We will update this page as a central reference point for his missives...
Letters from Canada - Snowdrift
Shackleton famously took a banjo player on his Antarctic voyages, to keep up the morale of the explorers in his crew. Apparently his banjo player once kept a group of stranded sailors (who were living in a tent and eating penguins for a month) from killing one another (perhaps their collective anger was given an easy target by the banjo).
David Francey - 'Late Edition' album launch
Hugh’s Room, one of the bigger small listening rooms in Toronto, is packed tonight - and will be again tomorrow - for this two night album launch event that kicks off a 45-date Canadian tour for Francey and accompanists Chris Coole and Mark Westberg. Francey will be touring the UK in 2012
David Francey Interview
Since leaving a life of working in construction and recording Torn Screen Door in 1999, Scottish-born Canadian David Francey is recognized as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters. He has won JUNO and SOCAN awards in his home country and has just released his new album Late Edition. I caught up with him between the launch show in Toronto and the start of his tour to promote the record to ask him a few quick questions for Spiral Earth.
Letter From Canada - (Haunted) House Concerts
By way of prelude, warm-up and fundraiser for the tour of Western Canada I am about to embark upon with Joanna Chapman-Smith we recently played a house concert in Toronto to a very warm, tiny and perfectly formed crowd in a Cabbage Town living room. I have found myself thinking again about this humblest of show formats as rehearsals have wound up and we have headed out for a tour which is to begin with a run of shows that take this idea to a new extreme.