Empty Train 2016 Release

DavidFrancey-EmptyTrain-Cover-SmallLaker Music is pleased to announce the February 26th, 2016 International release of David Francey’s new album Empty Train. This will be the 11th album for this three-time Juno Award winner.
David Francey populates Empty Train with captivating cast of characters

Colin and John-Angus MacDonald of the Trews contribute a co-write

People watching.

It’s the ultimate pastime of the introvert:  spending time alone in a crowd, contemplating the dynamics of the characters around you, reflecting on their emotional lives, reflecting on your emotional life.

On Empty Train, three-time Juno winner David Francey elevates the practice to high art.

The long-time manual labourer-turned-revered singer-songwriter populates Empty Train with the lonely, faceless patrons of a Yukon night club (“Mirror Ball”); hospital patients who “might get home but you never know” (“Hospital”); working class heroes in the form of sailors, signalers and stokers (“Crucible”); and women seeking to escape their circumstances through the sex trade (“Blue Girl”).

And then there’s the man who struck up a conversation with Francey on a flight in California:  a real life California football coach heading to the Holy Land, hoping to cheer up Palestinian children for a moment with his handful of magic tricks (“Holy Land”).

Francey contemplates each of their circumstances, singing with sensitive, weathered vocals, accompanied by beautifully spare acoustic arrangements, courtesy of long-time collaborators Mark Westberg (guitars), Chris Coole (banjo and guitar), and Darren McMullen (mandolin, bouzouki, etc.).  Fiddlers John Showman (New Country Rehab) and Rachel Davis (Còig) guest, along with Francey’s son, Colin, who contributes some guitar and backing vocals.

As he has for eleven straight albums now, David draws listeners into the emotional power of his stories using nothing but his incisive way with language, his ear for a catchy melody, and his deep and obvious empathy for people who are struggling – no fancy production or orchestration required.

In fact, the album was recorded in a rustic cabin North of Havelock, Ont.

Francey, as many by now know, has been documenting the lives of the poor and working class almost his entire life.

A proud physical labourer from a proud working class Scottish immigrant family, he spent more than 30 years toiling in the Toronto rail yards, the Yukon bush and the Eastern Townships’ construction sites – hitchhiking across Canada at least three times in the process – all the while quietly chronicling in song the triumphs and hardships of life in the trenches.

He played no instruments, never aspired to a career in music, and only reluctantly took to the stage at the age of 45 under pressure from friends and family.

The reaction was instant.

Within two years, he’d won his first Juno, was touring internationally, and got to thinking that perhaps he should quit his construction job and try this music thing full time for a while.

Since then, he’s won two more Junos and been nominated a total of five times.  His songs have been covered by the Del McCoury Band, the Rankins, the Barra McNeils and Tracy Grammer – among countless others – and his “Skating Rink” video aired several times on Hockey Day in Canada, earning Francey the fandom of host Ron MacLean.   He performs regularly at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals – Tonder in Denmark, Port Fairy in Australia – and he’s been the subject of a nationally-televised feature documentary (Burning Bright).

He has also won the respect of songwriters across the musical spectrum for his seemingly effortless ability to turn out songs that seem destined to become classics.  “Junkie’s Heart” on Empty Train is a co-write with two such fans:  Colin and John-Angus MacDonald of the roots rock outfit the Trews.

Long ago, the Georgia Straight called Francey “The closest thing Canada has to Woody Guthrie.”

More recently, Exclaim wrote, “It can be argued that David Francey has had more impact than any old-school Canadian folk songsmith since the late great Stan Rogers.”

Now more than 15 years into his career, with not a miss among his eleven albums, it won’t be long before Francey himself becomes a standard-bearer for the next generation of promising songwriters.

In support of his new album, David Francey will be touring Canada and United States throughout 2016. For his full schedule, please visit http://www.davidfrancey.com

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David Francey Nominated for a JUNO Award

Great News!

Already a three time winner, David Francey is nominated for a JUNO Award in the Roots and Traditional category for his latest CD, So Say we All.
David will be in Winnipeg, MB for the awards
(held March 24-30).
Once again David will be taking part in the
JUNO Cup. What Fun!

David makes a save

David makes a save

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A Game Going ON by Dave Gunning and David Francey wins Song Quest

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada ran a contest in a search of “Canada’s next great hockey song” and the winner is “A Game Going ON” written by David Francey and Dave Gunning.  Dave’s wonderful recording of the song can be heard at CBC.ca

“The original idea for this song came from David Francey and he asked me to co-write it with him,” Gunning wrote.  “Last year during the NHL lockout we finished the song. I was certainly frustrated along with so many other hockey fans and felt it was good timing to release a song that encapsulated the old fashioned love of the game, the real reason why so many of us play hockey either professionally or for fun.”

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So Say We All – top folk album on Galaxie Radio

Thank you Galaxie! and Ashley Condon’s “This Great Compromise” also on the Laker Music label took the 5th spot!

“Top 50 most played Canadian albums airing on Galaxie Folk-Roots in 2013 Galaxie’s Folk-Roots (Canada) channel broadcasts uninterrupted 24/7 and is available from virtually all digital cable providers throughout Canada (over 9 million homes).”

Rank — Artist — Album Title — Label

1 — David Francey — So Say We All — Laker Music
2 — Pharis & Jason Romero — Long Gone Out West Blues — Lula Records
3 — Jadea Kelly — Clover — Divergent/True North
4 — Ruth Moody — These Wilder Things — Red House
5 — Keith Glass — Bad Dog — keithglassmusic.com
6 — Lynn Miles — Downpour — Lynn Miles Music
7 — Ashley Condon — This Great Compromise — Laker Music

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“So Say We All” wins 4th Penguin Eggs Magazine “Album of the Year”

The critics have spoken and David’s album “So Say We All” got top pick!

“David Francey’s latest album So Say We All has earned him an unprecedented fourth Penguin Eggs critics annual Album of the Year Award. His last came in 2004 with The Waking Hour. “
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David wins First Place in USA Songwriting Competition

Just announced, David won first place in the Folk Category at the USA Songwriting Competition for his song “Broken Glass” off the “Skating Rink” CD!

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Francey wins Canadian Folk Music Award for So Say We All

“Much-lauded carpenter-turned-singer David Francey, known for his poetic lyrics won English Songwriter of the Year for his record So Say We All. ” CFMA

On Sunday, November 10th David was honoured at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards. He is thrilled to be chosen by his peers for this award. Go To the CFMA website for more on the event

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