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Saturday November 16th, 2013


Saturday, November 16th At Mackenzie Hall
3277 Sandwich St. West
Tickets $23.00 ($19.00 for Windsor Folk Members)
Doors Open at 7:30, Concert Begins at 8:00pm

Windsor Folk kicks off its 2013/14 concert season with a returning favourite, three time Juno winner David Francey. Francey’s cross-Canada tour follows the release of his tenth recording “So Say We All”, since beginning his songwriting career in 1998 after decades of work as a manual labourer. His songs written from the heart of the working class are particularly resonant with Windsor audiences, as well as his songs celebrating his fascination with Great Lakes freight ships familiar along the Detroit River. His warm Scottish brogue originates from Ayershire, Scotland where he lived before moving to Canada at the age of twelve. Unlike many songwriters, Francey has likely spent more hours with a hammer in his hand than the standard issue guitar wielded by most troubadours. Hands in his pockets, he sings from the heart; accompanied by Mark Westberg on guitar and Chris Coole on banjo. Tickets are $23.00 and are available at the Mackenzie Hall Box Office (3227 Sandwich St.W. 519-255-7600) and at Casa Chavela (405 Pelissier, 519-254-6865). Tickets are $19.00 for Windsor Folk Members and Windsor Folk offers a three-ticket-discount for any concert in the series for $54.00, including the upcoming performance by Valdy on January 18th, 2014.

“So Say We All” is David Francey’s homage to perseverance, inspired by a recent period of hardship in Francey’s life. The album 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. “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.” 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. 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.


Mackenzie Hall
3277 Sandwich Street West
Windsor, Ontario

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