David Godkin performs Saturday night for the Coffee House.

David Godkin plays for folk music fans

Sooke Coffee House stage will feature musicians and songs to entertain and uplift

We want to welcome everyone to come out and join us this Saturday, Nov. 17 for this month’s regular Coffee House evening at Holy trinity Anglican Church.

We start, as always, with our fabulous and always unpredictable open stage and after the break our feature act, David Godkin with Rick Van Krugel on mandolin and Jake Galbraith on bass.

David Godkin first drew the attention of Vancouver Island music fans nearly seven years ago under the name David Kosub. A discovery about his true heritage (Scots-Irish) prompted David to change his name. A subsequent trip to Ireland to dig deeper into his ancestral roots found him playing in an old fashioned ceilidh band and re-committing to his own brand of maritime ballad, folk and blues.

The name may have changed but the versatile and memorable songs of this talented singer-songwriter remain the same. Godkin’s tunes are featured on his CD entitled From Away, filled with reminiscences about his upbringing in Atlantic Canada, lost loves and the occasional triumphs of ordinary people he has met during his musical career.

Godkin is joined on stage by mandolin player Rick Van Krugel and bassist Jake Galbraith. Van Krugel is an entirely self-taught play-by-ear performer who perfected his style of mandolin years before the instrument got trendy. His straightforwardly raw intuitive style is to be treasured in today’s tech-obsessed culture. Having played over 45 years, he still loves nothing more than getting behind a good song.

Jake Galbraith is a mainstay of the Vancouver Island music scene having anchored numerous groups such as Light Sweet Crude, The Clankies, Open Heart and Mandolirium (with Rick Van Krugel). His rock bottom bass lines and sweet vocal harmonies make him a genuine favourite of music fans everywhere.

The goal for all three musicians: to entertain and uplift, tell simple stories about the downtrodden and misbegotten, about war and peace, friendship and love.

Do join us for this evening of fine music. Doors open at 7 p.m. with open stage at 7:30 and our feature at 9.

It all happens at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road.