Folk Legend

FREDONIA – JUNO award winner David Francey will perform in Fredonia tonight.

The Canadian singer-songwriter will appear at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Folk in Fredonia Music Series at the Opera House.

Francey has been called “one of Canada’s best loved troubadours” by the Toronto Star and “hands-down the best songwriter working in Canada today” by the Victoria Times Colonist.

A three-time JUNO award winner – Canada’s Grammy – Francey has received the SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Awards and in the folk category of the John Lennon Songwriting Awards.

With nine CDs to date, his most recent, “Late Edition,” has garnered praise and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.

SOCAN Magazine calls Francey “a consummate craftsman … one of the biggest stars of Canadian folk music.” The Vancouver Georgia Strait says “he’s the closest thing this country has to Woody Guthrie.”

Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Francey was 12 when he and his family emigrated to Toronto. His love of the landscape, the history and the people of his adopted country can be traced back to family weekend drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part of those family outings; the Franceys sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Francey’s dad and sister sang melody while David and his mother sang harmonies.

In concert, Francey is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humor combined with his open-hearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13 for Opera House members and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org.

The Folk in Fredonia Music Series is sponsored by The Gilman Family. The event also is made possible, in part, with public funds from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and from the New York State Council on the Arts.