David Francey was born in 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland,where he got his first taste of working life. Francey’s first job was as a paperboy. He devoured the newspapers he delivered, gaining an early knowledge of world events and politics. This helped form a strong social conscience that pervades Francey’s songwriting.
When he was twelve, Francey moved to Toronto with his family. He grew to appreciate his adopted country and its unique landscape as he and his family went on weekend driving trips throughout southern Ontario. As he grew older he began to travel more widely, hitchhiking across Canada three times and working all over, from Toronto train yards to the Yukon bush. Francey later settled down in rural Quebec, where he worked as a carpenter for a number of years, all the while writing and singing songs. Before his wife encouraged him to share his music with others by performing and recording, Francey sang songs for his own amusement, to pass the time as he worked. And it was this physical work that helped give life to his songs.
Dugg Simpson of the Vancouver Music Festival says that Francey “writes songs about working for a living...and about those small precious parts of life that are slipping away all the time.” Just as he drew from his travels and work experiences when he wrote the songs for his first album Torn Screen Door, he continues today to be inspired by life and the world around him. Now Francey resides with his wife and children in a small town in eastern Ontario and is writing, recording and touring fulltime.
Francey's Red House Records album The Waking Hour was recorded in Nashville with veteran performers Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplin. The album is acoustic and simply produced, but Kane, Welch, and Kaplin's strong rhythmic backdrop make Francey’s melodic tunes as vibrant as the writing is. From the quiet, contemplative title track to the driving blues riffs of “Morning Train,” the songs on The Waking Hour straddle the Atlantic, while embracing traditional and contemporary sounds from both North America and the British Isles. His unique voice is present throughout the album as he traverses the American landscape, exploring back roads, lost loves, and the dark shadows of religion and politics.
David has gone on to win his third Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for 2007's Right of Passage as well as the SOCAN Folk Music Award.