One listen to the voice of David Francey and you are immediately put at ease. Francey is a three time Juno Award winner and released his newest record Late Edition at the end of April. Born in Scotland, Francey’s music career has not been typical of a musician – he only started performing in 1999 at the age of 45 but with accolades from folk festivals throughout the country, it is clearly a case of Francey being better late than never gracing us with his music.
David recently took time to take part in the MusicNerd Q&A:
Where do you currently call home?
I currently live in Elphin, Ontario in the Lanark Highlands of Eastern Ontario. Population 38 at the last count.
Why do you live where you do?
I have all the privacy in the world. I do my socializing on the road and enjoy the quiet of where we live. The landscape is typical: shield country, rolling hills, forests, lakes and farms. And rock. Lots of rock.
What is occupying your time these days?
Touring is occupying my time, as always. When I get home, I like to paint with acrylics and ponder how I am going to fix the barn up. I am looking forward to turning the summer kitchen into a year round studio this summer. It always feels good to swing a hammer again.
First record purchased and at what age?
The first LP I bought was The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I had a collection of 45’s before those though. The first of those I bought was either The Beatles or Dusty Springfield.
When did you start to play music?
I wrote poetry as opposed to playing an instrument, starting at 10 years old.
If we took a look inside the bedroom of a 13-15 year old you, what would have been on your walls?
I covered my walls with pictures large and small, like a mosaic. Plenty of anti-war posters (Vietnam era) and lots of maps. I was forever looking at maps and planning trips. Music pictures figured in as well though; The Beatles, The Who and the like.
What three records could you not live without?
Picking only three is a near impossibility. But off the top of my head:
Music From Big Pink – The Band
Ladies of the Canyon – Joni Mitchell
Planxty – Planxty
What has been your most memorable show?
I have done a lot of gigs that are memorable that would fit here. The first “tweener” we did at the Blue Skies Festival in Clarendon, Ontario at our first folk festival. The reaction from the crowd was both thrilling and unexpected.
Most extravagant rider item?
For many years, my rider consisted of water and that’s it. I think I will go back to that actually while adding in coffee. I am not one for extravagance at any level.