David Francey // November 28, 2024 @ 7:30 pm


Market Hall PAC and Folk Under The Clock
presents from Canada
David Francey

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Location: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough, ON, K9J 2T8

Tickets: $45 incl. fees, visit Market Hall website to purchase


David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada.

Since then, David has released thirteen albums, won four Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

“David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.” Shelter Valley Folk Festival

David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At age 10 he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs.

He was twelve when his family immigrated to Toronto. He says he can trace his love of the land, the history, and the people of his adopted country to weekend family drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part in these family outings. They sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Dad and sister Muriel sang melody, while mother and David sang harmonies.

His attachment to Canada grew with travel. He hitched across the country three times, then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to understand the people while working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. These experiences colour his first CD, Torn Screen Door, with songs like Hard Steel Mill, Gypsy Boys, and Working Poor and his second, Far End of Summer, with Highway, Flowers of Saskatchewan and February Morning Drive.

In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.

David lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario. They are visited often by their son Colin, daughters Amy and Julia and grandkids Tristan, Alice and Millicent.

Learn more at: https://www.davidfrancey.com/

Breabach // October 20, 2024 @ 4:00 pm


Folk Under The Clock and Market Hall PAC 
presents from Scotland

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2024 at 4:00 pm

Location: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough, ON, K9J 2T8

Tickets: $49 incl. fees, visit Market Hall website to purchase


Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative scottish music scene. 2022 saw them release their latest studio album ‘Fàs’ and be awarded ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards. To date they have released seven increasingly acclaimed albums, whilst fuelling their creative appetites in collaborations with BAFTA award winning animator Cat Bruce on short film Dùsgadh, indigenous Australasian artists Moana & The Tribe, Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord, video game composer Big Giant Circles and as artists-in-residence at 2019’s Celtic Colours festival with Cape Bretoners, Beòlach. ​

Following a successful first tour of the United States, 2023 sees the band continuing to tour in support of their latest release, with live dates throughout the UK and Europe. Fàs (a Gaelic word meaning growth, developing & sprouting). The album is heavily inspired by the natural environment of Scotland and sees the band showcase more progressive elements in their music than ever before. Produced by esteemed musician Inge Thomson, engineered & mixed by Iain Hutchison at GloWorm Recording Studios in Glasgow and mastered by Peter Beckmann, the record also features collaborations with analogue synth player Keir Long and Gaelic lyricists & musician Ewen Henderson. The protection, conservation and regeneration of the natural world influenced every part of the album making process, from song composition and sourcing material to the recording process and album production.

Breabach are; Megan Henderson (Fiddle/Vocals), James Lindsay (Double Bass/Moog/Vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (Highland Bagpipe/Whistle/Bouzouki/Vocals), Conal McDonagh (Highland Bagpipe/Uilleann pipes/Whistle/Vocals) and Ewan Robertson (Guitar/Cajon/Vocals). Their 18 year adventure has included live performances from Sydney Opera House to Central Park New York. They have racked up an impressive array of accolades including six ‘Scots Trad Music Awards’, nominations as ‘Best Group’ (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards), ‘European Album of the Year’ (Songlines Music Awards) and the ‘Quarterly Critic’s Choice’ (German Record Critic’s Award 2023).

Learn more at: https://www.breabach.com/

Miscellany of Folk // October 17, 2024 @ 8:00 pm


Folk Under The Clock and Market Hall PAC 
presents from Ireland & Newfoundland
Miscellany of Folk 

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2024 at 8:00 pm

Location: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough, ON, K9J 2T8

Tickets: $49 incl. fees, visit Market Hall website to purchase


Formed in 2022, Miscellany Of Folk is a captivating touring act uniting three talented musicians from Ireland and Newfoundland. The band includes multi instrumentalist Billy Sutton, accordion maestro Benny McCarthy, and singer-guitarist Eddie Costello. With decades of global performance experience, they blend the rich musical traditions of the Emerald Isle and North America.

Known for their powerful repertoire of thoughtfully crafted songs and lively instrumental music, Miscellany Of Folk delivers dynamic and intimate concerts filled with emotion and fun. Their acoustic sound combines accordion, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, mandola, and harmonized vocals, creating a heartwarming and engaging folk music experience.

Billy Sutton, from Newfoundland, is celebrated for his versatility as a musician and producer. Benny McCarthy, from County Waterford, Ireland, brings his acclaimed accordion skills and a legacy with the band Danú. Eddie Costello, hailing from County Tipperary, Ireland, captivates with his soulful vocals and skilled guitar playing. Together, they create a harmonious and fresh perspective on the folk genre, captivating audiences worldwide.

Learn more at: https://bennymccarthy.net/miscellany-of-folk

TALISK // September 17, 2024 @ 8:00 pm


Folk Under The Clock and Market Hall PAC
presents from Scotland

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2024 at 8:00 pm

Location: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough, ON, K9J 2T8

Tickets: $49 incl. fees, visit Market Hall website to purchase


One of the most talked-about folk bands of the 21st century, Talisk have been tearing apart stereotypes and redefining the genre for almost a decade. With over 15 million streams and 10,000 albums sold worldwide, and sell out shows across five continents – from Paris to New York, London to Tokyo, Glasgow to Vancouver – alongside headline appearances at festivals across the world, the Scottish trio have amassed a global, die-hard following.

Wielding instruments that have rarely seen the likes of their music, Mohsen Amini (concertina), Benedict Morris (violin) and Charlie Galloway (guitar) have stacked up major awards for their explosively energetic sound – including five between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland, and two highly coveted BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

At New Year 2022 they played BBC One’s Hogmanay show to a television audience in excess of one million, and – as the only folk act alongside pop headliners – quickly amassed a vast, mainstream audience that continues to propel the group to some of their largest live shows to date. Headlining Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom in 2024 – during Europe’s largest winter festival, the legendary Celtic Connections – Talisk’s star remains firmly on a rapid ascent, and then some.

Never afraid to push musical boundaries, or test the live production capabilities of just three people (yes, it’s all live), there’s captivating a crowd, and then there’s Talisk.

Learn more at: https://www.taliskmusic.com