Francey brings honest folk to Harrison Festival

David Francey. - Submitted
David Francey.
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According to David Francey, the width and breadth of the country seeps into Canadian music—pines swaying in the breeze, wildlife darting into bushes on the shoulder of highways crossing through the mountains, fields of crops turning golden in the sunlight across the prairies.

“We’re so distinct; we just are. It’s a hard thing to define, no doubt about it. But if you go travelling, you know who the Canadian is, and Canadian music shows stand out,” Francey says. “Maybe it’s our introspection over the winter, or maybe we’re just good observers, but we’ve always been a bit of a rich field for singer/songwriters.”

Francey will be on the Harrison Festival stage this summer, joining a host of both Canadian and foreign performers on the line-up.

He gained a distinct appreciation for Canada in part through crossing the country three times in strangers’ vehicles.

“I did a lot of hitchhiking as a kid,” he explains with a laugh. “You know you’re very impressionable at that age anyway, but I’d read a pile of John Steinbeck, so I wanted to get out and see Canada. He saw America, I wanted to go see Canada.

“When you stand in the countryside for so long waiting for a ride, at that level and that pace, it kind of soaks into you—an appreciation for every part of this country. You’ve got the mountains, the prairies—everything’s got its own beauty and it’s own time.”

This is his first time at the Harrison Festival for Francey, who falls into the genre of honest and acoustic folk.

But he knows to expect a good time from the Valley after appearing at the Mission Folk Festival five times, most recently last year.

“It’s a part of the country I really like and it seems to attract people I really like,” he says with a laugh. “I just enjoy being in B.C.—it’s a different place altogether. It’s a wonderful thing to get to enjoy now and again.”

w Francey will be at the Festival on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m., performing on the Beach Stage with Chris Cool on banjo and Mark Westburg on guitar. All beach performances are included in a $2 festival button day pass, which also covers entrance to the Art Exhibit and the Art Market.

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