This tour will visit Counties Donegal, Sligo and Galway.

Tour price:

$2,550 per person sharing.

$3,050 single occupancy (limited availability).

Tour Leader

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star).

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. 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.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven 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 also had the honour of receiving the prestigious 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.
“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 Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At age 10 he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long 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 in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario. They are visited often by their son Colin, daughters Amy and Julia and grandkids Tristan and Alice.

Other Northern Tour Dates

Chuck Brodsky

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Jul 08 - Jul 18 2019

Chuck Brodsky

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Willy Porter

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Jul 30 - Aug 08 2019

Willy Porter

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Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

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Aug 07 - Aug 16 2019

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

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Kate Campbell

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Aug 20 - Aug 29 2019

Kate Campbell

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Johnsmith

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Sep 25 - Oct 04 2019

Johnsmith

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Kitty Donohoe

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Oct 10 - Oct 19 2019

Kitty Donohoe

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Chuck Brodsky

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Apr 25 - May 05 2020

Chuck Brodsky

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David Francey

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Apr 29 - May 08 2020

David Francey

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Cathy Jordan

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May 11 - May 20 2020

Cathy Jordan

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Kate Campbell

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Jul 21 - Jul 30 2020

Kate Campbell

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Tim & Jackson Grimm Activity Tour

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Aug 04 - Aug 13 2020

Tim & Jackson Grimm Activity Tour

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Harmonious Wail

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Aug 07 - Aug 16 2020

Harmonious Wail

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Willy Porter

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Aug 16 - Aug 25 2020

Willy Porter

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Joe Jencks

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Aug 20 - Aug 29 2020

Joe Jencks

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James Keelaghan / Hugh McMillan

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Aug 28 - Sep 06 2020

James Keelaghan / Hugh McMillan

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Victor Johnson

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Oct 03 - Oct 12 2020

Victor Johnson

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