David Francey performing at Bass Hall in Peterborough

David Francey


Published: 03-28-2024 8:01 AM

David Francey will perform Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St. in Peterborough.

Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter whose album “The Breath Between” won a 2024 Juno Award for top traditional roots album.. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was 12. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

When he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. His first album, “Torn Screen Door,” came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released 11 albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

Francey received the SOCAN Folk Music Award, as well as taking home the grand prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

Tickets are $28 in advance at pfmsconcerts.org and $35 the day of the show. Doors open at 6 :30 p.m.

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