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.