David Francey will be playing April 18 at the Errington Hall. Tickets are $25.

David Francey will be playing April 18 at the Errington Hall. Tickets are $25.

David Francey coming to Errington Hall

Juno Award-winnning folk artist will be performing next month

Errington Hall is one of David Francey’s upcoming venues as he tours his latest CD Empty Trains.

The album, which was released Feb. 16, is his latest in a long line of albums.

Francey, although active in the music business since the 1990s, didn’t start his music career until he was 45 years old.

He didn’t play any instruments and never planned for a career in music, but over the years he’d been writing songs about the working class.

Born in Scotland, Francey and his family immigrated to Canada by the time he was 12. He spent more than 30 years in the Toronto railyards, the Yukon bush and the Eastern Townships’ construction sites.

Francey won his first Juno in 2002 for his album Far End of Summer. He’s won two more Juno Awards since then with multiple nominations.

This isn’t Francey’s first time on the Island.

“We’ve performed up and down the coast many times, but I believe this is our first stop in Errington,” he said. “Beautiful place to end up.”

Francey said he’s looking forward to performing at a new hall and to meeting new people to play for.

“It’s always a great aspect of the job. I’m sure the Errington Hall will have both in spades.”

Francey, who has played around the world at music festivals such as Tonder in Denmark and Port Fairy in Australia, said he likes the smaller venues.

“I enjoy the smaller halls for the innate sense of intimacy and immediacy that is part of the experience.”

For this tour, Francey is accompanied by Mark Westberg (acoustic guitar, vocals), Chris Coole (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals) and James Whittall (mandolin).

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts 8 p.m.

The April 8 show is general admission and tickets cost $25 which can be purchased at Heaven on Earth, Cranky Dog and Errington Store.

Creekmore’s coffee and refreshments are available.

For more information, visit www.erringtonhall.bc.ca or call 250-248-5106.

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