Francesca Longrigg comes from a literary family from Hampshire, and trained in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London from 1979 to 1982. Over the years she has made many appearances in Film and TV. Films include How To Get Ahead In Advertising, Empire Of The Sun, Strapless, Tooth, The Honey Trap and, most recently, Mrs Dormandy in The Boat That Rocked. TV appearance include Waiting For God, Men Behaving Badly, The Detectives, Clarissa, and The Roman Mysteries.
At the age of 23, she discovered a gift for writing and singing her own songs, and started to embark on a lifelong journey of working with musicians and forming bands. Since this time music has always been her first love, but she has sustained a dual career to this day.
The first band was called Sienna, and was a huge band which basically included all her friends! (Last count was 11 in the band including percussion, a large horn section, and two guitars.) They worked on the gig circuit around London for two years, performing a rich and diverse selection of original tunes.
The next band was True Noise; this time, a three-piece, with Francesca, James Watson and Ivor Guest (current musical director for Grace Jones). Francesca still works with James luckily for her, as he plays every single instrument, and is the atmospheric master of guitars, always hugely contributing to the beauty and musicality on Francesca's work. They released a song called Shine On Me, written by Ed Baden Powell from D Influence, and it went straight to the A List on Virgin Radio.
The band followed this with an EP, which was played a lot in a shop on the corner of Portobello Road (Francesca's stomping ground), and Wendy and Lisa from Prince fame were in the shop and heard it.
One thing led to another and Francesca was signed by their manager, Jeremy Lascelles, who had recently been appointed new MD of Chrysalis Music Publishing.
Having signed to Chrysalis, Francesca was able to fully explore the majestic art of songwriting. After a while she released an ambient dance version of her song Hanging In Mid Air (co-written by Mike Parker), which was produced by Adrian Sherwood of On U Sound, with drum programming by Keith Le Blanc. From this she earned the accolade of 'Singer of the Month' in the industry's Tipsheet magazine, and had great reviews in Melody Maker and Music Week.
Tim Simenon of 'Bomb the Bass' produced a dub version of the track, and Francesca contributed her two songs, Arrow and I Won't Let You Down, for Keith Le Blanc's album Audium Capsule 1.
During this period, Francesca still worked and performed as an actress in TV and Film in the UK.
Francesca then moved to New York, and lived there for three fantastic and creative years. Some of the diverse collaborations included working with the reggae artist Floyd Lloyd, and she contributed three songs for his album Believer, on Tropic Entertainment through Warner Music.
She co-wrote It Ain't Easy with Pink Floyd producer Jon Carin, and was the lead singer with The Prescients, the New York based band with Bryan Martin (right-hand man to David Byrne) at the helm.
She wrote and recorded Myth, which appeared on the massive new Delerium record Poem, and her version of Shine On Me appeared on the Banana Republic compilation Keep It Cool. She appeared with Matt Kelly in his band Kingfish on a festival tour, and met up with Beat Paul, a producer from Paris also based in Brooklyn, and continued to co-write songs with him over the next decade. During this period, Francesca also voiced the characters of Fiona and Tun Luiec in The Longest Journey, an award-winning and widely acclaimed computer game.
All through her time in New York, Francesca was under the wing of Sue Drew from Reprise records, and Sue funded a string of recordings including the work produced by Francesca and writer/producer, Chicky Reeves. This was an extremely fortuitous meeting of creative minds, resulting in the long-term working partnership between Francesca and Chicky; they remain great friends and work partners to this day, with Francesca having moved back to London and Chicky following.
Once back in London, Francesca co-wrote the single Easy Not with Ben Chapman, and recorded vocals on Ringer for his album Bazukadrop. She wrote and performed the music for the fashion designer Ally Cappellino for three of her catwalk shows held at London's Natural History Museum. Once Chicky had begun to live in London, she wrote the album Dark, which they recorded together.
By this time, Francesca had married her music manager Paul Loasby from One Fifteen Management, and had given birth to their daughter Lara. Chicky had married Julia Kang and they also had a daughter, and it was at this point that they decided to put time aside to write and record a psychedelic, wild and imaginative record for children (having had their own and wanting to contribute positively to their musical and imaginative lives).
This whim has resulted in an enormous three-year undertaking, now finished, entitled The Land Of Sometimes. Neither of them could have foreseen the extent of the rich collaborative creativity this project would produce, with the narrative beautifully spoken by the actor Nicholas Jones, and the wonderful voices of 14 different singers and actors playing the various parts. In all its glorious madness, The Land Of Sometimes was released on Monday 6th February 2012.