David Francey is one of Canada's best songwriters (if not the best). He has visited the Tønder Festival several times, most recently in 2012, but did his first Danish tour proper in September 2015.
David Francey was born in Scotland but moved to Canada with his parents as a child. Originally a carpenter he entered the music scene quite late in life - but he has certainly not wasted his time: He has released ten albums so far, won three JUNO awards and four Canadian Folk Music Awards, and in 2008 he won the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award - just to mention a few of the official honours he has collected. First and foremost however, he writes some fantastic songs that seem to ring true with most people.
As a paper boy in Ayrshire, Scotland he got his first taste of working life. At the age of 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. The many weekend family drives exploring southern Ontario - with David and the rest of the family singing traditional Scottish songs in the car as they drove along - gave him his love of the land, the history, and the people of his adopted country.
His attachment to Canada and the ordinary Candian grew as he hitchhiked across the country, and through working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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.