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An Evening with David Francey

There is a warmth felt when an audience is unconditionally supportive of an artist. This was the case last Thursday when David Francey performed at the Arden Theatre. The crowd sat with expectant looks on their faces as Francey provided context before each one of his songs in his humble and relaxed manner of speech. It felt like we were sitting around his kitchen table rather than a darkened theatre.

Beginning the evening with Lonely Road, from his newest album, The Broken Heart of Everything, he finished and apologized for the huskiness in his vocal tone that comes and goes. Francey has been struggling with voice challenges over the past few years but it was clear that the audience was not perturbed by the vocal inconsistencies. They were pleased to see him and minor changes in vocal texture did nor deter from his storytelling. In fact, the occasional roughness added that additional element of human imperfection, adding a sound of connection and relatability.

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There were many old favorites on the program from Torn Screen Door, Pandora’s Box, Red-Winged Black Bird, and Come Raine or Come Shine. He invited the audience to sing if they felt moved at any point but joked that he would prefer if it was on the chorus of that song. Francey has a skill that captures still life moments and uses music to convey the details in these frozen scenes. Through his text and music, he broadcasts these vignettes to the minds of his audience members.

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Next up on the Arden Theatre’s Professional Series is Ruthie Foster on May 1, 2019.

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So I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas Eve. One more sleep until the 2014 Edmonton Folk Fest begins. This is incredibly exciting.

I updated my EFMF app while we were in Vancouver, and have been playing with the schedule and artist list ever since. There are more than a couple artists that I want to see, I may have gone a little favourite-ing happy. In the name of brevity I’ve just picked a single workshop that I will be at; a number of my app-favourited artists will be on that stage together, we call that efficiency folks. So without any further ado:

Stage 6 –‘Let’s Talk About in the Morning’ with 100 Mile House, Dave Gunning, Parker Millsap and Parsonsfield.

This workshop has an interesting list of ingredients:

1. I’ve heard Edmonton’s local 100 Mile House play before, and was hooked by their live performance. Since they can entertain a full house at the Artery on a sweltering summer night, Sunday morning at Folk Fest should be a breeze.

2. Next we have the American contributions of Parker Millsap and Parsonsfield. I’ve not heard either in live performance but the YouTube and Soundcloud’s are solid.

3. Add Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning whose name is continually being tossed around with the likes of Stan RogersGordon Lightfoot and David Francey.

4. Mix together on Stage 6, and we’ve got Sunday’s musical brunch.

I sure hope that it is a recipe for brilliance!

My Top 10 Musical Moments of EFMF

A lot happened over this past weekend at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (EFMF). In no particular order, here are some of my top moments of the festival:

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1. One of the Avett Brothers running out into the crowd to rock out with audience members up close.

2. David Francey’s honest and humble introductions to his songs like the perspective of teenage love in “Broken Glass.”

3. The Milk Carton Kids’ blunt inter-song banter.
E.g., Joey: “Kenneth’s daughter will be named Charlie… after the song…his child doesn’t have a due date yet… or a mother.”

4. Carolina Chocolate Drops’ ability to sing attitude-filled cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit Em Up Style” before leaving the stage early to jet-set to Regina.

5. Good for Grapes put out some serious energy on stage. Never before have I seen somebody rock out on accordion like Sean MacKeigan.

6. Tim Chaisson’s instrumental flexibility as he switched from guitar to fiddle in his sets.

7. The torrential thunderstorm that brought Loreena McKennitt’s set and EFMF to an epic end.

8. Shakey Graves tempo manipulation on stage.

9. In the process of getting the audience on their feet, Langhorne Slim jumped out into the crowd. He proceeded to shake off his sunglasses and hat in the heat of the jamming moment.

10. LP’s soaring “Tokyo Sunrise” vocals during the lantern parade on Gallagher Hill.

What were some of your top moments of EFMF?