Deep Cove Folk Club welcomes David Essig on Friday

Deep Cove Folk Club Director, Farrell Boyce said the club owes a lot to the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula.

David Essig performs Oct. 30 in Sidney’s St. Paul’s Church.

The Deep Cove Folk Club has invited David Essig to perform this Friday.

Essig was first introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a slide guitarist and has 20 albums worth of songs and stories. His concert will be proceeded by an opening set by singer-songwriter Shelley ‘Sweet Potato’ Brown.

Deep Cove Folk Club Director, Farrell Boyce said the club owes a lot to the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, as they received a grant from them allowing them to really up their game.

“So we have sort of turned a corner. We have full houses and we run special concerts,” he told the PNR.

As a society, they’ve managed to turn a profit, but they are giving the money back, having made two gifts this year.

One donation was made to the North Saanich Farm Market so they can pay the musicians a bit more to play regularly. The other went to the local arts programs. The Society plans on adding more money to donate next year if they can once again turn a profit.

In addition to the Folk Club’s customary monthly club nights, they have also produced a series of extraordinary concerts in larger venues featuring established performers. Essig and Brown’s concert is the latest in the series.

The club has generously donated to several music-related community programs, contributing to music and arts on the Peninsula.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church. Tickets are $20 and are available online at essig.bpt.me, Tanners Books and Lyle’s Place in Victoria.