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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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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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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 Receives Four Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations

DavidFrancey-SoSayWeAll-Cover-Mediumsm“From the scenic hamlet of McDonalds Corners, Ontario, multiple Juno award-­winning artist David Francey also received nominations for his album So Say We All released via Laker Music. The former carpenter turned much-­lauded songwriter picks up nominations for Contemporary Album of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year.” (CFMA)

to read more go to Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominees

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