Steven Palmer performs in lakecity Friday

Gospel-folk singer Steven Palmer will be performing in concert at St. Andrew's United Church in Williams Lake on Friday, March 4.

Gospel-folk singer Steven Palmer will be performing in concert at St. Andrew’s United Church in Williams Lake on Friday, March 4 starting at 7 p.m.

Born in Edmonton, Palmer began jamming with friends in high school and formed his first band, The Time Machine, in 1966.

The band tried to play a lot of Wilson Picket and Otis Redding soul music to some very puzzled small town dance crowds, Palmer says in his biography.

“My next groups were more successful, playing our original psychedelic-folk rock at light shows and be-ins,” Palmer says.

One of these groups, The Warp Factor, got to open locally and regionally for several ‘name’ acts of that time.

He says Led Zeppelin was probably the biggest ‘name’ they opened for, but they enjoyed meeting and hanging out with The Who, Spencer Davis Group, Eric Clapton (Cream), Jesse Colin Young and The Guess Who.

Through the 1970s Palmer became a touring guitarist with lounge and night club acts.

In the 1980s he attended Capilano College to study voice and arranging.

“After that I started a career as a guitarist/vocalist at first leading my own wedding bands then progressing to solo work,” Palmer says.

Palmer has now recorded four albums with a fifth on the way.

His focus is on concert work and tours throughout Canada from the West Coast to the Maritimes. He is hoping to add Europe and the U.S. to his tour schedule.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 1000 Huckvale Place, just off Midnight Drive. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The day after the Williams Lake concert Palmer will be performing in Ashcroft.