Category Archives: David Francey

The Broken Heart of Everything 2018 Release

DavidFrancey-BrokenHeartcoverDavid Francey’s new album showcases his extraordinary skill as a lyricist. His so-good-they-could-be-traditional melodies, and themes of the camaraderie of small-town life, the drudgery of the daily grind, the pride in an honest day’s work, the sadness of losing loved ones, the joy of close family connections, and the quiet strength of mature love have struck a chord with audiences around the world.

“Come Sunday” is a song about the tragic death of Tim Annesley, who played hockey with David on his Sunday night team in the Eastern Townships in the late ‘90s.  It is both a touching account of the emptiness a community feels when one of its own is taken without warning and a celebration of small-town hockey culture – a topic David also feted on the Juno-winning Skating Rink.

“Blue Sorrow and Then Some” is a tribute to Hank Williams –  inspired by a teenage memory of playing Hank’s “Greatest Hits” endlessly after salvaging the record from his aunt’s junk pile. Ivan Rosenberg’s dobro and John Showman’s sweet violin give the song a classic country flavor without departing from David’s trademark acoustic folk sound.

“Only Love”, featuring fiddle player James McKie, is the kind of song that stirs up good-natured envy in other songwriters, for few can take as common a muse as love, write verses comprised of little more than metaphors, and end up with a powerful, moving piece, totally free of clichés, about the only thing in life that really matters.  It’s the sort of heartfelt song with a stick-in-your-head chorus that has won David fans in everyone from John-Angus MacDonald of the Trews to Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada. Lyrics from “Only Love” lend themselves to the title of this album.

“I Know It Won’t” was written in a hotel room in Grande Prairie about the exasperation of an artist who has been on the road too long. It is the kind of song about working life on which David has built his reputation.  Having long ago traded his tool belt for the touring life, David now brings the same rawness and sincerity to the realities of a working artist as he has to those of being a lake boat captain, a miner, or a farmer.

David recorded the songs with his long-time band-mates Mark Westberg (guitar), Chris Coole (banjo), and Darren McMullen (mandolin, etc.) at Coole’s family cabin on Belmont Lake, a rustic setting that gives the album its intimate sound. David’s delivery is soft, smooth and emotive, a beautiful, gentle timbre.

Available from Laker Music April 20th

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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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David Francey on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, May 10, 2013

David, accompanied by Mark Westberg, will play live on CBC’s Q tomorrow, starting at 10 AM

For more info go to http://www.cbc.ca/q/2013/05/10 Click “Listen” on the top right hand side to catch the show.

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David invited to join the 2012 JUNO Songwriter’s Circle

JUNO Songwriting Circle – Sunday, April 1, 2012

David will be part of this year’s JUNO Songwriter’s Circle at Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa. Participating Artists: Host Dan Mangan will be joined on stage by fellow 2012 JUNO Award nominees David Francey, Lindi Ortega, Max Kerman (Arkells) and Terri Clark. More artists to be announced!

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Francey to play in the 2012 JUNO Cup

JUNO Cup – Friday, March 30, 2012 – 7:30pm

David makes a save

Once again David will share the ice with NHL greats and great Canadian musicians when they face off for the JUNO Cup at the Steve Yzerman Arena, Nepean Sportsplex David will play goal for the NHL team (which will include Claude Lemieux and Russ Courtnall to name a few!

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Burning Bright is nominated for a JUNO

Tony Girardin’s documentary about David Francey, Burning Bright, is nominated for the 2012 JUNO Award for Music DVD of the Year! Tony’s film will be shown as part of The JUNOS at TIFF: Celebrating Canadian Music on Film, a showcase of the creative connections between music and film. We are looking forward to sharing a table with Tony at the awards gala. Well done Tony!

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Francey earns fifth Juno nomination – press release

Construction worker didn’t make his folk singing debut until age 45.  Now he has three Junos, two international songwriting awards, and a presence on Hockey Day in Canada

Three-time Juno Award-winner David Francey has just added a fifth Juno nomination to his list of accomplishments.

At this morning’s press conference, Francey received a nod for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo for his 2011 release, Late Edition.

The nomination comes at a time when Francey’s extraordinary songwriting talent and his equally extraordinary story are being discovered for the first time by many beyond the folk and roots milieu.

Last year, the Documentary Channel began broadcasting Burning Bright, a film that chronicles Francey’s journey as a Scottish émigré and lifelong manual labourer who rocketed to the top of the global roots scene after making a reluctant debut at the age of 45.

He didn’t even play an instrument at the time.  For years, Francey had been writing poetry and setting it to music in his head while he worked.  But his devotion to the working class life kept him from contemplating a career in music.  He famously only quit his construction job after winning his first Juno in 2001.   Since releasing his debut album 13 years ago, he’s won three of the trophies.  He’s also seen his music featured in CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcasts, and he’s established himself as a regular on the world’s A-list festival circuit.  He’s had songs covered by the Del McCoury Band and the Rankins, and he’s won two international songwriting competitions.

In recent years, there have been more breakthroughs. First, Francey was discovered by the godfather of Americana music, Kieran Kane, who produced his Juno-winning album, The Waking Hour. Kane reunited with Francey last year to produce Late Edition.  Most recently, Francey has begun co-writing with Canadian indie rockers, the Trews.

Francey is currently touring the U.S, and he’ll begin work on a new album in the spring.  This fall, he returns to the United Kingdom for a month-long tour.

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