Frances England originally created her debut cd, Fascinating Creatures, as a fundraiser for her son's preschool and never thought that anyone outside of her own circle of family and friends would hear it. But thanks to the Internet, the power of word-of-mouth and some great reviews, the cd began making its way into people's homes across the country and as far away as Europe, Asia, and Australia. The songs on Frances' new album, Family Tree, were written around the birth of her second son and retain the warm, intimate, indie-folk feel that so many people connected with on Fascinating Creatures.

Frances grew up in the South, where her love of fireflies and good bar-b-que began. She and her husband have lived in San Francisco for the last 10 years. Inspiration for her children's cds comes from her two boys, from working with families at a cooperative preschool, and from music ranging from Woodie Guthrie and the Carter Family to Cat Power and Yo La Tengo. In her spare time, Frances likes to cut up paper and make crazy collages with her kids, walk in the woods, ride bikes, and eat potato chips.

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