Irvine Folk Club is very fortunate to have secured the booking of David Francey. The Scots born Canadian is revered in Canada and mentioned alongside such luminaries as Stan Rogers and John Prine. Eric Bogle describes him as a truly gifted songwriter. The date to hear David Francey in Irvine is Wednesday 5th September.
Born in Ayrshire, David’s first job at 10 was as a Paperboy and he was an avid reader of his deliveries. It established a life-long interest in politics and world events whilst developing the social conscience that is the background to his songs. At 12 his family emmigrated to Toronto. Through travel, his attachment toCanadagrew. David hitched across the country three times and thumbed his way to theYukon. His songs reflect this attachment to Canada and its people.
David Francey has all the elements essential for a successful: a passion for the music he creates; great songwriting; amazing voice; and an engaging stage presence and sense of fun. He has nine CDs to his name, the most recent being Late Edition. His song The Waking Hour was the 2010 Grand Prize Winner in The John Lennon Songwriting Award. He has won oodles of awards for his songwriting.
His warm and rich voice and his modest style are the perfect backdrop to his impassioned and searching songs about the world we live in, so acutely observed by David. He has mastered the art of storytelling through song.
This former carpenter who now lives with his family in the Lanark Highlands in Southern Ontario is currently appearing at Denmark’s Tonder Festival. He then starts his UK tour before going to Ireland for a nine day tour which is sold out. Lots of reasons therefore to make sure you are in the audience on Wednesday 5th September to hear one of Canada’s brightest musical lights David Francey.
Finally, a date for your October diary. The Whistlebinkies, as described by the late and wonderful raconteur Mick Broderick ‘ that damned band that keep following me around’ – they are playing at Wellwood home of Irvine Burns Club on Wednesday 10th October. More details nearer the time.
Irvine Folk Club meets in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road at 8pm.