An explosive blend of blues, funky, rock and soul in an acoustic key: this is the formula for Francesco Piu's sound, Sardinian singer and guitarist born in 1981. Accompanying his voice with instruments such as acoustic guitar, dobro, weissenborn, banjo, lap steel and harmonica, this young bluesman in recent years has carved out a prominent space in the panorama of Italian and international blues. By participating in some of the most important festivals of the genre (IBC Memphis, Cognac Blues Passions, Blues To Bop, Blues Sur Seine, Pistoia Blues, Narcao Blues, Magic Blues, Santa Blues de Tenerife, Blues en Bourgogne, Salaise Blues, Milano Jazzin Festival, Vache De Blues, Schtumm, Trasimeno Blues to name a few) had the honor of opening concerts for great artists such as John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, The Derek Trucks Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Doyle Bramhall II, Sonny Landreth, Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Albert Lee, Trombone Shorty, Brent Mason, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Sardinas, The Holmes Brothers, Vintage Trouble and walked the stage with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Bibb, Roy Rogers, Matt Schofield, Guy Davis, Bob Stroger, Andy J. Forest, Sugar Blue, Watermelon Slim, Kevin Welch, Sandra Hall, Davide Van De Sfroos, Eugenio Finardi, Fabio Treves and many others. After winning the national selections he performed in January 2010 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (USA), as an Italian representative. But this is not the only one of the awards given to Francesco Piu: in 2003 he was First Prize in the Blues From Sardinia competition at the Narcao Blues Festival, in 2008 he was First Prize at the Out of the Blue's in Samedan (SWI) and in 2011 he won the prestigious Maria Carta Award. His debut album is Blues Journey (2007) where he plays all by himself. The second, Live At Amigdala Theater (2010) in trio, supported by drums, percussion and harmonica, won the prize for Best CD of 2010 at the National Radio Trampa II Edition Award dedicated to independent productions and gets flattering reviews from the specialized press. In 2012 comes out Ma-Moo Tones produced by Eric Bibb, which is among the best 10 records of the year for the prestigious magazine Buscadero, definitively consecrates Francesco Piu in the national blues scene and opens the doors to him to perform live in France, Spain, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany. In October 2013, on his Canadian tour, he performed at the prestigious El Mocambo club in Toronto. Live At Bloom was released in March 2014, in which Francesco experiments with more electric sounds. After the Gianni Mangione Blues Award of the Italian Blues River (December 2014), 2015 begins with the first real USA Tour that brings the Sardinian artist to perform in Mississippi, Tennessee and California (from the Ebony Club of Indianola to the House Of Blues in Los Angeles to Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco) and record in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis. On 28 May 2015 he plays at the European Parliament in Brussels as part of the press conference for the presentation of the European Blues Challenge 2016. Peace & Groove is the title of album which comes out in November 2016 for Appaloosa Records and is immediately inserted by specialized magazines among the best records of the year. Born from the collaboration with the writer Salvatore Niffoi, this fifth work of his represents a further turning point towards more soul and rhythm'n'blues sounds, with the presence of some of the best Italian black musicians. In June 2017 Peace & Groove won the Mario Cervo Award as the best record of the year produced in Sardinia. On 21 April 2018, on the occasion of the Record Store Day, a new album will be released including sessions recorded by Francesco and his entire band in a vineyard near Alghero: The Cann O 'Now Sessions.
After the overwhelming trio performances in 2012 and solo in 2015, the multifaceted Sardinian bluesman returns to the FolkClub accompanied by Silvio Centamore on drums and percussion, the same powerful formation that blasted our stage in spring 2019, to flood us with energy again with his sanguine blues and shake the earth under our cave in via Perrone with the powerful songs of his latest album Crossing.