Folk troubadour comes to our neck of the woodsWednesday, September 11, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
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Three-time Juno-winner David Francey announces fall launch tour for So Say We All
October 10 - Espanola Royal Canadian Legion, Espanola; October 11 - Richards Landing Old Town Hall, Richards Landing
Long-time manual labourer-turned three-time Juno-winning folk troubadour David Francey sets off on a cross-Canada tour next month, giving audiences a chance to see him live for the first time since the spring release of So Say We All, his 10th recording.
The album - an homage to perseverance, inspired by a recent period of hardship in Francey’s life - went to #2 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart and has been top 5 on the folk radio charts in both Canada and the U.S.
It also earned solid praise from Exclaim, which suggested Francey “has had more impact than any old-school Canadian folk songsmith since the late great Stan Rogers.”
Francey joined Jian Ghomeshi on CBC’s Q after the release to discuss the experiences with depression that inspired the album.
He told Ghomeshi he never thought twice about discussing such a personal subject in song.
“There seems to be some kind of stigma around depression and I don’t understand why it’s there,” said Francey. “There’s no shame in it. None at all.”
He added, “I didn’t really expect it to cause any kind of stir that way, mostly because I don’t view it that way myself.”
Described by the Georgia Straight as “the closest thing this country has to Woody Guthrie,” Francey spent more than 25 years working in rail yards, construction sites and in the Yukon bush, prolifically documenting working class life through songs and poems he never imagined he would ever earn money from.
However, urged to perform by his wife, Beth Girdler, who recognized a rare and desperately-sought-after authenticity in her husband’s work, Francey took to the stage for the first time at the age of 45 and was instantly embraced in the folk world.
Within a decade of his debut, Francey had won three Junos, topped the Penguin Eggs Critics Poll three times, earned a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Socan Award, and won several other high profile songwriting honours.
His song “Skating Rink,” a tribute to the small-town backyard rink, became a staple of CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcasts, and, in 2007, Francey was named one of the Top 25 Artists of the Past 25 Years by listeners of WUMB, Boston (NPR).
Francey’s songs have been covered by well-known artists such as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, The Barra MacNeils and Tracy Grammer, and Francey has co-written with the Trews, who perform two of his songs as part of their live shows.
Most recently, Francey’s journey from construction site to concert stage was captured in the Juno-nominated feature-length documentary Burning Bright, which aired on the Documentary Channel.
Francey spent the early spring of this year touring Australia with Kieran and Lucas Kane to promote their new trio project, Go Jane Go.
Prior to touring Canada, Francey will spend 10 days performing in and exploring Ireland with about a dozen fans as part of a special “folk holiday” package organized by Inishfree Tou.