david essig in concert at mackenzie hall
Friday 24th February 2012 8:00AM (Friday 24th February 2012 8:00AM)
~ Brown Paper Presents ~
D A V I D E S S I G
~ In Concert ~
Friday, February 24th
With special opening guest CHRIS CROSSROADS
In the gallery at Mackenzie Hall
8:00pm, doors open at 7:30
$15 advance, $18 at the door
Tickets at Dr. Disc, Mackenzie Hall Box Office
or by emailing email@example.com
Coffee, Tea and Cookies By Donation
Known as one of the finest blues guitarists in the world, David Essig’s artistry on a number of instruments, as a craftsman of timeless original songs, with his signature reflections on roots music and onstage connectivity marks him a favourite around the world through his over thirty year career in music. David brings his collection of songs and stories to the gallery stage at Mackenzie Hall on February 24th, as part of his Ontario tour from his home on Protection Island, British Columbia. Windsor’s own Chris Crossroads will give a special opening performance to begin the show at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $15.00 in advance at the Mackenzie Hall Box Office (3277 Sandwich Street, 519-255-7600), Dr. Disc (471 Ouellette Ave, 519-253-9744), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Join one of Canada’s finest interpreters of original, contemporary and traditional folk and roots music as David Essig takes to the stage at Mackenzie Hall.
Introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a ‘talented newcomer’ at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival, David Essig now nearly forty years later tours internationally as one of Canada’s finest artists expanding on North American folk and roots music traditions. Paying homage to his foundations in bluegrass, country and acoustic blues, David creates original music infused with the timeless nature of traditional themes and forms.
Respected as a thoughtful, intelligent songwriter with standards like “Albert’s Cove”, “Rebel Flag” and “High Ground” to his credit, David’s work moves from themes as recent as today’s news to original songs that sound as if rediscovered from old country blues 78rpm records. David’s mastery of blues and slide guitar crosses the borders between country, blues, and the avant-garde. On lap-style Weissenborn, electric slide or on a number of other guitars, David brings out his 5/8” socket slide to peel the petunias off your mother’s porcelain with his spontaneous style.
David’s extensive discography both as a recording artist and producer includes over seventy recordings; he has worked with classic Canadiana artists such as Fred Eaglesmith, Jackie Washington and Willie P. Bennett as well as a number of emerging new artists such as Jane Eamon, Manitoba Hal, Raghu Lokanathan, as well as Windsor’s own Teach Yourself Piano and Allison Brown. In 2007, a collective of alt-country Winnipeg musicians including Romi Mayes, Jaxon Haldane, and the D-Rangers recorded a tribute album to David’s music entitled “Beverly Street”, on which David joined in for cameo appearances. In 2008, David teamed up with fellow roots performer Rick Scott (Pied Pumkin) to record a duet album called “Double Vision”.
David’s most recent recording is also a collaboration; on 2011’s “Rolling Fork To Gallow’s Point”, David joins Chris Whiteley in tribute to Delta Blues. Hailed by Roots Music Canada as “a beautiful, rough and tumble blues record.. passionately played and lovingly recorded”. The story of how “Rolling Fork To Gallow’s Point” was created began back in 1985, the dawn of the CD age, when David and Chris recorded “Whose Muddy Shoes” as an LP record, a format already falling out of fashion in the mid-eighties. Fans persuaded David to re-issues “Shoes”, but David had a different take; deciding to invite Chris to his home studio on Protection Island to re-record new interpretations of the same body of work 26 years later. The album’s title marks the path of the blues on its’ way north; Rolling Fork is Mississippi birthplace of Muddy Waters, Gallow’s Point is David’s view from his home on Protection Island, British Columbia.
Chris Crossroads - a minstrel stuck in a modern age. Drawing from many influences including country music, blues, bluegrass, rock, folk, pop, punk and more. He has been playing and touring for as long as he's been able to hang a guitar around his neck . No matter where he stops to pick a tune, Chris Crossroads is dedicated to the people he meets, on his journey across the world, to raise spirits and elevate harmony.