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Canadian Singer-Songwriter to Perform at Acoustic Brew Concert Series

by on March 09, 2014 3:45 PM

A musician called “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” by the Toronto Star will make his first appearance in Central Pennsylvania March 22 as part of the Acoustic Brew Concert Series.

Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, David Francey moved to Canada when he was 12. 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 will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Center for Well-Being, 123 Mount Nittany Rd., Lemont. For more information on Francey, visit his website.

Tickets can be purchased online at, at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe or Nature’s Pantry in State College, or at the door. Penn State students will receive a $2 discount (or refund if purchased online) at the door with a student ID.

The spring 2014 season of the Acoustic Brew Concert Series continues with blues guitarist Del Rey April 5 and bluegrass band Pesky J. Nixon April 26.

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