Metchosin five-piece band Fine Spirits perform an unplugged show Sunday afternoon. Metchosin Community Association hosts Fine Spirits made up of Dave Preston

Metchosin music makes for Fine Spirits

Sunday's show at Metchosin Community House opens concert series with acoustic set by local band Fine Spirits

Metchosin five-piece band Fine Spirits perform an unplugged show Sunday afternoon.

Metchosin Community Association hosts Fine Spirits made up of Dave Preston, T.W. Tobin, Lesley Preston, Ken Champoux and Kevin Kotorynski.

Now in its fifth year, the Metchosin music program organized by Naseem Janmohamed with input from Ric Perron, offers an eclectic series of about five concerts a year, from classical to folk, from blues and jazz to flamenco.

The 2014 series kicks off with some Fine Spirits at Metchosin Community House, 4430 Happy Valley Rd.

“We usually play dances and stuff, fairs and festivals,” said Preston, who’s accustomed to a plugged-in environment. “It’s a challenge to us but it’s going to be a lot of fun I think. There might be room for dancing, but it’s a fairly intimate venue.”

Fine Spirits formed in the summer of 2008. Originally it was a trio, with Dave on guitar and vocals, his wife Lesley on bass and vocals, and Tobin on drums. With a few additions and subtractions over the years, Fine Spirits is established as a popular attraction at events such as Saanich Fair, Luxton Fair, markets, and Metchosin Day.

The group will bring standard and classic rock along with some folk and singalong music

“We’ve got some stuff from the 60s 70s 80s and 90s,” Preston said. “We’re pulling some songs that we’ve never done before.”

In another twist, drummer Tobin will play percussion without his kit, using tambourines, shakers and even an instrument from Africa.

“He’s got two or three things I’ve never seen before. And he’s very good,” Preston said.


Doors open at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children. Free admission for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved/purchased in advance by calling 250-478-5155.



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