Francesca is a Welsh violinist and independent artist based in Bristol.
Trained in Manchester and London, she works as a freelance musician, composer, collaborator and facilitator.
Apart from violin she performs on musical saw and sings, and has also played shows and recorded on double bass, cello, phono fiddle, viola, recorder, sop sax, ukulele and keys.
Within Wales Francesca works actively as a musician. She has taken part in many distinct collaborative projects such as Lleuwen, CwmwlTystion/Witness, 10 Mewn Bws, Golau, Mapio Madoc Creadigol, worked as a facilitator for Literature Wales and numerous youth music organisations, and worked in theatre for good cop bad cop and Dafydd James & Company. She has performed alongside Gruff Rhys, Cerys Matthews, Catrin Finch, Bryn Terfel and as part of Bendith (Plu & Colorama).
Francesca plays extensively across UK and internationally. She works regularly for The Paper Cinema who have toured China, Taiwan, Brazil, Kuwait, Europe and UK. Her own music has been performed on Radio 6 Music, Radio 3 Late Junction, Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales.
During her time in London she worked as a classical musician, street busker, played in bands, and collaborated. She has performed with/alongside Quinta, Collectress, Orphans&Vandals, Tom Robinson, Marques Toliver, Marcella Puppini, The Heritage Orchestra, DJ Yoda, Goldie, Secret Cinema, and Giffords Circus.
More recent projects including working with folk singer and collector Sam Lee and Rambert Ballet, where roles have varied from writing, performing and improvising. Working within a DIY folk aesthetic her distinct style moves freely between improv and reading.
Now based in Bristol, she is busy collaborating with musicians and starting new projects, working with multi-award winning company 1927 on their new show ‘roots’, premiering in UK&USA in 2019.
You can see a snapshot of her varied work on instagram @madameceski