He has opened and played alongside the likes of Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and The Who, but after 45 years of touring, musical troubadour Stephen Palmer says the best is yet to come.
“It just keeps getting better as I go along,” he said.
Palmer is the next performer in the Concerts in the Park series at Transfer Beach. He and his 12-string guitar will take the amphitheatre stage for a solo acoustic performance on August 21.
“People can expect to hear some fancy guitar pickin’ and some old familiar tunes and songs they didn’t even know were familiar to them,” he said. “I play a mixture of ragtime and gospel music and folk music and blues and country music.”
The former Nanaimo resident has been a regular at the Concerts in the Park series, even taking part in the inaugural year in 2001.
“It got rained out,” Palmer recalled. “It had to be postponed.”
Now a resident of Moosejaw, Sask., Palmer tours Western Canada and has had offers to play as far away as Ontario and Vermont.
“I still come out to Vancouver Island two to three times a year,” he said. “We have lots of friends here.”
Palmer’s music career began in the 1960s, playing with a number of bands such as the Warp Factor and Graham and the Wafers.
Spectators at Transfer Beach can expect to hear a mixture of Palmer’s own original pieces interspersed with well known classics that will get the feet tapping and the hands clapping.
“There’s a certain amount of audience participation,” Palmer said. “It’s meant to be fun.”
Stephen Palmer plays Concerts in the Park on August 21. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed and proceeds go to the Ladysmith Resources Centre and their programs.