Concert planned at OSBC Saturday
Denver — Lovers of contemporary folk music are in for a special treat when Juno award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter David Francey and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Craig Werth appear at RAG’s Old School Baptist Church in the Denver Vega Valley on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors.
From carpenter to songwriter: since leaving construction and recording “Torn Screen Door” in 1999, Scottish-born Canadian, David Francey is recognized as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters. Earlier this year Francey’s CD, “Right of Passage,” earned him his third Juno (Canada’s top music award) in less than five years. Francey also recently had the honor of receiving the prestigious Socan Folk Music Award.
David Francey was born in 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland, where as a paper boy he got his first taste of the working life. He learned to read at an early age, and by age 11 was devouring the newspapers he delivered. This helped establish his interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs.
He was 12 when his family immigrated to Toronto. He says he can trace his love of the land, the history, and the people of his adopted country to weekend family drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part in these family outings. They sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Dad and sister Muriel sang melody, while mother and David sang harmonies.
His attachment to Canada grew with travel. He hitched across the country three times, then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to understand the people while working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships.
In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humor and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.
Since October 2006, Margaretville Central School graduate Craig Werth has served as the accompanist/co-arranger for David.
Craig has been performing at coffeehouses, folk festivals, concert halls, and schools (from kindergarten to Elderhostel) for... a wicked long time. He also brings to his writing and performing a life-load of experience as a counselor, teacher, outreach caseworker, builder of musical instruments, and family man.
The Old School Baptist Church is at 6424 county Highway 36. For reservations, call 607 326-7908.