Art of the Song Live!

Join us for one of our inspiring live tapings of Art of the Song, workshops, and theater events held in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah, with more venues added each year!

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:00 pm

David Francey

Art of the Song Studio Concert

Live at the Art of the Song / Sol Acting Academy Studio

5500 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite 114

Albuquerque, NM 87109

$20 Suggested donation

Seating is limited. Call for reservations 505-850-2674

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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 ten 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 grandson Tristan.

Visit David at his website.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:00 pm

Grant Peeples

Art of the Song House Concert and Interview

John & Viv’s home in the Sandia Heights section of Albuquerque

This is a “no-alcohol” event

$15 Suggested donation

Seating is limited. Call for reservations and directions 505-850-2674

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“I’m a vegetarian that watches NASCAR, a tree-hugger that keeps a gun under the seat.”—-Grant Peeples

Dubbed a “guitar-slinging poet” by Music News Nashville.

A voice No Depression says “sounds like a ’57 Chevy with glass mufflers…”

Songs that Routes & Branches deemed “smart, strong lyrics that mean something, & say it in a way that you haven’t heard before.”

This finger-in-your-eye styled songwriter and seventh generation Floridian is a former expatriate. Grant Peeples spent 11 years on a tiny island off the coast of Nicaragua, where he installed the island’s first flushing toilet. He returned in 2006 to a very different homeland. Much of his song writing is a response to what he found when he returned.

His latest release, Prior Convictions (2012), was produced by legendary roots icon Gurf Morlix. John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music reviewed the record: “Unusually literate, unusually honest…he’s the only songwriter I’ve ever called ruthless…”

His mother finds his songs…disturbing…

Visit Grant at his website.


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Copyrighted material presented here for educational purposes

Listen Show Number Special Guest Broadcast week of
tune.gif 361 Eileen Ivers 3/14/11
tune.gif 360 Loudon Wainwright III 2/28/11
tune.gif 358 Badi Assad 1/10/10
tune.gif 350 Handsome Family 8/23/10
tune.gif 224 Billy Jonas 4/13/09
tune.gif 370 Willy Porter 6/07/10
tune.gif 332 John McEuen 1/19/09
tune.gif 338 Janis Ian 5/24/10
tune.gif 298 Kenny Edwards 12/28/09
tune.gif 264 The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 1/18/10
tune.gif 335 Cris Williamson 2/22/10
tune.gif 236 Philip Bailey 7/6/09
tune.gif 379 Kenny White 4/26/10
tune.gif 277 Rahim Alhaj 4/19/10
tune.gif 271 Don Was 3/08/10
tune.gif 359 Harry Manx 2/01/10
tune.gif 373 Trout Fishing In America 11/9/09