21 April 2017

An Evening with David Francey

On Friday, April 21 we will feature David Francey, one of Canada’s best loved troubadours. A three-time Juno Award winner whose straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places, David’s poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.

Concert starts at 8:00 pm.

David Francey

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Toronto when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album, Torn Screen Door, came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released ten more albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer. Francey also had the honor of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

Music played a large part in David’s personal history. His family sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside on family outings. Dad and sister Muriel sang melody, while mother and David sang harmonies. His attachment to Canada grew with travel. He hitched across the country three times, and then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to understand the people while working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humor and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.

  • Francey writes songs that feel like they’ve been sung a million times in a million places by a million voices. PureMusic.com
  • One of Canada’s best loved troubadours Greg Quill, Toronto Star
  • A consummate craftsman. David Francey is one of the biggest stars of Canadian folk music. Words & Music, SOCAN Magazine
  • [Francey’s] observations pack an emotional wallop. [His] songs connect because they reflect common responses to life’s journeys in a wry, poetic way. San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Like country blues legend Mississippi John Hurt, David Francey writes in a direct, snapshot style. And, like Hurt, his folk-based songs ought to be played a 100 years from now. Exclaim Magazine