9 tracks: Paper Boy * The Waking Hour * Ashtabula * Broken Glass * Tonight In My Dreams * Fourth Of July * Torn Screen Door * Morning Train * Lucky Man.
From carpenter to songwriter - since leaving construction and recording his first album in 1999, Scottish-born Canadian David Francey is recognised as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters.
The First Set - Live From Folk Alley was recorded at Kent State Folk Festival and is an introduction to nine of David’s classic songs.
David released his first album Torn Screen Door in 1999. The release of his CD Right Of Passage earned him his third JUNO (Canada’s top music award) in less than five years, and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Singer (Contemporary), both in 2008. All of David’s nine albums have been released on his own Laker Music label.
In concert David Francey is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations, combined with his openhearted singing have earned him a loyal following. His straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the matter are trademarks of the man and his music.
David was 12 when he and his family immigrated to Toronto. His love of the landscape, the history and the people of his adopted country can be traced back to family weekend drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part on these family outings. The Franceys sang traditional Scottish songs as they drove through the Canadian countryside. David’s dad and sister sang melody while David and his mother sang harmonies.
David’s attachment to Canada grew with his travels. He hitched across the country three times and then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms and the St Lawrence Seaway. His understanding of the people grew as he worked in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. He now lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler, son Colin and their two dogs, Nelly and Badger, in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands of Ontario.