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Background information
Born(1954-11-17) November 17, 1954 (age 62)
Ayrshire, Scotland
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
Years active1999–present
Associated actsKieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Shane Simpson, Mike Ford, The Wailin' Jennys, James Keelaghan, Garnet Rogers

David Francey (born 1954) is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. He is the recipient of three Juno Awards and three Canadian Folk Music awards.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 Discography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada with his family at age 12. He has no formal training in music.[1]


Francey worked as a rail yard worker and a carpenter for 20 years.[2] At age 45, he began a career in folk music, finding success on the folk festival circuit, where he continues to perform.

Francey's experiences in working-class life strongly influenced his 1999 debut album, Torn Screen Door, which featured the songs "Gypsy Boys", "Hard Steel Mill", "Working Poor", and "Torn Screen Door", an a cappella folk harmony sung with Jenn Cianca. Other musical themes include admiration of the natural beauty of the Canadian landscape and traditional folk themes of love and loss.

His 2004 album, The Waking Hour, is a collaboration with traditional country artists Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplin, and includes some of his darker material, including "Wishing Well" about the execution of Timothy McVeigh, and "Fourth of July", a political commentary on the post-September 11 United States. In 2004, David Francey won first prize of the Folk Category of the 9th Annual USA Songwriting Competition.

Accompanied by fellow Canadian guitarist Shane Simpson until October 2006, Francey toured various locations across Canada, the United States, England, Scotland, and Australia. In October 2006, Francey toured with New Hampshire-based singer-songwriter Craig Werth, co-producer of Francey's 2007 release, Right of Passage. Noted Canadian guitarist Mark Westberg met Francey in 1999 at Bishop's University and accompanied him occasionally on tour until 2011, when he joined Francey as his primary guitarist.

His 2009 album Seaway is a collaboration with Mike Ford, former member of Moxy Früvous. It is a collection of songs inspired by their voyage on M.S. Algoville.[3]

In 2010, David Francey won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. In 2011 he released an album, Late Edition.[1]

In 2016, Francey won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, solo artist and contemporary album of the year, for his album Empty Train.[2]

Personal life

Francey currently lives in Elphin, Ontario with his wife Beth Girdler.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations

  • Winner, 2002 Juno Award, Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo, for Far End of Summer[2]
  • Winner, 2002 Penguin Eggs Magazine's Album Of The Year - Solo, for Far End Of Summer
  • Winner, 2003 Penguin Eggs Magazine's Album Of The Year - Solo, for Skating Rink
  • Winner, 2004 Juno Award, Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo, for Skating Rink[2]
  • Winner, First Prize (Folk), 9th Annual USA Songwriting Competition
  • Nomination, 2005 Juno Award, Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo, for The Waking Hour
  • Winner, 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Singer - Contemporary, for Right of Passage
  • Winner, 2008 Juno Award, Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo, for Right of Passage[2]
  • Nomination, 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Contemporary Album - Collaboration, for Seaway
  • Winner, 2010 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)
  • Nomination, 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Solo Artist Of The Year
  • Nomination, 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, English Songwriter Of The Year
  • Nomination, 2012 Juno Award, Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo, for Late Edition
  • Nomination, 2012 Juno Award, Best Music DVD Of The Year - Burning Bright
  • Nomination, 2014 Juno Award, Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo, for So Say We All


  • Torn Screen Door (1999)
  • Far End of Summer (2001)
  • Skating Rink (2003)
  • The Waking Hour (2004) with Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin
  • The First Set (2006)
  • Carols for a Christmas Eve (2006)
  • Right of Passage (2007)
  • Seaway (2009)[4]
  • Late Edition (2011)[1]
  • So Say We All (2013)
  • Empty Train (2016)[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c " For David Francey, songs become 'new again ... every night'. Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rail yard labourer-turned-musician David Francey wins big at Canadian Folk Music Awards". Toronto Star, Dec. 3, 2016
  3. ^ "David Francey bringing his songs and stories to town". The News. New Glasgow, NS: Transcontinental Media Network. November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Music helps save singer from dark days". Windsor Star. November 13, 2013
  5. ^ "The best laid musical plans of David Francey". Ottawa Citizen. February 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Empty Train". Now Magazine, Sarah Greene February 24, 2016

External links

  • The Official David Francey Website
  • 2005 Biographical article
  • USA Songwriting Competition
  • John Lennon Songwriting Contest

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