The PEI Writers’ Guild is proud to sponsor a David Francey Songwriting Workshop on November 20th, 2-4 p.m. Spaces are limited to participate in this amazing opportunity to work with a world-renowned songwriter/singer. The PLACE IS TO BE DETERMINED, but downtown Charlottetown for sure.
Francey is playing the Guild the evening of the 20th, so the PEIWG decided to jump on the chance to give our songwriting members, and the music community, a professional development opportunity.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. So far, just in getting the word out verbally, there are six fine songwriters signed up – Please contact us right away if you want a spot.
PEI Writers Guild members fee is $25.00, non-members is $30.00.
AND, if you are a writer interested in observing the proceedings and learning what you can, but you are not a practicing songwriter/musician, you can attend and not participate for $15.00 or $10.00 for Writers’ Guild members. Observers will not be able to ask questions, etc. Just observe. (For instance Yvette Doucette, PEIWG president, will be attending in this capacity. She is not a songwriter or musician, but she wants to learn more about that genre.)
A Songwriter’s Workshop traditionally has 10-12 songwriters working in a circle, each with their own notes and guitars. FYI, but David has no specific requirements for you songwriters.
RECAP of pricing:
Participating Songwriters/Musicians Only: PEIWG Members $25.00, non-members $30.00
Writer observers: PEIWG Members $10.00, non-members $15.00
PEI Writers’ Guild President
Listen to David Francey here.
David Francey Biography
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. Francey has released 8 CDs to date. His most recent is “Seaway” – a collaberation with Mike Ford of Moxy Fruvous fame with songs based on their voyage on the M.V. Algoville. Francey’s CD, Right of Passage, earned him his third JUNO (Canada’s top music award) in less than 5 years. Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award.
“David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.” Shelter Valley Folk Festival
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 eleven 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 twelve 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. These experiences colour his first CD, Torn Screen Door, with songs like Hard Steel Mill, Gypsy Boys, and Working Poor and his second, Far End of Summer, with Highway, Flowers of Saskatchewan and February Morning Drive.
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.
David lives with his wife, artist, Beth Girdler and their three children Amy, Julia and Colin in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario.