This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 3/02
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David Francey has the gift of filtering subtle, seemingly unremarkable observations, into melodic and meaningful song. He captures simple elements of human truth through crafting a series of vignettes and presents with a credibility as if having experienced the tales he tells.
A simple motoring about town turns into "February Morning Drive":
"...The chimney smoke is lying low"Things They Do" poignantly ponders the questions surrounding suicide:
Shrouds the town in the valley below
The morning dawning, sharp and fair
No breath of wind in the winter air...
...Winter's white is lying still
Over the fields and the shadowed hills
And far below the spring sleeps sound
In the hardened heart of the frozen ground
These are the things that greet my eyes
On a February morning drive"
"...They leave in the morning, leaving no warning"Flowers of Saskatchewan" is his offering about Canadians felled during war time. With an ironic tinge, he sings about those remaining and those departing:
Sometimes they spell it all out
They leave in the evening, no one believing
That this could ever come about
They dwell on the sadness, anticipating
The dream of a dreamless night
They live with the darkness, and for all of their waiting
They never see the morning light
Why do they do the things they do?
Why do they do the things they do?"
"...Waving to their pride and joyMetaphorically depicting love's highs-and-lows as a circus act in "Highwire," he sings:
Waving to the smiling faces
Smiling faces on the soldier boys
No waves of grain would claim the fallen
Just the channel cold and grey as steel
And no return to the rolling prairie
And a silent cross on a lonely field..."
"...The crowd goes quiet, then the crowd goes stillForsaking bombast and driving rhythms, Francey plies the low-key, mostly unadorned acoustic route--perfect material for a coffeehouse setting. And yes, the engaging vocals of this Scottish emigrant, now residing in Canada, are clearly understandable.
I whisper 'I love you, and I always will'
But you never can tell when you might Jack and Jill
From the highwire..."
He is yet another north of the border artist who deserves a much wider audience. If there is any justice in the creative world, he'll soon develop that kind of following.
Francey, on lead and harmony vocals, is assisted by Dave Clarke on guitar; Geoff Somers on guitar, fiddle, banjo and harmony vocals; David Woodhead on bass and slide guitar; Kate Murphy on banjo; Don Bray on lead guitar; James Keelaghan on harmony vocals; Mike Ford on harmony vocals; David Matheson on harmony vocals; Jenn Cianca on harmony vocals and Karla Mundy on harmony vocals.
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