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Album Review

David Francey is one of Canada's best-kept secrets, but he's one who deserves to be globally recognized on a level similar to Joni Mitchell or Neil Young. His songs are deceptively simple, tinged by his accent, a Scots-Canuck mix, the images direct, as on "Ashtabula," but put together they create a complex, multidimensional picture — not unlike a younger version of Gordon Lightfoot, in his own way. Accompanied here by friends Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplin, there's nothing fancy about this acoustic disc, but it remains affecting. Francey looks at the world with a poet's eye, as on the religious parable "Morning Train." This was recorded in Nashville, and he looks at America with affection, but also an outsider's skepticism, such as on "Fourth of July," a meditation on the run up to the 2003 Iraq War. He can turn bluesy (with a touch of bluegrass in the harmony vocal) on "Wanna Be Loved" and keep a driving rhythm on "Sunday Morning." Every piece here is a loving little gem. Francey makes them seem effortless, which is the mark of a true craftsman. Brilliance.

Customer Reviews


This whole album is entrancing. If I start listening to David Francey, I have to make sure I've got some free time because once I listen to one song, I just keep going. The music is beautiful, and the lyrics are just so true, but even beyond this, the whole thing is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. It gives you this feeling of wholeness and solidarity and beautiful sadness deep in your chest. David Francey is a very rare find, and one of the great folk artists. If you are reading this and you enjoy or even can just stand folk music, buy this album. You won't regret it - I've introduced many people to David Francey, and not one of them has called him anything less than amazing.

As heard on a certain hockey program...

I love this guy! His music is entrancing at the very least, and has a depth that's hard to find these days. I'm still waiting for Skating Rink to get on iTunes, though...

waking to the waking hour

Francey is amazing. Great musicianship. One of a kind scott-canuck accent and embracing voice. Simple, articulate lyrics. Morning Train, Ashtabula, Tonight in my Dreams, Wanna be Loved, Gone are highlights. On a recent road trip with my 13 year old son this album hogged most air time.


Born: 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In the late '90s, David Francey emerged as a celebrated folksinger and storyteller across Canada. Born in 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland, Francey's life was surrounded by the respect of the working class and the solace of traditional Scottish songs. By age 12, he and his family moved to Toronto. On the weekends, they would drive through southern Ontario to explore the countryside while singing. His love for traveling as a young man also...
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