David Francey
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David Francey

McDonalds Corner, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

McDonalds Corner, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Folk




"Canadian Poet"

"Francey has made a reputation for himself as one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers… [His songs] are small and beautifully crafted pieces of work that have made Francey both a folk festival favourite and something of a latter-day Canadian poet laureate."
Greg Quill, the Toronto Star
- Toronto Star

"Gifted Songwriter"

"Francey has emerged as one of Canada's most gifted songwriters." The Montreal Gazette - Montreal Gazett

"One of The Biggest Stars"

"A consummate craftsman…David Francey is one of the biggest stars of Canadian folk Music"
Words & Music - SOCAN Magazine - SOCAN Magazine

"One Of Canada's Best"

"David Francey is coming into his own in middle age as one of Canada's best songsmiths - and that's not damning him with faint praise." Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald - Boston Herald

"Truly Gifted"

"David Francey's songs are lean, whippet-like creations, a bit like the man himself. With not one wasted word or superfluous line he takes the everyday, often mundane business of living and elevates it into something infinitely more noble and memorable, the mark of a truly gifted songwriter." Eric Bogle, Australia - Eric Bogle - Australia


Late Edition - 2011 (JUNO nomination)
Seaway - 2009
Right of Passage - 2008 JUNO Winner
The Waking Hour - 2007
Carols for a Christmas Eve - 2006
The First Set - Live From Folk Alley - 2006
Skating Rink - 2004 JUNO WINNER
Far End of Summer - 2002 JUNO WINNER
Torn Screen Door



"A consummate craftsmanDavid Francey is one of the biggest stars of Canadian folk Music"Words & Music - SOCAN

David Francey - from carpenter to songwriter. Since leaving constructionto record Torn Screen Door in 1999, Scottish-born Canadian DavidFrancey is now recognized as one of todays finest singer-songwriters.

Franceys straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and realplaces. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of Francey and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.
Shelter Valley FF

Francey has released 9 CDs to date. His most recent, Late Edition, has garnered much praise and two Canadian Folk Music nominations. Francey is a three time JUNO award winner and also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award. In the last few years he took home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic
Music Awards and in the Folk category for the John Lennon
Songwriting Awards. David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At age 10 he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long interest in politics and
world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs.

David was 12 when he and his family immigrated to Toronto. His love of the landscape, the history and the people of his adopted country can be traced back to family weekend drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part in these family outings. The Franceys sang traditional
Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Davids dad and sister sang melody while David and his mother sang harmonies. Davids attachment to Canada grew with his travels. He hitchhiked 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. His understanding of the people grew as he worked in Toronto train yards, in the Yukon bush and in construction in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
In concert David Francey is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his open-hearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.

David lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler. They have three grown children, Amy, Julia and Colin. Beth and David share their home with Colin, two dogs and a cat in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands of Ontario.

Late Edition is like spending a perfect evening, passing the time with a good old friend and a few glasses of a
fine single malt, discussing love, the latest news, and life in general. Penguin Eggs Magazine