Folk singer-songwriter David Francey says he’s looking forward to coming to Victoria next week (Oct. 29/30) as part of his lengthy cross-Canada tour.
“I’ve been there so many times over the years. There’s quite a number of people there I certainly recognize by sight who come out to the shows.
“It’s always an excellent crowd in Victoria – they have a good time, they like to sing along,” Francey said. “The city itself is absolutely beautiful. It’s a nice place to spend some time.”
Francey and his band are currently driving across the country, stopping everywhere from tiny Hunter River, PEI to Toronto, in support of his new album So Say We All.
Francey, 58, says the album was written during a period of his life where he was going through some deeply emotional experiences.
“I lost my best friend in the world and I ended up in a pretty low place,” he said.
But through writing and recording his music, supported by a talented group of friends and musicians, he managed to break through the sadness.
“I’ve always written about what’s going on with me; I don’t think this album carries in that way. The subject matter varies a bit but I tried to balance with some moments of life,” Francey said. “I’ve always had the feeling that, if you keep marching, you’ll get through to the other side.
“None of the music is dark, sad or dreary. When I introduce songs (on stage) I try to make them a little bit funny, and I think that helps to balance off the weight of the lyrics.”
Francey performs at Hermann’s Jazz Club next Tuesday and Wednesday. Showtime both nights is 8 p.m.
Tickets ($29.50) are available at hightideconcerts.net, rmts.bc.ca or in-person at the McPherson Playhouse box office, Ditch Records or Lyle’s Place.