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Scottish-born Canadian David Francey to give concert

Scottish-born David Francey, an award-winning songwriter who now lives in Canada, will give a concert on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the basement stage of Carlson Music Center in Alexandria. (Contributed)

Award-winning Canadian songwriter David Francey will return to the U.S. to promote his new Red House Records release, So Say We All. He will perform in Alexandria on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the basement stage of Carlson Music Center, 901 Broadway Street.

Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, the three-time Juno Award winner began a journey from manual labor to award-winning folk music 14 years ago at the age of 45.

His recent album reflects his journey through a period of personal struggle, from dealing with depression to losing important people in his life

“The lesson learned was to celebrate every day spent on this side of the soil and to keep marching no matter what comes our way,” he said.

So Say We All has received four Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, including Contemporary Album of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year.

It includes tracks such as Rain, about the failure and the rebirth of love; So Say We All, a hymn, and Satellite, about life’s shining moments.

The songs in his album are brought to life by his band, which includes guitarist Mark Westberg, guitarist and banjo-picker Chris Coole and maritime multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen.

Francey’s son, Colin, plays drums, and fellow Ontario artist Tannis Slimmon sings harmonies.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call (320) 763-4011.