David Essig was born in Frederick, Maryland, in 1945. In 1971, he emigrated to Canada, and became a Canadian citizen in 1978. He was first introduced to Canadian audiences as a performer at the 1971 Mariposa Folk Festival. He developed a particular popularity in Italy, where he has toured over twenty times. In 1974, he established one of Canada's first musician-owned and operated record labels, Woodshed Records. A number of the label's releases were distributed by Posterity Records, owned by Harvey Glatt, under the Posterity-Woodshed label. The label was revived as "New Woodshed" in 1984. Records produced by Essig include releases by Willie P. Bennett, Cathy Fink and Duck Donald, Dixie Flyers, Fred Eaglesmith and Jackie Washington.
- Biography of David Essig; Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- CBC Music, Biography of David Essig. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
- Portrait of David Essig; Winterfolk. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
- Woodshed Records releases; rateyourmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
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