Have you ever had a question for a folk musician but were afraid to ask? Of course not. Folk musicians are the most approachable and friendly people on the planet.
We posed a few questions to our February performer David Essig and he was more than happy to supply answers.
- What was the last CD (album) you purchased? Bakersfield by Vince Gill and Paul Franklin.
- What was the first song you learned to play? “Pretty Polly.”
- What is currently on your nightstand? And no, you can’t take the time to move different things onto it. A lamp and Jack Hodgins’ book, “A Passion for Narrative.”
- If your house was on fire and you had already rescued your family, any pets and your wallet, what would be the one thing you would go back in to get? My 1957 Gibson J-200 guitar.
- What was one of the best concerts you’ve ever been to? Ry Cooder and David Lyndley, with Joquin Cooder, afternoon concert at the Edmonton Folk Festival – maybe 10 years ago.
- What’s one of the best things about living on an island? What’s the worst? Best: the sense of communal tranquility. Worst: 2 1/2 hours round-trip to buy a dozen eggs.
- Looking back, if there was one thing you could change or do differently, what would that be and what would you change? I would have met Milena earlier in my life.
- You’ve played with a number of other talented musicians over the years. Have you ever been star-struck by anyone in particular? Jessie Winchester, Richard Thompson, Sonny Landreth, the Campbell Brothers, David Woodhead.
- What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you? A young woman came up after a concert in the Kootenays and told me, “my parents were listening to your album, High Ground, the night I was conceived.”
- Describe your perfect day. Music in the morning, cooking in the afternoon, dinner and wine in the evening with Milena.
The Barrie Folk Society was formed in response to the wants and needs of the local folk music community in and around the Barrie area.
The main goal of the Barrie Folk Society is to bring Folk music to the masses through a not-for-profit organization that cares about the growth and nurturing of the folk music movement.
All musicians budding and otherwise, are welcome to the Barrie Folk Society open stage Unplugged Friday Nights.
Countdown to Valdy!