ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
This event has already taken place.
It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of David Francey's upcoming national tour. David has just received word from a vocal specialist that he must stop singing now or do permanent damage to his voice.
David started experiencing issues 3 years ago and began seeing specialists. On their recommendations we had to cancel some tour dates and slow down his schedule to allow for periods of rest between performances. The vocal issues, however, have persisted. David would have some good days and some bad. Recently though his voice is consistently hoarse. He is unable to deliver his songs to his audiences without great effort and strain. David’s specialists have said he must stop singing until his voice has fully recovered.
David and all of us on his team are absolutely devastated about letting you down. David does not make these decisions lightly. He does not want to deliver a show that is in any way inferior to the 100% his fans are used to. We are very aware of the problems this will cause you, and for that, we are truly sorry.
Please bear with us while David actively works toward regaining his voice. David will be making a statement on his Facebook and Twitter page in a few days. Thank you for your understanding.
Mark Watson, Manager of David Francey.
This will be a very special pair of evenings at the Rogue. We will first of all be treated to David Francey as you have may well have experienced him before. Then, a choir will take the stage (a different group each evening, both led by Karla Mundy) and sing some of David's songs, both with David and without him. While a few concerts like this have been presented before, we are fortunate to witness the first such occurence in Western Canada. Here's what he had to say after the first concert of this type back in 2002: "With the full choir in attendance, things could have been completely overwhelming. The evening, however, proved to be one of the most uplifting experiences I've had singing the songs I've written. The beautiful harmonies and the exultant power of massed voices behind me was an intensely rewarding thing. I could have passed a perfect evening just listening to the choir itself. To take part in the performance and to sing with such a welcoming group of people was an honour indeed."
David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.
A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.
Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.
"David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." Shelter Valley Folk Festival
David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At age 10 he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs.
He was twelve when his family immigrated to Toronto. He says he can trace his love of the land, the history, and the people of his adopted country to weekend family drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part in these family outings. They sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Dad and sister Muriel sang melody, while mother and David sang harmonies.
His attachment to Canada grew with travel. He hitched across the country three times, then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to understand the people while working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. These experiences colour his first CD, Torn Screen Door, with songs like Hard Steel Mill, Gypsy Boys, and Working Poor and his second, Far End of Summer, with Highway, Flowers of Saskatchewan and February Morning Drive.
In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.
David lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler and in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario. They are visited often by their son Colin, daughters Amy and Julia and grandkids Tristan and Alice.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ...
"…one of Canada's best loved troubadours" - Greg Quill, The Toronto Star
“DavidFrancey is one of my fave conversationalists. Great stories, great songs.” - Amanda Putz, host of CBC's Bandwidth
"He's like those Texas songwriters, the Guy Clark's and Van Zandt's and such, who take life and set it to music, in such plain but perfect language. Oh, and it rhymes. And it's catchy. Each song is a bit of common sense philosophy, mixed with a tiny bit of sadness and a lot of love" CBC New Brunswick
"A Francey record is best served with a pint over a few moments to yourself to sit back and enjoy" - View
"Francey's clear, simple songs speak volumes to his followers. After a decade in music, David Francey is known as one of Canada's finest tunesmiths and a champion of the Everyman, admired for his less-is-more approach to writing. It's amazing how he manages to address deep stuff with such spare ingredients" - The Edmonton Journal
"Scottish born, Francey is a two-time Juno Award winner whose straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day" - Shelter Valley Folk Festival
"Francey writes songs that feel like they've been sung a million times in a million places by a million voices" - Judith Edelman in Puremusic.com
"Francey has made a reputation for himself as one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers… [His songs] are small and beautifully crafted pieces of work that have made Francey both a folk festival favourite and something of a latter-day Canadian poet laureate." - Greg Quill, The Toronto Star
"A consummate craftsman…David Francey is one of the biggest stars of Canadian folk Music" - Words & Music [SOCAN Magazine]
"Francey has been bringing an acute eye to penning image-laden lyrics for years" - The Edmonton Journal
"One of Canada's outstanding poets, songwriters, storytellers." - Ron MacLean, Hockey Night in Canada. November 22/03 Following the Canadian Heritage Classic Hockey Game
"Without a doubt, David Francey is the BEST folk singer/songwriter going in Canada today" - Fred's Records, Newfoundland
"Hands-down the best songwriter working in Canada today." - The Times Colonist, Victoria
"he's the closest thing this country has to Woody Guthrie" - The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
"one of today's finest folk-based singer-songwriters" "a working man's poetry" - Sing Out
"David Francey is coming into his own in middle age as one of Canada's best songsmiths - and that's not damning him with faint praise." - Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald
"[Francey's] observations pack an emotional wallop … [His] songs connect because they reflect common responses to life's journeys in a wry, poetic way." - The San Diego Union - Tribune
"the likeliest candidate for all-Canadian folk singer" - Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen
"David Francey's songs are lean, whippet-like creations, a bit like the man himself. With not one wasted word or superfluous line he takes the everyday, often mundane business of living and elevates it into something infinitely more noble and memorable, the mark of a truly gifted songwriter." - Eric Bogle, Australia
"David is the most exciting new narrative songwriter to emerge in many years" - Brian McNeill, Head of Scottish Music. Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
"David Francey's voice is a revelation, full and melodious, not to be missed" - The Berlingske Tidende, Denmark
Please note that the admission price for this concert includes a $2 Venue Improvement Fee that we are required by the St. James Square to collect from every patron. Starting in September 2016, the proceeds from this temporary fee will be used for construction projects such as ventilation, flooring and washrooms that will make the hall a nicer place for you to visit in the future. If you wish, you can make a secure donation by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of the page at www.sjcommunitysquare.org. For information on donating by phone or post, please contact the St. James Square office at 604-739-9373.