Highland Village Museum in Iona launches its summer concert series on July 2 with Juno award-winning singer-songwriter David Francey, accompanied by his co-arranger Craig Werth. The series is held in celebration of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society’s 50th anniversary. Francey’s performance will be held in the historic Malagawatch Church.
Having worked as a keenly literate newspaper delivery boy in his childhood, the Scottish-born Francey developed an early interest in politics and current events, which in turn fostered a strong social conscience that would work its way into his songwriting.
Emigrating to Canada with his family at the age of 12, Francey built identification with his new country over the course of his later childhood and adult life. The former carpenter left the construction business to record Torn Screen Door in 1999. Since then he continued to record albums regularly, building an extensive discography of eight albums in the span of a decade. Francey counts among his accolades the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award. Francey is beloved by audiences for his witty, observant storytelling, and for centering his songwriting around the stories of ordinary people.
The Iona Highland Village society is a nonprofit organization whose members and volunteers work in the interest of preserving, collecting and sharing the histories of Scottish Cape Breton culture. The Iona replica of a typical late 18th / early 19th century highland village is central to the society’s efforts in honouring Scottish Nova Scotian heritage.
The concert at the Malagawatch church begins at 7:00pm, with admission priced at $20.00. To purchase tickets, call (902)725-2272. For further information on the concert series, visit highlandvillage.ca. To learn more about David Francey and his body of work, visit davidfrancey.com.