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August 2013
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14 tracks: Rain * Cheap Motel * Harm * Pandora’s Box * Weather Vane * Satellite * American Blues * A Star Above * Long Long Road * Ordinary Man * Blue Skies * Blue Yonder * Bitterroot * So Say We All.

Fourteen years ago at the age of 45, David Francey began an astonishing journey from manual labourer to award-winning folk troubadour – renowned for writing with heart-wrenching honesty about struggles of the poor and working class. This album reflects his own journey through a period of struggle. “The lesson learned,” he says “was to celebrate everyday spent on this side of the soil and to keep marching no matter what comes our way.”

The spirit of perseverance bursts from each song on the album, from the opening track Rain about the failure and rebirth of love, to the bittersweet hymn So Say We All. Capturing the dark times (Pandora’s Box and Ordinary Man) as well as life’s shining moments (Satellite and Blue Skies), the album is a perfect acoustic showcase of what makes David’s songwriting so special. Poetic and fearless, he draws from his own experiences, delving into his recent depression (Harm) and singing about his colourful experiences on the road (Cheap Motel).

Now ten albums into his recording career, David has demonstrated the kind of consistency as a songwriter that makes even other songwriters shake their head in disbelief. On So Say We All, he shares yet another collection of so-good-they-could-be-traditional songs marked by the perfectly-stated poetry and stick-in-your-head melodies of the enduring folk song, best exemplified in songs like Blue Yonder and Long Long Road.

The songs are brought to life by David Francey’s first-rate touring band - guitarist Mark Westberg, guitarist/banjo-picker Chris Coole, and celebrated Maritime multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen. David also brought in his son Colin to play drums and invited fellow Ontario artist Tannis Simmon to sing harmonies. The album was produced by Ken Friesen.

Beautifully spare and full of instant classics, So Say We All is sure to be a favourite with his many fans.

“One of Canada’s best-loved troubadours…” (Toronto Star)

“Canada’s best contemporary songwriter… Songs that go straight to the heart and stay there…” (Sing Out Magazine)

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