Francis Dunnery now lives in Pennsylvania, but his roots are deeply planted in the working class housing estates of Cumbria, England where he was born and raised. At the age of 11 he started playing the drums four nights a week in a cabaret club. He later went on to study the more melodic guitar, bass and keyboards and developed his own unique style. The progressive group It Bites was his introduction to the limelight as the band had a top ten hit with their single 'Calling All The Heroes'. In the mid 80's It Bites were signed to Virgin Records and released their debut album 'Big Lad In The Windmill' (1986), which was followed by the band’s masterpiece 'Once Around The World '(1988) and the epic 'Eat Me In St. Louis' (1989).
After leaving Virgin, Francis took stock of his life and utilized his superb guitar skills playing back-up for many well known artists. It was while playing guitar for Robert Plant that he was spotted by Plant's manager Bill Curbishley who helped him secure a deal at Atlantic Records and two superb solo albums 'Fearless' (1994) and 'Tall Blonde Helicopter' (1995) including an international hit with 'American Life In The Summertime'.
In 2002 Francis produced and co-wrote 'I Didn't Get Where I Am' for former Squeeze stalwart Chris Difford which appeared initially on Aquarian Nation and was named Album of the Year by such diverse talents as Danny Baker and Elton John.
2005 marked the release of an astounding acoustic CD, 'The Gulley Flats Boys'. Francis collaborated with pianist David Sancious to create a magical album that was toured throughout the US and the UK. During the same year, Francis embarked on a House Concert World Tour, combining music with long-standing interests and background in astrology, psychology and philosophy. The shows have become so incredibly popular that Francis has performed House Concerts in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland and Germany as well as every corner of the USA and Canada, including living rooms in Princeton, Ewing and Lambertville.
In 2009, Francis produced and performed on The Syn's new album called 'Big Sky' and John and Wayne's second album, 'Cumbrian At Heart' as well as his own album “There’s a Whole New World Out There”. This album is a timeless recording featuring songs that span Francis' 30-year career.
In 2011, Francis released “Made In Space,” an album that is beyond R & B with amazing beats, layered in harmonies and melodies that grab the listener. The lyrics – so honest, deep, and profound - inspire the response, “yeah, I know what you’re saying, Francis”.