Category Archives: JUNOs
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!
JUNO Cup – Friday, March 30, 2012 – 7:30pm
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!
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.
Calgary, April 5th 2008 – David Francey won his third JUNO in the Roots and Traditional – Solo category. He is absolutely thrilled to win the award, it is every bit as exciting as receiving his first JUNO for Far End of Summer. This honour means a great deal to David as this category is judged by his peers. In just six years David has had 4 JUNO nominations and won 3 JUNOs! Wow!
If you’d like to hear David’s acceptance speech just watch this video taken by Beth (who was also very pleased to be at the ceremonies in Calgary!)
David took part in the 5th annual JUNO cup while he was in Calgary playing on the NHL team as their goalie – also a thrill!
Last, but not least, David was part of the first ever presentation of classical music at JUNOfest. David was honoured to narrate for JUNO nominee, cellist Matt Haimovitz for his performance of “After Reading Shakespear”