has left most of his nerve-wracking vocals on Side One.' - Tom Zelinka, Sunday Telegraph
' We blinked when John J's first album was released and it went unnoticed. Now the evidence of the second album makes it impossible to ignore him again, he is too enjoyable, too talented. The album is an impressive set of songs. You don't get the impression that Johm J. Francis has had to struggle very much, instead that this is just a small sampling of a very talented person. The whole atmosphere of the album is extremely individualistic and above all very entertaining.' - Ed Nimmervol, Record Review, Go-Set magazine
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