David Francey Skating Rink

David Francey's Juno win for his last album, Far End of Summer, was a well deserved accolade and one that would be equally fitting if bestowed on this, his third release. Francey's obvious strengths — combining the Scottish ballad tradition with a Canadian geographic outlook, a keen knack for storytelling and a mandate for writing "singable" songs — are packed onto Skating Rink like stars in the summer sky. Songs about fulfilling work, youthful love at the fair and aging wisdom are shaped with his intuitive talent for creating melodies and words that remain in the listener’s head long after the concert, the CD, the radio show, the song is over. With Skating Rink David Francey unequivocally steps into the arena as one of Canada's great folk songwriters. (Independent)