Godkin & Co perform Saturday night.

Godkin & Co perform Saturday night.

Maritime music mixed wih the blues

Sooke Coffee House begins a news season with Godkin & Co

The Sooke Folk Music Society would like to welcome everyone back to another new season of great music. We hope everyone had a great summer and we are looking forward to bringing you some exiting new features as well as some of our old favourites.

Our first Coffee House is this Saturday evening. We start, as always, with our fabulous and always unpredictable open stage featuring an eclectic mix of talent, both local and from afar and after the break we present our feature act.

David Godkin first drew the attention of Vancouver Island music fans nearly nine 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.

Godkin has achieved notice for his versatile and memorable songs about growing up in Atlantic Canada, lost love and occasional triumphs of ordinary people. This year he’s added two more maritime ballads to his repertoire, a contemporary protest tune as well as a swing number – just in case you wanna dance. Oh and his new Van Dyke beard doesn’t look too bad either.

Together, Godkin & Co bring a blend of folk and Maritime ballads to the stage, with a just a few nice blues licks thrown in for good measure.

The band includes mandolin player Rick Van Krugel whose raw, intuitive style has become a mainstay of the Vancouver Island music scene. But nearly as captivating are the wonderful stories Rick has to tell. Originally from California Rick has met and played with everyone from the granddaddy of bluegrass, Bill Munro, to Dan Hicks of Hot Licks fame to Vancouver Island’s own Valdy.

Bassist Mike Regimbal anchors the bottom of the band’s eclectic sound and adds some lovely vocals and fiddle music to remind us this is folk music after all. In fact, Fiddles, slide guitar, bouzoukis and banjos Mike plays them all.

Mike Sadava is a guitarist with a deft, imaginative touch on the fret board and unbounded enthusiasm for music of all kinds. Mike has played for decades in Canada’s great white north.

Coming up this Saturday evening, Sept. 20 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. with open stage at 7:30 and our feature at 9.